Meal Prep Helpers

If you are like me, your week is hectic, and sometimes you run later than you should due to traffic, needing to fishing things up at work, errand at last minute, etc. It feels like we have so little time at night when we get home, esp when you have kids who are definitely on a schedule to get to bed for tomorrow. Trying to fix a healthy meal with little time at night doesn’t leave a lot of time for homework help/review, reading bedtime stories, bath time, or for yourself.

What has really helped us is starting to use our crock pot as much as possible. Once a month, one of our awesome coaches hosts a 5 Day Clean Eating Crock Pot group. I have picked up some get recipes in there, and of course just googling clean eating crock pot meals. I prefer ones that have less ingredients, that are easy to just toss in the bag and be done.

Check out these awesome time saving ingredients you can use in your recipes!

frozen peper strips

I love using these Recipe Ready Pepper Strips and Onion Blend bags for fajitas!

Minced garlic

Mincing garlic doesn’t necessarily take a lot of work, but it’s an extra step or two between pealing, mincing cleaning the mincer. This is just so easy to use a spoonful or two and be done.

frozen onion

Oh my gosh, what a great way to have no tear onions! I believe you can also get just onions in a bag like frozen veggies, but this is what I found and I love them!
green beans
cut carrots
Why buy frozen veggies? Well, you can easily dump them into your bag for one, and for two if you find you can’t use them all right now, you don’t have to worry about them going bad in your fridge if they don’t get used right away.
When I first started using my crock pot, I wasn’t sure what all I could make besides roast. Here are three that I will be making in the coming week or two.
Beef or pork roast with potatoes and carrots
BBQ Pulled Pork
Honey Garlic Chicken with green beans, carrots and potatoes
The potatoes I recommend are either sweet potatoes, or red potatoes. I do not have big sweet potato fans in our house, so we usually opt to use red potatoes.
I will share these recipes and a few more this coming week. It is definitely nice being able to come home, maybe making one side, and being done with dinner.
I hope I helped with some ways to save time with your meal prepping. The above helpers save time, and dishes.
Happy prepping!