- Barbecue Meatballs
- Brown Rice
When preparing my grocery list last week I wanted to pick some easy menu items for the upcoming week. With only 6 weeks left in my pregnancy the last thing I want to be doing is standing on my feet in the kitchen chopping vegetables. Last weeks items (chicken, cabbage, and carrots) had me on my feet longer than I anticipated. It also becomes very difficult for me to stand for long periods of times as I tend to get lightheaded. So, at that rate last week meal prep did take longer than it should have due to my need to take frequent breaks from standing on my feet.
This weeks items: barbecue meatballs, brown rice, and broccoli took little preparation. When I woke up this morning I prepared breakfast and in the mist of preparing breakfast I pulled out the crockpot and tossed in my meatballs with barbecue sauce (original and honey barbecue) and a little grape jelly. I let that cook for about 3 hours, while I washed my hair and prepared for the day.
After, all the McKinney’s were dressed and ready for the day ahead of us (Library visits and a birthday party) I turned my meatballs down to “keep warm.” We left the house for a few hours as we returned library books and picked out new ones. Abby even made some new friends. The library is now her favorite weekend event and I am proud that she enjoys the library. I honestly enjoy the visit myself each weekend. After, the library we went bowling to celebrate our cousins 7th birthday and we all truly had a great time.
Once we returned home I prepared my brown rice on the stovetop (5 minutes) and tossed a bag of steamable broccoli in the microwave (5 minutes). My sides for this week was effortless. I prepared enough servings of brown rice for the week and purchased enough bags of broccoli from Wegmans to prepare on demand. I even have a few different vegetables options (brussel sprouts and spinach) in case I need a variety change throughout the week.
All this to say– meal prepping does not have to be hard. I would say that most time will go into your main course (meat) preparation. The are endless options for you. I have noticed that I am using my crockpot more for my meals. However, my husband uses our air fryer daily for all of his meat. He literally seasons his meat and tosses it right in the air fryer.
Have you implemented meal prepping into your routine? What has been successful for you in your meal prep? Have you come across any setbacks or distractions? Please share your experience, as it can help others.