Final Food Prep Post

Last one guys..I swear. I didn’t want to overwhelm you with a bazillion in one long post, so this will be my third and final on my food prep containers.

The kids tested these warming bad boys out and said their macaroni stayed warm for the four hours until lunch..once again Karen..move along if you don’t like what we’re eating over here. They even have an adorable built in spoon that we will enjoy exactly one more time before it gets lost. 😜

Link:

https://amzn.to/2zGCccZ

And my fave is this little personal salad buffet. I mean..you can put ALL THE TOPPINGS..and the DRESSING even. Refer back to my previous post about how all the food shouldn’t be touching until I’m ready for it to touch. It’s also a step further than my weird quirks, since it helps stuff stay fresh. I asked my husband for his review..a man of many words said “I liked it”. And there you have it folks. The best review he’s ever given. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ₯—

Link:

https://amzn.to/2zxitw8

Last but not least..the full lineup that is setting me up for years to come, including my reusable snack bags and salad dressing/dip containers-with links below. Let me know if you have any personal favorites for meal prep!!

Reusable snack bags: (not my exact ones because they no longer sell, but similar)

https://amzn.to/2UhmvlR

Salad dressing cups:

https://amzn.to/2Uh0pQA

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Where’s me lucky charms πŸ€

Another of my go to food prep containers and I have a few more to bring your way in the next few weeks. This is another amazingly easy container for making breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for lunch. I know I know..cereal has sugar..and also I don’t care. Look Karen..If you don’t like what we’re eating over here, then don’t sit by us at the lunch table. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I’m not telling anyone to eat cereal every day for a meal..so lighten up a little and think of it as a treat once in a while. This container would also be great for oatmeal/granola or yogurt/berries, or rice/beans, or soup/crackers..the possibilities are endless honestly. It even has built in ice pack and is microwave safe. Basically great for anything you want to be separated at one point in time, but then mixed together at a later time to form a delicious meal. πŸ₯£

If you want to be like me and not be like Karen..then follow the link below..and go get you some cereal and milk in bulk at Costco. πŸ˜‰

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T25LR79/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=543704-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07T25LR79&linkId=97a9d31835223782fb495a5185b20dda

The Best Meal Prep Items

With back to school upon us, along with another year of back to work (after a weekend off..lol), I thought I would share some of the containers that I absolutely love!! If you are trying to stop eating out as much, whether it’s to save money, eat healthier, to simplify your life, or whatever your reason, the right containers can set you up for success! It took me under thirty minutes to prep lunches for myself and my five and ten year old for the upcoming week. With the amount of time it takes to run out and grab lunch, along with the cost, I expect to save over $2,600 dollars for me, $1,000 for kids and 7,000 hours of my time. (15 mins each way to grab a $10 lunch x 5 days a week and kids school lunch at $2.50 a lunch x two kids)

The first and absolute favorite is what I refer to as the “food tackle bait” containers. These bad boys are perfect for bento box snacky type lunches, since they have containers perfect for people like me who get weirded out by their food touching. πŸ˜‚. Also for non-food touching weirdos..it’s still nice to keep things separated and fresh so you can prep in advance. You see modeled here in the back containers with hummus/crackers, guacamole/chips and strawberries, carrots and almonds. Perfectly balanced. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ The front container is another awesome one for those of you who like sandwiches of any variety. πŸ₯ͺ Seen modeled below in the front with an English muffin, peanut butter, celery, apple slices, and pretzel twists, all of which I’m fully prepared to dip in peanut butter. πŸ˜‹

You guys..I’ve tried a LOT of meal prep containers, and these are hands down the best bang for your buck.  My old ones were cheaper, but they also were cheaper quality and cracked and broke in under two years.  These are heavy duty and also have more space for food.  I’m so excited and I don’t get excited over much, so if you are just as excited and ready to set yourself up for meal prep success, links below to each item.  Follow me for more upcoming posts on ways to simplify your life and save money and your health in the process!

Let me know what you think of these containers and what you plan to do with all that saved time and money!!

Food tackle box container:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FMQL1TN/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=543704-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07FMQL1TN&linkId=431257d1f1e0c1fc4eeda7c3198f420e

Sandwich container:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RP46XC3/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=543704-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07RP46XC3&linkId=d3bb07523bc590f78723b8554b82f17b

My biggest Food Prep Secret

I am imagining all of my readers frantically clicking the full blog post in hopes of getting access to my deepest darkest most complex food prepping tips. You are about to get this very detailed document that tells you step by step what ingredients you need and these fancy but easy recipes to use said ingredients.

I hate to disappoint, but please note my blog is titled “my semi basic life” and my tag line is in regards to my imperfect journey. That being said, I do still think what I’m about to tell you is going to change your life, or at least change how you think about food prep and meals.

It’s one basic word..and you are probably familiar with it..SNACKS. I literally make it rain with snacks at my house and at work. I keep both a dry snacks bowl and a “snack drawer” in my home and work fridge. I keep a list of healthyish snacks I like and try to rotate here and there. Sometimes I surprise my coworkers with a fruit smiley face on my desk.

I try and make sure on Monday that I bring enough snacks to get me through the week (along with lunches). A glimpse into a typical day of snack life includes usually a protein, a fruit, a veggie, and sometimes a crunchy afternoon “I’m still hungry don’t want to take it out on my family and can’t make it until dinner snack”.

If I don’t have snacks, I am 10x more likely to eat out for lunch or overeat, or potentially snap at my coworker Rodney for absolutely no reason. (Made up stat, but you get what I’m saying) So my snack game is strong and it makes life easier for us all. It’s also better for us to eat every few hours instead of 3 ginormous meals.

Also, stop getting so tied up in “meal prepping” and focus more on “snacks prepping”. Pro tip: Snacks can double as meals when combined in many random combinations. Pro Pro tip: Snacks often pair nicely with wine. Pro Pro Pro tip: The kids can help at pretty much any age with snack prepping.

Snacks got your back, and have saved my a$$ several times when everyone had somewhere to be and I didn’t want to end up in a drive thru window. One of my kids favorite dinners is literally random snacks thrown into an ice cube tray. Seriously..nobody cares about meals, or at least my kids don’t. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

So go get you some snacks..put them everywhere. Your home, car, work, purse (but don’t forget about purse snacks and end up with crumbled cereal bars, or a smashed kiwi or moldy string cheese like I’ve done). Build your own snack city that you are the president of the snack pack. Pack yo snacks.