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Do you meal prep?

Whether you're eating vegan or not, do you prep any meals for the week? Rather than making any sweet baked stuff this weekend, I intend to prep some savory stuff to pack for lunch or have for dinner. That and I have some proteins that need used.

One fancy pants item I purchased was some Kite Hill vegan ricotta. I can't decide whether to make a batch of lasagna or stuffed peppers. I have some Trader Joe's beefless ground beef to use so either could work. I was leaning toward stuffed peppers to make it less carb-y but I think I'd be more satisfied with the lasagna. That and I could do a thing of using half pasta noodles, half thin-sliced zucchini...hm...decisions, decisions.

I have some baked srircha tofu so with that I think I'll make some summer rolls where I'll grate the tofu so it's like krab and put vegan mayo and roll it up with avocado, cucumber and carrots. That would be deeeelicious.

If my back doesn't give me too much fuss, I may roast batches of potatoes and prep some veggies and maybe some tofu scramble to have ready in the fridge to toss together breakfast burritos. Filling suggestions welcome!

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xina_belle
Jan. 11th, 2019 06:51 pm (UTC)
When I am not being a lazy slack booty I meal plan. We have a dry erase calendar on the fridge, and I try to put dinner plans on that. Meal prepping for the week though, not usually. Aaron's food mood changes too much and so there would be a lot of wasted stuff. XD
missdiane
Jan. 11th, 2019 06:56 pm (UTC)
My food mood changes too which is why I get iffy about making a whole batch of lasagna. Though I'm wondering if I could work some tetris moves in my dinky freezer and store half of the lasagna for later eating.

Many times I'll make rice bowls because I can change up the toppings so I don't get bored. But I think lately I've been having a LOT more rice in the bowl than necessary.
xina_belle
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aaron's 'quirky' about leftovers. Sometimes he love's 'em (pizza, for example), other times they end up in the freezer of forgotten foods.

That's one of our staples. Rice dishes. Cook up some rice in the cooker, and do some variation of chicken, veg and sauce to go on it. Sometimes we'll do a pasta, but mostly rice.
spikesgirl58
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:01 pm (UTC)
I don't. For me, the best part of the day is coming home and cooking with TBG. The only time I do any prep is when something needs to be brined of marinated. Otherwise, we prep then and there. Now we do make out a menu and plan what we are going to have when. That certainly takes the guess work out of shopping.
missdiane
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:05 pm (UTC)
I like spontaneity but it bit me in the ass this week when I found that produce and stuff had gone off and other things had expired. I did get myself together mid week to have decent lunches and dinner but I think even if I don't plan the full week, I at least need to get a good head start to the week so I'm not floundering.
spikesgirl58
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:34 pm (UTC)
Also remember, those expiration dates are not when the stuff 'goes bad,' but when they can't sell it on the shelves any longer. It doesn't mean you have to toss it unless it's visibly spoiled.
spiffikins
Jan. 11th, 2019 07:58 pm (UTC)
I try to!

During the week, when I get home from work, I'm usually starving -and it's WONDERFUL to not have to make decisions and cook - just throw something in the microwave and heat it up.

I'm pretty good about eating leftovers - so I try to have 2 things planned - make something to take for lunches at work and make something so that I have dinners. If I'm overachieving, then I also make my breakfast egg cups for the week.

But I hear you on variety - so yeah - it's helpful if you can make things that do freeze - then of course the trick is remembering to pull the frozen things out and USE them LOL

Even if you don't do full on meal prep - and have stuff premade for the week - just sitting down on the weekend and writing down your plan for every meal for the week might help?

Have you tried quinoa or riced cauliflower as rice in your bowls? Even half cauliflower/half rice makes a big difference in the amount of rice in the bowl.

missdiane
Jan. 11th, 2019 08:15 pm (UTC)
I did a combo of quinoa and white rice but I think it would have been better had I used brown rice. I like the riced cauliflower but I'd only eat that at home. Cauliflower smell from the microwave would be committing an office sin. lol

I've made a grocery list which I think I need to edit since I can see a lot of it going bad before use. I'll work to make a rough list of what I want to eat at least for the beginning of the week. I can't plan out every day, though, since I know I'd wake up and my brain would whine that I don't want the thing I packed.
spiffikins
Jan. 11th, 2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
Cauliflower smell from the microwave would be committing an office sin. lol

Hah - so true! I had a really good bbq beef and cabbage box of leftovers - but I decided AGAINST bringing reheated cabbage to work :D

I can't plan out every day, though, since I know I'd wake up and my brain would whine that I don't want the thing I packed.

Yes - I've had those days! That's when you open the freezer and pull out that leftover thing from last week or the week before and say to your brain "look this is New and Shiny!" LOL
missdiane
Jan. 11th, 2019 08:49 pm (UTC)
I might want to ponder a thermos lunchbox. A lot of vegan stuff seems to be inherently stinky since it's more spiced. I wouldn't need food to be piping hot and it would be less smelly if I didn't use the microwave

Something like this, maybe
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Insulated-Lunch-Box-Food-Storage-Container-Thermo-Server-Stainless-Thermal/122147837084?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3Dbb5b1682b5a246bc98859edd27a21a74%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D263792751547%26itm%3D122147837084&_trksid=p2385738.c100677.m4598
spiffikins
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:11 pm (UTC)
Those are neat! I've never seen box shaped ones!

When I was last in school, I had thermos food storage thing - it did a surprisingly good job of keeping my lunch hot!

It was something like this - link to amazon

but it only works for things like soup, chili, or stuff that you eat with a spoon. The box is far more flexible if it works!

spiffikins
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:18 pm (UTC)
ooh this is COOL

crockpot food warmer
missdiane
Jan. 11th, 2019 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have that! I keep it at work and it does a fantastic job heating up soup. I fill it and turn it on at 10am and by noon, stuff is done.

I’m a bit reluctant to use it on stinky stuff since it heats rather well.
amethyst_witch
Jan. 11th, 2019 11:21 pm (UTC)
Aaarggh *drool* your journal makes me so hungry!! *LOL*
Love roasted potatoes.

I have not meal prepped since moving (kitchen is still a disaster zone) but I will again soon ^_^
njlorelei
Jan. 25th, 2019 09:50 pm (UTC)
I don’t meal prep as I tend to have time daily to cook as I please, but I definitely meal plan. Usually I figure out about a week worth of meals and which days I’m making what. Though I often change that if I feel like eating a different meal. I find produce goes off faster in winter, maybe because stuff isn’t local? As for expiration dates, depending on what it is it might still be ok to eat. Some are just sell by dates or best by dates but they aren’t necessarily bad to eat.
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