How long does your meal prep take each day? Do you spend hours frolicking around the kitchen making everything from scratch?
Neither do I. It sounds lovely, it really does but I don’t have enough time for that. Maybe one day, but until then I’ll take some short cuts. Shopping smart, easy meals and snacks along with having a plan, make eating better in a hurry possible.
I regularly get questions about grocery shopping. We are fortunate to have a Sprouts nearby. We do almost all of our shopping at Sprouts. They have the best produce that is always reasonably priced, a great selection of organic and gluten-free products and I can get in out of the store quickly. Plus, they have great Deals of the Month that are always a great value!
Easy Meals and Snacks
I like to plan quick meals for busy nights and leftovers for busier nights. I reserve meals that take longer to prepare for weekends. I buy things like pasta, Muir Glen Pasta Sauce, ready to eat cereal, Larabars, fresh fruit, fresh veggies and Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips. By the way, those items and more are 35% off right now, no coupon needed.
No matter how busy I get, I can have a quick meal or an easy snack in only a few minutes. This helps tremendously when I’m rushing out the door and need to pack food for the day for all of us.
Having a Plan
Meal planning isn’t just, “what are we going to eat?” It’s also when am I going to shop and who is cleaning up. Have I ever said how much I hate doing dishes? A lot!
We often do our shopping on the weekends but when possible we shop on Wednesdays because that is double ad day at Sprouts. No, you don’t have to clip coupons or carry the ad, it means the sale prices for the previous set of ads and the new ads are both valid. You’ll get the best deals!
When you get home from Sprouts go ahead and chop some veggies. Then you can grab your veggies, hummus and Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips for a snack, even when you are in a hurry.
Doing a ton of dishes kills my back so I’ll try to make one pot meals whenever I can. Psst! The recipe below is a one pot meal!
One Pot Veggie Pasta
- 4 cups of water
- 1 8 ounce package of gluten-free pasta
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1 25.5 oz jar of Muir Glen Pasta Sauce (Tomato Basil)
- Pour 4 cups of water in a skillet, cover with a lid and bring the water to a boil.
- Once boiling add the pasta, stir and cover with the lid for 5 minutes. Stir every few minutes.
- Add the veggies and stir again, then cover with the lid. Set timer for 10 minutes but stir regularly.
- Drain pasta and veggies in a colander then immediately rinse with cold water.
- Pour pasta and veggies back into skillet then add pasta sauce and stir well.
- Heat for a few minutes until sauce is warm.
The pasta I used had a 15 minute cooking time. If your pasta has a shorter cooking time, like 10 minutes, you’ll want to add the veggies at the same time as the pasta. Make sure your pasta is covered in water, the veggies don’t have to be. The skillet allows the water to come to a boil faster.
I also made sure to cut all my veggies into small pieces while the water was coming to a boil. That allowed them to cook quickly. I just cut extra veggies for salad and a snack later.
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