Please pardon the fact that I’m pairing outfit pictures with a completely unrelated discussion about meal prep, but it’s a quandary that happens to be on my mind lately and I consider myself insanely lucky to have a community of women whose brains I can pick about book recommendations, bucket list travel, goal setting, name changing, wedding traditions, and so on.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I have zero — and I mean zero — confidence in the kitchen. My diet consists of daily trips to Starbucks and Chopt followed by a nightly debate about what to pick up for dinner (“what are you feeling?” and “I don’t know, you choose” back and forth until we narrow it down through process of elimination — please tell me we’re not the only couple who does this literally.every.single.night).
I tip my hat to girlfriends who whip up dinner for themselves and their husbands every night or who can pull together a dinner party for six friends at a moment’s notice. I’m truly in awe of them, but this is less about me wanting to become a domestic goddess and more about me craving a new routine that helps me make healthy choices, eat on a regular schedule (any other self-employed people guilty of forgetting to eat lunch until the hanger has set in?), and maybe even save a little money in the process. I’m sure this sounds ridiculous to those of you who cook all the time (especially if you’re also cooking for children or coping with dietary restrictions) and it’s definitely embarrassing to admit my total lack of experience (and honestly, longtime lack of interest) in this arena.
I’m drawn to the idea of preparing a few foods a couple times a week and was super inspired by this guest post on my friend Grace’s blog about healthy homemade (and vegetarian!) lunches. In addition to being an inexperienced cook, I’m also a very picky eater, so the idea of cooking quinoa or rice and roasting a bunch of veggies at the beginning of the week seems like a reasonable starting point.
I’d love to hear how meal prep works for you/your household. How many times a week do you grocery shop? Do any of you order groceries online? Do you cook every night or just a couple times a week? How often do you pick up prepared foods or order takeout? I can’t wait to learn from all of you!
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