A Little Bit of Meal Prep Goes a Long Way

  Mar 14, 2016  |  #meal prep

Hey hey!

How did daylights savings go for everyone? I’ll tell you I’m still adjusting to losing an hour but I sure am excited to have an extra hour of sunlight after the workday. I’ll be dog sitting for some friends this week too, so I’ll have a new neighborhood to run around and explore!

What was the best part of your weekend? Mine was some much needed R+R. On Saturday, Ed and I enjoyed a nice lazy morning, filled with chai tea and pancakes, and Homeland – we are addicted. Sunday was a rainy day, so I did some morning yoga which made me feel like a million bucks! I was sweating like a pig and all of my muscles and joints felt so open. Despite last week’s post, “You might be a runner if...,” I actually didn’t run much at all last week due to some hip issues. I was all about long walks, yoga and cross training!

I think it’s important to take time off from running since it is such a high impact form of exercise on the body. My body is thanking me.

On Friday afternoon,we finally checked out Kid Cashew, which had been on the bucket list since it opened a few months ago. I was so glad to see Sara post about it right before going, because her pictures dictated our decision to try the mac n cheese. It was the perfect afternoon for a patio drink and some apps.

kid cashew

These are the infamous Goats Milk Breastmilk cocktails – honey, lemon, mint and some licorice flavors. SO DELICIOUS.


We split the beets, the mac n cheese (with FIVE different cheeses!), and some pita bread with eggplant dip.

kid cashew 2

kid cashew mac n cheese

We also ordered the lamb burger, but it came out really undercooked 🙁  I actually don’t think Kid Cashew lived up to all the hype, but maybe we need to try different food next time. I still think they have some kinks to work out.

Anywho, I’ll be dog sitting for some friends later this week so I wanted to have some easy meal plan prepped and done so I can bring that over and have easy breakfasts, snacks and dinner for the time I’m there. And I’m not a HUGE meal prep person (I always do a little bit each day rather than devoting a large chunk on Sunday), but if you can set aside just a couple hours, look at all the things you can get done?!

For breakfasts on the go, I made Kath’s baked banana oatmeal and added bluebs.

baked oatmeal

For snackies, I made Lindsay’s Sweet Potato Protein bars, so I can just grab them at the clinic in between patients and some hard boiled eggs. For lunches/dinners, I cooked up some black beans/quinoa mixes, mixed a salad blend of spinach, kale and arugula with lemon juice and olive oil, and made Spinach and Feta chickpea burgers for quick dinners to heat up. I don’t foresee myself doing a ton of cooking while dog-sitting so it’ll be nice to have some healthy eats to grab on the go.

spinach feta burger meal prep sunday

How was your weekend? I’m linking up with Hoho Runs and Trish for the Weekly Wrap!

Best easy thing to meal prep for the week? Mine is definitely hard boiled eggs. I go through those bad boys so quickly!



32 responses to “A Little Bit of Meal Prep Goes a Long Way

  1. I haven’t adjusted to the time change. It takes me a while. This is usually when I start walking my dogs after supper. But, I’ve been lazy so far this week. It will be fun to run and explore a different neighborhood. I admit, I am not good at meal prep. I’m very impressed with how much you accomplished. in a short amount of time. The sweet potato protein bars would definitely hit the spot! Thanks for linking with us Sarah.

  2. Oh my gosh that Mac. Currently dying over here!
    Prepping foods is probably one of my favorite things to do. I know its time consuming, but its peaceful for me! I put on some music and just get to it, dancing and bopping my way around the kitchen 🙂

  3. I’m so happy we have an extra hour of daylight! My boyfriend and I were just talking about doing meal prep together on the weekend-it would be good for me from a recovery standpoint and good for him for work and his own health goals. Thanks for posting this!

  4. Homeland is one of my all time favorite shows! SO good. I did a lot of meal prep yesterday, too. It really makes all the difference for me!

  5. I’m not a huge meal prepper either–the most I do is just make my lunch the night before! I LOVE Homeland–did you just start watching it? The first two seasons are amazing. I love lamb anything, but that sucks your burger came out undercooked :/ Overall it looks like a yummy and fun weekend!

    1. Yes – we are halfway through season 2 and loving it, especially since some of it was filmed here in Charlotte! It was a bummer about the lamb burger because I normally love them!

  6. Those drinks look delicious. But what a bummer about the lamb burger. It sounds so tasty.

    At the very least I try to prep breakfasts (usually overnight oats) + a pre-workout snack. Oftentimes hardboiled eggs or banana oat bites. I am usually one to do a big Sunday prep though. It saves me SO much time & frustration & hunger during the week.

  7. Wait – goats milk breastmilk!? Was that part of the cocktail?
    Putting that aside… it looks like a cute restaurant and the thought of drinks on a patio would have made it worthwhile in itself. Glad you got to try it. And your sunday R&R sounds FABULOUS.
    My consistent meal prep is roasting a bunch of sweet potato chunks. Last night I also threw a bunch of chicken thighs and bbq sauce in the slow cooker – that’s always an easy set up for my week ahead. Oh and cookies. Always need a batch of some form of cookie at the start of my week.

    1. There wasn’t actually goat breastmilk in the cocktail – I don’t know how they came up with that name, haha! Always love roasting sweet potatoes, and you’re right on with the cookies!

  8. Sounds like you and the hubs had an awesome weekend! I hope to see a special dog-sitting post, chalk full of pup pics 🙂

  9. I’m so glad you were able to get some R&R. The waffles you shared looked insane! For me, prepping either a breakfast or a lunch makes things go a ton smoother in the morning. Having a meal plan for dinners can eliminate a lot of time too.
    Dog sitting sounds kind of fun? I hope it is a fun/nice dog!

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