Sunday is all about preparing - lessons, clothes, and food.
I would say the preparation that has had the biggest impact on my life lately is my Sunday meal prep.
In late fall in an attempt to eat healthier and make life easier, I started preparing dinners and lunches for the entire week on Sunday.
I also started participating in a lunch swap with two friends at work. We each prepare four servings of a healthy dish and bring them into school. Each day we have a different healthy lunch. We eat very well!
My husband and I explore Weight Watchers and Skinny Taste cookbooks for recipes. Usually, we pick three meals, and I double at least one to take to school.
The preparation starts first thing Sunday morning. After selecting the recipes, I create a list of ingredients needed, and then Scott and I go to the grocery store. Another perk is that my husband helps me, and that never happened during the week.
After we return from the store, we pull out all of the ingredients and stage them on the table.
We then spend Sunday afternoons together cooking our three dishes. Scott does the chopping and measuring of spices, and I put the ingredients together and do the cooking. Today, we will be using the Insta Pot, the oven, and the stovetop.
Our menu for this week:
1. Breaded chicken thighs, roasted balsamic vegetables, and brown rice.
2. Instant Pot chicken and dumpling soup (we are expecting cold weather this week)
3. Korean beef and rice bowls
And this week we are adding a breakfast.
4. Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches
The result has been life-altering. I do not have to cook during the week. I do not have to wonder about or figure out what we are having for dinner. I do not have to go to the grocery store or order out. It is simply grab a container and sit. We still eat together, but the nights are stress-free.
At the end of my morning pages, I put a quote as a send-off for the day. Today, I ended with this quote, and I find it applicable to my Sunday preparation.
"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
- Alan Lakein
I am excited to be participating in the Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge.