“Real Food” Food Prep Plan: 7 Foods To Make Now and Enjoy All Week

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I thought it would be helpful to follow-up last week’s food prep plan with a new plan for this coming week.

Food prep has become a form of self-care for me and my family. It’s a way of saying “yes!” to our health and wellness in an intentional way.

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

My goal in sharing a few food prep plans is to show you exactly how I food prep. It’s taken me time to develop a routine and find my groove, but now food prep is second nature.

Before sharing another food prep plan, I think it’s important to note that you don’t have to “food prep” to enjoy a real food lifestyle. Food prep isn’t a required real food lifestyle activity. When I was a stay-at-home with little kiddos, I had more time to spend in the kitchen and loved the ability to make food in the moment. Food prep wasn’t something on my radar. It wasn’t a necessity in our life.


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Today, I work full time, Dustin works a demanding job in terms of travel and a weird schedule, and we have kiddos in school. This is a season that requires pivoting in terms of how we embrace real food. I still love being in the kitchen, but I don’t have as much time to spend in this space. Food prep is the key to keeping our real food lifestyle possible. As Robin Long said in our recent podcast chat, “There are seasons to our life and we need to remember to adapt to our seasons.” Adding food prep to my Sunday schedule is my way of adapting and pivoting in our current season of life.

That said, if you’re interested in adding food prep to your weekly schedule, I hope these posts are helpful. I’m not going to make food prep plans a weekly thing. My goal is to provide you with a few plans you can rotate regularly in order to simplify your food prep routine.

What to Prep

And How to Use It

I like to view food prep in terms of components versus full meals. These foods can be mixed and matched with other foods to make a complete meal or snack, and some may be enjoyed alone. I generally focus on breakfast and lunch foods.

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

How to Prep

  1. First, cook the chickpeas in the Instant Pot. 
  2. While the chickpeas cook, make the baked oatmeal in the oven. 
  3. Drain the chickpeas from the liquid. Increase the oven temperature. On a sheet pan, toss half the chickpeas with olive oil and salt. Roast the chickpeas in the oven. 
  4. Peel and cut the veggies. Or, ask a family member to help. My kids are master peelers and cutters at this point.
  5. Make the soup (of choice) in the Instant Pot.
  6. While the soup cooks, make the hummus in the food processor using the remaining half of the chickpeas.
  7. Make salad dressing.
  8. While everything cools, pour yourself a glass of wine and clean up the kitchen.
  9. Store food in storage containers and place in fridge.

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

Resources To Help You Rock Your Food Prep

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

Tour My Fridge

Now let’s talk about storing this food in your fridge. In this post (and video), I share a tour of my fridge, my number one organization tip, how to store food (from prepped food to individual ingredients), and the best food storage containers.

Food Prep Plan: 6 Foods You Can Make Now and Enjoy All Week

Food Prep Storage Containers

I’ve gone through my share of food storage containers over the years. I’ve settled on a few brands that I love and work very well for me. I love these containers because you can see through the containers, which means food is visible.

  • Ball Mason Jars (with plastic white lids): I purchase my jars at Target. I find the wide-mouth jars work best for food storage. The metal lids are awful for storage. Trust me, buy the plastic lids! You can find the plastic lids on Amazon or at Target. I use these jars for storing so many things: ranch dip, broth, soup, cut carrots, etc.
  • Snap Ware or OXO (Snap Ware-Like) Containers: You can also find these containers at Target, sold individually. These come in small and large. Great for shredded chicken, berries, cooked grains (like rice, quinoa, etc.), soup, and eggs.
  • PyrexI have the 3-cup size and a 6-cup container (perfect for large berries or soup). You can find these on Amazon in a set or individually from Target (3 cup size and 6 cup size). I have 6 3-cup containers and 1 6-cup container. Also great for shredded chicken, berries, cooked grains (like rice, quinoa, etc.), soup, and eggs.

School Lunch Food Prep  The Simplified School Lunch Kit provides you with food prep ideas and recipes for the lunchbox. This kit will also teach you how to confidently plan and pack lunch in a way that's strategic and enjoyable. Plus, this kit includes ready-to-use lunch plans and printable cards for over 20 fully-packed lunches.

School Lunch Food Prep 

The Simplified School Lunch Kit provides you with food prep ideas and recipes for the lunchbox. This kit will also teach you how to confidently plan and pack lunch in a way that’s strategic and enjoyable. Plus, this kit includes ready-to-use lunch plans and printable cards for over 20 fully-packed lunches.

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