Have you been into ANY store lately? If you haven’t let me fill you in, Back to School and Halloween…that is what you’re missing. It feels as if bite sized jumbo packs of candy and school shopping sales come earlier and earlier each year basically putting a timer on the remaining days of summer. But after a season of outdoor eating and BBQ’s there is something refreshing about the idea of the fall, getting back into routine and schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer just as much as the next Basic Gal (does anyone else get a little depressed when you notice your tan fading?). Most use the new year as a clean slate and way to start fresh, but I like to use Labor day for that. It’s the perfect time to get back on track, refine and reset your goals to finish off the year strong.
Let’s get back to the basics.
To me a well thought out and planned meal prep is the perfect example of this concept. The summer is great because it’s filled with BBQ’s, outdoor activities, long days at the beach/lake etc, which sometimes leaves little time or desire to think about what next week’s meals will be. Which is totally fine by the way. Being spontaneous and a bit go-with-the flow is part of what we crave about the summer (It happens to the best of us – I am writing this as I get ready to head out to a afternoon party on the east end of Long Island). But to get back to normalcy and know that your food is already prepped and ready to eat just makes the summertime sadness a little bit easier. It can be overwhelming to think about but let’s break it down.
There are so many good resources to help you come up with your perfect back to basics prep. We live in a world where almost every social media platform throws recipes in our face. On any given day you will find thousands of Instagramers showing off their completed meal preps or on Facebook, Tasty & the Food Network constantly posting easy to recreate video recipes. So as you are scrolling through your newsfeed, save a recipe video that interests you or that looks amazing. It’s okay if you don’t try it right away, but saving it will keep ii in the back of your mind and easier to find later on. Let’s not forget the mother-load of a recipe resource Pinterest, even if you have no idea what you want to make a simple “Lunch Recipe” search will for sure get you started in the right direction. Create boards, whether its one board for all recipes you find or specific categories my meal type or ingredient, keeping yourself organized will get you a head in the meal prep game.
For me, I have 4-5 easy, uncomplicated, time saving, nutritious recipes that I like to refer as the ‘basics’. These are the backbone to my meal preps. When I have a really busy weekend and don’t have time to sit down and research creative meals, I will go back to basics (see what I did there?). It gives you the peace of mind of knowing that no matter what is going on in your life, you know you have these recipes to fall back on. You will quickly find that they will become staples in your rotation.
Check out the list of my Go-To basics. All of these recipes can be made at the beginning of the week for lunch and/or dinners.
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