Kind of like Doomsday Preppers... just not as cool.
Ever since Mike and I tallied up our spending on eating out, we have decided to turn our Sundays into meal prepping, football watching, and family time days. We kicked off this new tradition by (not by choice) waking up at 6:00 in the morning to let Harvey and Coco, my friend's adorable little dog we were watching or the weekend, out for a bathroom break and stretch. Then we headed to the dog park for a good doggy romp in the grass. It was so early no one was there yet which was kind of nice. We just played fetch and watched as Harvey and Coco wrestled around and wore themselves out. Once we got back to the apartment the pups were exhausted so we took the opportunity to head out to the grocery store for the week's food stash.
I've learned over time that when you have your week's meals planned out, it's much easier to stick to your budget and not end up in a situation where you think "Ugh, there's nothing to eat, let's just go out". Our biggest problem was getting to the weekend and not have much food left so we'd end up eating at restaurants. Hence, the mucho mucho dollars spent stupidly.
I packed snacks for the week while Mike started cooking his beer chicken for his famous Chicken Noodle recipe. Batman decided he needed to guard the beer from Harvey and Coco.
Meals for this week
Sunday: Homemade pizza
Monday: Chicken Noodle
Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday: Tomato-Basil Chicken with Asparagus
Thursday: Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
Friday: Cajun Shrimp and Brocolli
Saturday: Chicken Noodle
Sunday: Panini Sandwiches
I even prepped this month's "special treat" meals for Harvey. I normally dice up some chicken, sausage, shrimp, and whatever left over veggies we have that week. Harvey's not picky. He devours everything I make him. Then I boil up some rice in organic chicken broth and add everything together. It smells pretty amazing even for being dog food.
Any time we are cooking for a long peroid of time in the kitchen, Harvey and Batman will sleep at our feet. They are pretty good at staying out of our way and not begging so we don't mind. But poor Talia has always been a scaredy cat and doesn't like to be on the ground around Harvey. So she mostly just sits off in the distance and meows/cries non stop until we come over and love on her. Well, we got tired of her not being around the rest of the family so we taught her how to get up on top of the cabinets in the kitche. A view from above... she felt pretty powerful up there I think. Finally, we had all the fur babies in one place.
Even though this is only our second or third time meal prepping on Sunday, I think it's become one of my favorite things to do as a married couple. I love grocery shopping with Mike, planning what meals we're going to have, trying new recipes, and just cooking with a football game in the background. I can't wait for next Sunday already!