I love this topic!! It feels like so much of my energy goes into “what should i cook” and “when to get ingredients for upcoming meals” and “i don’t want to spend my entire god damn sunday meal prepping” so I’m always aiming to make it more effortless. I actually like cooking, it’s just the constant cycle of having to cook and deal with food procurement that annoys me.
For context, I eat the same breakfast every day for a year or longer at the time, then I choose another breakfast. At the moment, its 2 pieces of toast with jammy boiled egg and soy sauce. I take my lunch to work most days. AB doesn’t eat breakfast and eats lunch out.
I usually go shopping on Sundays and meal prep a bit for the week. I try to make one batch meal that will ensure I have something to take to work if all else fails. This is usually vegetarian e.g.
- big pot of soup
- vegetarian chili
- roasted vegetable pasta salad
Vegetarian to save the environment and to save money.
Then I make a big meal on Sunday, that meal usually isn’t vegetarian. I make extra for leftovers for 1-2 days. Examples
- Chicken Scarpariello (recently discovered this! soooo good!)
- some sort of taco
- some sort of meatballs, either American Italian with pasta, or Turkish with rice, etc.
We will eat this another evening and if there are more leftovers, I will take them to work.
THEN I will try to prep some of the ingredients of the meals for the upcoming week. For example:
- this week I made cabbage pasta, so I roasted the cabbage over the weekend. I also had the bread crumb topping from when I made it a few weeks ago. So during the week, I just needed to cook the pasta and sort of throw it all together.
- sometimes I pre-chop onions, stuff like that.
The goal of that last step is to make cooking on weeknights as quick and easy as possible.
That gets us through the week, and the weekend is sort of a free for all. We may go out to eat or grab some takeout. We eat a lot more takeout than I grew up with (we never ate takeout) and I sort of feel like a failure for not getting a home cooked dinner on the table every evening like my mom did, but I am getting better at being ok with it, considering my mom was staying at home and I am out of the house for at least 11 hours a day.