The whole point of Living Remixed is inspire you to enhance your life. No matter where you live, good living can always be within reach.

Now, I do my best to steer you in the right direction. I provide shortcuts and quick fixes when I can. But there are some pleasures in life that just take time. And that’s where #SundayPrepDay comes in. In order for #SundayPrepDay to work, you have to be diligent about meal planning. I guarantee you will notice an immediate difference in your week after one #SundayPrepDay session.

I plan meals for the coming week on Thursday nights. This usually starts with a scan of the cabinets, pantry and fridge to see what I already have. I try to alternate between, red meat, poultry and seafood to ensure variety throughout the week. We’re not against pork. I enjoy a piece of bacon just like the next person. Every once in a while I’ll throw in a pork chop. But I don’t make a habit of serving it so don’t count on it.

My planning starts off like this:

Our Menu

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Beef Seafood Chicken Beef Seafood Chicken Day Off

 

I started with beef this week because I knew I wanted to make Pot Roast for Sunday dinner. If I had decided on chicken, I might have followed it with beef or seafood. You get the idea.

Next you have to get more specific. This is where things get interesting. What KIND of chicken? What KIND of beef? Fish or Shellfish?  You can choose anything. Have fun with it. When I’m done, it looks something like this:

Our Menu

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Pot Roast w/Sauteed Cabbage and Cornbread

Miso Black Cod w/Asian Green Beans Chicken Fried Rice Rib-Eye Steak w/Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes and Sauteed Asparagus Garlic Shrimp w/Orzo Honey Mustard Chicken w/Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots

Day Off

 

PrepDayFlankSteakOnce the menu is planned, I make my shopping list. The list is mainly comprised of fresh produce, fresh meats and seafood, and any specialty items I may not have on hand. The entire process should never take more than an hour. I’ve been at it a while, so I can get my plan and list done in 30 minutes or so. I do my grocery shopping on Fridays. The idea of grocery shopping on a Saturday scares me. I can think of much better ways to spend my Saturday. As you can see from the plan, Saturdays are my day off. Who wants to spend their day off in a grocery store? No me. The bonus is that my local Whole Foods always has some great “Friday Only” deal on something I love. With all the shopping done on Friday, I’m all set for #SundayPrepDay.

When Sunday arrives I take the morning for myself. I sip my coffee slowly and read the Sunday ‘Times. Then I go to church or do whatever I want until early afternoon. That’s when #SundayPrepDay begins.  I put on some comfy clothes, turn on some music and get to work. Sunday dinner is usually some type of slow cooker meal that doesn’t require a lot of babysitting. I do this for two reasons. 1. I grew up with comfort food on Sundays so it’s only natural that I carry on the tradition. 2. #SundayPrepDay. Low maintenance meals give me time to prep other meals for the coming week.

2014-03-29 18.17.50#SundayPrepDay is when any chopping, dicing, slicing or marinating gets done. Marinated meats are placed in ziptop bags and placed in the fridge. Chopped vegetables and meats that can be precooked are stored in plastic storage containers like these. Any food that is to be baked or roasted is seasoned and placed in the roasting pan or casserole dish it will be cooked in so that it can go straight from the fridge to the oven. Not every meal will require preparation ahead of time. It’s a good idea to mix quick meals with more elaborate meals. And there may be some meals, like lasagna, that can be fully cooked on Sunday for reheating later in the week.

 

 

With a bit of practice, you will become a meal planning master. The most rewarding part is when you can come home after a long day and enjoy a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine without stressing in the kitchen.

You can thank me later.

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