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Family Food Prep – Week 2

May 22, 2022

    Family food prep! Sharing our food prep tips on how to efficiently prep food for you and your family to fuel everyone all week long.

    We are back baby! Family food prep week number 2 is LIVE and ready for you!! And I could not be happier to be sharing the latest week of eats with you guys.

    In case you missed it – here is what we did a couple weeks ago to kick off the new Family Food Prep series. And I shared it over on Instagram and Tiktok too.

    Our goal here is to teach you guys how to make a week worth of food (4 nights because ya girl gets take out on weekends) and have something new every night. Even if you are using the same few items that you made. I love sharing these ideas with you guys!! Let me know what you make and if you cook along, tag me on Instagram!.

    Here’s how food prep for your family works:

    1. Step 1: Pick out 2 types of protein you want to cook, 1 grain and at least 3 veggies to make. Optional: pick how you want to spice them up each night (use this week’s meal ideas as a guide).
    2. Step 2: Make a list of the ingredients you need to prepare each one. Keep in mind the number of people you feed will dictate the quantities of what you make. We do ours for a family of 4 but 2 adults and 2 young kids so what we prep differs from someone with 2 adults and 2 teenagers.
    3. Step 3: Go to the grocery store or schedule your groceries to be delivered to save time/energy.
    4. Step 4: Begin cooking. Set a timer so you actually see how long it takes you. We clocked ourselves and it took 1 hour 30 minutes this week. You will get quicker over time.
    5. Step 5: Add everything to your tupperware or food storage of choice and store in the fridge until meal time.

     

    This week’s family food prep line up:

    • Protein 1: Roasted chicken thighs or breasts. We roast these on a baking pan with the potatoes, desired spices and olive oil drizzle at 425 for about 25-30 minutes. You can also use this chicken method too.
    • Protein 2:  Ground turkey (or use another ground meat you’d like like beef, pork, lamb)
    • Grain 1: Gluten-free pasta of choice or any pasta you’d like.
    • Veggie 1: Frozen peas – I microwave these with some water for about 5 minutes (follow directions on bag!)
    • Veggie 2: Sautéed peppers and onions in garlic and olive oil and a splash of cooking broth
    • Veggie 3: Roasted potatoes – we use baby potatoes and roasted them cut in half with the chicken
    • Veggie 4: We went wild this week and added a 4th – sautéed Maitake mushrooms in some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

    Four meal ideas to make with these items:

    Meal idea 1: Roasted chicken with vegetables

    For this first idea – we are keeping things basic. Just add some potatoes, any of the veggies you’d like with a crispy chicken thigh!

     

    Meal idea 2: Roasted chicken and vegetable pasta

    This is a delicious simple pasta. Garlic, olive oil, some chicken, peas in the pasta and some parmesan cheese on top.

     

    Meal idea 3: Ground meat in red sauce with vegetables

    I loved this combo so much – mushrooms, potatoes and added the ground turkey in some red sauce I had leftover in the fridge.

     

    Meal idea 4: Tacos with turkey meat, veggies, any toppings you’d like+ guacamole to serve

    This was my favorite night. I used some tortillas we had on hand, ground turkey, peppers and onions with hot sauce and some grated cheese.

     

    FAQs on meal prepping for your family:

    1. How long can food last once prepared?
      1. I live my life by the 5 day rule. Add it to the fridge and eat within 5 days!
    2. How can you make food taste fresh and not like it’s leftover?
      1. I prefer reheating it all on a greased skillet! It gets a little crisp to it then and doesn’t get soggy or dried out either.
    3. Do your kids eat everything you eat too?
      1. Yup! These meal plans are designed to feed you AND your family
    4. What is a realistic budget for weekly food spending?
      1. This really depends on a few things such as: Do you buy organic? Where are you shopping? How many people do you cook for? We can definitely dive into this in another post and share more on budgeting as we get going with the new series.

    Click here for your weekly grocery list!

    I love seeing you what you make my recipes!
    Don’t forget to use the hashtag @rachLmansfield and #rachLeats on instagram!

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