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How To Prep Food For The Week Without Making ‘Recipes’

Posted Nov 06 2012 6:46am

I am a big advocate of prepping food on Sundays so I always have healthy lunches and dinners ready to go during the busy week.  Often, I will choose 2 different recipes to make in bulk (like my healthy pad thai , or turkey chili ).

But sometimes, I am just not in the mood to make a recipe.  That certainly doesn’t mean I can’t still prep food!  When this is the case, I will generally just make tons of veggies, and a few different protein options- super easy!

Sunday I went to the grocery and came home with this:

Collard greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage, egg whites, asparagus, mushrooms, tempeh, tuna, tofu, blueberries, red peppers, hummus, and tomatoes!

I got to work prepping all that food.  First, asparagus and sweet potatoes went into the oven to roast.

I added some lemon pepper Mrs. Dash to the asparagus.

I added some onion and herb Mrs. Dash to the sweet potatoes.

Next, I prepared the collard greens.  I wanted to use them as big wraps for tempeh, hummus, and veggies.  Collard greens are packed full of vitamins and nutrients and are bigger and hardier than other lettuce leaves you can use to make wraps.

First, you need to wash those leaves because they are covered in dirt!

Then I added them 3 at a time to a pot of boiling water.

After boiling for 1 minute, take the greens and submerge them in ice water to stop the cooking and keep the nice green color.

Dry the leaves off and you’ve got delicious, nutritious wraps all week!

Next for food prep, I chopped my purple cabbage and sauteed it with some coconut oil.

Lastly, I sliced the tempeh and browned it on the stove.

And then I was done! An entire week worth of healthy food packed away in my fridge.

Yesterday, I made myself 2 wraps for lunch.  Spread some hummus on a collard green, add red peppers, tomato, and tempeh, and roll it up!  YUM!

After a great day at work I managed to get in 5.5 miles on the treadmill.  I ran for 20 minutes, did sprints for 20 minutes, and walked on an incline for 20 minutes.  1 hour total while watching last night’s episode of Revenge!

(taken before I actually finished)

Question

Do you prep food even if you don’t have a specific recipe to make?  

What are your favorite things to make for the week? 

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