I have an extremely busy schedule, and CJ does, too. Our days begin with waking up at 6:00AM, having breakfast quickly, and getting to the gym by 7. We then workout for about 1 to 1.5 hours and head to class right after, which I get out of by 11 most days. I then head to work Monday-Friday from 1:30-10PM, and most Sundays from 8-2:30PM. Carlos works about 20 hours per week as well as being a full time student, so we’re trying to figure out ways to use our free time during the week to chill, rather than spend the time cooking, cleaning, and rushing to the next thing!
We’ve tried to meal prep once before, but the food wasn’t very good. This time, we’re trying things differently! Since work is slow today, I made a list of foods to eat for the week that are more-or-less healthy. Here’s what I came up with:
I make most of my meals vegetarian, but Carlos is vegan so he adjusts his food accordingly. He just doesn’t use cheese for the wraps, and doesn’t eat eggs. Instead, he makes a batch of homemade seitan, a meat substitute, as a source of his protein. All he uses to make it is vital wheat gluten and water, and adds flavoring with soy sauce, nutritional yeast, and sometimes olive oil. A 3-oz portion of seitan contains 21g of protein!
Carlos uses seitan in sandwiches, stir fries, and pretty much anything else where meat would go well.
When I came home from work on Sunday, I began boiling 5 eggs. To do this, I simply put the eggs in a pot of water, turned up the heat until boiling, and then shut off the heat. I let the eggs cook for about 15 minutes to make sure they were done. While waiting for the eggs to cook, I started cooking a pound of dry black beans. Without waiting for them to soak, I just boiled another pot of water and left the beans cooking for about 1.5 hours. As the beans were cooking, I chopped up my veggies, shredded the cheese, and made my salads for the week.
To sum it up, on Sunday, I made:
- 5 boiled eggs
- 4 burrito wraps
- 4 salads
- roasted chickpeas
- extra beans and rice for whatever
As you can see, I didn’t get to make everything on my list, but I still did a lot. I can just grab my lunch and go to work, without having to prepare it the morning of!