I really look forward to seeing everyone’s Valentine’s recaps, but I don’t have much to recap here, as it was as low key as it gets. I did the grocery shopping Friday morning, so with the fridge stocked and the cold temps outside, we had no reason to go anywhere.
We didn’t leave the house once except for church on Sunday, which made it delightfully low-key. We spent the weekend chatting over coffee on the couch for a couple hours, David learning video editing, me napping and doing chores and the girls running a muck.
I managed to make it through the first half of Spetre on Saturday night before falling asleep at about 8:45, so something tells me the relaxing weekend was much-needed.
Since we had the entire Sunday afternoon up in the air, I decided to try a little something out of my norm and do a massive food prep.
I’m always a fan of Sunday food prep, but I usually do a few small things that give me a jump start on the week. Yesterday, however, I prepped almost everything we needed for the week ahead.
- washed and trimmed the asparagus
- made a batch of freezer breakfast burritos (which I totally messed up buying the right tortillas for because again the store only had taco size and you really need to use the large burrito-sized tortillas)
- leftover burrito filling that I plan to make into breakfast scrambles
- sauteed kale
- homemade tomato soup
- spinach lasagna roll-ups
- homemade veggie broth since my freezer broth bag was full
- chopped all the ingredients for my paleo sausage and veggie bake and vacuum sealed them
All in all, the entire process from prep to a clean kitchen took about 2 hours. It covers all our dinners for the week, minus spaghetti night, which is pretty easy to pull together.
Pros: I feel SUPER prepared. Knowing I don’t have to cook a thing except spaghetti is pretty exciting. I only had to trash the kitchen once. I had David’s help with the girls.
Cons: It took 2 hours, which is a luxury amount of time to have solo in the kitchen. I was worn out.
Luckily, David to the rescue!
We couldn’t resist trying out the hammered Moscow Mule mugs I got him for Valentine’s Day. We tend to lean Kentucky Mule over Moscow, which uses bourbon instead of vodka and with fresh squeezed lime, it was just the refreshment I needed.
Still, I was so tired of being in the kitchen that I didn’t even have the heart left to make our dinner. Lucky for us, my sweet friend Katie dropped us off a little care package that included mac ‘n cheese and these suckers:
Yup, our Valentine’s dinner ended up consisting of a couple homemade double doozies and a Kentucky mule. Do we know how to celebrate or what?!
Oh, I do have one more ‘pro’ to add to the super food prep list: steps!
David gave me a Fitbit Charge HR for Valentine’s day and I had it charged up and ready to go just prior to food prepping. Though it’s a far cry from my 10,000 step a day goal, over 1,000 steps in the kitchen alone isn’t too shabby.
Knowing that tonight’s dinner is ready to be stuck in the oven kind of gives me butterflies, so I’m interested to see how this mega food prep plays out over the week.
Are you a Sunday food prep fan?
Do you cook it batches, freeze things or just wing it through the week?
Or, just tell me about your Valentine’s day! 😉