Forget the Meal Prep.
Before I gave birth to my son, I had the great vision that I would meal prep lunches and dinners...make lots of soups and freeze them...gumbo, chili, the infamous Mexican Soup (I’ll share this recipe, one day), etc. But that didn’t happen. Our freezer was already full of deer meat and I got busy with final preparations for Julian’s arrival - and then he was two weeks late and I just got uncomfortable and lazy, to be honest. Our gym was even doing a nutrition challenge since it was just after the first of the year - and I had these grand dreams of actually being able to participate. No ma’am. Im-effing-possible.
Once Julian was born and we came home from the hospital, I was just in survival mode. Chicken pot pies, frozen pizza, Papa John’s, gracious meals dropped off by friends, my sister came over and made me the best veggie frittata - but it was insane. I couldn’t leave the house to get groceries because I was trying to get a handle on the breastfeeding thing and when I wasn’t doing that, I was pumping - and when I wasn’t doing that, I was watching my little boy breathe and sleep. Seriously. Or I was crying about not being able to leave the house, crying about how bad my boobs hurt, crying because I was so ridiculously tired, and crying because my world just got rocked. Hard.
Then I got this email from a company called The Good Kitchen. They offer a meal delivery service of heat and eat, sustainably-sourced, nutritiously-dense, really effing good meals. I kept reading...my friends had banded together and purchased a gift card for my husband and myself. Your friends might be good, but mine are the shit...the best, ever. And no, you can’t have them. Let’s just say this gift card saved my ass. I signed up for a subscription and within a week, I had freshly packaged paleo-friendly meals arriving at my door. I get a reminder every Monday to select the meals that I want - my favorites are the Pork Winter Skillet and the Grilled Salmon with Broccolini, but honestly, I haven’t had a bad one.
We don’t have a microwave at my house (purely because I don’t have the counter space for it), so I just pop these in the oven for 20 minutes at 375 and they are perfect every time. Now that I’m back at work, I bring them for lunch. It just makes life 100x easier. They come out to $13/meal, which probably sounds high - but I’ll shoot it to you straight...I can easily spend $13 going out to eat for lunch AND I can guarantee you that what I’m getting is not organic, sustainably-sourced, or nutritiously-dense...and hell, sometimes I’m not even satisfied with it. So in my mind, I’m saving myself money and avoiding gaining extra pounds which also saves me even more money because now I don’t have to go buy new clothes. See what I did there? One less thing to cry about! Now the only meal prep I do is for Julian.