And here I was about to write some long winded rant about how meal prep is over rated. Only for A-types, not me (although I do appreciate a solid plan).
Best I just eat my words.
When I imagine meal prepping I see piles of Tupperware, pre-portion measurements and exacting ingredients – which makes my rebel nature run. How’s a girl to stay present and whimsical but fully intentional, in the moment and able to change on a dime if need? While I think I’ve honed this quite well over the decades – ie. cultivating a solid skill set is a process! – and trust I can make conscious choices on the fly, I do know I’ve benefited immensely from having a good idea of what and how I intend to keep my desires aligned with my actions.
Welcome to a typical week in the life of the Therapeutic kitch. A big pot of soup that can be reinvented with various spices or sauces and some roasted potatoes (the standard).
The *purpose is to supplement these foods with additional fruits, smoothies, nuts, seeds and grains like rice & oats.
The *intention is to be satisfied and hone simplicity.
The *goal is to relax and ease into the week knowing full well a grounding meal is available and nothing half assed can interfere with what I’ve put into place.
If you’re familiar with the law of attraction and the adage: “getting out ahead of it,” let this be your metaphor in action. Preparing your food, at least a big pot of it, is not as rigid as your rebellious side may like to believe. While I don’t usually advocate for strict measurements and the mountain of Tupperware stacked in the fridge, I do encourage mindful planning and putting your intentions first. I hope this visual gives you an idea that you don’t need to adhere to rules and restrictions around calculated food choices – but you can live intentionally by getting a few ducks in a row to prevent less-than-conscious choice making. You dig?
The foundation of this soup is nothing magical – although my 9 year old daughter has been eating it for dinner and school lunch which tickles my mama heart I must say. Heres how I made it:
1 large pot
2 small-medium zucchini
1 green cabbage
1 24 oz can of whole stewed tomatoes + 1 can full of water
3 white potatoes
1 can of rinsed red/kidney beans
5 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp Braggs aminos
1 Tbsp citrus herb seasoning
2 tsp dried dill
*Place all ingredients in the pot, chopped, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover until the potatoes are cooked through. Enjoy throughout the week. Adjust seasonings. Add a drizzle of balsamic. Add some steamed rice.
May I add that this skill is something you will cultivate more on the May Body Reset? Just a reminder that it’s all for a reason xo