Comforting Meal Prep for the Win!

This week has been a challenging one for myself and Draz. Heck, I would even say it’s been tough on our animals as well! Getting used to my new work schedule and all that goes with it is about what I expected….and at the same time not at all. In some ways, I’m adjusting pretty quickly! In other ways, not so much.

One thing I’m really glad I didn’t have to worry about this week? Our meals. More than just about any week that I can think of, meal prep kept us both on track and less stressed during this massive change. Since we are now on opposite work shifts, we are now on opposite eating schedules too. He is having dinner around the same time I have breakfast! So having everything ready to go in the fridge was one thing less to worry about.


This week was all about budget-friendly healthier versions of comfort food! In all the chaos I forgot to take a full meal prep photo, but I did manage to get a couple pictures before it was all gone! Our main dishes were:

  • Creamy Mac and Cheese with Ham and Stir-fry Veggies
  • Crockpot Buffalo Chicken and Noodle Soup
  • Chinese Stir-fried Eggs with Tomatoes (served with steamed jasmine rice)


All of these turned out wonderful, though I think the mac and cheese was my favorite for the week. Something about pasta and veggies is just so comforting!

I still have a lot of adjusting to do to deal with my new schedule, but I think I’m making good headway! I managed to get more time in the jewelry studio this week than I have in over a month. And I got in a pretty good amount of workouts in, including a kickboxing workout that kicked my butt! (Thanks Laura!) One thing I’ve found is helping – limiting my social media use in the first few hours of the day!

If switching your schedule like this is something you’ve ever dealt with, I would love to hear your tips for adjusting! Have a great week y’all! I have some exciting things coming up soon that I just CAN’T WAIT to share with you!


Use This Budget-Friendly Meal Prep to Make Your Week Easier!

If you have been around the blog for very long, you know that I love meal prep. There are some weeks though, that really highlight just how much of a difference meal prep makes in my life. This week was definitely one of those weeks. I started off the week super focused on getting ready for my first craft market of the “season” and stayed pretty focused on that the majority of the week. (Along with the blog, I also sell handmade jewelry here) Combine that with a couple projects I was working on for the blog and I was staying up way later than I should be. I had no mental energy left to think about what I was going to eat.

And this is where meal prep really becomes so helpful! The thought was taken completely out of the equation. Even when I was exhausted and distracted, I knew that we had healthy food in the fridge ready to eat. I even had some food that could count as one of my “comfort foods,” so that was one more thing to help me feel a little better and de-stress.

All this to say, you can really make meal prep work for you! Those weeks when life just gets insane don’t have to be quite so stressful, because at least one major area of your life is already handled. Because let’s face it, cooking and food can take up a pretty large chunk of our day, especially if we want to eat healthy, homemade meals.

On that note, enjoy this week’s meal prep!

This budget-friendly meal prep is the perfect way to get you set up for the coming week!


For snacks, I’m still seriously loving these No Crust Pizza Bites and Quinoa Omelette Bites. I can’t get enough of them and the are a lovely change-up from the snacks I was eating for a long time. I also switched back to the Cheeseburger Salads because, well…they are delicious! While I might be switching this up more often, I don’t think this is going to change much any time soon. This salad is so good, filling and still fits well within my macros.

For our main dishes this week, there was really a split between food for me and food for Draz, more so than normal. This is another example of how meal prep can work for you! Other than breakfast, we ate very different food all week this week with no day-to-day extra work. And while I didn’t really realize it at the time, all of our main dishes this week were vegetarian! Which is pretty rare for us and was a nice change of pace.


My dinner dish for the week: Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry with Cauliflower Rice. You guys…I think I finally got this whole cauliflower rice thing down! Check out this guide from Minimalist Baker for the method I used. Also learned this week..sometimes shocking things happen in the kitchen. Things like your blade in your trusty food processor suddenly breaking in half while making cauliflower rice. Thankfully, I had just started making it, so I only had to throw out a little bit. And I had another type of blade, so I was still able to make it 🙂 But it was definitely startling!


Back to this curry. This is seriously delicious. I have made this recipe before, but never with sweet potato. When I realized that I wanted to make this dish for this week, I also realized that I had some sweet potato left over from a previous meal prep. Perfect! I wasn’t entirely sure how well the sweet potato would work with the flavors of the dish, but I was worrying for nothing. It turned out wonderful!


As for Draz’s food for the week, I made Skinny Lasagna Rolls and Homemade Lentil Soup. I can say, without any surprise, that the lasagna was his favorite of the week. The soup was tasty, but those lasagna rolls are just SO good! If you haven’t tried them yet, you definitely should. Not only are they tasty and macros friendly, but they are pretty easy to make too!

Here is the macros breakdown for the week:


Want to make this for your own meal prep? Get the full main dish grocery list here!

That’s it for this week! Any kitchen mishaps that you have had to deal with lately? Or tried out any recipes with a new ingredient? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!