1 Hour of Food Prep

I’m not one to set aside time on Sunday to do food prep for the week. Instead, every time I make dinner I try to utilize the time as best as possible and prep as much food as I can in the time that I have. Earlier this week I decided to document just how much you can accomplish in one hour when you’re focused and have a plan! Full disclosure, I gave myself an hour and 10 minutes to prep all this food so I could take some time to take pictures. Here’s what I prepped:

-I started off browning lean ground beef for shepard’s pie. We were having it for dinner that night and it needed time in the oven to cook, so preparing the beef and vegetables was the top priority. Once the beef was cooked through I set it aside on a plate.


-Next I chopped and sautéed the vegetables for the shepard’s pie. I added the meat, broth, and other ingredients back into the sauté pan and let it simmer for a while.


-While the vegetables were cooking, I grabbed a gallon bag filled with vegetable scraps to make homemade vegetable broth. I let it simmer for the remainder of the hour.


-Afterwards, I mixed up some whole wheat Irish soda bread muffins and poured them into muffin tins. They needed to some to bake in the oven so I wanted to make sure they were prepped before I started my next endeavor.

-Once the beef and vegetables were done simmering, I put together the shepard’s pie. We had mashed potatoes the night before so all I needed to do was spray a 9×11 baking dish with cooking spray, spread the meat and vegetable mixture on the bottom, and top with the leftover mashed potatoes. The shepard’s pie and muffins went in the oven at the same time.

shep pie

-Crock pot corned beef and cabbage was on the meal plan this week too (can you sense a pattern…?), so I wanted to get the meat and vegetables ready. That way, I could just throw the crock pot on in the morning and head to work.

crock pot

And that was 1 hour! I was able to make 2 dinners, vegetable broth, and muffins for breakfast throughout the week! Not to mention, both dinners that I prepped were also lunches for the next day!



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