So, I’ve admitted before, one of my favorite things to do is cook. Sadly, finding enough time in a day, a week, a month, a semester to do everything we need to do as a graduate student seems impossible so finding time to cook everyday is just as impossible.
So here’s my proposal to you: Plan a week worth of meals over the weekend. We all need to find a balance that works for each of us so there is no master plan, just some handy suggestions.
- Make a list of your favorite foods to make! Be sure to include meals that you are familiar with making and that are almost second nature to you.
- Look for recipes online that you’d like to try. There are a great occasional treat.
What does a well planned out week look like for me?
- Friday: Pick out SIX or SEVEN meals on for the following week.Think healthy and abundant dinners. This should generate leftovers for lunch.
- Saturday: Go grocery shopping!
- Sunday: Crockpot Day! nice warm meals that takes care of itself while I plan lectures, grade, clean up around the house, and, the best part, there’s leftovers.
- Monday: Burritos. My favorite meal ever.
- Tuesday: Leftovers
- Wednesday: Soup or pasta. Bacon Mac and Cheese? Or a more traditional. sopa de albondigas?
- Thursday: Pizza
- Friday: Leftovers
The two most important thing I’ve learned about meal prep and storage:
- Organize your refrigerator, your pantry, and your dishes!
- Consider investing in three items: A SLOW COOKER, A PANINI PRESS, A WAFFLE MAKERS. These three kitchen gadgets are economical investments and my favorite acquisitions of the semester. I took WAY to long to get around to buying them.
Now, remember, I have a hound at home that requires me walking him at lunch time. I often make myself a turkey, bacon, and tomato panini sandwich for lunch or a fruit salad.
Everyone is happy on a full stomach! Helps me think and save money.
Find your balance but when the plan fails, Bloomington has a great selection of ethnic restaurants down the street from Sample Gates.