Meal Planning Vs. Meal Prepping

I know what you are thinking…

Is there really a difference between meal planning and meal prepping? YES! There most definitely is!

Let me break it down the easy way… Think about the words themselves. “Planning” and “Prepping”. I googled it for you. Here are the actual definitions.

plan·ning
/ˈplaniNG/
noun
  1. the process of making plans for something
prep·ping
/ˈprepiNG/
noun
  1. the action or process of preparing something, or preparing for something.
    So why is this even important to know the difference?

    Well, when it gets to the nitty-gritty, it’s not important at all. What matters is that you actually do it! BUT, you can’t prep without planning. AND, if you only plan and don’t prep, what’s the point? Do you see what I mean?

    I hope that makes sense to you and helps clarify the importance of both. I know it’s short and sweet and to the point, but that is exactly what you need it to be, huh?

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My Go-to Quick Dinner Ideas

We all have those days!

More often than not, when we just don’t have enough time to think about cooking dinner. 8 times out of 10, I cook the same dinners over and over again. It’s simple, I know how to cook them, and I know my family likes to eat them. Here are some of my favorite things to cook at least once a week.

 

Mac-N-Cheese

Boom, easy, follow the directions on the box…

What I do to mix it up is serve it with biscuits, or add sausage or hot dogs to it. We’ve even had it with chicken. Easy, quick, simple.

Tacos!

Hail the tacos! We eat tacos weekly.

So, I use ground turkey. It tastes exactly like ground beef without the grease and healthier for you. I bought a giant tub of taco seasoning. That way, we can add as much or as little as we want. The best ways to mix it up is to switch between hard shell and soft shell. Sometimes I have taco salads, sometimes it’s nachos. There are so many different ways to mix it up! You can add beans with it, use different cheeses. There are so many ways to mix it up!

Spaghetti

We don’t eat this every week, but it’s a good honorable mention. I just boil some noodles and brown some meat (usually ground turkey or sausage), then add spaghetti sauce to it and WABAM, your done. Change it up by changing the flavor of meat or sauce, and even the noodles. I like to rotate between biscuits, french bread, and a salad. For a healthier choice, try using spaghetti squash as your noodles instead of regular noodles.

Chicken

You can grill it, steam it, bake it, fry it, whatever you want. Each way you cook it changes the flavor. I like to switch up seasonings, and randomly marinade it. There are like a billion different marinade options. You also have different cuts too. Thigh, breast, legs, etc. Bone-in or boneless. Chicken is great to have in your house at all times. Pair with a salad, bread, or veggies.

 

Those are just some super easy meals that I can interchange and mix up depending on my mood.

I try to always keep the following stocked in my house for easy dinners:

  • Salad
  • Mac-N-cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning
  • Biscuits
  • Hot Dogs
  • Tortillas/hard shell tacos
  • Noodles
  • Chicken