While I still do some prep during the week, having a head start on the leg work certainly helps provide a little extra momentum to get going after a busy day. One of the main things I focus on is taking evaluation of what's already in the fridge and needs to be used. I try to base our meals around veggies, so I start the process by turning on some music, spending time chopping up all unused produce in the fridge (can't stand food waste!!), and making a plan from there.
Benefits of Weekend Meal Prep:
Health-saver: Grab and go healthy foods, meals throughout the week.
Sanity-saver: Less brainpower needed after a hard day's work!! Also: Less dishes to clean throughout the week (meaning theoretically the kitchen stays cleaner...)
Time-saver: Multi-task by preparing multiple dishes at once. Save even more time by preparing double batches for the freezer!!
Energy-saver: Again, you can cook multiple recipes in the oven at once.
Money-saver: Save $$ by eating out less, less reliance on convenience foods.
Here's a snapshot of what I made last weekend:
Clockwise: Fresh cut veggies for stir fry or curry and leftover broccoli stems (I ate with hummus), marinated tempeh for tacos (recipe soon!), stir fry with veggie "beef" tenderloins for grab-and-go meals, quinoa and baked sweet potatoes for lunches.