(Most awkward title ever, much?! hah)
Happy Tax Day to my U.S. friends! I am so glad my husband is smarter than me and does that stuff for us. I’ve never done my taxes by myself. Ever. In college and grad school I had a service do it for me (free to students).
And last year, well last year was extra special.
You see, me and the IRS are BFF.
I am totally kidding.
I now cringe when I hear the letters I-R-S put together.
You see, I was a victim of tax fraud from the tax year 2006, and the IRS thought I made over 1 million dollars that year.
I know, awesome right?!
Well, I was audited in 2009 and ever since then the IRS has been after me and my husband (only I didn’t know it because lots of the letters came while we were on our honeymoon).
Until a lawyer and tax smartie-pants stepped in last year and fixed it all up.
SUPER annoying. Frustrating. And scary. But I am grateful it’s over.
Don’t let your identity ever be used for something you don’t know about, mmmmmkay?! And keep that social security number secret!! (The deets: My dad helped lots of his kids with bonds and such for the future, and unfortunately the 1 time he tried to help me, the bond-seller dude’s business was a total fraud and used my social against me. That is the jist of it.)
I am glad my husband is okay with dealing with the IRS from now on-because I have absolutely no desire to!
On a MUCH happier note, I made a ton of food this weekend -that I had in my pantry– and it is saving us SO much time this week! I love doing this, and hadn’t done it for awhile, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite foods to prep on the weekend.
3 Main Reasons to Prep Food In Bulk:
- It is cheaper.
- It saves time overall.
- It makes healthy, easy meals and snacks during the week quick, tasty, and well, EASY!
- Black beans
- Brown rice
- Grilled chicken
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Whole wheat bread
- Lean-ground turkey taco meat
- Whole wheat waffles or pancakes <—you can freeze ‘em too!
- Whole wheat pasta
- Chopped veggies (onions, carrots, celery)
- Freezer meals (i.e. lasagna, enchiladas, and spaghetti sauce)Before beginning to cook and bake, make sure you have lots of tupperware containers on hand, a few hours one Sunday afternoon, and fabulous tunes!
Another thing I like to do is prep the foods, and then figure out after each weekday meal is over fun leftover ideas for a lunch or a dinner that we hadn’t planned.
For example, there are many things you can do with quinoa, beans or a sweet potato, so having these on hand without cook time makes meals come together in a snap
Who says healthy meals can never happen during the week when you’re time crunched?! All it takes is some thinking ahead, planning, and a few hours’ worth of time 1 day per week.
I am off to RUN a longer distance. Wahoo!
What are some of YOUR favorite easy-to-prep in-bulk foods?? How do YOU save time and still make healthy meals??