Easy-To-Prep In-Bulk Foods

Good morning! :)

(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.)

Annnnyyyywwwaaayyysss.

I am glad my husband is okay with dealing with the IRS from now on-because I have absolutely no desire to!

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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:

  1. It is cheaper.
  2. It saves time overall.
  3. It makes healthy, easy meals and snacks during the week quick, tasty, and well, EASY!

Easy-To-Prep-In-Bulk Foods

  • Quinoa
  • Black beans
  • Brown rice
  • Grilled chicken
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Chili
  • 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??

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  1. Have fun on your run!!! And I try and prep things like quinoa or rice during the week, but I don’t need too much since my meals tend to come together pretty quickly, haha lots of steamed or roasted veggies! I’m still transitioning from college food to adult food and still living alone!

  2. ahh that is so annoying about your taxes!! i prep veggies and beans in bulk! :) :) so easy!

  3. oh man, that is quite the story about your taxes! i’m glad it all got figured out. my husband does our taxes too, and i’m SO glad because i can’t stand them. he enjoys it – nerd much? 😉
    i love prepping food in advance too. it makes things so much easier throughout the week! i’ll chop veggies, freeze extras of meals i make, etc.

  4. ughhh I dread tax day too, i ALWAYS owe money…and im sure it will be that way until I either buy a house or pop out a baby (still years away, lol)

    prepping food in advance makes things so much easier..I really need to be more focused on doing that but i’m always lazy when it comes to the weekends, haha. i like all of your ideas though!!

  5. I’ve done my taxes myself every year- except this year. This was the first year that I owned a house and was married, so my husband just sent everything off to his tax guy and he took care of it. Money well spent if you ask me!

    I buy EVERYTHING in bulk! It is so much cheaper! I have about 30 mason jars full of grains, legumes, nuts, etc. in my pantry. I also buy spices and herbs in bulk and just refill the jars. This is especially helpful if you are making something that requires a spice that you won’t use very often and just need a little bit!

  6. I want waffles now.

    You’d probably like the topic of my blog today… :)

  7. Food prep is essential to my survival! Otherwise, I spend too much money eating out and I don’t stick to my food restrictions! And, you can even make Sunday food prep fun – add a bottle of wine and a friend or two and you can have a good time! :)

  8. I need to start doing more prep with in-bulk foods! I think that will be something that I do more often once Chris and I are married and I’m on more of a normal schedule! Hope your run goes/went well! 😀

  9. I love making homemade bean dip in bulk. It’s so easy to just scoop and put on tortillas, salads, or as an easy side and keeps for a long time

  10. What a tax story!!

  11. Just saw your blog on Healthy Living Blogs and I am enjoying your posts:) and yay for prepping in bulk! i love preparing foods in advance especially all kinds of beans and legumes that I freeze for quick healthy additions to salads and stews. I also freeze spaghetti sauces. Fruits and vegs also get washed and prepped for the entire week. I find this way I reduce waste and everything stays fresh and ready-to-use.

  12. Bulk grilled chicken is my life! our smoker can be filled on both racks with grilled chicken breasts, thighs, and drums… which MIGHT last two to three days around our TWO PERSON house.

    we like chicken in this place!
    Another great one is dark meat turkey burgers. They are super juicy and delicious and can be broken up later to make stuff like chili, scrambles, or stir fry!

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