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Tips for the Week’s Food Prep

By Fredrica Syren:

Last week I read an Instagram post by Green Kitchen Stories about how they balance their busy life with three kids by prepping food in advance. It has has inspired me to do the same. I know that fresh food made right before serving it is the very best option, but there are times when life is simply too busy. So a little meal prep can help make life a bit simpler and prevent calling for takeout or eating food not as healthy for you.

In the past year, my husband has been traveling for work to Texas and Ohio every other week leaving me with a homestead, a business and three kids to feed on my own. It takes a great deal of planning ahead to make this go smoothly. The first thing I have done is weekly meal planning, which has helped tremendously. The fact is that still I found myself sometimes struggling. When unexpected things would happen, suddenly there I was at dinner time with three hungry souls looking at me. So, I decided to give meal prep a chance to see if having healthy staple foods like soup, quinoa, a couple of sauces, dressings, cut-up veggies and hummus ready in the fridge would make life a bit easier, and allow us to still eat healthfully and with less stress. And the answer is a big, whopping YES!!!

So, my food prep does not include having lots of meals cooked and ready to be microwaved. No. Instead, I have a few sauces, veggies and other staple products ready so I can assemble a quick and healthy meal in a few short minutes if needed, and have something for the kids (and me) to snack on while things are cooking. This, along with my snack-in-jar-to-go, makes me a lot less stressed, and helps me feed my kids and myself only healthy food, even on the go.

So, here are the foods I like to prepare on Sunday night for the week to come:

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. smooth peanut or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Bragg’s liquid amino
  • . 1 grated garlic clove
  • . 1/2 tsp. grated ginger
  • . 1/2 tsp. vegan Sriracha sauce
  • 1 can light coconut milk

Mix everything for the sauce in a mixer or food processor. Keep in a mason jar.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. ume plum vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 medjool date

Mix everything in a food processor until creamy and mixed. Keep in a mason jar in fridge.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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