Math IS Real Life September 2014 Edition: Sunday prep cooking

It’s the first Wednesday of September which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!!  If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!  
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Recently I started trying to eat healthier…. no, not like, ‘oh I had a salad for lunch so now I can have a calzone for dinner’…. like, REALLY healthier.  So to start off this healthier trend, I decided to do a cleanse with my MIL.  Cleanse – eek? right… no, not really.  I was a bit skeptical at first, but then my sister, Morgan assured me that I wasn’t going to drink myself into oblivion or eat only cabbage or only grapefruit, instead I was going to gradually move myself to a clean eating diet.  The food shift was gradual: first week weaning off of dairy and meat with week 2 weaning off of grains and week 3 fully vegan.  I won’t go into great detail because that isn’t what this post is really about.

So, what is this post about?  Well, I’ll be completely honest – I’m really bad at balancing dinner with school.  My husband and I are notorious for ordering in, or dining out to save time (haha.. right, b/c sitting in a restaurant always ends up being a 2 hour excursion!) and, more importantly, my sanity.  Anyway, because I don’t balance nightly cooking well, Morgan convinced me to make a weekly menu and pre-cook on Sunday.

After making my menu for week 2 (below), and then figuring out exactly how much food I needed to buy, I was ready to go grocery shopping.

breakfast and snack for the week
fresh veggies
containers to pack 7 days worth of food into!
prepping breakfast with a photo bomber!
dividing strawberries, blueberries and raspberries across the 7 days
then adding in the peaches and thinking holy heck that is SOOOOO much fruit!
7 days worth of snack and 7 days worth of breakfast prepped and ready to go to the freezer!  P.s. DON’T freeze apples… they thaw and are really, really, REALLY gross!
While prepping the fruit, I multiplied my lunch recipe by 7 and started the quinoa and lentils.
then prepped all the veggies that would accompany the grains. 
then mixed everything together with  some spices
and packed everything up in containers, ready to eat throughout the week!

As I’m writing this, I’m not on day 17 of the 21 day cleanse and I can say that I LOOOOVE Sunday prep days!  I don’t know why I never prepped earlier in the week before.  Once the cleanse is over, my husband and I are going to continue the practice of making a weekly menu (we kind of do this now) and then being smarter about placement of foods so that we can prep in larger quantities to making cooking at home more feasible for my sanity on weeknights!

Don’t forget to check out the other MIRL posts below!  Check back over the next few days – more will be added!!


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