Meal & Pantry Prepping

During postpartum we did a combination of pre-made meals, mealtrain meals, and pre-prepped meals. Now that we’re on the other side of postpartum, we still rely on pre-prepped staples.

How We Prep:

Rather than making a bunch of meals ahead of time, we usually opt for chopping up our staple ingredients for easy & quick cooking. During postpartum we did make a lot of bone broth, some soups, and some stews for the freezer. Since we don’t have a ton of freezer space though, we wouldn’t stock up for the full 6 weeks.

Our weekly prep looks like this:

  • Cut 2-4 bundles of dark leafy greens into thin ribbons

  • Thinly chop a handful of sweet potatoes

  • Cut carrots into chunks & wedges - stored separately

  • Shred 1 head of cabbage

  • Chop mushrooms

  • Roast 1-2 squash

  • Roast 2 heads of garlic

  • Roast a few sweet potatoes

  • Dice 2 onions

  • Jar of homemade sauerkraut

We also always have bone broth on hand and usually roast a chicken and crock-pot some shredded beef. After Daelu’s digestive system settled in we also added 1 head of broccoli & 1 head of cauliflower to the prep list. We just de-stem and roughly chop them.

From this combination of prepped vegetables we can easily make things like pureed squash soup, morning bowls of sweet potatoes with leafy greens & eggs, steamed cauliflower, or sauteed carrots & broccoli. We also have carrot wedges for quick  snacking.

We also keep a well stocked pantry full of our favorite items which allows our cooking to flow effortlessly.

This is what you can always find in our pantry:

  • Black Vinegar

  • Black Sesame Seeds

  • Sesame Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Trace Minerals

  • Cassava Flour

  • Almond Flour

  • Big Jars of Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, and Almonds

  • Chia Seeds

  • Turmeric Powder

  • Nut Butters

  • Collagen Peptides

  • Grass-Fed Gelatin

  • Organic Green Powder (for quick smoothies)

  • Coconut Manna

  • Probiotic Powder or Pills

  • Hemp Seeds

  • Some Quality  Salt

  • Tahini

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Some type of noodle - our go to grain free options are mung bean noodles & sweet potato noodles

  • Simple Mills mixes like grain free bread mix and grain free pizza crust mix.

Along with these staples & pre-prepped vegetables/broths, we also like to keep a stock of lemons, limes, apples, bananas, freshly dried herbs like rosemary & thyme, and nutrient dense items like nettle leaf, kombu, maca, and cacao. I like to consider these nutrient dense items, as well as items we only eat in moderation, ‘pantry bonuses.’

Our Pantry Bonuses:

  • Nettle Leaf

  • Red Raspberry Leaf

  • Maca Powder

  • Cacao Powder

  • Reishi Powder

  • Chaga Powder

  • Kombu

  • Wakame

  • Dulse

  • Nori

  • Jujubes

  • Brain Octane Oil

  • Refillable growler of Kombucha

  • Cacao Butter

  • Chocolate!

  • Siete Grain Free Tortillas

  • Siete Grain Free Chips

  • Capello’s Grain Free Fettuccine

  • Simple Mills Crackers

  • Simple Mills or Cappello’s Grain Free Cookies