Do you dread Monday rolling around? Does your head start to hurt thinking about what to feed the family for the week? Do you wish you had more options in the fridge for healthy lunches and sweet treats for you?
Undertaking some weekly preparation in the kitchen can help solve all of these problems and it is something I have been teaching in my Planned & Present e-course with great success!
I have been undertaking weekly prep sessions for many years, starting first very small with just one or two items, building to where I can prep a week’s worth of lunches for me, lunches and sweet treat for the kids, plus made from scratch condiments and prepped veggies for the week. You can see what this looks like as I post my weekly prep sessions on Facebook most weeks – check them out here.
Invariably when I post these photos someone will ask “can I come to your house?” or “can you prep for me too?” which has had me thinking about how a group weekly prep session might work. I really like being in the kitchen and am happy to potter for a number of hours, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone.
But what if you only had to spend two hours in a kitchen to prep for the week?
What if while prepping you had the chance to chat to other women and spend some moments on mindfulness?
What if at the end of two hours you could take home an amazing array of home cooked items to help you through the week?
What if you didn’t have to even think about what to make or shop for ingredients before you did the weekly prep?
This is what my Weekly Prep Workshop will deliver!
Weekly Prep Workshop
To test out my idea for a group weekly prep session, I am holding a Weekly Prep Workshop on Saturday 19th August, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. There are only a very limited number of tickets due to the size of the venue, so be quick to grab a ticket if you are interested, as I will not be able to increase capacity!
So what will the session look like?
The session will include:
- A cup of tea and introductions to kick things off.
- A short guided mindfulness practice to allow us to be present in what we are doing.
- Recipes will be allocated amongst the makers. All recipes are super, super simple and require only basic kitchen experience.
- We will all be working on something different and chatting as we go.
- The food will be shared amongst the makers in containers they bring from home.
- We will do a communal tidy up – washing dishes together is a great way to get know people!
- I will hand out a weekly prep booklet for you to take home. The booklet will contain all the recipes made at the workshop, a suggested weekly menu plan using the items made, the recipes for the week and a shopping list.
- We will finish with a mindful reflection, so we can leave the workshop planned & present.
What food will I take home?
You will be able to turn up empty handed and go home with whole food goodness! The food will be mostly organic, have no refined sugars and while I cannot guarantee it to be gluten free due to some ingredients made in facilities where gluten is present, no recipes have specifically gluten based ingredients. I can guarantee however there will be nuts and eggs involved in some of the recipes.
The exact recipes we will be making will depend on the number of makers coming along, but the food we will prepare will be along these lines:
- Prepping veggies and salad
- Garlic Aioli
- Taco seasoning
- Fresh salsa
- Crunch choc peppermint balls
- No bake oat and choc chip balls
- BONUS: I will bring along a few SCOBYS for those who might like to start making their own Kombucha!
Why should I attend?
Doing a small amount of preparation on the weekend can set you up for the best chance of organisational success for the week.
If you plan for it, you eat better.
If you plan for it, your weekdays are less stressful.
If you prepare for it, you are ready for what the week has in store for you.
If you prepare for it, you are setting a positive example to your family.
A weekly prep session will save you time, energy and money.
A weekly prep session will make your week days easier.
And on top of all those benefits, you have the bonus of chatting to other like minded women and taking some moments out of your week to be mindful.
What do I need to bring
All you need to bring along is an apron, a willingness to have a go in the kitchen and some containers to take food home in. I will email more details about container quantity and size before the workshop.
Come along and see how much difference a small allocation of time on your weekend can make to your week!
Date: Saturday 19th August
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Location: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
Tickets can be purchased here. Tickets will be available until Thursday 17th August or until sold out.
If you have any questions at all feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As noted above there are only a very limited number of tickets due to the size of the venue, so be quick to grab a ticket if you are interested, as I will not be able to increase capacity. Hope to see you there!