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How to Meal Prep

If you are like me, you might have made a resolution for weight loss at the beginning of the year. We all like to start things fresh and call it a new beginning. I think it helps hold us more accountable than starting in the middle of a week or month.

Sometimes, my family eat the same dinners over and over again and things can get a little boring.  Our kids are involved in sports and cheer and sometimes I am running all over town and come home only to find that I have no clue what to make for dinner. Planning meals before the week begins can take the stress out of these days.

When meal prepping, it’s best to start your planning on grocery day. In my house, we like to have grocery day on Sunday. Meal planning always helps with the grocery list. It keeps the whole process more organized that way I’m not purchasing more foods than I need. That means less is going to waste. If I make a list of things to cook, I tend to stick to the list to get only necessary items for those meals.

The list below will help with meal prepping for beginners. The key is to make your life easier and this will totally help!

Step 1: Make a List!

Write down all meals and snacks you would like for the week. If you are getting bored, but aren’t super adventurous, choose one new meal for your family to try and add it to your weekly meal routine. List all the items you will need for each meal. I also have a fun chalk board to make a “menu” for the week.

Step 2: Go Shopping!

We can do this part in our sleep. 😉

Step 3: Meal Prepping.

If you want to have things ready to heat up during the week when you have those busy running around days, this is the way to go. If you have chicken or beef for 2 of your chosen meals, cooking it all at one time can be helpful in cutting down the time it takes to get the meals ready. Cutting up veggies and roasting or steaming them at once can do the same. Put them away in Tupperware or glass Pyrex dishes. When you are ready to cook, they will be easily accessible!

Step 4: Enjoy!

If you were to ‘Google’ meal planning, it might get a little intimidating. But I promise you, it can be really inspiring. There are so many blogs out there about meal planning and prep. Narrowing down your choices, whether it be vegetarian, or low carb, etc., can help in your research. Remember, this is to help you, not make things more complicated. Try new things! Below are a few awesome blogs that can help! Have fun!

Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.