March Weekly Meal Prep With Video
It’s the beginning of a new week, so let me help you get organized and do your weekly menu planning for you. I’m excited to share another menu plan with you, along with a weekly meal prep suggestion.
If you can find an hour to prep as much of your ingredients in advance as you can, it will really help the rest of your week go much more smoothly. The crazy time around will be just a little bit more manageable.
If you can’t do all the prep, try to do at least some of it, because any little bit helps. Next time you’re chopping one onion, chop up another one to store in your refrigerator for a future meal. Next time you’re cooking up rice, cook an extra batch. I’d love to hear what you think of this menu, so please share in the comments below.
Watch the Meal Prep Video With Lots of Tips and Suggestions
March Weekly Menu and What To Prep In Advance:
Baked Steelhead Trout
Not only is this one of our favorite meals ever, it’s one of the easiest to prepare. All you have to do the day that you are serving this meal is saute the shallot with the garlic and add the lemon zest, juice, and fresh herbs. Then into the oven or grill it goes. You can serve the steelhead trout with mashed potatoes, rice, couscous, quinoa, etc.
This week, I made this simple and fresh side dish to go along with the trout. Since the zucchini, carrot, and shallot were already cut, it took no time at all to saute it. It actually took less time than making a fresh salad, since I didn’t have to wash or cut any vegetables.
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Alfredo
This is another meal that will cook in no time. In the amount of time that you’re cooking the pasta, you can make the Alfredo Sauce and cook the chicken and veggies.
Beef Stir Fry
Most stir-fries are super fast to cook. The most time-consuming part of any stir fry prep is preparing all the vegetables. If you prep them in advance, this is another meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less. All I had to do was marinate the beef for about 15 minutes, and everything else was ready to hit the pan. If you want to make this even simpler, use just beef and broccoli, or use a bag of a frozen vegetable medley, if you prefer.
We had enough Stir Fry left over to last us two nights, so if you have a smaller family, you can halve the recipe, or make the entire recipe and you won’t have to cook one of the nights at all. I was making a cake for a bridal shower, so I planned to have this as an easy leftover to reheat on the night that I would be busy baking.
Chicken, Mushroom and Rice Baked Burritos
Cook extra chicken when making the Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Alfredo and make extra rice for the Beef Stir Fry and the Chicken Burritos are almost halfway prepared already. We love to serve these with tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro and it really brings this dish up to gourmet standards.
Potato and Cod Soup
As I’ve shared before, I really like having soups on hand to give to my boys for lunch. I always make enough soup to serve for one dinner and then have enough left over so I just have to reheat it for lunch the next day. Both of my little ones absolutely loved this Potato and Cod Soup and I was a very happy Mama because I know there are so many vegetables in there and they will be full for a while after eating it.
- Cooked Oatmeal – Cooking a big batch of oatmeal to last us most of the week is my weekly task. It makes my mornings so much simpler. All I do is reheat a portion of the oatmeal on the stovetop and we all start the day in good moods.
Butternut Squash and Apple Oatmeal
Instant Pot Steelcut Oats: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 2 cups water, and 1 cup milk, 13 minutes, high pressure, natural release or 15 minutes, high pressure and quick release. I usually make 2-3 cups of oatmeal at a time.
- Cut up Honeydew Melon – it’s great to have fresh fruit ready to eat. I do this with watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, and apples.
- Wash Herbs (cilantro, dill, Parsley) Of course, washing the herbs helps them stay fresh longer, but it also makes them easier to chop when they aren’t soaking wet.
- Mushrooms and Zucchini to be grilled – This is another favorite side dish of ours and I serve it quite often with just about anything. This past week we had company and it was the perfect addition to the menu.
Wow Olga! You really made my day!!! Its so good to see another one of these videos. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! So so much!!! I really appreciate you and your husband for taking the time to do this type of videos. May God bless you richly! Please make more of these videos. Thank you again!!!
I’m so happy to hear this, Elena:). We will do our best to record and post more videos in the future.
I really enjoyed this video and I like how you simplify meal planning. I also like your frugal tips! Keep the recipes and videos coming!
That’s really awesome, Lilly! I’m thrilled to hear that this was helpful for you.
Love love love your weekly prep video! Made my week much easier! 🙂 keep them coming 🙂
Thank you for writing, Alina. I’m so glad you enjoyed the video.
Olga, thank you so much for this post! It’s awesome! I love it!!! It helped me so much:))
I’m so happy you are finding the post helpful, Inna. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thank you for this video Olga. i do have a question maybe you have mentioned it before but somehow i missed it, how do you clean your mushrooms and do you do that in advance, without making them soggy?
I wash them using with water, but don’t let them get soaked. I rinse them quickly with water, 30 seconds or so, and then use a paper towel and a small paring knife to get rid of the rest of the dirt. You have to do this really quickly, so the mushrooms don’t absorb any of the water. Also, I add a paper towel to the bag or container that I’m storing the mushrooms in so that the paper towel soaks in the extra moisture. This helps to keep the mushrooms from getting slimy too quickly.
Thank you so much. That helps😊
Hi Olga! Can you recommend an outdoor grill?
We have the Broil King grill. We’ve only had one kind of grill so I have nothing to compare it to. however, we like ours a lot – we’ve had it for almost 4 years now and it still works great and we have never had any issues with it.
Olga, this meal prepping has saved me so much time through the week! Thank You for sharing!
I’m so happy to hear that, Natalya.
This video is so helpful and informative. Thanks so much. Looking forward to other similar posts!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Natalia:). I hope to do more in the future.