Who’s down with ‘OPS’?

With a little bit of time, effort and some awesome ideas from yours truly,  you can have a home cooked meal every day of the week. Some of you may be cringing at “time and effort,” but unless you can afford a personal chef, a home cooked meal is not going to magically appear before you.

Here are five steps you can take to help keep your fridge stocked with prepared home cooked meals. I like to refer to these steps as operation prep and store or OPS.

Step 1: Plan your meals for the week if you can. Get out your pen and paper and start scribbling down meal ideas or visit tyme2eat.com for some great recipes!

Step 2: Clip coupons and scour your weekly ads! This helps you save money and time when you know what stores actually have what you need.

Step 3: Hit the grocery store and prep your ingredients when you get home. This is where the time and effort come in to play. Once you’ve created your grocery list, hit the store and get to shopping. To save yourself time and money, stick to what’s on the list. When you get your groceries home, start prepping and cooking up your meals for the next few days or the week.

Step 4: Store your meals. After you’re done cooking, pack your food up in tightly sealed Tupperware containers or plastic freezer bags for easy access and storage in your fridge, freezer or cupboard.

Step 5: Keep a well stocked pantry. This of course will be an ongoing process as you start to expand your recipe ideas you will collect more pantry and refrigerator  items. Here’s a short list of some items that are good to keep on hand:

Variety of spices and herbs

Condiments; ketchup, mayo, different kinds of mustard, relishes, vinegars, tapenades and marinades.

Oils; Sesame, olive, coconut, vegetable, sunflower, grapeseed, etc.

Grains and rice

Dried pastas and noodles

Canned fish such as tuna, salmon, smoked oysters, anchovies, sardines etc.

Broths; chicken, beef, vegetable

Sauces; soy, fish, oyster, Worchestershire, tomato, etc.

Preserves and jarred fruits and veggies; olives, pickles, peppers, onions, hearts of palm, artichokes, peaches, pears, tomatoes, etc.


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12 Comments on “Who’s down with ‘OPS’?”

  1. October 16, 2011 at 11:29 am #

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  2. October 20, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Wow!! Thank you so very much. I just started this blog and it is still under construction. I’m working on perfecting it. Your encouraging words are much appreciated and quite motivating. Please subscribe so you can stay updated on new blog posts and recipes.

    Thank you!!


  3. Antania Henderson
    October 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    You know I am down with helpful tips on eating right and diffrent ways to cook. I am with you!!!!


  4. D
    October 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Ok, this method may be my saving grace once I get a kitchen and some income! The idea of preparing 2-3 meals every single day makes me nervous in a very bad way. But having a ‘cooking day’ on the weekend or something sounds like fun. 🙂


  5. October 21, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    Hey Anta!!! Yep trying to keep it healthy.


  6. October 21, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    LOL!! All you need is one day! It is so worth it.


  7. October 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Congrats honey bunny! U know I need quick meals!! Can’t wait for the new recipes!!


  8. jgriggs
    October 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Your blog is beautifully put together. I am so proud of you and what you have created. You go girl!!!!!

    You know I’m at the point where I dread cooking every single day after a hard days work. I’ve tried cooking large quantities of one meal to last a few days. It was good for me but no so good to my family. They didn’t want to eat the same thing day after day. I’m lookting forward to ideas for cooking several different menues at one time. I know my family will greatly appreciate it and so will I..


  9. October 23, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    Hey Candy Cane! Thanks. I’m working on some lunch recipes as we speak. Stay tuned!


  10. Cecilia
    October 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I love it!!! Great blog chica! Can’t wait to cook up some new recipes!


  11. diancak
    October 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I am definitely down with OPS…being a new mom, I don’t have time to prepare meals everyday. BTW, my fave OPS meal is chili…I’ll be checking back for a recipe. Smile!


  12. Wayne Prophet
    November 7, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Hi niece i can use all the help I can get when it comes to eating healthy. I have gotten to the point where fast foods have become the norm in a crowded day. I never gave thought to preparing different meals in one day thus giving me variety throughout the week. sounds like a plan to me so bring it on. You know I am very proud of you and may GOD continue to bless you in all you do. i can not wait to taste some of thesee treats on Thanksgivings. See you then. Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! uncle Wayne


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