The Best Meals to Prep When You’re Busy

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy


Comin’ at ya real late on a Wednesday afternoon because my computer wasn’t working last night. Whomp.

If there’s one thing I love to do to destress, it’s cook. If you followed along with my Instastories this summer, you noticed that I cooked a lot but most importantly, I tried my hand at baking. I tried to bake bread and that was . . . well. . . a disaster. Maybe this fall I’ll be brave and try it again.

Cooking is somewhat of a love language to me. I love to put on an episode of Gilmore Girls and try my hand at a new recipe. The only thing that is even better is when my husband offers to clean up afterwards. 😉

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As a college recruiter, I stay pretty busy in the fall season. There are a lot of days when I don’t come home until late in the evening or I have to stay overnight somewhere else for an event. While I’m 100% confident Mr.M knows how to cook (he’s an excellent cook, he just doesn’t like to do it necessarily. . . ) and I know he wouldn’t starve, I still like to be prepared – just in case I come home in the evening with a hankering for something homemade.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite go-to recipes, and some recipes I can’t wait to try.

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy


Oven Baked Taquitos

I am down always for Mexican food. If my husband would let me, I would eat tacos and chips and salsa for every meal. For some reason that’s not “healthy.” But these oven baked taquitos are a fantastic late night snack. I like to make mine with a little bit of cream cheese which is not AT ALL healthy, but oh so good for my soul. The nice thing is, the prep time is relatively short and you can freeze ’em and pop them in the toaster oven when you want one!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ok so I may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with any and all potato items. So this loaded potato soup is a for sure winner in our home. I dump everything in the crockpot before I go to work, let it simmer all day, and go to bed with a massive food belly afterwards. Loaded Baked Potato Soup is like a little hug for your soul and I will anyone who says otherwise is a liar.


Chili is also the perfect crock pot dump. I don’t really adhere to any recipe, I just throw a bunch of beans and tomato based items into a crock pot, load it up with a bunch of spices and pair it with a buttery cornbread for dinner. My secret ingredient to my chili is using breakfast sausage instead of ground beef. The extra spice is the perfect kick to keep you warm on those chilly fall evenings.

Cilantro Lime Tacos

Remember when I said I could eat Mexican all day every day? Here we are again. This delicious bad boy is currently simmering in my crock pot and I pumped for dinner tonight. When I’m tired, I like for my meals to be minimum to no effort. (And then when I host people, they’re all like, “Whoa you cooked an amazing spread!” And I’m like #crockpot.)

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I’ve done this one with regular potatoes, and it’s a perfect way to diversify your bbq chicken meals. And if you’re a Southern girl like me, you know we need our barbecue!

And if all else fails. . . 

There’s pizza.

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

What are your favorite easy go-to meals?
Do you do all the cooking or all the eating in your home?


My Top 5 Pins {Girl Between the Lines}

I should really get on Pinterest more. No, no I should not. (Ain’t nobody got time for that.) I was an avid pinner for about two years, but ever since I downloaded the app on my iPhone my pinteresting is secluded to only checking when people send me pins (which I love, by the way – it’s like a little present!) and scrolling through when I am going to the restroom. Don’t blush, you all do it too. I have precisely 2,092 pins. So I guess that means I’m a pinterest hoarder. I went through great pins – and my pins, I mean pains – to organize and even color scheme all my pins one day a few months ago per advice of a blogger and so now my profile is adorable. You should check them all out! (Pin ALL the things!) And now I am thinking in pins and memes.

I guess we could say this is an accurate depiction of me. Refer here for more detail. and why this refuses to center is beyond me.
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Female empowerment! Which reminds me . . . I need to paint my nails. They are looking beyond rachet.
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Kicks and Giggles
Haaaaaha oh English and Humanities humor. I really don’t understand Google+. I have circles, and I am in like 2 circles. But I don’t spend enough time to understand the point. 
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Oh the Places to Go!

This photo was a desktop background freshman year for finals week. The beauty and serenity is breathtaking. Also, I am tel ling my future husband now: this is our honeymoon spot please and thank you.
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All the feels!

Can we just take a moment while these precious pictures allow our hearts to grow wings and fly off?
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