This is something I know a lot of people do each week at some point. I’m a weekend warrior, I guess you could say, in that I like to food prep or meal prep on Sundays. I used to spend 3-4 hours chopping, cooking, cleaning, and prepping on the weekends; but not anymore. I can now prepare all of my mini meals for Monday – Thursday in 1 hour on Sunday. (Friday is a cheat day for me).
Well it’s not! And it’s super healthy, too!
So, if you’re new to the whole meal prepping thing, or just want to save time each week instead of cooking so much – this is for you!
No more excuses!
5 Tips to Make Meal Prep a Snap:
Tip #1: Buy frozen organic veggies and just microwave them! There you go, 4 servings of broccoli or your fav veggie done in 3-5 minutes – or whatever the instructions say. So much easier than cleaning raw broccoli, boiling water, then steaming it, then letting it sit, etc. Also buy the quicker cooking complex carbs like already-sprouted organic quinoa and instant brown rice.
Tip #2: Keep chopping to a minimum. Sometimes it’s therapeutic, but If you can buy it in a bag fresh or frozen already chopped, then do it! There are plenty of organic varieties of every fruit or veggie you can imagine, and you’ll save yourself the neck ache of chopping for hours! Examples: bagged or packaged organic spinach, arugula, broccoli, etc are easy to just take a handful out and put into a to-go container or baggie. Simple!
Tip #3: Cook big batches and freeze for the next week. This is perfect for soups, meat, sauces, etc. I love to make a big batch of soup and freeze half, so the next weekend all I have to do is transfer it from the freezer to the fridge.
Tip #4: Grill all meat sources. This really locks in the flavor, takes half the time, and isn’t messy like sauteing with all the splatters. Sure, baking is clean if you use tin foil, but it can dry out meat really easily. Grilling takes just minutes, and is so delicious!
Tip #5: Get back to basics. Basic dishes, and simple flavors are all you need to fit your macros each meal of the right balance of protein, carbs and fat. Use herbs and spices, and remember, you can always add condiments to add flavor like coarse ground mustard, sriracha, braggs liquid aminos, or just a squeeze of lemon over veggies gives them a nice kick.
In conclusion, always think of ways to work smarter not harder, so you can spend more time with your loved ones – instead of slaving away in the kitchen for something you’ll eat in minutes.