Meal Prepping Simplified
I'll be honest here, one of the things I've always had a hard time doing is Meal Prepping. It's something that everyone should do. It'll help you eat better, save money, save time, and generally make life easier. It helps me be able to work, blog, train and still have time to spend with Christian.
It's also not as hard as it seems. Trust me.
Here are some tips that have helped me:
- Map out your week. This will help you streamline your grocery shopping. I used to walk out of Trader Joe's or Whole Foods with a bunch of food but nothing to make dinner with. Sound familiar? The other day I went to Trader Joe's and immediately walked out because I didn't have my list. Plan anytime you want to eat out. We usually eat out on either Tuesday or Saturday.
- Prep for 3-4 days at a time. My schedule is all over the place. Also, my fridge is super tiny. Just doing meal prep for 3-4 days keeps things simple for me.
- There's no shame in using frozen veggies. Sometimes I don't have time to go to the farmers market, or the produce selection isn't that great. I keep bags of frozen veggies in my freezer (broccoli, cauliflower, peas, mixed vegs, etc) to prep with. Not only does it save time (and isn't this the whole point?!) it's also less mess to clean up. They're usually cheaper. A bag of organic frozen cauliflower from Whole Foods was $1.79 compared to $4.99 for a head of organic cauliflower. Check out this article for how great frozen veggies are.
- Make sure you have all the containers you need. I know this sounds super obvious, but when I first started batch cooking I realized I only had a bunch of mismatched containers with only about two of them being ok to use. I use these because sometimes Christian leaves his at work and they never make it home, but I am eyeing some nice glass containers to invest in.
- Keep it simple! I used to try to go crazy and make these elaborate lunches or dinners and end up with a messy kitchen and overwhelmed. I have a rotation of easy (but delicious!) meals that I rotate every week. (Keep your eyes peeled for that post coming later!)
Any questions leave them in the comments!