Meal prep is great for those who are strapped on time most days of the week. With a few extra steps during the weekend, you can make your life a little easier at meal time during the week.
How do I get started?
First, you’ll need plenty of Tupperware, reusable silicon bags or plastic bags. What you use is up to you. I like a combination of the Tupperware and reusable silicon bags.
Next, you’ll need some kind of labels to keep everything organized. Here’s a ton of options on Amazon.
If your work week starts on Monday, I suggested tackling this task on Sunday. This will be the optimal time to ensure everything stays fresh. Prep and freeze meat that will be consumed on Thursday or Friday. Be mindful of expiration dates. You’ll need to plan what days you will consume what meals in the order of what you know what has less time to stay fresh. If fresh fish is in your meal plan, be sure to consume that first.
This can be done in any way you wish. Perhaps you don’t have time to prep breakfast in the mornings, you can make one for each member of your household on Sunday for everyday of the week. If you’re more of a breakfast on the go person, you can make something like egg cups or muffins.
These meal prep containers can be utilized for away-from-home lunches. For those that have returned to work in a building with other people, this could be a great option. Having something that can be consumed in your own space, away from others, may be the smartest move until the health threat has been rectified.
The best part, these will be ready for you when you get home from a long day at work. You can cook these ahead of time and store them in the containers, or you can simply chop and season all the ingredients. Now you can easily pop your prepped ingredients in the oven, on the stove or even in an Instant Pot.
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Do you meal prep? Feel free to share what you’ve learned in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
For recipes and other ways to prep, check out our Meal Planning section.