KEEP IT SIMPLE
When I first started doing meal prep a few years ago I did everything wrong. I collected lots of recipes I wanted to re-create. However, I did not read them thoroughly, and they often turned out to be pretty complicated. I did my grocery shopping on Sunday morning, and then spent ALL day working away in the kitchen. It was exhausting! It is everything I don’t want for you.
My meal prep now is very different. I stick to the basics and only make a handful of items. Often I will do another mini-prep during the week so it is all very simple and I have essentials to make lunch and dinner.
Carbohydrate sources take the longest to cook so I think getting a few done ahead of time is crucial. No one wants to come home from work after a long day and fire up the oven to store baking sweet potatoes.
I typically bake a few kinds of sweet potatoes, squash and brown rice or quinoa. You do not want to go overboard or you will be throwing them away at the end of the week. Be realistic about how many nights you will be home, and much rice or quinoa you will really want to eat. Makes sense, right? The less complicated the better.
Bring on the veggies! It is so much easier to eat vegetables when they are washed, cut and waiting patiently for you in the refrigerator. I am not sure why, but cutting up a celery stalk feels like a lot of work sometimes. Carrots, celery and peppers are perfect for easy snack access. I also will also roast veggies in the oven with coconut oil and pink himalayan salt to eat as a side or on top of salads. Bulk is actually essential here because vegetable cook down significantly in the oven. I usually cook double what I think will be appropriate.
Check out this awesome recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts I posted recently.
Chicken is an essential for me here. I like it cold so it is really easy to pack up or eat right away when I get home. It can be flavored in a variety of ways so there a lot of ways to combat boredom. Forming burgers, making hard boiled eggs or rinsing and storing beans are also good options.
Assembling your methods of storage is really key. I like to use glassware, but tupperware and plastic baggies help to do the trick too.
How About You?
- Do you meal prep?
- If so, how often?