Is Meal Prep Dead?
By the time you get home from work, make dinner, eat it, and clean up, it can feel like it's almost time to go to bed — not so fun! With my busy schedule working unbelievable hours, I felt that I have been abusing my body with take outs that are high in fat, carbs and are basically way more calories that I actually need.
Due to my busy schedule, I’ve decided to prep my meals and I’ve saved so much money, time and effort preparing my dinners. So, I wanted to do a quick Meal Prep intro to help you get over the intimidation to give it a try to see you get back your time!
WHAT IS MEAL PREPPING?
Meal prepping is simply the act of preparing a meal or recipe, then portioning it out to create grab-and-go meals for later. Generally, though, meal prepping refers to preparing 3-7 days’ worth of food at a time. There's no singular way to do it but do whatever suits your schedule best.
WHAT CAN I MEAL PREP?
Based on my trials and errors of meal prepping over the year, I’ve discovered that these were the best and worst foods to meal prep.
Foods that work well for meal prepping:
- cooked grains
- cooked pasta
- cooked beans
- cooked meat (roasted, steamed, broiled, grilled)
- roasted vegetables
- hearty fresh vegetables (celery, carrots, bell peppers, kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc.)
- nuts & seeds
- sauces and dips (like hummus, salsa, sour cream, etc.)
Foods that don’t usually meal prep well:
- softer fruits and vegetables (lettuce, berries, and cut fruit)
- crunchy items like fried food, crackers, or chips
HOW TO MEAL PREP?
Here’s a few steps to get you started.
- Pick a day which suits your schedule
- Pick a recipe – I would suggest a single meal recipe that can be cooked in a single pan/pot. Single recipe meal preps provide your protein, grain, and vegetables all in one recipe, so there is no need to make a side dish.
- Determine how many portions you want to cook.
- Prepare a grocery list for the ingredients you need based on how many meals you want to prep.
- Get started cooking
Once you get a hang of that one recipe and/or meal, you can try two or try prepping your breakfast ahead. The most important thing is that you prep around your schedule and remember to cook food that you like as you’ll be eating this for the next 3-5 days.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MEAL PREP?
The most important thing to start meal prepping are…..containers. Different containers of shapes and sizes will allow you to keep and store your food both raw and cooked.
The most important thing is that you cook what you enjoy eating and plan ahead. In future posts, we’ll dive deeper into more tips and trick that can help you prep your meal more efficiently. We’ll also let you know when we have amazing new recipes that will give you more inspiration.
Andy, your meal prep expert and food lover.