5 Meal Prep Tips for Your Busy Life
One thing that most of us can admit is that we’re busier than we were a very short decade ago. Between work, family life, and getting some much needed rest we do our best to find ways that will allow us to perform everyday tasks more effectively and efficiently. One of those tasks being putting food on the table for our busy families. Some of us struggle with finding time to make nutritious meals that our families will love and some of us simply don’t have the time to come home and put a meal together to sit and enjoy with our family before it’s time for bed. We all know the importance of cooking at home, but most of us have never thought about meal planning at least a week in advance to save time. Here are 5 Meal Prep Tips to get you on your way to freeing up some time to spend with your family.
1. Plan for Meal Storage – This should be the very first thing that you do. You don’t want to write lists and prepare all of your meals without being able to store them properly. Freezer bags, bpa-free plastic bowls, mason jars, and even glass containers make great
storage for prepped meals. Make sure that your containers have quality closures or lockable lids to prevent spilling or freezer burn.
2. Make Lists – You don’t want to wait until you get to the supermarket to figure out what you’d like your family to eat for dinner. You want to be prepared. Sit down and make a list of the dishes you’d like to make for each meal. Remember, you can make part of the meal
that same day, so you’ll probably want to prep the dish that would take the longest to make (or you can prep for every single dish of that meal). Next, write down the ingredients needed for each of those dishes. More than likely you already have some of them on
hand. Use the list of the remaining ingredients needed to shop at the supermarket.
3. Purchase Wisely – Planning for the week can be tricky, but if you have a large family or use certain ingredients more often than others, then it may be wise to shop in bulk. This can save you money in the long run. You can also use ingredients from one dish in
another dish to cut down on the cost of your purchases.
4. Use Your Cooking Power – You probable have a rice cooker, steamer, or a slow cooker somewhere in your home. Now is the time to pull them out and use them for what they’re meant for. You can throw all of your veggies, proteins, and seasonings into a slow cooker
and leave it alone for a couple of hours. Rice cookers are the best because you don’t have to stir or even go back and check on your rice. Just add the right about of rice and water and it’ll do the rest for you. Some rice cookers even come with a steaming rack on
5. Pull Out Your Marker – One of the most important parts of meal prepping is to label everything. You want to label the date the dish was made and the day you plan on using it in a meal. This will help you sort through everything when it comes time to reheat your
meals. Also, if you do so happen to skip a meal prep night, you’ll know how long that meal has been sitting in your freezer and if it’s still any good to eat.
Have you ever meal prepped? Don’t forget that meal prepping also helps you plan your homemade meals delivered to your loved ones, so why not get to prepping now?