By: Carolyn Walker
So you have your weekly meal plan mapped out, you went to the grocery store and bought all of your fresh foods. You’re now ready to start prepping for the week ahead. But, where do you start?
I personally love to use Sundays as my designated food shopping and meal prepping days – I prep my lunches and snacks for the work week and plan out my dinners to make the night of. However, meal planning and prepping is different for everyone. You’ll find your secret sauce and what works for you along the way!
Check out my top 5 tips and tricks for meal prep and planning!
Keep Snacks Simple
When you’re cooking everything for the week at once, it’s important to keep things simple. Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time to put together like fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs and pre-cut veggies with hummus!
Roasting veggies, sweet potatoes and even chicken (or tofu if your a veg like myself) all at once will save you time throughout the week. Keep them handy in the fridge if you are eating them within 2 days or throw them into the freezer to eat later in the week.
Don’t discount the shortcuts. Buy pre-cut veggies and fruits, frozen veggies/rice, cooked lentils or rotisserie chicken. Tuna is an easy no-cook protein to add to salads or snacks. If you already have your oven on, throw in your veggies to give them a good roast!
Mix it Up
It can be tempting to just eat the same meals every day, but you’ll eventually get bored. Trust me. I recommend at least two lunch options and two dinner options per week. This can be as simple as choosing different proteins for your salads each day, or eating chicken with vegetables three nights of the week and fish/tofu with veggies the other two. Once you get the hang of it, you can get more creative with your recipes!
Food containers will be your new best friend. A small investment in meal containers of various sizes will make a world of a difference. Choose one type and buy several that stack and store neatly, and if you choose plastic, make sure they are microwave & dishwasher safe!
What are your favorite ways to meal prep? Comment below!