I am obsessed with Meal Prepping because I am … LAZY. Every Sunday, I prepare all of my snacks, lunches, and dinners for the work week. By bringing my lunch to work I have more time to eat and un-wind and its heaven-sent to be able to just pop my dinner in the microwave after I return home from work. Between work, working out, and my Stella, I don’t have the time to cook multiple meals during the day. Below, is all by best tips & tricks.
- Clean and Organize your kitchen: (you’ll be happy you did this) You must throw away all the junk food, old food, and stuff that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Make a catalog of all the food that you already have and don’t need to purchase quite yet. Designate space in your kitchen for your timers. food scales and fruits and veggies. CLEAN the kitchen. By clean I mean, wash and put away all dishes, wipe down all surfaces, wipe down the fridge, sweep, throw away the trash, and mop.
- Grocery List: CRUCIAL. Set your weekly budget because you will only shop once a week. Mine is $35.00/week, which includes the farmer’s market. Think about 7 days of healthy eating. What do you want to eat for Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and Dinner almost everyday that week? Here is a beautiful Grocery Template created by homegirl, Abby. I shop at Aldi because they have a plethora of organic options and the prices are very reasonable. EAT FIRST then grocery shop haha Do not grocery shop hungry (I also suggest not taking your kids to the store with you).
- Cook: Cook all of your food now. Veggies, meats, and starches will last all week. Seafood only last a few days so you’ll have to cook it twice a week.
- Prep: Measure out your portions and put in you travel containers. I prefer the glass containers because they are the best for warming.
- Clean: Clean your kitchen again.
- Too Much Time: The first you meal prep it may take a good portion of your Sunday for the simple fact that it’s new to you, but you’ll get faster, quickly. I can now make a list, shop, cook and prep in 2 hrs 45 min. You’re also saving time by not making your lunch in the morning or cooking dinner after work.
- Healthy eating is expensive: No, babe, chips sodas, eating out, fast food and doctor bills are expensive. You can stay within a budget. It is astonishingly cheaper to just grocery shop once a week than to frequent the store multiples times a week.
- Your kids do not eat what you eat: My dear, that’s a parenting issue. If they are hungry they’ll eat. Also, if you feed your kids crap then they’ll behave as such.
- Boring: You must cook what you like to eat and you’ll love your meal everyday. The next week you can switch it up.
My favorite thing about meal prepping is that it supports my healthy lifestyle. My meals are prepared so I have no choice but to eat them. When I’m hungry and cranky after work I do not want to cook and that is when I make bad food decisions. Therefore, I love having food ready as I get home.
Also, I love trying our new recipes. If the recipe makes 4 servings then I have a meal for dinner for that night and three more nights.
Here are a few suggestions that make meal prepping a little bit easier for me:
- Take out cash and only shop with the money you budgeted to spend.
- Start cooking your starches and marinating your meats, first.
- Invest in a vegetable chopper, non-stick skillet and spiralizer.
- Buy raw vegetables and steam them.
- Do not cook your meat too hard because you’ll be microwaving it.
- Don’t let anyone else in the kitchen while you’re cooking.
- Take pastic wear from the grocery store or gas stations (like Wawa) to stash in your lunch box.
- Let your dog eat the scraps.
I hope you enjoyed this! Love, Kiahhn’ & Stella.