How to Meal Prep-3 Simple Steps
I struggle with meal prep. I find a lot of other moms do too. I always have good intentions, but then I forget to pull the meat out of the freezer and I have to go to plan B. Do you do this too? Before I learned to meal prep and eat clean, this meant plan B was often, “let’s order a pizza!”. But now, I have plan B ready to go in the refrigerator each week. I’ve found that with a little planning ahead I’m able to save money and stay on track eating healthy.
Here are a few of my best tips for planning head, and having an answer to the daily question from my family- “What’s for dinner tonight mom?”.
TIP #1- Plan A Weekly Menu
Each Saturday I plan out my meals for the week. Then I use my menu to plan my grocery list. Having a menu keeps me on track and not dreading dinner time since I already know what I’m cooking. When I have a plan, cooking dinner is a lot more fun!
TIP #2- Purchase A Few Weekly Staples
Having a few items on hand, that you can pre-cook ahead, will help you be better prepared for the week. Here are a few of the items I purchase each week for lunches and to make dinner time much less prep work.
- Plain greek yogurt
- Spinach or Spring Mix Lettuce
- Sweet potatoes or Zucchini
- Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
- Salt, Pepper and seasonings (optional)
- Coconut Milk for Shakes
- Uncured bacon (nitrate and nitrite free)
- Fruit; grapes, strawberries and blueberries
- Chicken breasts- Antibiotic free, hormone free
TIP #3- Cook in Batches
Once a week, I take about 1 hour to prep and cook a few items ahead so they are prepped for the week. This keeps me from resorting to running through the drive through or running back out to the grocery store to find a quick meal. Of course it doesn’t work if I don’t schedule the time in my calendar to make this happen. I usually take Sunday or Monday to prep my chicken, bacon, and fruits for the week. Watch the video below on how I make cooking chicken simple, as well as quick-easy clean up and comes out moist and delicious every time. I also have found a very simple way to cook bacon without having to stand over it at the stove, plus it’s much less messy.
Items you will need to prep food ahead:
- Non-stick aluminum foil
- Broiler Pan
- Cookie or Baking Sheet
- Mason Jars
These 3 simple tips have helped me and my virtual fitness community of busy moms have more success with meal planning and prep. Please share with me if you try any these tips for yourself and how they helped you!