Everything You Need to Know About How to Meal Prep

Finding the time to cook nutritious and delicious meals can sometimes feel impossible until you experience the benefits of meal prep! With just an hour or so of prep on a Sunday, you can reclaim precious time throughout the week, effortlessly throwing together healthy dishes!

Breakdown

Here’s what a typical Sunday meal prep session might entail (or whichever day suits your schedule):

Prep Ahead Ingredients:

  • Slice and dice veggies (excluding onions; they’re best cut fresh).
  • Roast vegetables and pre-cook grains.
  • Toast or roast any nuts and seeds.
  • Prepare dressings, sauces, marinades, and spice mixes.

Batch Cooking:

  • Cook once, eat twice (or even more)! Dishes such as curries, bolognese sauce, or pasta bakes are great candidates for this sort of meal prep. Divide them into individual portions for easy reheating during the week.

Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch Options:

  • Prep breakfast, snack, and lunch options ahead of time to grab on the go. When looking for salad recipes to make for lunches it’s important to avoid ingredients that cause salads to go soggy, here is a downloadable with 5 of our go-to salads for lunch.

Helpful Equipment 

Glass Jars: Reuse glass jars, such as old peanut butter containers, for storing prepped ingredients. These are great for keeping items like dressings, sauces, and spice mixes.

Glass or Stainless Steel Tupperware: Opt for glass or stainless steel Tupperware containers to store prepped meals and ingredients. This helps avoid exposure to BPA and other toxins commonly found in plastic containers. You can read more about this here.

Masking Tape: Use masking tape to label jars and containers with the contents/recipe it is for and the date of preparation.

Benefits

  • Save Time: With ingredients prepped and meals partially or fully cooked in advance, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen during busy weekdays.
  • Reduce Stress: Knowing that you have meals ready to go can alleviate the stress of figuring out what to eat each day.
  • Save Money: By planning your meals you reduce the temptation to dine out and ensures you eat the food you buy.
  • Improve Nutrition: With most of your dinner prepped, healthier choices become second nature, rescuing you from quick fixes or that Uber Eats temptation.

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