I’ve been neck-deep in meal prepping every Sunday and you know what? I actually enjoy doing it.
I play some cool tunes on Spotify, open all my windows to let some natural light and breeze in and I start cooking like there’s no tomorrow. Knowing that I will have a fridge full of healthy food that I can grab and put together in just a few minutes each day motivates me to meal prep.
I’ve been doing this for more than a year now and I still hit some bumps from time to time especially when I don’t feel like cooking. I’ve come up with 3 ways to make it easier so that I look forward to it every.single.time.
Here are my 3 hacks to make meal prepping easy!
1.) Incorporate basic recipes in your weekly menu
Whether you’re a novice or advanced meal prepper, incorporate basic recipes that you can easily mix and match. Think baked chicken breasts, grilled flank steak, steamed rice, and blanched or roasted veggies. A couple of these are always on my menu because they require minimal prep work and cook fairly easily.
Remember that preparing basic recipes cuts down on the total amount of time you spend cooking plus you can jazz them up to create different meals in just a few minutes. My Ginger Scallion Sauce and Chili Garlic Paste are some of my favorite flavor boosters for plain chicken or steak!
2.) Use your appliances wisely
I always plan my menu where I can use my slow cooker, oven and stove top all at the same time. I’m sure you have at least two of these three in your kitchen.
I prepare the meal that goes into the slow cooker first because that usually takes the longest time to cook. Once it’s plugged in and set to Low or High, I prepare the dish that needs to go into the oven next. I set the timer for that then move on to a third and fourth item that needs to be cooked stove top.
As you can see, I can cook multiple things all at the same time!
3.) Utilize healthy convenience foods
I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joes because not only do they have amazing prices, but they also have a slew of healthy convenience foods that I always grab to reduce the amount of time it takes me to cut, chop and peel ingredients for my meal prep.
The ones I usually get are cut up broccoli, trimmed green beans, shredded carrots, chopped onions, riced cauliflower, frozen chicken burger patties, fully cooked sweet potatoes and so much more.
If you don’t have a Trader Joes, your local grocery store should carry other brands of healthy convenience food items. I also frequent Sprouts and Whole Foods depending on what I need for the week.
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming as long as you keep in mind these 3 hacks!
Did you know that I have a free handy Convenience Food List? Grab your copy below!