Helpful and easy to implement meal prep tips for busy folks! Here I share some of my favourite tips that will help you save time throughout your work week!
Heading back to work after maternity leave had me a bit out of sorts when it came to my meal prep game. I mean.. I used to be so on point, but couldn’t quite seem to remember how I managed!After a little bit of trial and error I got my meal prep groove back and today I am going to let you know my top five tips to help you with your own 🙂
1. Batch Cook
One of the easiest ways to make several lunches for the week is to cook 2-3 large batches of beans, whole grains, baked potatoes, etc., on the weekend. They require minimal effort to prepare and you can have them all cooking away at the same time.I like to make a big pot of stew, chili or soup as well!These items can be mixed and matched, and then you can add in fresh or cooked veggies as you so desire.
Once you have your staples prepared, rice with beans and veggies for example, top it off with some sauce! This is a good way to ensure you don’t get bored of the same old meals every week. One week you can go for a spicy sauce, the next week a greek style dressing, then peanut sauce the next; you get the drift.Something that has come is handy for me is making a big jar of cashew cream on Sundays to use throughout the week. You can divide it up into smaller jars to create different flavours. I usually like to make a sweet cashew cream, and a cheezey queso style one.
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3. Chop Chop
Something that seems minimal but actually helps a ton during the week is pre-chopping your veggies. For example, I will chop a head of celery and a few carrots into sticks and store them in a container in the fridge. This way when I need them they are already cut up and I just need to throw them in with my (or the kids) lunch.You can do this with peppers and cucumbers too, however I find that they wilt a bit quicker than veggies that are a bit harder.
4. Smoothie Packs
Lets not forget about breakfast! I love smoothies in the morning; I will usually have one quite early and then have small snack once I get to work.Pre-making smoothie packs will save you a good chunk of time in the mornings. In five small freezer safe containers, add your favourite smoothie ingredients and then place them in the freezer until needed. Then all you have to do is toss them in your blender with a liquid of choice and bam! Done!One of my favourite combos is spinach, banana, mango, and hemp seeds. You can of course throw in any supplements you may use just before blending; I use spirulina and maca power quite a bit.
5. Make Extra for Dinner
Extra dinner means leftovers for you or your partner/kiddos. The nice thing about leftovers is that you can turn them into a new dish with other ingredients you have on hand. For example, leftover chili makes for a super delicious pasta sauce, or even as a burrito filling.Cook a little extra rice, boil an extra couple servings of pasta, or make a huge one pan casserole!This one tip is probably in my top 2; after all, some weekends are busy (or lazy) and a huge meal prep session just doesn’t happen. Thats okay – you can easily rectify that with this solution!I hope these meal prep tips for busy folks have been helpful! They are some of the tricks we use to save time (and sanity) during our work/school weeks and spend a little more time on the things we love 🙂
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