We’re sure you’ve heard of it, and chances are, you may already be participating in it – the ever popular Sunday “meal prep.” Whether you’re on a quest to eat healthier or simply want to save yourself some time during the week, preparing your meals ahead of time is an easy way to accomplish both. And while there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to go about doing this, there are a few guidelines that you can follow to get the most out of your efforts – keep reading for more details.
How to Meal Prep
Step 1: Set aside time for cooking.
Meal prep isn’t a 1-2-3 task; rather, it’s going to take some time for you to fully prepare enough meals for the week. With that said, it’s important that you dedicate a chunk of time to cooking rather than try to whip things up quickly – a lot of people choose Sundays for this reason, but feel free to choose a different day if your schedule calls for it.
Step 2: Itemize your meals.
Meal prepping isn’t just for people who need to bring lunch to work – you may also need breakfast and/or dinner too. Before you can even begin to think about cooking, you’ll want to make a list of exactly which meals you’ll need for the week, along with what you’re thinking of eating for each.
Step 3: Gather your ingredients.
Once you know what meals you’ll be making, it’s time to get your ingredients together so that you can begin cooking. To make things a bit easier on yourself, try to plan for meals that use similar ingredients or find recipes that can be easily doubled so that you only have to cook once, but can enjoy the meal twice.
Step 4: Cook!
At this point you should be all set to begin cooking! So, grab all of your chef’s tools and other kitchen essentials and get going!
Additional Meal Prep Tips
Some other tips to remember as you go about meal prepping include:
1. Choose recipes that are freezer friendly so that they don’t spoil. This is especially important for those foods that you’re making for later in the week – you won’t want all of your hard work to go to waste!
2. When you go to the grocery store to pick up your ingredients, see what can be bought in bulk. If you meal prep often and tend to stick with similar meals, you might be able to save yourself some money this way!
3. Don’t forget about your containers! You’ll want to have a few different sizes at the ready so that you can pack your foods accordingly for the week – just make sure that none are too big, as you still want them to be travel friendly!
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