6 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas To Free Up Your Time

Being the busy Career Girls we are, we don’t have many spare hours in the day. We want to eat healthily and nourish our bodies with nutrients it deserves. But after a long day at work, the idea of spending an hour just cooking is exhausting. Cooking every single day starts becoming a chore, and meal deals or takeaways start to sound more appealing. Meal prepping the week ahead has fixed that after work slouch! Here are five meal prep idea’s you can freeze, refrigerate and heat up to free up your time!

1. Make lots of food!

@PickyPalate

 

Don’t just make enough for one night’s worth of food, make lots of the recipe to ensure you have enough meals for a few days or even a week! By doing this you are ensuring you get however many days worth of healthy food! Refrigerate or freeze these meals to give them much longer life! This recipe offers all your nutritional gems from the broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and quinoa! But your daily source of protein from the chicken.

Top tip: If you want a bit more diversity in this meal, Marinade half your chicken in a different sauce, and freeze into two different bags. Swap out these different flavors every other day.

 

2.  Overlapping ingredients

@Dinneratthezoo

 

If you have leftover vegetables cut up from your meal prep for dinner, or leftover meat, don’t just chuck it away! Use it in another meal prep! Take these muffins, for example, the bacon, cheese, and spinach could all be leftovers. Add in some eggs and make perfect breakfast muffins, which ensure you eat breakfast every day for the next week. Just place these muffins the microwave for a minute and you’ll have a tasty breakfast that took no time, and saved you from throwing away good ingredients!

Top tip: Use a hand blender to whip those eggs in seconds! If you can’t think of anything to use your leftover ingredients in, save them in Tupperware in your fridge until you will need them!

3. Make the most out of that freezer

@Eatyourselfskinny

 

Meatballs are a great way to meal prep, as they can be frozen! Some foods are better frozen than others, soups and broths can be turned into an ice cube and melted. This meal prep will take thirty minutes and you can freeze them to keep them for longer than a week. But some ingredients, such as burgers and wraps are best frozen separately. Using this way of meal prepping is best done with freezer lock bags. This will ensure that the meatballs stay fresh in their taste, and the flavors won’t mix!

Top tip:  I like to cut up a lot of veggies on a Sunday night. So when I need to use them, they’re already prepped! Swap out the rice for some courgetti, and get spiralizing a week ahead!

4. The rule of three

@littlespicejar

This rule is especially important if you are prepping lunches and dinners. One protein, one carb, and one fresh food. In this one you have protein in the beef and egg, the spinach is fresh and the rice is a carb! This will ensure your energy levels soar for the whole day! Not just for an hour! This is also a great way to monitor your portions and how much you are eating. You can cut out a lot of the fats you might not know you’re eating so much of!

Top tip: If you want to turn this yummy meal vegan, try swapping out the meat for natural soy protein. Soak the protein in a soy marinade for five minutes, before frying as you would meat. Swap out the eggs for some kimchi or extra veggies! Delicious, quick and perfect for the week ahead.

5. Get a variation of Tupperware!

@Wholefully.com

 

I find mason jars such a handy container for meal prepping! They fit snuggly in your fridge, look cute, and are portable for work! I meal prep salads usually every night, just because they take no time at all. However, if you want a week of no meal prepping, then you can do seven of these bad boys ahead of time. As mason jars are slim (height more so than width) you can easily tuck five to seven of these cute jars into your fridge for your morning grab and go. Meal deals be gone!

Top tip: I like to pour the salad dressing in on the day, so maybe create a tube of dressing to bring about with you. This way, your salad won’t wilt in the fridge over the course of the week from the liquid. Mix up your dressing and bring it in a little tub alongside your mason jar, and pour fresh!

6. Use tools to make life easier

@domesticgothess

 

Because we are such busy, busy bees we dismiss the idea of cooking because the time it takes to do so. But with the Vegetti (if you don’t have one, my gosssh you’re missing out) making your meals in advance has never been easier! Perfect pasta without the carbs, who can complain? Avoid wasting those valuable minutes of your night prepping your veggies and have it taken care of already! Buy yours here.

Top tip:

Vegetize your veggies when you have the time to do so, and planning ahead for your meals makes this the perfect combination. Keep your veggies in sealed containers for two-five days so it’s ready when you are. And enjoy your pasta the new way, without carbs!

 

Let us know in the comments below if you like to meal prep, and what meals you prepped this week!


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Being the busy Career Girls we are, we don’t have many spare hours in the day. We want to eat healthily and nourish our bodies with nutrients it deserves. But after a long day at work, the idea of spending an hour just cooking is exhausting. Cooking every single day starts becoming a chore, and meal deals or takeaways start to sound more appealing. Meal prepping the week ahead has fixed that after work slouch! Here are five meal prep idea’s you can freeze, refrigerate and heat up to free up your time!

1. Make lots of food!

@PickyPalate

Don’t just make enough for one night’s worth of food, make lots of the recipe to ensure you have enough meals for a few days or even a week! By doing this you are ensuring you get however many days worth of healthy food! Refrigerate or freeze these meals to give them much longer life! This recipe offers all your nutritional gems from the broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and quinoa! But your daily source of protein from the chicken.

Top tip: If you want a bit more diversity in this meal, Marinade half your chicken in a different sauce, and freeze into two different bags. Swap out these different flavors every other day.

 

2.  Overlapping ingredients

@Dinneratthezoo

 

If you have leftover vegetables cut up from your meal prep for dinner, or leftover meat, don’t just chuck it away! Use it in another meal prep! Take these muffins, for example, the bacon, cheese, and spinach could all be leftovers. Add in some eggs and make perfect breakfast muffins, which ensure you eat breakfast every day for the next week. Just place these muffins the microwave for a minute and you’ll have a tasty breakfast that took no time, and saved you from throwing away good ingredients!

Top tip: Use a hand blender to whip those eggs in seconds! If you can’t think of anything to use your leftover ingredients in, save them in Tupperware in your fridge until you will need them!

3. Make the most out of that freezer

@Eatyourselfskinny

 

Meatballs are a great way to meal prep, as they can be frozen! Some foods are better frozen than others, soups and broths can be turned into an ice cube and melted. This meal prep will take thirty minutes and you can freeze them to keep them for longer than a week. But some ingredients, such as burgers and wraps are best frozen separately. Using this way of meal prepping is best done with freezer lock bags. This will ensure that the meatballs stay fresh in their taste, and the flavors won’t mix!

Top tip:  I like to cut up a lot of veggies on a Sunday night. So when I need to use them, they’re already prepped! Swap out the rice for some courgetti, and get spiralizing a week ahead!

4. The rule of three

@littlespicejar

This rule is especially important if you are prepping lunches and dinners. One protein, one carb, and one fresh food. In this one you have protein in the beef and egg, the spinach is fresh and the rice is a carb! This will ensure your energy levels soar for the whole day! Not just for an hour! This is also a great way to monitor your portions and how much you are eating. You can cut out a lot of the fats you might not know you’re eating so much of!

Top tip: If you want to turn this yummy meal vegan, try swapping out the meat for natural soy protein. Soak the protein in a soy marinade for five minutes, before frying as you would meat. Swap out the eggs for some kimchi or extra veggies! Delicious, quick and perfect for the week ahead.

5. Get a variation of Tupperware!

@Wholefully.com

 

I find mason jars such a handy container for meal prepping! They fit snuggly in your fridge, look cute, and are portable for work! I meal prep salads usually every night, just because they take no time at all. However, if you want a week of no meal prepping, then you can do seven of these bad boys ahead of time. As mason jars are slim (height more so than width) you can easily tuck five to seven of these cute jars into your fridge for your morning grab and go. Meal deals be gone!

Top tip: I like to pour the salad dressing in on the day, so maybe create a tube of dressing to bring about with you. This way, your salad won’t wilt in the fridge over the course of the week from the liquid. Mix up your dressing and bring it in a little tub alongside your mason jar, and pour fresh!

6. Use tools to make life easier

@domesticgothess

 

Because we are such busy, busy bees we dismiss the idea of cooking because the time it takes to do so. But with the Vegetti (if you don’t have one, my gosssh you’re missing out) making your meals in advance has never been easier! Perfect pasta without the carbs, who can complain? Avoid wasting those valuable minutes of your night prepping your veggies and have it taken care of already! Buy yours here.

Top tip:

Vegetize your veggies when you have the time to do so, and planning ahead for your meals makes this the perfect combination. Keep your veggies in sealed containers for two-five days so it’s ready when you are. And enjoy your pasta the new way, without carbs!

 

Let us know in the comments below if you like to meal prep, and what meals you prepped this week!


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  • Love these ideas! I’m always looking to cut my cooking time down during the week while also not going out and spending money on food every day. Great recommendations!

    Amber || mylifeinlimbo.com