The Meal Prepping Technique That Will Become Your New Obsession

 

We’ve all been there; late hours at the office, after work events and evening workouts, only to arrive at home starved and not happy that you don’t have a personal chef on call.

Today’s busy bee (even if you aren’t in Beyonce’s official beehive) is dog tired with no real time to whip up a healthy meal. But did you know that prepping meals at home could lead to healthier food choices and cleaner eating? Even with an insane schedule, I learned that prepping meals at home prevents me from giving into that intense gravitation pull towards the pizza menu stuffed in my kitchen drawer somewhere.

Success in life is all about being strategic and planning ahead and therefore there is something for every busy girl.

Chop or vegge-tize your veggies in advance

To avoid wasting valuable minutes on weeknights, try prepping your raw veggies in advance. By the way, if you don’t have a Veggetti in your kitchen then my friend, you are missing out – BIG time! You can store most vegetables in sealed containers or plastic bags for 2-5 days. Therefore, if you are a veggie lover or don’t want to cook and store your meals in advance, give it a go.

The meals that just keep on giving

Some meals you can make in big batches such as stew, chilli, soup, and meat. Therefore, plan a main dish recipe that can be used for different meals. For instance, a roasted chicken can be accompanied by veggies for dinner, sandwich for lunch, shredding in a salad or chopped for a stew. And the chicken bone can be boiled down to make a delicious stock, which can be used to make a tasty chicken soup or a creamy risotto.

The slow cooker can be your BFF

Slow cookers (or crock pots, depending on your locale) are the hottest things since Kyle Jenner’s lip kit. Why? It cooks meals slow and without any assistance! You don’t have to wait for the pot to boil and you don’t even have to stir ingredients so they don’t burn. Throw all your ingredients in the cooker and a bit of water, then set the temperature and go about your day.

Sunday prep day

I have a friend with a family of four who prepares all of the family meals for the week on Sundays. As a wife, mom, business owner and community activist, her days start at 5am and ends 10 hours later. Sunday meal prepping can be a little time consuming but she swore the sacrifice was worth it. Meals are ready to be heated and eaten within minutes when she or her husband arrives home.

As a single woman on-the-go I gave it a try and now I’m well and truly hooked. Your meals can just be kept in whatever it was cooked in or in a Tupperware box in the fridge. Or you can freeze batches, most dishes keep up to three months in the freezer. Just take them out the night before to defrost!

Just get a personal chef

Meal delivery services like Hello Fresh are popping up everywhere and I honestly can swear by them. Although I would love to cook up fresh meals on my own after spending time in the grocer, to return home to sauté, peel and chop; realistically some weeks I just can’t. Having fresh ingredients delivered to my door on a day I choose with some delicious and easy recipes to follow makes me feel like a queen with a chef on call.

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  • I always get so lazy so I find meal prep works super well for me! I usually do it twice a week, once on a weekend and once in the middle of the week just to make sure all the food is still fresh :)

    Kelsey x
    http://www.kelsey-rose.com

  • Sofia Isaksson

    Sunday has always been my prep day!

  • I started meal prepping a few months ago and I’ve recently let it slide. This post is really motivating me into getting back in that habit

    Amy | http://www.yankified.com

  • For me the ‘slow cooker’ is an absolutely MUST HAVE in the kitchen. I like the idea of prepping the veggies in one go too – I’m going to try that as I end up throwing them away because I’ve not used them.. not good! xx

    • Monica Melroy

      I hear you on throwing away food because it went bad. That’s always so frustrating !

      Something that’s worked for me was using Wildtree meal prep kits. They have 10 recipe kits that include shopping lists and you shop prep your veggies and protein for all 10 -20 meals at once and put them in freezer bags. Then you got together with girlfriends and prepped your bags with marinades and spices and take them home and freeze them. I found that I had so much less waste because my veggies were already part of a seasoned meal so we would just pull out the bag and make it accordingly . It has seriously freed up so much of my time!

      I’d be glad to help you get started!

      http://www.mywildtree.com/PWS/MonicaMelroy/store/AM/catalog/Wildtree-Workshops,352.aspx

  • I love meal prepping! I don’t have a lot of room in my freezer so tend to store loads of veggie stews, curries and chillis in freezer bags and then defrost while I’m at work. Usually I batch cook a massive pot of something on a sunday then make a fresh batch of soup for lunches to take to work. Cuts out the hassle of prepping a fresh salad each day or walking to get an unhealthy sandwich from the supermarket on my break!

    http://victoriaspongepeasepudding.com/

    • Monica Melroy

      I love freezer meals ! It’s the only way I cook during the week. Do you have any good recipes ?

      If you’re needing more recipes – I discovered Wildtree and it has taken the guessing about what to make! They have recipe kits for 10 different meals designed to mass prep so you shop, chop , and prep all at once – usually as a group of girlfriends and wine so it is much more fun then by yourself .

      I’d be glad to send you the recipes to look at !

      http://www.mywildtree.com/PWS/MonicaMelroy/store/AM/catalog/Wildtree-Workshops,352.aspx

  • Monica Melroy

    Wildtree is another really awesome meal-prep service. You pick your menu and prep 10-20 meals at once that can be frozen and pulled out when you are ready to eat. I only chop meat and chicken once every few weeke and it has been a life saver ! All natural ingredients, simple, and healthy!

    The nice thing is you can change your proteins unlike some of the others. So if your family doesn’t like fish, change the recipe to chicken

    http://Www.mywildtree.com/monicamelroy

  • Meal prepping saves a lot of time during the week! I’m a big fan of it even though it takes away my Sunday!

    http://www.thewanderingbrunette.com/

  • I used to meal prep on Sundays for the week and for some reason got out of the groove. I need to get back into the routine – it’s definitely a money saver and a healthier option since you have control of what you make. I definitely needed this reminder to get back into it!

    Xo, Meliza Joyce | melizajoyce.blogspot.com

  • Interesting how I wrote a blog post about this and had similar tips. meal prepping saves a lot of time and money!

    http://www.KacheeTee.com

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