meal prep | recipes | health
With crazy long days at work I love coming home to a cooked meal that I just have to heat up! Over the past few weeks I have really dabbled into meal prepping on the weekends, and you guys it has made my life so much easier! This is the only way I make sure I am stocking up my meals with a healhty option and I don't end up spending a lot on my meals either, since most of my groceries I buy in bulk! I wanted to share the behind the scenes of meal prep is any of you planning on trying it out yourself!
This is the brainstorming part of meal prepping. You want get a rough idea of what time of meals are you interested in making. What time of food groups, cuisines, and healthy options are you looking for. I tend to gravitate towards proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains for my food groups. And always make a list of all the things you need, so you aren't making multiple trips to the store!
When I am at the store, I refer to my grocery list and pick up food items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Since I want to incorporate a high protein diet I like adding a protein food group in each of my meals. For example eggs, chicken, fish or tofu. I am a huge veggie fan too, so I usually pick up kale, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic ( i prefer to mince my own) etc. For the carbs portion of my meals, I usually buy quinoa, wheat pasta or brown rice.
Now that you have a plan and your ingridients, it’s important to set aside one day per week to shop and cook. I like cooking on Sundays, because it helps me mentally prep for the week. My kitchen looks like a mini food factory on those days, and everyone know I need the kitchen for about 1-2 hours since I'll be cooking up a storm! I have done this plenty of times, to find a system that works best for me. So the first thing I do is layout out my boxes that I will be storing my food in. So four boxes per day roughly, which will cover breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. If I need a vinegrette or sauce, I use one my smaller sized containers. Next, I bring out all of my food ingridients, and untensils I will be needing ( pots, pans, cutting boards, knifes and stiring spatulas). And then I cook!
Now that you have everything cooked and prepared, storing the food properly will make it easier to grab your meal and go. I use the Ziplock plastic containers and Pyrex glass containers. Once the meals have cooled down a bit I stack them up in my fridge and I am done for the week.
I hope you guys got some inspiration to start meal prepping, maybe a new year's resolution!
Happy Holidays everyone!