A couple of years ago I had a gut check moment in the oddest of places...standing in front of the fridge at 9:15 on a Wednesday night trying to figure out what the heck I was going to eat for dinner. It had been a long day at work followed by a long workout at the gym and the last thing I wanted to do was think about how I was going to feed myself. It dawned on me that having my meal already prepared for me sure would save me time and frustration.
And so began the weekly meal prep. I now make all my meals (plus my moms and my sisters) for the week (lunch and dinner) on Sunday and store them each in individual containers that can easily be taken on the go and heated up. Does it take a lot of preparation? Sure but the hours it saves me during the week are remarkable.
So how do I do it? The process is really pretty simple. I plan the menu, usually 4 different meals for a full week. I try to pick simple and healthy dishes. There are a lot of resources out there for cooking. As I mentioned previously on my facebook page this week, having a recipe blog is a great way to do that. You can check out my personal one here and my dear friend and digital consultant, Amanda's here. They are really easy to use and with the help of tagging or categories, it is super fast to find recipes. Clearly, you have to be careful about what meals you pick as not everything can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days. I find soups and casseroles work really well in terms of staying fresh and easy preparation.
Once I get the menu together, I shop for all the groceries and then the meal making can begin. Believe me, dear readers, it really does not take that long to make these meals. I can usually cook and plate everything in 2 hours and am lucky that my sister does the cleaning up...usually in about 30 minutes. 2.5 hours to have hassle free meals all week? I'll take it!
Below are a few tips that have worked well for me:
Life is easier when it's organized!