Meal prepping can be intimidating to start, but fear not, here are 4 simple ways to start meal prep and planning!
TIP #1 Make Double (Make One – Freeze One)
If you think that doing make ahead meals is too time consuming or you don’t have time to do this, start by making extra during the times you are already cooking.
Build the habit of “eat one – freeze one” during the times you are already dedicating to cooking.
TIP #2 Just Chop – Don’t Cook
If the thought of prepping multiple meals is overwhelming, then just start with chopping up the ingredients you buy.
Don’t actually cook or assemble anything.
This actually makes a huge difference in decreasing prep time during weeknights. You would be surprised at how much more readily you use your fridge contents if they are ready to go.
Even if you don’t have a plan that day for the items, if they are there ready to use you are more likely to use them.
TIP #3 Figure out a Storage Method that Works for You
Many people think they don’t have enough space in their freezers to do make ahead prep. You do. It is all about how you use your space.
Freeze flat when you can. I am a big fan of the foodsaver vacuum sealing system to freeze many meals and store them leak free and flat.
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TIP #4 Make a meal plan based on what you already have!
This strategy is also a money saving tip (more meal prep money saving tips here).
Take a look in your freezer, look at what you already have an prep and plan with those items!
TIP #4 Write down a list of tried & true recipes
It can be really exhausting deciding what to put on a meal plan for the week.
Make a list of your family’s tried and true recipes and when you are feeling stumped take a look at this list of tried and true. Heck, even have a kid pick something off the list.
Bonus points if you can use up something from your freezer!
You don’t need to jump right into the deep end with meal prepping and planning. You will notice that even doing 1 of these 4 easy tips, will alleviate some of the madness around feeding a family!
So, there you have it, 4 Simple Ways to Start Meal Prep and Planning!
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