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Meal Prep

Life can get so busy. And sometimes you just need a little break from cooking.

The last thing you want to do is cook. You just want to order takeout and relax with some Netflix.

However, takeout can get pretty expensive, and more often than not, it’s not good for you either.

So, what’s there to do? Meal prep!

What is Meal Prep?

Meal prep is making meals ahead of time. There are various ways to meal prep. It all depends on your preferences and how much time you have on hand.

Here are some of the ways:

  • Full Make-ahead meals: This involves making an entire meal, for instance, dinner. You then put it in your fridge or freezer to be reheated for later. This method can be convenient if you’re cooking for your entire family.
  • Ingredient Prep: This involves prepping your ingredients for a single recipe or a couple of recipes ahead of time. For instance, you can pre-cut your veggies, make sauces, or marinate your chicken. This saves you time in the kitchen for when you get around to cooking your meals.
  • Meals for one: This involves preparing food and placing it in single-portion containers. For instance, you can make a 4 serving lunch dish and portion it in four containers, so you have lunch ready to go.
  • Batch cooking: involves preparing big batches of several meals, for instance, soups or stews, then portioning them into single-portion containers to be placed in the freezer.

Benefits of Meal Prep

Meal prepping helps you save money. That’s because you’re not ordering takeout or going out to restaurants as much.

When you meal prep, you’re using up the food in your fridge before it gets bad. This helps not only save money but prevents food waste too.

It can also help you lose or maintain your weight. That’s because you have better control over portion sizes and can limit ingredients that can cause weight gain.

It can also reach your health goals. Restaurant food tends to be laden with sodium, which is not good for your blood pressure.

When you meal prep, you can use less salt in your meal prep or even skip it entirely.

Meal prepping also reduces stress during the week. For example, instead of wondering what to cook for dinner at the end of the day, you already have dinner ready to go.

What Food is Good for Meal Prep?

When deciding what food is good for meal prep, you want items that don’t spoil quickly and have textures that are still good after time in the fridge or freezer.

Foods that are good for meal prep include:

  • Cooked meats
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Soups
  • Sauces and dips
  • Roasted vegetables. For instance, my Healthy Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Bowl contains a medley of roasted vegetables such as red, yellow, green bell peppers, onions, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Sturdy raw vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, zucchini, and radishes
  • Uncut fruits

What Meals are Good for Meal Prep?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to meals that are good for meal prep. Here are some of my favorites:

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