Sundays are definitely a day for rest, but since I’ve started eating healthy it has become prep day too! I would much rather spend 2-3 hours in the kitchen on Sundays to save time the rest of the week.
I did things a little backwards today. Usually, I’ll come up with a meal plan, shop, then prep. To save money and trips to the store, I just prepped first with whatever we had in our pantry/refrigerator. I have some go-to healthy recipes that we like to have for snacks and I used some leftovers that we already had.
Here are some of my top tips for meal prep…
1) Portion out bigger containers
Not only do you save time scooping out your portions later, but you have them to grab quickly on the go or to pack lunches the night before work/school. You will also save money buying the bigger containers rather than single serve containers.
2) Wash, cut up all veggies/fruit ahead
Again, such a time saver! You are much more likely to grab those healthy snacks if they are already ready to go. They also make great snacks for the kids!
3.) Try to plan meals that have some of the same ingredients
Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money!
So here is what happened today. I decided to make Berry Quinoa Parfaits for mid-morning snacks this week. It is quinoa, Greek yogurt, fresh berries and a tbsp of honey. So easy and so delicious!
I made a few of these using whatever strawberries I had left in the refrigerator, but I ended up with extra quinoa. Instead of eating it plain later on, I remembered that I had leftover grilled chicken and I could make Chicken Stuffed Peppers from the FIXATE cookbook. I went ahead and boiled some peppers and prepped the stuffed peppers for tomorrow night’s dinner. The remained grilled chicken leftovers went on top of salads that we will eat for lunches during the first part of this week.
I use my FIXATE cookbook almost daily. Find out more about it HERE!
4.) Make big portions
I am all about making huge portions of something to have leftovers for later. I will sometimes quadruple pancake recipes so that I can freeze the rest to have throughout the week. I also like to double up dinner so that I have leftovers for lunches the next day. I do the same thing with homemade granola and egg cups. Egg cups are perfect to have as great breakfasts on the run or a midmorning snack. Here are some great recipes for them!
I hope that these tips help you! What are your favorite tips for meal prep?