Here are some fun tips and easy ways to meal prep
1. What do you have available and need to use?
- Clean out the fridge. You often find something that you can use before it goes bad.
- Check out the freezer. Is there anything that can be incorporated into your week’s meals?
- Scan your pantry for foods you can plan your meals around.
2. What sounds good?
- Think about any flavors or textures that sound yummy.
- Scan any recipes or dishes you have been wanting to try or eat.
- Plan for any special occasions you are cooking for.
3. What is your schedule like?
- List days you have time you have time to cook and days you might be more rushed.
- Plan recipes that are quick for your busier days. Slow cooker meals or leftovers work great!
- Include snacks or grab-and-go items to have on hand.
4. What foods and recipes will you prepare?
- List the foods and recipes you will have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Give yourself a couple of options for different meals throughout the week to add variety.
- Aim to have a protein, a starch, and a fruit and/or vegetable at each meal.
- Plan some quick/grab-and-go items you can eat when you are in a rush or on the run.
5. What items do you need to buy?
- List the items you have on hand and the items you need to buy to make your meals and snacks.
- Organize your list by the sections in the grocery store (produce, meat, dairy, breads, freezer foods, and pantry items). Have a purpose for each item on your list.
- Include any pantry items you may be getting low on.
6. What tasks do you need to complete?
- Break down recipes into small tasks (for example, chop onions, cook rice, thaw meat) so you can plan ahead.
- Identify tasks that recipes share in common (for example, if multiple recipes call for chopped onion, you can chop all your onion for multiple meals at one time).
- Plan time you can prep and cook. This can be done in one day or spread across different days.