My meal prep TIPS & TRICKS with Mr. Lid!
It’s not easy to choose healthy foods when you lead a busy life — and let’s face it, we all lead busy lives.
That’s what makes Meal Prepping so great.
So what is meal prepping?
Meal Prepping is simply preparing some, or all of your meals ahead of time. It’s like having those TV dinners that you would purchase from the store, except that you prepare them yourself, with better, healthier and unprocessed ingredients.
Not only does it save you time, but it also helps to ensure you eat healthier foods more often with the proper portions, instead of reaching for quick processed and pre packaged snacks or meals.
The idea is that when you have healthier things ready to eat, you will eat them instead of other potentially harmful foods. And it works incredibly well trust me!
Benefits of meal prepping!
Less cheating! Yep this is sooo true. When I prep our meals every Sunday I tend to onlypurchase those items that are on my shopping list, because if it’s not in my house, then I can’t eat it!
Saves you money. At least this is true for me! Before meal prepping I tended to just wing it each night, ordering in or going out. This is also true for my families lunches!
HUGE time saver. Not only does meal prepping help me stay on track with consistent healthy eating, but it also gives me more time in the evenings to relax or hang out with the kids really anything besides rushing home to cook!
Gives a great variety! Sometimes planning out meals each week can get a little monotonous so one thing I have committed to doing is trying out at least 1 or 2 new recipes each week! If we like the dish then we’ll add it into the rotation and if we don’t, well we just won’t make it again. I mean hey, at least we tried something new!
HOW TO GET STARTED
It’s important to remember to not get overwhelmed when you are starting out. Too often people get bogged down in the details.
The trick is not to incorporate too many new things at once. For example, don’t try meal prepping with all new healthy recipes. Start prepping with recipes you already know. When you feel comfortable, add more.
TIP 1. PICK A DAY
The first thing you should do is pick a day to prepare all your meals. For me, Sunday is the best day because it’s a day when I’m thinking of the week ahead.
I also like to try new recipes on a Wednesday already for the weekend.
In the beginning though, you don’t want to prepare meals for the whole week. You want to start off with no more than three meals.
If you need a calendar to help you visually map out your meals use one. You can use a physical calendar or one on your phone. Just find what works best for you.
TIP 2. PICK THE MEALS
You need to decide which meal you are going to prepare first: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
If you are preparing for a family, then prepping your dinner meals seems to be where you would get the most from your efforts. However, if you are single, or cooking for one or two people, then you may want to try to prepare breakfast or lunch meals first.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. You just want to think about it a little before you get started.
After that, you want to decide on the recipes you are going to prepare.
You might not want to cook the same recipe for all three meals, although you can. But if you choose to prepare three dinner meals for your family, and they are all the same recipe, you might have a bit of a fight on your hands.
When choosing the recipes, think about how you want to balance the meals.
Using a kitchen scale can help you to make sure you disperse each part of the meal evenly.
FINDING THE PERFECT CONTAINER
Now lets talk about containers, shall weYou really must use the proper containers.(!) I can’t stress this enough. Good storage containers are the foundation of your meal prepping. I personally LOVE using Mr. Lid Premium Containers because not only do they offer a large variety of products, but they have lots of other great benefits too!
- They are reusable
- They’re BPA-Free.
- They are airtight and leak-proof making them super convenient to take to and from work or on-the-go.
- They have lids attached so no searching for the lid to the right containers
- They are clear allowing you to quickly see whats inside
- They come in a variety of great sizes making portioning a breeze.
- They are easy to store with a unique nestable and stackable design. They also stack ontop of each other in the fridge or freezer.
- They are safe to use in the microwave, refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher.
I mean who doesn’t want they’re fridge looking like that??
IN THE KITCHEN
Start off, like I said, with just a few meals. Don’t try to cook a whole week’s worth of meals in one sitting. You may want to do this later, as you get more comfortable, but for now, just try to find your meal-prepping-groove.
Focus on simple meals. Chicken is a favourite in our family because it can be cooked in a seemingly endless number of ways. It’s also easy to store and freeze.
With just a bit of chicken and a few vegetables you can easily prepare three totally different meals.
Learn to Multitask: Remember that you can cook lots of different things at the same. Use your oven space to its fullest potential. There’s no need to place one thing in there at a time. Use multiple oven trays if it helps, or use aluminum foil to make dividers on one oven tray and multiply your efforts. Start with recipes that lend themselves to this type of cooking.
When planning your first shopping trip as a meal prepper, ask yourself if you have enough oven trays, aluminum foil and other utensils you might need.
Fruit: Fruit is a great way to dive in to meal prepping. You can cut up different types of fruit and store them just like any meals you could prepare. You can easily make fruit salads or smoothies to go along with you prepped meals. Or you can simply start off with fruit preps only.
Slow Cooker: Okay, this one is obvious, yet so many new meal preppers overlook it. A slow cooker has been a favorite among mums for decades. Use it to make simple, great tasting meals then store them away.
Well, that’s it for now. So go ahead and get started with your favourite meals. You can pick up Mr. Lid containers here: www.mrlid.com.au
Don’t forget to tell us about your favourite tips and recipes in the comments below!