Like anyone else I have those days when I just don’t want to be in the kitchen, but there are those days when I get in there I cook more than one meal at a time. You hear a lot about meal prep Monday, but meal prep can be any day you have the energy.
Meal prep is preparing more than one meal at a time, for whatever reason. You can prepare 2 or more meals at a time. Do what suits you. If your space isn’t adequate for a week’s worth of prep, then shoot for 2 days at a time, or simply prepare you smoothie ingredients or your snacks. The key is to have something ready for you to grab. Prepping food allows you to stay on track without giving in to boxed or bagged foods that are always a little too convenient.
My confession about meal prepping is although I package my foods, I don’t eat them in the same containers. Why? Because I never liked the taste of microwave food (even when its my own). I also don’t like the idea of plastic chemicals easing their way into my food. If you store your food in plastic containers, make sure that they are BPA Free containers.
Meal prep made easy
I usually cook ground turkey or chicken. I season my meat by adding my no-salt spices, onions, garlic, peppers (dried or fresh) and start cooking. I clean, de-skin and season my chicken as well. Sometimes depending on my mood I will take time the day before and marinate my meat. Last week I had lemon pepper chicken breast using fresh lemon juice instead of store bought seasoning, I also made a taco inspired seasoning using chili powder, paprika, dried onions, a little cayenne pepper and cumin.
While the meats is cooking I also start a few veggies such as broccoli, green beans, or a zucchini, squash medley, if time permits I may sauté some greens as well. Greens don’t take as long as they did when I was a kid. My mom would go through an all day process. We would pick the greens wash the greens and boil them what seems like all day. Now you can buy the greens already picked, clean them and cook them to a point where they are tender but you have not boiled out all the nutrients.
My family loves brown rice. I get my rice going in my rice maker and I may make quinoa or couscous as well.
While everything is cooking I get my fridge ready as well as my containers.
When my chicken has cooled off I cut it for salad or dice it into bite sized pieces. Sometimes I place everything in a meal type of container and most times I keep everything separate. When I keep the items separate it allows me some flexibility.
I do my salad the same way. I chop tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and pack them in separate containers so its ready to go.
In the mornings I usually have a smoothie (click here for more ideas)
Snack is fruit and nuts
Lunch is usually a salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2 is sometimes another smoothie or a small garden salad, or veggies and hummus or peanut butter
Dinner one of my meals.
This works great because it makes me feel organized and my family as well as myself have something that’s ready to go. Although I heat most of my meals up on the stove or in the oven, it is still quick and easy.
Try making food in advance for a day or so. Let me know how it goes.
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