I’m a meal prep queeeeeen… Now if I could just get these workouts down. Bleerghh
— Sabster (@Sabirah0) September 26, 2016
Tweeted that and someone asked me for some suggestions and voila this post was birthed. Meal prepping is simply planning and making your meals for the week, there by making it easier to make better choices and save time and money in regards to food. I think it’s a great lifestyle skill to have, here are some tips and tricks to help
- Goals: what are your goals? Want to save money and start taking your own lunch to work? Want to plan your meals in order to lose weight? Want to save time spent cooking each day? Whatever your goals are they will drive the decisions you make for the next steps.
- Collect inspiration: Usually during the week I’ll see something I feel like eating, that often drives what I’m making the next week, I add things to my pinterest boards, check out my whole30 one, then I plan from there
- Shopping: I love grocery shopping, but I don’t love markets so I’ve devised a plan that has me visiting a market like once a month and then grocery stores weekly. I do my shopping usually on Saturday morning (always eat breakfast first) and I go armed with a plan of what meals I want to make. I have a budget I stick to and any “inspiration” I get while shopping moves to the next week.
- The actual prepping: Whatever meal you make, you want to make enough to eat about 4 times at most. Keeping food in the fridge any longer than this can leave it tasting yuck- we still want to enjoy our food. If your power supply is unsteady you’ll need to plan around that, nothing more painful than food that has gone off. Some meals like chicken, stir fries and stews are very good to make ahead. Sides like rice, potatoes and steamed veggies are great too. Salads though, are often best made fresh or at most the night before as cut exposed vegetables don’t keep for very long.
- Variety. I always have one thing I make a big batch of that can be eaten multiple ways. For example I might grill a big batch of chicken to eat on it’s own, put in a salad or have as aside-this is incredibly helpful. I do the same with Vegetable soup (efo)- Eat alone, eat with small eba, have with plantain. Yum yum yum. This keeps things interesting if I get bored. Have one main/soup that can be eaten a variety of ways
Bonus point- I like pretty bowls and dishes, so I buy small containers just for meal prepping purposes, makes the whole thing more enjoyable. I hope this post has been helpful.
Here are some of my recipes that will fit well into a meal prep rotation:
Banana muffins – great with tea/ coffee for breakfast or a mid day snack
Let me know how, or if you ever meal prep. Do you struggle? Share, maybe we can help one another.