Preparing quick and delicious meals 3 times a day might seem impossible with everything else you have going on in your life! But by using some simple tips, and by planning ahead you’ll be blown away by how easy cooking delicious food can be. Make-ahead meals will save you moneyand time plus you’ll be able to keep your diet under control and avoid eating unhealthy food. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Make a Plan
Decide what you are going to cook ahead of time. Pick all the recipes you want to cook for the week, and put together a grocery shopping list. We would suggest you start with 2-3 recipes per week. It’s nice to have variety, but it also takes a lot more time to cook different meals, especially if you are just starting out!
Cook multiple things at once! You can actually bake chicken while roasting your veggies at the same time. This will really help you to get things done much faster.
Don’t meal prep too many meals
Don’t meal prep more than 5 days worth of food. Most of the food you will prep won’t last more than 3 days in the fridge, so make sure you freeze the rest. Remove the meal from the freezer the night before you are going to eat it and leave it to defrost in the refrigerator. This will avoid germs and bacteria getting in your food.
Use the right containers
Some good containers for healthy meals are made of glass. I prefer them to plastic containers for several reasons:
- You can see what’s in them easily.
- They can be used in microwaves.
- They won’t alter the taste of food, even if it’s left in there for a few days.
- When warming up your food, glass containers won’t release any chemicals with the hot temperature as plastic containers can.
If you do pick plastic containers, make sure they are BPA-free.
Keep your goal in mind
Goals really help you to achieve results. Whether you are trying to save money, simply eat healthy food or lose weight, keep in mind why you are meal prepping! You’ll be less keen to opt for a takeout meal!
By: Dammy Eneli