Tools: Meal Prep Containers
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Custom Apron: Austin Owl Boutique
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How To Meal Prep
Step 1: Select a Day to Meal Prep
One day before the day you plan to prep, make a simple meal plan and shop for your ingredients.
Step 2: Make a Meal Plan
You don’t need anything fancy for this. You need a piece of paper and a pencil. Seven days across the top of your page and “Breakfast”, “Lunch”, and “Dinner” down the side and fill it in. Don’t try to get gourmet and fancy if you’re not a gourmet cook. Just go with your family’s favorite dishes.
Step 3: Clean Your Space
You’re going to need space to spread out with a bunch of tools and ingredients. Starting with clean counters, an empty sink, and a refrigerator with space will help the entire process run smoothly.
Step 4: Gather Your Ingredients and Tools
You’ll need every last ingredient on hand and easy to reach. This includes spices! Make sure to pull out all of your supplies you’ll need as well. Bags, bowls, trays, spoons, measuring spoons, Sharpie marker, trash bowl, knives, and a cutting board.
Pre-label your bags with the name of the entree and the date. This way you won’t have to guess when you pull it out for dinner. If you have time, also list the ingredients on the bag. It will make assembly easier.
Wash your veggies! I find that Veggie Wash is great at removing the wax on my veggies.
Now you’re ready to dig in.
Step 5: Start Your Grains
Decide how much rice, quinoa, pasta, lentils, etc you will need for the week. This is where the Instant Pot comes in handy! Measure and cook what you’ll need.
Step 6: Chop, Chop, Chop!
If you’re preparing dishes with raw meat, chop your meats last. Always start with chopping your herbs and vegetables to avoid cross contamination. You’ll want to make sure your trash bowl is nearby. As you chop each type of vegetable, add it to a large serving tray. Pile all of the chopped vegetables on the large serving tray so you can grab from there when you go to assemble.
Step 7: Assemble
Line up you pre-labeled bags and load them one meal at a time. Once your bag is full, seal it and set it aside. If it needs to be frozen, freeze the bag flat for a few hours and then stand it up in a bin in the freezer to easily access the meals in the future.
Learning how to meal prep has changed our household for the better. It has saved us money, time, and sanity. We end up having more time together and less stress surrounding meals. If you’re just starting out, learning how to meal plan, start with just three meals and work your way up to five or seven. If you are overwhelmed at the thought of meal prepping more than one meal at a time, start by doubling the recipe for one family meal and freeze the excess for an easy meal in the future.