7 Meal prep strategies

Feeling overwhelmed at the idea of meal prep? Need some strategies, to get you started? Try these.

1 Plan around your social life.

Often people make meal prep out to be an all or nothing kinda deal, which usually results in not being able to stick with it long term.  Be realistic – about sports commitments, work lunches or deadlines, school functions, social catch ups & date nights.  If you know you eat out every Sat with friends, skip the Sat meal prep.

2 Use recipes that overlap ingredients.

Find recipes that have similar ingredients, be it meat or veggies.  You don’t need to make life harder for yourself by trying to source loads of different vegetables & a big variety of meats.  Honestly, it is easier than you think, & remember to choose recipes you love.  Why?  It helps minimise food (& time) waste.

3. Cook or chop ingredients ahead of time

When you get home from shopping, cut up your vege & put them into containers.  Chop, spiralise, whatever – it makes life for future you pretty cruisey!  Whether it be prep for mid-week roast vegies, quick soups, a slow cooker “dump & run” bag to freeze, ingredients for an easy salad bowl or delicious stir fry prep – there are plenty of options.

I make up batches of stewed apples often & just portion it out. I keep in the fridge or freeze portions. I love it for brekky with yoghurt, what an easy start to the morning!

4. Use that freezer.

Make double batch main meals, then divide & freeze in individual portions – easy peasey.  It can defrost in the fridge whilst you are at work, then just reheat when you get home.  Future self will love this organisation.  Some easy meals that do double duty & freeze well are spag bog, chilli con carne curries, lasagne, or stews.

5 Stock up with healthy basics

Keep your fridge, freezer, pantry basics stocked with stuff you use regularly – it makes your meal prep loads easier.  THINK: spices, oils, sauces, condiments, even flour.

6 Plan to use your dinner LOs for lunches.

Truly, the most common meal prep strategy ever.  This doesn’t need explaining – it just needs action.

7. Traybake or one pot meals

A great way to cook in bulk, with less clean up…winning!

Hope some of these provide inspo and give you direction to get started.

Published by Shân

I am incredibly passionate about food and its healing power – it is pretty amazing how what you eat affects how your body works! In fact, I was so fascinated, I went & got myself a degree in it – a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). Now in all honesty I don’t eat or live a perfect lifestyle, nor will I ever pretend I do. Realistically I know you won’t be perfect either. And that’s OK. As a Clinical Nutritionist I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness – everyday.

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