Meal Prep 101
Meal prepping is the manifestation of your work-life balance.
Think about it. When you have time at home on the weekend to prepare your weekday lunches (and sometimes dinners and snacks), it means you’ve put thought and care into yourself. Meal prepping, although not as glamorous as ordering in, is wayyyyyy cheaper than buying lunch every day, not to mention a hell of a lot healthier.
Meal prepping is about planning. Hence the name.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
Two recipes for weekday lunches.
What I mean by that is that it can get boring eating the same lunch every single day. In order to make sure I don’t get annoyed with yet another portion of that eggplant parm, I go for the two recipe rule so that I can alternate lunches.
Make sure to have containers.
I kid you not, my Tupperware disappears like my socks. The lids are the worst. Anyway, make sure to have containers for your freshly prepped lunches. Amazon has a great deal on these meal prep containers. Cheap and divided, I love that.
Decide what you’re going to make, THEN go grocery shopping.
Once you know the recipes for the week, you can make a grocery list and head over to your local spot to grab what you need. Better to make a list and grocery shop with purpose than go and surely forget something you sorely needed.
Prep your snacks too.
I hate being hungry. To combat that, I make sure to always have snacks with me. In my pantry you will always find my favorite coconut cream pie LARABARS, roasted nuts, SkinnyPop, and Siete grain-free tortilla chips. In addition to the pantry goods, I have veggies that I cut up, guac for my tortilla chips, and fruit to have some peanut butter slathered on.
Side note: nothing here is an ad, I’m just telling you my favorites since I live off of them.
Meal Prep timeline
I usually think of what recipes I want to make during the week, finalize the recipes on Saturday, and go to the grocery store either Saturday or Sunday morning so that I have enough time to cook the food on Sunday.
Sometimes you just don’t have the time to do it all and so you go about meal prepping with what you already have in the house. Sometimes you just need to throw things into a crock pot and call it a day.
Here are some of my go-to weekly meals
They’re easy to make, and even easier to carry in a container to the office with no spillage and are reallyyyyyyy good.
Baked Salmon and Veggies