I love a good meal prep day, but I do everything in my power to fly through it as quickly as possible. I generally enjoy the process, but I’d much rather spend my time with family and friends, especially since my prep day often falls on the weekend. Plus, with the warmer weather on the horizon, I know I don’t want to be trapped in my kitchen prepping food!
With the start of the CNC Nutrition Spring Nutrition Challenge less than a week away (woohoo!), I wanted to share another post about my favorite meal prep “rules of thumb” that help me cruise through my weekly prep. (If you missed the first blog post, you can read it here.) I hope you find these tips helpful and try them out during your own meal prep!
Tip #6 (continued from this blog post): Super short on time? Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. There is no shame in taking advantage of already prepared healthy options. Rotisserie chicken ca quickly be paired with steam-able rice and veggies for a meal that’s ready in less than 5 minutes! You can also pre-roast all of your veggies on Sunday and simply add rotisserie chicken to complete the meal. The possibilities are endless!!
Tip #7: Load up on your favorite frozen items. Many stores carry pre-made cauliflower rice and pizza crusts, pre-cooked rice and other grains, and all sorts of organic fruits and veggies to quickly and easily toss into meals. I just posted this video about ways to use some my favorite freezer vegetables. They’re a major time saver! Pro tip/super simple lunch: The night before, add your choice of frozen veggies, along with your favorite source of protein + a dressing/sauce, to a storage container. The next day at lunchtime, just heat in the microwave and eat!
Tip #8: Make meal prep fun. I use to dread slaving away in the kitchen every Sunday – and a lot of that was my attitude. Nowadays, I rarely take more than an hour or so, and I make it fun! I listen to a podcast or music and sometimes Quinn will help me, so I have some company in the kitchen. He’s the cutest little helper! 🙂
Tip #9: Split up your food prep throughout the week. The internet trend is #sundaymealprep, which totally makes sense, but it’s not the only way to conquer your meal prep. I typically do a bigger Sunday prep with a smaller mid-week prep (usually on Wednesday). I end up spending less time in the kitchen on Sunday and our food tastes fresher later in the week. This works for our family, but totally try out what works for you!
Tip #10: Keep it simple. It’s easy to try to recreate the fanciest Pinterest recipes or make a new meal every day of the week. Instead, I suggest embracing leftovers and repurposing ingredients to mix and match meals throughout the week. At DTFN, we give clients a 3-day per week meal plan to keep meal prep reasonable, while providing variety.
Speaking of DTFN and, with summer quickly approaching, I’m offering those of you who are interested in trying out a meal plan a little incentive. From now until Thursday, April 5th, sign up for the CNC Spring Nutrition Challenge and be entered for a chance to win a set of my favorite silicon mats and glass food storage containers. I use these every week for meal prep, and they’re the best ones on the market!