Bored? Uninspired? The hype is no more? You are not the only one.
It’s no doubt that meal prep is the best trend to healthy eating today. Many people from all around the world are not only practicing but also talking meal prep, with #MealPrepSunday being the major keyword on Instagram.
But, as it’s the fate of every new invention, meal prep is now facing a challenge. Some part of the meal prep population is now complaining about eating the same thing over and over, leading to ennui. Prepping meals for a whole week is definitely a time-saving idea but someone later says leftovers have never been their thing. Another one is worried whether they are still going to eat from the pound of soybeans prepared on Sunday evening, which they’ve already had twice.
The truth is, it’s only you that can allow your meal prep experience become boring.
Here are the 12 tips to avoid meal prep boredom:
Try something new each week
The meal plan you created when starting your meal prep doesn’t have to last forever. Of course, you have your main standbys that make up your Taco Tuesdays, Pasta Thursdays and Fish Fridays. Try a new recipe with your go-to foods week in, week out.
There are hundreds of beef recipes out there as well as chicken, fish, lamb or pork. The good thing is that they are easy to cook than you can imagine. All you need are the ingredients and directions. And, you can’t miss some video assistance from YouTube.
Yes! You can make restaurant-quality chicken curry with coriander at home. Another day you can try Cajun chicken with rice. It’s all about making your favorite food with a different flavor. Substitute cream with evaporated milk or butter for avocado.
Have you checked our recipe book to see the options you have on the table? There are over 20 recipes in there. By the time you explore to the last one, you would’ve have missed the ones you started with. If you don’t trust your spirit of adventure, chefs such as me are here for consultation.
Make the most out of spices
Simply because you are meal prepping does not mean that your foods have to be mild-tasting. Many people especially those who meal for weight loss live with the perception that their foods have to be plain. How would you not get bored by taking green salad and eating only broiled chicken? Add a little glim and glam. After all, nothing could go wrong with sugar, spice and everything nice.
Switch up your proteins
We usually think that chicken, beef and fish are the only meats we can have. The same goes for common legumes like beans and peas. However, more often than not, we tend to neglect some proteins that would go a long way in making our meals better. Try seafood, super-food proteins among others. We come up with different foods with different ways of helping us in our bodies. Give them a shot.
Change your fruits and veggies routine
People think that having your favourite veggies and fruits will ensure that the meal prep experience is worth it. However, after a week or two, you hit a food rump and it is nearly impossible to have the same without it tasting bland. Try mixing up your veggies, make a fruit platter, create fruit jams and ensure you come up with recipes after a while.
Stash some servings in your freezer for rotation
Whenever you make your meals for the week, it is possible to have the same crockpot stew for the entire week. Instead, you can cook a chowder; chilli; anything you think will go a long way in ensuring that your meals taste better and you do not regret starting on this wonderful journey. If you stash some different servings, you might not have to dread your next meal.
Plan your sides like you do with your main dishes
People often ignore the side dishes whenever they make their meal preps. What is easily ignored is the fact that side dishes can go a really long way in ensuring that you have a different taste on your pallet occasionally. If you plan your dishes, you won’t end up stuck with rice and chicken every single time when you can have tortilla chips, rye bread or potatoes.
Ask for ideas from others
Individuals have their own methods of cooking things. Some recipes are passed down from generation to generation and they contain special ways of making their food pop. If you ask around, it is almost unlikely that you will not get a different and exciting method of making your favourite type of chicken dish. Give it a shot. What are friends for?
Add sauces and dressings to your meals
What would the salad be without dressing? What would tacos e without salsa? Disapprovingly normal right? So why torture yourself like that? Make a guacamole dip for your tortilla chips, add some homemade spicy sauce to your stew. A little sauce will go a long way to awakening those dulling taste buds.
Eat a rainbow
From the phrase itself, you have to ensure your food has some little colour. All cooking show competitions always talk about this but perhaps it is time to actually implement it. Brown rice and chicken don’t sound as appealing. Avoid the normal “blergh” reactions every time you open your dish for a meal. Add some lettuce, some red tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers. Make your lunch funky!
Always use fresh veggies
Most of you think that to make life easier, you can refrigerate your veggies. This goes well for things like lettuce to maintain the crunch. But for some items such as tomatoes, keeping them refrigerated for long makes them lose thier flavour. Instead, ensure you get some of the items that require the highest amount of freshness when they are needed. If not, have a reasonable amount in your freezer so as not to let it go to waste.
Prepare with a friend
For those who find cooking itself a task or they think they are just not that blessed in the culinary arts, preparing meal prep for a week would be like one of those dreaded school days. Find a person to prepare your meals with, you not only get an insight to make your food better but you also get some great company and a few laughs while at it.
There are things we do in the kitchen every single day that chefs would frown upon and the masters of the art would simply get a heart attack from. Admittedly, we are not looking for food competition material here but using extra heat on your chicken that overcooks it, burning your roasted veggies will definitely make your meal prep a bland one. Imagine having to eat the same overcooked chicken thrice a week. The mere thought is horrifying.