Everyone can attest that life gets a bit busy when you have a couple of things to juggle. With work, kids and other activities, one may not get enough time to meal prep every day. Getting the portions right and taste value of the food is a major part of meal prep. It cannot be a rushed job.
There are many reasons as to why people prefer weekly meal preps. The major reason is that you get to save time during the week as you rush about. Those who are on strict diets for health or lifestyle reasons need the time to prep so that they can get the proportions right.
If you are just beginning this journey or you are looking for better tips for your meal prep plans, you are in luck. We have combed through pages of information for you and we have come up with tips you can actually use. These tips are quite simple to implement, therefore, put your worry aside.
Shall we begin?
It is impossible to meal prep without understanding the kinds of foods you are dealing with. It is important to stick to a certain diet or meal plan to attain success. Trying to lose or gain weight is a delicate balance of which food to take and how much of it. Nutritionist are known to provide their patients with weekly menus that have weighted ingredients.
If you already have a printed sheet of your meal plan, pin it somewhere near sight. This will act as a constant reminder of the foods you need to eat. Check out a sample plan below:
Knowing what you are meant to eat will also make shopping very straight forward. Once you have everything you need, it’s time to prep.
When we say this, we do not mean pile your shelves with processed foods. Basically, what we are saying is stock the right food in those cabinets. Purchase everything at once so that you can make meal preparations easy. Even the spices and little snacks that you want should be accounted for. If you don’t do so, you may find yourself deviating from your meal plan.
Meal prepping doesn’t mean you pick complicated dishes that take hours to cook. You also want something that can be done in short time but still remain delicious.
Obviously, if you are prepping meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll need more ingredients. As such, things can get a bit crazy in the kitchen but if you keep it simple, then you can always see yourself through.
Basically, the meal prep concept should not sound like its time to cook restaurant type of foods. It’s just you cooking the foods you’re used to, but in a more efficient manner. Still, be sure to introduce some new flavors into your meals by trying new recipes week in, week out. We’ve heard from people who became bored with meal prepping and the major reason is because they stick with the same foods over and over.
‘Get inspiration from our range of recipes covering chicken, beef, lamb, vegetarian, paleo and more.’
Using dependable recipes will save you time and the disappointment that is evident when a dish fails. We are not saying that you throw away your experimental recipes, we are just saying wait a minute. Once you have these recipes etched in your mind, you can begin tweaking them to add more depth of flavor.
Meals are constituted by different foods. These foods may require different cooking processes to make them delicious. These same foods also have different levels of vulnerability to contamination. When meal prepping, you have to make sure that you don’t cross contaminate your food. Avoid mixing proteins with fresh vegetables before the actual eating day. Make sure to use different storage containers for meat and vegetables. Use clean cutlery and ensure that hot foods have cooled down a bit before you refrigerate them.
Sometimes after a few days in the fridge, you may find that some foods develop a smell or starting to go bad. This may be attributed to the kind of dishes that you are using to store your food.
The thing is to make certain that the containers you are using are a dishwasher-safe, microwave, and freezer-safe. Therefore, the food can be maintained at the right temperatures before warming and consumption. Many prefer glass as it is less susceptible to storing bacteria in scratches and cracks. They are also very easy to clean.
Unless you are a zombie, your food has to have some taste. You cannot eat one type of food for all your days. Theme days are fantastic ways of getting new ideas for your meals. It also makes it easier to prep since there are ingredients that work for most of the planned dishes.
If you can, keep up with the Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Whatever Wednesdays, Pasta Thursdays, and Fish Fridays. Switching up themes will instill some fun in the whole process and keep your taste buds happy.
Whether you are cooking for one or the whole family. Meal prep can be one of the most exhilarating things to do. Get a plan in place and watch your kitchen light up with color and deliciousness. Enjoy!
The head Chef and founder of ChefDine.
ChefDine provide a Meal Prep service that covers the Melbourne metro area. ChefDine take care of all your shopping, meal prep and cooking. Leaving you with a fridge of healthy meals.
We cover a range of diets, including:
Paleo, Fertility & Pregnancy, Weight-Loss, Fodmap and in-training meals.
With packages starting at just $210 per cook it is Melbourne’s most practical and affordable chef service.
As Professional Chefs our focus is not only on providing healthy and nutritious meals but also to save you as much time as possible.