February 7, 2018
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The Latest Food Trend to Hit Melbourne, and we're loving' it!

Meal prep is one of the top food trends not only in Melbourne but in the world today. The major underlying reason that has led to meal prep craze is our busy lifestyles. People are constantly on the go and, as a result, most of us don’t have enough time to prepare a healthy, filling meal every single night. So, the next best thing is to create a number of meals in one go so you can keep on track with a healthy diet and have a convenient meals option. And having meals available will help you avoid the temptation of dipping into a fast food joint or delivery app.

If you’re anything like me then I know I need to stick to my plan. Once I’ve fallen off the healthy wagon it can take me weeks to get back on. If I don’t stick to my routine then everything goes out the window.

If this is you then meal prep is the way to go. In a Layman’s, it is the practice of preparing meals for several days at once. A typical meal prep includes making enough food to eat for a whole week but you can always create a routine that works for you.

Meal prep comes with the benefit of saving time and most importantly, allows you to prepare healthy meals at home. The practice is now embraced by athletes, bodybuilders, fitness models, and several health nuts, and you can do it too.

Basics of Meal Prep

The first thing you need to do is to buy some quality containers. These ought to be BPA free and microwave friendly since you are going to be reheating your food in a microwave/oven using the containers.

Plan

The most important aspect of meal prep is having a meal plan. It can be challenging to cook up a whole week’s worth of meals, especially for beginners, and having a plan can help you break down everything you need. If you are new to this concept, I advise you start with a few days as a trial, about 3-4 days meal plans.

Note down each breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks that you’ll be eating throughout the week. This way, it’s easy for you to break down the ingredients you need for every meal. I’m sure most of you have weekly meal plans that you refer to every day for what to cook on a particular day. Meal prep is just the advanced version where you cook all your meals once and have ready-to-eat food in the next couple of days.

If this seems daunting, get a professional to handle the task for you. A personal chef like me can help you create meaningful meal plans that conform to your lifestyle. While it’s normal for family members to have varying tastes and preferences, a personal chef will put that into account when creating your weekly meal plan.

Prep

There are several ways in which you can prep your meals. It comes down to your taste and preferences. Some people like plain whole meals while others like me like to spice up our foods differently.

Those of us who like experimenting new flavors cannot stick to one meal plan week in, week out. For instance, there are many ways you can cook chicken – roast, bake, poach, deep-fry, or broil – and every week I like to incorporate a different variety in my chicken recipe just to get a different taste.

Basically, try to vary your taste so you don’t get bored eating the same food each day. It’s not hard – a simple swap in your protein, such as chicken to fish every few days can a long way to exciting your taste buds.

I have a number of clients that just like white meat and fish, so the easiest way to create a selection of different dishes is to use different spice rubs or just have a wide range of sauces that can be poured over the plan protein.

Meal Prep Time

When and how much time you want to dedicate to your meal prep is totally up to you. You can develop any of the 4 routines below:

  • Nightly routine – this involves spending some time every evening preparing your food for the following day. It’s as easy as making an extra dinner for your lunch the next day. Take a couple of minutes to prep some overnight crock-pot egg casserole to eat for breakfast, chop some fruits, and portion some nuts for snacks. Even more, take some extra minutes to marinate meat and chop veggies for next day supper.
  • Morning routine – this works for the early birds and those who are extremely busy through the day. The idea is to wake up very early and prep your food for the entire day or even the next few days. Pack some Mason jar salad for lunch and carry some hard-boiled eggs for a snack. Season some cubed meat and chop veggies to put into a swift stir fry come evening.
  • Buffet prep – this option works best for large families where individuals have varying schedules as well as different food preferences. In this method, you need to prep all the individual elements of your meals separately but not portion them into individual meals. In so doing, every family member can pick their favorite foods and create their own dishes. A professional can also come in handy for this type of prep because of its complexity at home.
  • The Sunday Prep – this is the typical meal prep idea – preparing enough food on Sunday, for the rest of the week. I call it the ‘Sunday Prep’ because most people like to do it on Sundays. It requires the most planning considering the amount and types of food to eat in a whole week. This method can be challenging at first but once you get used to it, you will be saving so much time throughout the course of the week.

To sum up, meal prep is virtually for anyone and it comes with some amazing benefits. At Chef Dine, we can help you in meal prepping so you can enjoy healthy, delicious meals every day of your life. Say goodbye to fast foods and welcome meal prep.

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