THIS week I’m chatting about ‘meal prep’ which is how the world of social media describes being organised with your food. I’m sharing two recipes that are a great example of how to meal prep well.
When people ask me for advice about eating well, my number one tip is to be organised and prepared. Most of us are busy juggling work, family and friends. This can make it challenging to cook all of your meals each day. This is why I consider ‘meal prep’ one of the best things you can do to support yourself on your health and wellness journey. Here are my top tips:
Make a plan of what you’re going to eat this week. Jot down what you’d like for breakfast, lunch and dinner; what you want to eat post-workout; and what kind of snacks you want to eat throughout the day. This does not need to be perfect or exact, just simply an idea of what you would like to eat for the coming week
Make a list and take time to stock your kitchen properly. My larder essentials include tinned tomatoes, coconut milk, frozen fruits and vegetables, porridge oats and tinned beans. If you are time-poor it’s worthwhile considering online shopping and delivery. I did this a huge amount post- baby. Set up your account and you can click reorder and not even think about it.
Set aside ‘prep time’ — weekends are perfect. On Sundays I often roast a chicken, eat some for dinner that night and use the rest for a curry or stew. I also like to roast some vegetables and bake a few potatoes for during the week. I try to prepare some healthy snacks in bulk too.
Loving your leftovers is an easy way to cut down on prep time and save money. When you cook an evening meal, make double and pop half in a lunchbox for the next day, many of my stews and curries will taste even better by then.
I consider freezer-stocking an important survival skill. By cooking in batches and freezing in individual portions, you can transform your freezer into your go-to-place for tasty, healthful, ready-made home-cooked meals. Plus you can keep food for a long time in your freezer which reduces waste and saves you money.
@thelittlegreenspoon Check out Indie Powers’ account for lots of healthy, everyday recipes that aim to make eating well as easy as possible. With a range of recipes there is something for everyone. Her chicken tikka recipe is delicious and perfect for ‘meal prep’ too.