5 Meal Prep Tips To Save Time
Do you often wish you had more time to prepare and eat a home-cooked meal?
Do you usually end up buying takeout because you just didn’t have time to make something?
As busy moms, we all wish we had more hours in the day to get more done.
Preparing your meals ahead of time can give you back that extra time you need for other more important things on your list.
Instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day every day,
Here are 5 quick meal prep tips that can save you tons of time.
- Make breakfast easy – Making breakfast in the morning can take up a lot of precious time. Make it ahead of time instead.
For example, make eggs and bacon the night before so all you have to do in the morning is just heat and eat.
For a fruit smoothie, measure out the ingredients (bananas, strawberries, etc) in a Ziploc bag the night before to save time. Then in the morning, all you have to do is blend and drink.
- Make a week’s worth of meals in a day – Save time during the week by cooking/prepping all your meals on the weekend. Set aside a day (most people do Sundays) and chop, cook, bake, bag, store, freeze…all your ingredients for your meals that week. It can take a few hours to prepare but when you’re done, you don’t have to do any cooking for the entire week. Yay!
- Buy pre-cut veggies – Buying vegetables already chopped such as carrots, zucchini, squash, celery, onions etc., can save a huge chunk of time when preparing meals. I use them often especially when I’m running low on time and need to make dinner fast. It saves a few steps so I get done faster. Plus it’s only an extra dollar or two more so I don’t spend a whole lot of money for the convenience. It’s well worth the time saved.
- Season meats before freezing – Another great time saver is seasoning your meats (chicken, fish, steak, etc) before storing them in the freezer. Once you get home from the grocery store, add the seasonings before putting them away. That way, when you’re ready to cook, the prep step is already done so you can just go ahead and cook.
- Always have frozen food – Frozen food such as veggies are great for quick meals. My favorite food to freeze is cooked rice. It’s a great staple to always have on hand. Whenever you cook rice, cook extra and freeze the rest. That way, you can just warm it up whenever you need it.
Having extra food in the freezer saves time because you don’t have to cook. Just heat and eat.
Meal prep can seem to take up a lot of time. But in fact, it actually saves more time. By setting aside a few hours on Sunday (or whatever day works best for you) to make food in batches and freeze the rest, meal prepping frees you up for the rest of the week because you won’t be cooking for a while. Just heating and eating.
Once you start doing this, you’ll discover you have extra time to do other things you need to do.
Not to mention, you won’t have to think about what to cook for breakfast, lunch or dinner because it’s already made.