MEAL PREP (FOR THE SINGLE LADIES AND ANTI-CROSS FIT TYPES)
If you don't have a ton of time to cook meals during the week - consider doing a little meal prep on Sunday to make your week easier. I promise it doesn't have to all be baked chicken and hard boiled eggs.
- •First things first: Grab yourself a snack.This will keep the hanger away during prep time. This evening I chose snap pea crisps - strange but satisfying. Wine is also encouraged. 🍷
- •Think about the week ahead and the meals you'll actually be eating at home or taking to work.I know that in any given work week, I'll probably get 1-2 free meals (perks of working with college students) and likely go out for a meal. So I'll prepare 7-8 portions of food for the week.
- •Pick your menu - and make it food you'll want to eat.If you look at #mealprep on Instagram you'll see stacks of takeout containers with the same boring (and bland) meal. I like to pick a couple of things that I can mix up throughout the week - like this buffalo chicken quinoa bowl!
- •Here's what I'll be mixing and matching throughout the week: honey sriracha chicken, pulled buffalo chicken, taco beef, fluffy tricolor quinoa, sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli, and cornbread. I also made cookies for a sweet treat! 🍪
- •Start with a clean kitchen.You'll want to maximize your space and the number of clean tools you'll have accessible. I'm also a person that cleans as I go so I don't have an overflowing sink after three hours of cooking.
- •Set yourself up for success and maximize your kitchen time when possible.For example, I made the marinade for my chicken while the oven was pre-heating for my cornbread. I chopped up veggies while the cornbread was in the oven. I made my quinoa and taco beef while my sweet potatoes and broccoli were roasting. I started my cookie dough while my buffalo chicken was baking. I call this strategic thinking "prep pairs."
- •Know the approximate cook times of the things you're making. Then you can think through what foods would be a good "prep pair."Sweet potatoes and broccoli can roast for about the same time in the oven. Or I do things like saving the cookies for last because I can bake them as I eat my dinner. Plus they're still warm when it's time for dessert!
- •Have storage containers ready to go - major 🔑 if you don't want your food to get icky.I use Pyrex containers for proteins and veggies and occasionally Ball jars for things like quinoa.
- •You don't have to make everything for the week in one day.In fact, I don't recommend it. I look at meal prep as a way to make things easier for later in the week. I made taco beef tonight but I'll stuff it into pie crust (for non-authentic empanadas) later this week.
- •...And empanadas are at their most delicious and peak flakiness straight out of the oven.
- •Experiment with new recipes to keep things interesting.No one wants to eat the same meal 10x a week. I love to cook so when I have the time, I like to try new recipes to incorporate. Plus having something yummy like cornbread makes me look forward to eating my prepped meals!
- •And, after a few hours in the kitchen be sure to treat yo self!Preferably with warm peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and milk.
- •Meal Prep Complete!Now go conquer the week!