Meal planning is something I've grown to love. I mean, it has become an important part of my business so it's a good thing I enjoy it! I also love teaching my clients how to meal prep for the week. Meal prep is key to making sure you are set up for a healthy successful week.
There is no right or wrong way to meal prep. Some weeks I spend a few hours in the kitchen, while other weeks I might only have the chance to roast a pan of veggies. The main goal is to save time in the kitchen during the busy week. Prepping some items in advance means you will have access to healthy meals during the week. Running late from work? It won't even phase you if you already have a few things ready in the fridge.
Meal planning and meal prep can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. I recommend that you start small! Pick the one meal that is usually the toughest in your household. For most people it's the dinner time that can get crazy. Everyone is hungry, kids are doing homework, you're running from one sport to another, the list of things goes on. For others, lunch can be hard and they find themselves at yet another drive thru lane.
Here are my top 5 tips for getting started:
1️⃣️ Take a look at your calendar and schedule around your evenings. Have a super busy night? Plan a slow cooker meal.
2️⃣ ️Pick 3 or 4 meals to make for dinner for the week. No need to plan for all 7 days.
️3️⃣Prep what you can in advance. Maybe this means making the marinade/sauce/dressing component of your dinner. Or cooking rice, quinoa or roasting veggies ahead of time. One hour of prep time on the weekend is a time saver!
4️⃣ Plan for leftovers or make a big batch of whatever it is you are cooking. Cook once, enjoy twice (or more).
5️⃣️ Don't be afraid to repurpose ingredients. Last night's chicken roast becomes today's chicken quesadillas.
Remember, like all things it takes time to get the hang of it. Establish the routine and soon it will become a habit to prep!