Real talk: when you’ve got a busy week, you’re working at your job or side hustle, going to the gym, being a parent, and doing all the things. During the week, the last thing you want to do when you get home is cook. At least that’s how I feel most of the time. One of the things I took on early in my adulthood was the magic of meal prep and let me tell you what magic it can bring to your life.
So you want to start meal prepping, great, now what? I’m going to help you get started and once you get into a routine or a rhythm (Check out Michael’s blog about time management) you’ll be able to make adjustments to what you prepare.
- Make Food You Like
Sounds like a simple concept right? You would think. For years I was meal prepping food that I knew was good for me but I honestly hated. Like cucumbers, love them cut up as a snack or in water but i always pick them out of a salad or a sandwich. I don’t know why, I just do. I kept adding them in and just not eating them. That is the first mistake people make. You need to make food that you like and you know you’re going to eat. Now I’m not saying to prep bagel bites and pizza rolls, if you’re going for more of a health plan, yes still prep healthy foods but ones you like. If you don’t, the food will go to waste and you’ll just end up going and getting fast food, spending double the amount of money. So figure out what you like and stick to those things. That way when you come home exhausted after a long day of work, you’ll be more inclined to eat what you prepped.
2. Prep in One Day (if you can)
When it comes to meal prepping, Michael and I have a system. Either one of us will do it while the other cleans the house or we’ll tackle it together. For us, it is usually on a Sunday and takes 2-3 hours at most. But when it’s done and in the fridge, that is the best feeling ever! You feel so accomplished. I know on some weekends when we are busy, Michael will get up early and do a portion on Saturday morning and I’ll do a portion Sunday morning. For example, he prepped breakfast and roasted potatoes for one of the dinners and I finished the rest of the dinners. Other than that, we get it done all at once and on the weekend. If you try to do it Monday or Tuesday night, you’re going to be already behind the 8 ball. We are very intentional with our time and if we can eliminate one thing with deciding on where to eat during the week, we’ve saved ourselves so much time do the dance of, “What do you want to eat?” “I don’t know, what do you want?” You all feel on this conversation right?!?
3. It Will Save You Money
I read an article by CNBC last year that said on average American families thrown out $1500 worth of food in one. year. Wow! I can totally believe it though because we were doing the same thing. We were spending $100-$150 worth of groceries per week and eating out at Chipotle 2-4 times a week. You figure with all the fixings at Chipotle it is around $25 for a couple, times by 4 that’s $100 per week. Just on Chipotle, we did the math and it was alarming. No wonder we had no money, we were spending on food and being lazy. We kicked the eating out habit in the butt, lowered our food budget, and only stick to the food prepped in the fridge. By holding ourselves accountable, we were able to start snowballing money into debt and our savings. It’s crazy how much we American’s spend on food and don’t realize it.
Those are top reasons for meal prepping but in all honesty, it makes our life so much easier. Until we can pay someone to do it for us, this is a great way to get it done so we have more time to focus our energy on something useful like our marriage, our business, and our future. Below is a peek at what we cook on Sundays to give you some inspiration but you can cook whatever you like. You won’t regret it once you prep your meals because you’ll start to feel more mental energy for the rest of your life.