Making Meal Prep Easy – 5 Tips
Make your weekly meal prep easy and faster by following these simple guidelines! Planning and preparing healthy meals for the week seems like a daunting task if you’re a working mom. But there are simple things you can do (like using fast, healthy recipes!) to make your meal prep easy.
Many moms believe that spending house meal prepping for the week is the key to success. To weight loss, healthy snacking, healthy kids etc. There are a lot of benefits to prepping your meals in advance.
However, for most working moms, making meal prep easy is crucial.
A lot of my clients get overwhelmed the minute they hear the words “meal prep”. The truth is, with kiddos we don’t have the time to spend two hours in the kitchen each and every Sunday morning prepping meals for the week (oh hell no!).
While easy meal prep ideas help, it’s still a lot of time.
But I think I can fix that for you 😉
Why I No Longer Prep EVERYTHING
Way back in the day, I used to be ALL ABOUT meal prep. Like any traditional fitness junkie (sans kids) I was in the kitchen every Sunday morning making sure I was set up for the week to smash goals with all my healthy food *insert eye roll*.
Now-a-days, the though of spending so much time whipping up these healthy meals is just laughable.
I believe in having healthy, easy food, snacks and recipes on hand- but I also value my time.
Once you have kiddos, two hours on Sunday is kind of a big deal. And spending it in the kitchen (regardless of how simple the easy meal prep ideas are) when you could be out playing isn’t practical.
To moms, it’s just “one more thing”. And while having every single meal ready in the fridge is amazing, we won’t make it a priority because it’s too effing annoying.
If making that many meals is going to stress you out trying to get it all done, it’s honestly not worth it.
Tips To Make Meal Prep Easy
So, how do you have it all then?
How do you find the time to whip up these easy meal prep ideas and stay sane?
The secret: it’s not about making time; it’s about making your meal prep easy
Instead of trying to squeeze more into your day (you can’t) or sacrificing family time on a sunny day, learn to make your easy meal prep ideas practical. Follow the tips below.
Keep it simple
This is the most crucial of meal prep tips.
You do not need to make five dinners every single Sunday. You’ll go insane (even if they are easy meal prep ideas).
Instead, just focus on prepping the three big things:
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Cook off a huge batch of rice or quinoa so you have it on hand.
Likewise, batch cook your proteins (chicken, eggs etc)
Make sure your veggies are washed and cut (spiralize beets if you’re going to use them, peel and chop carrots).
That’s it. Sounds insanely simple and probably too good to be true right?
But I promise it saves you a shit ton of time! Easy meal prep ideas are crucial.
To make meal prep easy, keep it far simpler than you think. For big meals, do the bare minimum.
Use No Bake Recipes
I don’t tend to prep a lot of dinner recipes when I’m in the kitchen because I use super simple dinner recipes (like this 15 minute zoodle bowl) to begin with.
But I do have kids who eat an insane number of snacks. And since I believe in quality food, I like to have those on hand.
If you have easy meal prep ideas, everything becomes a lot faster. And no bake recipes are the easiest recipes of all!
Prioritize To Make Meal Prep Easy
I love whipping up big batches of pancakes, freezing them and then just heating them up for a super, stress free morning. But I do this on a Saturday morning when I’m already making these things.
Adding in indulgent things like this only makes your meal prep drag on forever and your easy meal prep for the week becomes stressful and annoying. If you make pancakes for the family on a Saturday morning, just double the batch then. Don’t waste time trying to do it all in one day.
Set your priorities.
- Make the basics for dinner (cook off the big stuff, no need to fully make and portion)
- Have healthy snacks on hand (easy, no bake recipes are your friend)
- If you’re a salad person, portion them
No one says you need to make all the healthy, easy recipes when you meal prep. Know your limits.
Having easy meal prep ideas on hand is crucial. I live off having my main staples cooked off and just throwing those together in a variety of bowls.
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Having healthy, easy recipes to make is key to easy meal prep for the week.
Every so often, I love taking the time to whip up some crazy simple vegan burger patties or something special but to keep my regular meal prep easy, I stick with simple.
If you need a plan to follow, here is 1 MONTH OF SIMPE, REAL FOOD BASED DINNER RECIPE IDEAS.
Below is also a list of some of my favorites staple dinner recipes for busy nights. They make great easy meal prep ideas because they don’t require a ton of prep work. Just have your basics cooked in the fridge, toss together and call it dinner.
- Beet and Orange Buddha Bowl
- Thai Veggie Curry Bowl From Fairy Burger
- Chicken pesto pasta
- Chicken & Shrimp Stir Fry From Low Carb Yum!
- Grilled veggie and hummus wraps
- Deconstructed Veggie Sushi Bowl From Fit Foodie Mama
- Tangy lemon noodle bowl
- Egg Roll In A Bowl From Whole New Mom!
- One pan lemon chicken
- Warm BLT Salad From Tessa Domestic Diva
Know Your Limits
If you have more time one weekend, by all means whip up extra batches of something (like these super easy vegan burger patties).
But if you’re short on time, keep it simple.
Don’t stress yourself out over trying to get all these meals fully completed when you if you do the basics than you can throw something together quickly anyways.
Also, be smart! If midweek you need to make muffins or balls or ANYTHING, double batch. Always. It’s just as easy to make one batch of muffins (these morning glory ones are a new favorite of ours) as it is to make one.
Don’t forget to pin these tips on making meal prep easy!
Having healthy food options prepped and stocked definitely makes your life as a working mom easier. But the meal prep itself doesn’t have to be lengthy or stressful. Use these tips as well as easy meal prep ideas to keep it short, simple and healthy.