The Best Meal Preparation Guide
If you have found your way here you are looking for a meal preparation guide that can help you overcome all the problems you might face taking on this task. The information below is all information that I have learned from doing meal prep first hand for my family every week. In the beginning there were hiccups but hopefully this guide and the information will help you avoid all of those!
What are the Benefits of Meal Prep?
Well lets start with the most important two. You get to live a healthier lifestyle because you prepare delicious and hearty meals ahead of time instead of a rushed meal or fast food. You get to hand pick your own ingredients, build meals that contain real nutrition and avoid filler ingredients or improperly handled food.
Secondly, you get to save money. Our meals are around $4 on average. Compared to ordering food that’s a huge savings, even saving a couple of dollars on those premade (uncooked) meals at the store can be a big help. Also by preparing your own food you are going to have frozen leftovers, so that also reduces the cost.
The less important benefits (maybe), are the life skills that it teaches and helps you hone. You learn to schedule, properly plan and execute directions, handle food correctly, cook delicious meals with proper techniques and storage procedures that will help prevent foodborne illness.
The Benefits of Meal Preparation
- Healthier Meals
- Saving Money
- Learning Life Skills
- Delicious Food
What are the Drawbacks of Meal Prep?
The main drawback of meal preparation is the time it takes to make it happen. Now this problem really only depends on your method of meal prepping. There are many ways of achieving a meal prepping healthy lifestyle without wasting a whole day. I will discuss this in a future article.
Now one of the problems that I hear about meal prepping is the lack of variety. I don’t really feel this is a problem if you handle your meal preparation properly. If you freeze a few of each meal, then you could easily grab one of the past weeks meals to accommodate your taste for a meal.
- Takes time to meal prep
- Variety can be an issue in the beginning.
- You have to do the work
What if I cannot dedicate a day to cooking?
If you do not have a day to dedicate to cooking. Maybe your a very busy person, or you have children or a life that doesn’t allow you a whole day to stand in the kitchen. Regardless of all of that, there is always a way. Whether its by doing the cutting over a few days, or even cooking a double portion during dinner and saving half of it for a later meal.
I will be writing an article that addresses all the ways we have been able to do it between working overnights, mornings or trying to start our businesses. Life can get crazy and you don’t want your meal prepping to fall apart. Luckily, we have been able to be successful week after week with proper planning.
Do I need any special tools?
The short answer is no. You do not need any extra tools.
That is not to say that having extra tools wouldnt make your life a hec of a lot easier. For instance, cooking rice stovetop isn’t a huge deal…but with our Instant Pot it removes the time and effort from the process. You just add the rice and water, screw on the lid and hit the cook button.
There are many tools that will make your life easier an I would suggest investing in a few along the way, but by no means are the necessary to meal prep.
Do I need to know anything else?
- Planning: Meal Prep 1
- Shopping: Meal Prep 2
- Cooking: Meal Prep 3
- Storage: Meal Prep 4
- Methods: Meal Prep 5
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