Preparing every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week for an entire family isn’t as scary as it sounds. All you need is a few hours on your least busy day, a detailed grocery list and your kitchen for a successful meal prep! Feeding a home full of hungry people during a busy week will be easy. All you’ll have to do is heat up the meal and serve! Let’s review the steps for a week full of healthy, nutritious meals for the whole family.
Plan, Plan, Plan your meal prep
The majority of your time will be spent planning meals for the week. A meal prep calendar will become your best friend to make the planning easy. Try out printable calendars or templates to get started. Meal prepping should become part of your weekly routine. To do this, choose a day you have 1-2 hours to plan, grocery shop and prepare.
Check your schedule before prepping to see what days the whole crew. Plan according to when you’ll all be eating at home and when some family members won’t need prepared meals.
To be resourceful, check the pantry for food you want to get rid of and the fridge for leftovers. Incorporate these foods into your plan. Look up recipes that complement the pantry items and leftovers to get the most bang for your buck. Make sure to consider how long your food will last. Try using the food that will spoil the fastest in the beginning of the week and vice versa.
For the rest of the meals, ask your family if they have any requests. You’ll get less complaints and fuller tummies when the family eats meals they’re craving.
Get Your Food Prep On for the week
After purchasing your groceries, prepare the food right away to avoid losing focus on the task at hand. Begin by preparing and cutting all your vegetables and fruit. Also, cook your rice and/or pasta to save time during the week. Sauces and dressings can be prepared ahead of time and stored in a tightly sealed jar or food container. When it’s time to eat, all you’ll have to do is reheat and serve!
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Slow cooker meals are also an efficient way to throw together a meal. While slow cooking, you can prepare additional meals cooked in the oven or on the stove. Once you prepare the ingredients and place them in the slow cooker, focus on another meal to make the most of your time. Once you’ve completed your prep, it’s important to pack, label and refrigerate to preserve all the hard work you did!
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Now it’s time to relax and focus on your goals for the week. There’s no need to worry about whipping up last minute meals for your family. Remember that it’s okay to stray for the schedule and get creative with your meal one night. However, using a meal prep calendar should help you stay organized. If you don’t end up using the meal one night, you can bring it to work for a healthy lunch!
Maintain focus for those few hours on your meal prep day. Once complete, you can feed your family healthy meals and enjoy their company every night.
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