Easy Meal Prep Ideas for The Whole Family
Meal prepping is a perfect way to make sure you and your family eat healthy and stick to a budget. Cooking meals that will last you the week can be tedious, but halfway through the week you’ll be thanking your past self. Here’s how to make meal prep easy and breezy.
Plan weekly dinners
Planning never hurt anybody! Sit down with your significant other and kiddos to see what they would like to eat during the week. As you compile recipes, make a grocery list of the ingredients for each one so you’re ready to hit the store.
Quick tip – think about making simple, big meals that will last throughout the week! Leftovers make for great lunches.
Only buy necessary ingredients + snacks
Now that you’ve planned what you’re eating, time to get all the groceries! As you shop, cross off your ingredients on the list so you buy only exactly what you need. This will keep you from being tempted to throw things in the cart that aren’t necessary. And bonus – it will also keep your budget on track. If you want additional grocery store savings tips, check out this link!
Just because you’re preparing a week’s worth of food doesn’t mean you need to use a week’s worth of dishes! Try and use one or two pots per dish, so you can spend more time cooking and less time cleaning. Didn’t know one-pot meals were a thing? Check out these delicious one-pot recipes!
Plastic storage containers
Once the food is cooked, you gotta put it somewhere. Multi-sized food containers are a great place to store your individual meals or those leftovers. Need to pack lunch to go? You now have grab and go healthy meals in your own fridge! Check out these containers to bring your own healthy meals to and from work.
Invest in a slow cooker
NO time to prep for a whole week? Behold the slow cooker, a magical pot that creates a meal in just a few hours. All you need to do is add your ingredients, choose a setting (low or high depending on the recipe), and you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you by the time you get home from work. Interested? Check out these options.