simple meal prep hack
Heather Cook

Heather Cook

Save Time with a Simple Meal Prep Hack

I have a super time-saving tip for you today – a tip that will make your life easier, save you money, AND help you stay on track with your nutrition.

In a nutshell, most of us fall into two camps when it comes to meal prep. We either overthink it, or we don’t think about it all.

Overthinking is an easy trap to fall into…  there’s just SO much “stuff” on the internet, in magazines, and on social media with conflicting information. It’s nearly impossible to filter out all of the noise and to make an actual decision. And for most of us, when there is so much ‘stuff’ to consider, we shift into overwhelm mode. 

So we think about it, we know we should do something but we feel overwhelmed. Then before we know it, it’s time to eat and we still don’t have a plan.

Way too many people (I used to be one of them!) think that meal prep is all about identical-looking bland Tupperware meals (like chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli) and think, “Ugh… that’s not for me”! And let’s be real, a lot of us don’t really understand what meal prepping is all about so we have these preconcieved notions of what we would be eating … often tied into the notion that meal prepped food = boring diet food. Which sounds terrible.

That’s when a lot of us join the second camp: “put it off for next week” / or not thinking about prepping or planning meals at all. Sound familiar? 

There’s actually a happy middle ground! What if you took a few minutes to map out your meals and snacks for the next several days, and when you’re making diner, you cooked simply made 2-3x the amount you usually do?

That’s actually a golden tip from the good ol’ days of home ec class, our grandmothers and beyond!

When I was a kid, my grandmother always used to make an “extra” when she baked a casserole or other time-consuming dish. Instead of just one, she would cook up two and put one in the freezer for later.

You can double up by making extra turkey burgers, chili, stir fry, or … well, almost anything! It doesn’t just apply to “special” meals.

Taking this approach means you don’t have to set aside several hours of valuable weekend time to cook for the upcoming week. Instead, you spend your normal amount of time cooking … plus 5 to 10 minutes each week PLANNING your meals. This seems like a no-brainer, but the PLANNING part of it makes all the difference, especially if you’re used to trying to figure out every night what you’re going to make for dinner.

As I am all about making healthy eating super simple, I put together a free 7 day meal prep program that you can grab today, to get started on meal planning and prepping. It includes all the recipes, meal plan guide, print & go grocery list … it’s going to make your life easy peasy. Just click the link below to download it today for free!

 

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