The steps I use for meal prepping
I love to eat clean with the occasional splurge from time to time. I eat clean about 95% of the time. How do I do this? I follow a very simple mantra. “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Meal prepping saves me from grabbing any type of junk food or basically anything unhealthy. I would much rather choose something clean and healthy over junk food. Also, at the end of the day when I’m tired, the last thing I want to do is cook and spend time in the kitchen. I would rather spend time with my little girl than spend time cooking. I follow the same meal prepping routine every weekend (most of the time) :
- I go to the grocery store on Saturday or Sunday morning. I make sure I stick to my list and I don’t deviate from the list. A good tip is not to go to the grocery store hungry because if you do, you will want to buy everything in sight!
- Sunday afternoons is usually my time to meal prep (while my husband spends time with our little girl). This usually takes me about 2-3 hours but it is worth it at the end of the day. First I cook the meat (usually chicken). First I make slits in the chicken then I use flavor god spices and sometimes squeeze fresh orange juice on the chicken. I put the chicken in the fridge and let it marinade for about an hour.
- While the chicken is marinating I cook the veggies. I wash and cut the veggies, chop onions and bell peppers. I mix everything with coconut oil, little salt and lots of black pepper. I put that mixture aside.
- I take the chicken out of the fridge and mix the chicken with the spices one last time. Then I put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 min. I cover the pan with foil so the meat does not dry out.
- After the chicken is done, I cover the veggies and put it in the oven for about 20 min. I like the veggies on the softer side so if they are still hard after 20 min I will put them back in the oven.
- My husband and I usually eat ezeickel tortilla with our dinner so I don’t have to make any carbs beforehand. Occasionally we eat brown rice but that’s not a big deal because it takes 20 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker.
- Lastly, I have to clean the dishes, the worst part of meal prepping. I try to clean up as I go along but I still end up with a lot of dishes. This only takes me about 15-20 minutes.
- Most people portion out their meals into container but I don’t do that. I don’t measure my food or count calories. I just eat until I’m full and satisfied. We are all different so counting calories and measuring food might work for some people. I have tried it before and it just doesn’t work for me. Instead I just put my food in huge containers and most of the time it will last us for about 3-4 days.
I have been meal prepping for a little over a year and I love it. It also eliminates the decision making every night of what I should make for dinner. If you are the type person that likes different types of food every night you can still do meal prepping. You can make a variety of food but in smaller quantities.
What are some of the things you do on your meal prep days? I would love to hear it!