This post will show you how to use step-by-step photos to prepare food for the week. Tips, recipes and strategies to help you find a system that suits you!
What is food preparation?
In simple terms, food preparation means preparing meals or meal components and storing them in the refrigerator or freezer.
By making an effort beforehand, it is simple and efficient to eat at the table later when your time is limited.
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Some ways to prepare food:
- warm up the food It is enough to reheat fully cooked food.
- Collect food beforehand Pre-combine ingredients (do not boil) and freeze later.
- Content preparation / portioning You don't have to cook, just chop and cut into pieces.
- Buffet type- Prepare the ingredients in advance and mix them together to create different combinations.
- collective preparation For the future, cook a single ingredient and eat a few meals.
What are the benefits of preparing food?
- save money– because you're not wasting supplies or buying your lunch
- to save timePreparing ingredients or whole meals in advance means less cooking during the week
- Reduce stress– One less thing to worry about all week
- eat healthy– It's difficult to argue about comfort. Food preparation really takes the willpower out of the equation!
Food preparation containers
It is important to have a range of reliable food prep containers as these can help you keep your food fresh and reheat evenly.
Here are my five favorites:
Further reading: Best containers for food preparation For a more detailed post on the top food prep containers I've found
Keep it simple to obtain started
It's simple to obtain overwhelmed if you're doing too much in the kitchen at the same time. I recommend choosing just one meal to obtain started.
Choose the foods that cause you most distress. Focus on the food. Even if you only prepare one meal in advance, you will profit from food preparation. I promise it!
It was breakfast for me. First I prepared my breakfast for a week, then I started adding lunch and finally the snacks.
Here are four tips for beginners in food preparation:
- Keep it simple As we discussed above, choosing and focusing only on one meal that is hurting you will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and still feel the benefits of meal prep!
- To plan- Write it on your calendar. It's time to shut down. Make excuses as difficult as possible.
- Use reliable recipes The time to try a crazy modern recipe may not be the right time. Using recipes that you cognize are simple and delicious is a good place to commence.
- Have fun and reward yourself- I like to speed up the music and have fun while getting alert. And it wouldn't hurt to bribe yourself with a coffee or some chocolate, would it?
STEP 1: Make a meal plan
Even if you don't prepare your meals in advance, there is an simple way to save time and reduce stress by creating a plan.
- Since we eat something different every night, I commence writing our dinners.
- Next I add breakfast and lunch. We usually eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch 3-4 days in a row to make them easier to fill.
- And finally, I select healthy snacks.
Further reading: How do I write a menu? (+ printable planner) Check out the video below for more information on how to decide what to cook each day OR my strategy
SECOND STEP: Make a grocery list and buy your groceries
First I check my menu and write the required ingredients next to the menu item. Then I write a shopping list. I use Evernote Instead, an app that is synchronized between my phone and my computer. I love being able to make checklists as I really enjoy checking things out on my list.
Read on – give it a try 5 free meal planning apps I use it if you are interested!
To go shopping- If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend ordering your groceries online. Not only does this save time, but it is also less likely to buy and in the end you will obtain exactly what you need to cook.
THIRD STEP: Get alert!
You have a menu, you have food, you have it! Don't forget to select a meal and focus on it to obtain started.
There are many different ways to prepare food. Let's discuss some strategies.
Guess what happened? You do NOT need to prepare full meals. Small steps like cooking loads of rice, chopping vegetables, or tossing chicken in the slow cooker will help you BIG TIME during the work week.
Let's examine some food preparation strategies. You can select one (or more) that works for you and run with it. These are just ideas and you don't have to use all of these strategies!
1. Preparation of buffets
Many people like to prepare their vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates and then use them for simple cooking. This is great for tacos, salads, and the like. You can also prepare a large portion of the protein and use it as a base for several meals during the week.
- chop or spiral your vegetables
- Fry vegetables or potatoes in a few spices (here 7 spice mix you can use!)
- shake it up salad dressingSauces etc.
- Muesli, pasta, Andean millet, rice
2. Batch cooking
Cook a large amount and enjoy all week. You can have multiple meals to obtain a large amount of protein!
Whether it's a whole meal or just an ingredient, portioning is one of the most important steps in making a meal because you can just grab your food and go.
4.Combine the dishes (do not cook)
This usually happens with frozen meals, but you can usually keep it in the refrigerator as well. If you're prepackaging your meals, just toss them in the slow cooker or instant pot to cook and press the button!
5. Pre-cooked meals
This is my approach to breakfast and lunch, and great for meals that you don't have time to prepare for on the days you will be eating. All you have to do is take it out of the fridge, reheat it if necessary, and enjoy!
Pick one of these strategies and obtain started. You can develop the process over time and find out what works top for you.
For my family, I select pre-cooked meals (breakfast and lunch), portioned snacks, and frozen slow cooker or instant cooker meals (dinner).
FOURTH STEP – Prepare multiple meals at the same time
Once you've learned how to cook one or more meals at once, you can go further and cook multiple meals at once!
- Make a plan
- Clear your calendar
- Gather all of your supplies
- Set up an assembly line
- obtain alert!
- reward yourself!
Do you need help with this step? Check out the following meal preparation plans that arrive with a video tutorial and printable shopping list:
You really do!
The benefits of preparing food are so worthwhile. You save time and money. You will feel less stress. You will eat healthier. When you commence feeling the resistance, keep that in mind (Resistance says you'd rather watch Netflix).
Feel free to abandon a comment for any questions you might have. I love sharing the love of cooking and I'm here to help!