Happy Tuesday guys! In my last post, I shared my top 3 tips for staying sane in the city. Hopefully those helped, and you are living with a little less stress than usual! The next step in navigating this next chapter of life is learning how to cook…that’s right cook. Not microwaving or making pasta; now let’s dig in.
NOTE: Definition of Meal Prepping- Gathering and preparing all food on one single day so that it will last you usually between 2-5 days (can be longer)
Saving Wallets, Saving Lives
Like I preach time and time again, life can get expensive. All the food lovers out there…ahem, me know what kind of problems this can cause. While eating out is yummy as all get up, consistently doing so can take a huge chunk out of the wallet! With a fixed budget, this is a no go. This is where meal prepping comes in and saves the day (and the wallet).
If done consistently, meal prepping can save hundreds of $ in food costs per month. And if you’re like me you could do with saving all the money you can! The 1st step in meal prepping is planning your meals ahead of time so that you pop in and out on your grocery excursion. With such a busy schedule, I have found it helpful to only shop for food one week at a time (it usually just goes bad if I shop for longer than a week in advance).
Feel Good About What You Eat
Sure anything takes practice, but that’s why you start off with simple, easy meals. One pan recipes for instance! Throw some ingredients on a pan and drizzle with oil/seasoning, throw in the oven and voila! A good place to start is either pinterest.com or foodnetwork.com. Or while you’re scrolling on instagram, save some Tasty videos to try later! These sites really help kick start the meal preparer in all of us. Picking simple and healthy food really makes for an easier prepping session. Easy food to throw in the oven includes BUT not limited to:
- Pork Chops
- Seafood (salmon/tilapia/etc.)
- Bell peppers
- Acorn squash
Take a look at some of the recipes and let me know how it goes!
Time is of The Essence
If you’re like me, you don’t have time to waste, except maybe on the occasional Sunday. The spare time is sparse. There is no time to waste on preparing food when there’s laundry, cleaning, and whatever else needs to be checked off of the chores list. Meal prepping allows you to eat healthier because you’re planning your meals. No need to drive to your nearest Chik-fil-a (although the waffles fries are something serious) you already have food prepared at home! By planning simple meals for the week, you can pop something in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, knock out a few chores, and BOOM it’s done!
Note: I’ve mentioned the oven twice, in my opinion it’s the easiest way to meal prep! Not to say that you can’t use the skillet, that can be streamlined too!
Hope this tidbit of information helped! I mean who doesn’t love someone who can cook? You’re welcome. After writing this post, I’m starving (shock). So I’m off to stuff my face, happy prepping!