Planning ahead isn’t something that we’ve always had the luxury of doing or thought was necessary until recently. Meal Prep is a great idea when you have to prep for uncertain times. Use this as a time for meal prepping and get ahead of your weekly dinner schedule.
The great part about being able to meal prep is that it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort on your part at all. The first time you meal prep for the week will be the hardest but after that, it’s going to be all downhill.
These simple tips for learning how to meal prep are an easy way for you to grab ahold of your nightly dinners (or daily lunches) and stress less about what you’re going to be making for dinner that night.
How long do meal prep meals last?
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to meal prepping is that you’re probably going to have to split it up into sections.
This is because most meals that you’re going to prepare ahead of time should really be cooked up and eaten within 3-5 days, so you do not risk nutrients.
Meal prepping on a Sunday and then waiting until Friday to consume isn’t the best scenario for food safety or taste.
Meal prep containers with dividers are perfect for meal prepping throughout the week. Make sure you use food labels, so that you can write down the date and label what’s inside each container.
Labeling what is inside each container is also helpful, especially if you plan to freeze any extras.
Is meal prepping a good idea?
Absolutely! Meal prepping is a simple way to prepare for your week and maybe even save some money along the way!
The quickest way to get a handle on your meal prep for the week is to sit down and check out the local grocery sale ads and look at what is on sale for produce at that time.
Saving money is possible with meal prepping because you can base your entire weekly menu on what is literally on sale at that very moment.
Meal prepping is also a great way to help save money on your weekly grocery bill and family’s budget.
Why spend more time and money when the sale ads provide you everything that you need to meal prep successfully?
What meals are good for meal prep?
This is where meal prepping can be a lot of fun! There are plenty of delicious meals and recipes that are great for meal prep.
You first have to understand what you and your family like to eat and then you can move forward with buying food and making out your weekly menu.
It’s also a good idea to get input from your family members as well because there’s nothing worse than creating a weekly menu and finding out that no one in your family is actually going to consume any of the dishes that you’ve made.
Can you Freeze Meal Prep Food?
There are some meals that can be safely frozen. I would recommend prepping for two days worth of food, and anything left over should be stored away in your freezer. Make sure you purchase airtight freezer ready containers.
Your pasta dishes, casseroles and soups are perfect recipes for making double and freezing extra. Generally, anything with cheese, meat, potatoes, pasta, fish, and certain veggies are perfect for freezing. Obviously you cannot freeze salad, yogurt or sour cream.
Easy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals
Here are some simple recipes that you can easily meal prep with ease! These recipes below are perfect for your plan ahead meals. Some are made in the Instant Pot and Slow Cooker, so you can have dinner ready in no time. These recipes are also perfect for making extra and freezing.