Meal prepping is one of the best things that you can do as a parent. Not only will it save you time and money, but it will save you a lot of stress, which is something any parent can afford to drop.
While meal prepping is excellent for busy parents, it can often seem overwhelming and time-consuming if you don’t know what to do. To help you on your journey, here are some top tips to help you get started.
All meal prepping starts with a good plan. You should first think about how many meals you want to prepare for. The average person's meal prep is a week. This means that you will have to plan meals for 7 days, for every individual in your household. An easy way to do this is to think of a couple of meals and eat them for a few days at a time. Make sure you consider what all family members enjoy, so you can cater to everyone's needs. Some people will just prepare dinners, as breakfasts and lunches are pretty quick and easy to make on the day, but this will come down to personal preference.
Once you have planned the meals, you should write the shopping list and schedule a time to go shopping. In addition to putting aside time to shop, you will also need to schedule time to prepare all the meals in advance. As long as you have created a good and realistic plan, you will be able to get started with no problems.
The next most important item on the list is equipment. You will need to ensure that you have all the kitchen equipment and utensils you need to prepare your food. Meal prepping often encourages people to cook meals from scratch. If you intend to do this, then you should check that you have everything that you need. The last thing you want to do is get ready to cook and find you fall short on equipment. You will also need to ensure you have enough Tupperware and fridge space to house all the food you are going to cook. Some meals can be stored in the freezer, and some can be stored in zip-lock bags. Just make sure you consider the items you need to store your food, as well as prepare it.
Meal prepping is supposed to make your life easier, not harder. So make sure you don’t try to cook anything overly complicated. Some of the best meals you can make are those that you can make in bulk and that will last several days. It is also important to consider the flavor and texture of the food you intend to cook and ensure that it will last until you plan to eat it. Do some research on family-friendly recipes, and choose ones that are easy to make as well as delicious, for example, pork roast in crock pot.
Meal prepping is an excellent tool for busy parents, as long as you know how. Follow these top tips to help you get started.