By Lee Sherrock, Executive Admin
With school starting up again, finding the time to sit down to a meal at home, let alone make it, can be a challenge. This is where meal prep can be a real time, as well as money, saver, and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
I decided to give meal prep a go because it was all too easy to stick a frozen, packaged meal in the microwave for lunch or dinner or to just eat out. If I already had a meal waiting in the refrigerator ready to eat as is or just needing to be reheated for a few minutes, I didn’t have an excuse to not eat at home.
I’m not a cooking whiz by any means, so when I began researching meal prep ideas, I looked for simple recipes with only a few ingredients and that didn’t take a lot of prep time. One tip for beginners that I came across often and have found extremely helpful is to do the grocery shopping one day and the actual meal prep on another to avoid getting overwhelmed. I also try to stick with recipes that call for items which I tend to have on hand so I’m not buying one ingredient that I’m never going to use again. Stocking up on storage containers is a must as well.
Some of my favorite websites for meal prep tips and recipes are:
- Sweet Peas and Saffron (sweetpeasandsaffron.com)
- Skinnytaste (skinnytaste.com)
- Cooking Classy (cookingclassy.com)
Here are some of the recipes I’ve made from these sites:
And here’s my own experimental veggie wrap:
Getting into a meal prep routine has definitely helped take the guesswork out of what to eat and what to buy at the grocery store. Although you need to set aside time to do the shopping (or order groceries online and have them delivered) and the cooking, it’s so rewarding when you come home from a long day and have dinner already practically made.