As a self-proclaimed professional organizer, I pre-plan my days out to a T. But I recently decided to track how I was actually spending my time each day and find out why I often run out of time and can’t finish everything on my to-do list. To my astonishment, I found out I was spending an average of 4 hours cooking or preparing food every single day!
No wonder I was constantly feeling stressed and overwhelmed by how there never seemed to be enough time to get everything done. One of my New Years resolutions had been to start meal prepping but like most people, those resolutions never saw the light of day. Until now.
I finally decided to buckle down and actually do it. I set aside 3 hours on a Sunday and meal prepped all my meals for the entire week ahead from Monday-Friday breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinners. And oh-my-god meal prepping changed my life! Now I was spending maybe 10 minutes max a day preparing food(mostly putting stuff in the microwave) as opposed to 4 hours! I was literally saving myself nearly 19 hours of cooking every week and instead, using that time to do more important things like working out, spending more time with friends, and actually finishing my daily to-do lists!
So if you’re looking for ways to up your productivity, maximize your efficiency, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, trust me, meal prepping is the answer you will thank yourself for doing every single day. Those days where you’re coming home exhausted and starving? Oh, you already made yourself dinner? Hell yes.
So if you want to jump in on the meal prepping game and save yourself a ton of time and energy, here are 5 of my favourite healthy meal prep plans that you can easily follow:
Meals include: Coconut Mango Chia Seed Pudding, Strawberry Overnight Oats, Smoothies, Tuna and White Bean Salad, Greek Chicken Salad, Boiled Eggs, Apples and Nut Butter, Greek Yogurt and Berries, Black Beans and Rice with Veggies, Shrimp and Veggie Rice Bowl
The Domestic Geek is one of my favourite food and cooking YouTube channels and her meal preps don’t disappoint! She makes cooking actually fun and her recipes are always so tasty! I loved this Mexican inspired plan for the week:
Meals includes: Chicken Enchilada Soup, Salsa Verde Chicken, Lime & Cilantro Rice, Roasted Peppers, Corn & Zucchini, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad, Salsa Frittatas, Black Bean Hummus
If you’re not into re-eating the same dishes over and over throughout the week, Eating Bird Food has an amazing meal plan with a different recipe for every meal but avoids being wasteful by repurposing leftovers into something new. Super cool idea and its focus on clean whole foods makes this plan an A+ one in my books!
Meals include: Smoothie, White Bean Quinoa Salad, Detox Salad, Protein Overnight Oats, Shrimp Fried Quinoa, Yogurt Breakfast Bowl, Salad in a Jar, Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai, Steel Cut Oats, Kale Stuffed Pita, Thai Curry Chicken Salad, Yogurt Breakfast Bowl, Thai Curry Chicken Salad, Tortilla Pizzas
This meal prep is definitely a bit heftier and the cooking process takes a bit more time (but again you will thank yourself throughout the week). With meal prepping, feel free to substitute ingredients or swap out recipes for another. In this case, I decided to swap out the dinners for chili and a cauliflower salad instead.
Meals include: Turkey Bacon with Sautéed spinach, hard boiled egg, oatmeal and apples, greek yogurt and whole grain cereal, turkey and asparagus, smoothies, shrimp stir fry, grilled chicken quinoa salad, almonds and berries, grilled chicken and sautéed kale, grilled steak with sautéed carrots
Meal prepping doesn’t mean you have to lower the quality of foods you eat–no sandwiches here folks! The Domestic Geek offers a gourmet meal prep menu that looks no short of something you’d find at a fine dining restaurant and it’s just as delicious!
Meals include: Roasted Pears & Goat Cheese Spread, Mini Quiches, Nicoise Inspired Salad, Ratatouille, Rice Pilaf, White Bean Cassoulet, Tomato Bisque
Have you meal prepped before? What are your favourite recipes to prepare?
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