Feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Do meal times stress you out? As a Mom, I know that is such a common issue. In this post I will show you a few helpful tips on how to make meal prep less stressful and help to maximize your time even more!
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What is Meal Prep?
Meal prep, short for meal preparation, can be as quick and simple or as extensive as you like. The best thing about utilizing this tool in your kitchen is that it is completely customizable. There is no right or wrong way to meal prep, as long as it is creating more time in your day.
The idea behind meal prep is to set yourself up to easily put meals together so that most of the preparation is done ahead of time.
You may think, “okay Christen wait a minute, if I’m doing the prep ahead of time I’m spending the same amount of time making my meals, it’s just spread out over my day.” And I can understand that. But what you are actually doing is utilizing the margins of your day to accomplish even more.
Ideally, when you are doing your meal prep, you are also preparing for other meals and maximizing the time you are spending in the kitchen to create space later in the day or even the next few days.
For instance, if you make a meal plan for the week, take a look at all of the ingredients you will need. Do multiple dishes call for onions? Chop all of those onions at once, put them into containers in your fridge, and now you are once step ahead for several meals in that week.
Do you have more than one meal this week that uses ground beef? Fry it all up at once and store it in the fridge or freezer. You are now another step ahead to making your meals less a little more quick and easy!
Really want to get ahead? Think about the ingredients you use on a regular basis that need preparation. Could you cook up or chop a bunch at one time and freeze for later use?
Do you make pancakes every Saturday morning? Could you mix up the dry ingredients into a few storage containers at a time? If so, you just created a little more time for your next few weekends.
This process will completely streamline meals and create space in your days for the things you would rather be doing. Or even the things that need to be done that may be falling by the wayside. Trust me, I get it.
But Why Should I Meal Prep?
Simplicity, ease, creating margins of time, lowering your stress levels, mastering this thing we call home making. Okay, maybe that last one is a stretch.
But you truly will feel like you can conquer your tasks when you see how much easier it can make meal preparation three times a day.
Especially if you make most if not all meals from scratch. Now if only we could streamline washing all the dishes that come with cooking at home.
Preparing a meal three separate times a day takes up a huge chunk of time! If you could some how whittle that down, what could you do with the time that could create for you?
We know that as homemakers, there is always a long list of tasks to accomplish in our days. Why not take steps to create processes and routines that will make these tasks less complicated and less time consuming?