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Meal Prep Ahead To Save Time


First, imagine you’ve been at work for ten hours, and you’re stuck in rush hour traffic on the way home. You don’t know what you’re cooking for dinner, and it’s almost five-o-clock, so instead of trying to find something to cook at home, you stop and pick up fast food meals for your family.

Now, try another scenario: imagine instead that you’ve planned your meals the previous weekend, and half your dinner is already prepared and waiting in the fridge. All you have to do is get home and finish preparing and reheat some items. Which sounds like the healthier option?

The best way to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to meal prep. When you have healthy foods readily available, you’re more likely to reach for them versus unhealthy fast food and junk food. After making a meal plan and grocery shopping, spending one to two hours meal prepping can save you almost an hour every night during the week.

Here are some examples of what is easy to prepare ahead of time:

  • Hard boiled eggs for breakfasts and snacks
  • Ranch sour cream dip with snacking vegetables (carrot and celery sticks)
  • Steamed vegetables: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, etc., for dinner sides
  • Chopped vegetables for recipes: bell peppers, zucchini, cucumber, potatoes
  • Crockpot chicken: whole or parts for sandwiches and dinners
  • Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa and couscous ready to go with dinners
  • Greens for salads: romaine, kale, spinach. It’s much easier to make a quick salad when everything’s ready to be assembled.
  • Homemade salad dressings

Chef Craig FordTry something new and meal prep! You’ll be astonished at the time savings during the week. Your waistline will thank you! Check out the homemade salad dressing recipe in this episode and make it for the week ahead.

Did You Know?

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