Unfortunately, there is not a “meal prep for dummies” book, but today, we’re going to do our best to teach the basics of meal prepping. Although it requires discipline, meal prepping in and of itself is not hard. The challenge lies in the actual planning of your meals.
When you plan your meals for the week, you should use the following guideline:
Protein + Starch + Vegetable
Of course, you’ll need to make sure that your daily meal plan includes healthy fats too.
Before you begin prepping your meals, check and make sure you have all of the ingredients you need on hand. Add any necessary items to your shopping list. Go ahead and do your grocery shopping for the week.
Cut, chop, peel, and prep all of your raw vegetables to use for lunch or as snacks. Remember healthier choices are easier to make if they are already prepared. Repeat the whole process for any fruit that requires it.
Next, it’s time to prepare your protein/meals. Prep specific meals to consume as alternating leftovers. Prep items that could be stored in your freezer and eaten at a later date. When you prep your meat, make sure to cook it “basic” so you can use it a variety of ways throughout the week.
When it comes to meal prep for dummies, you can take your prep as far as you would like to go. For example, you can cook enough veggies, protein, and starches to eat for the entire week. Alternately, you can prepare two meals to create enough meals to alternate for an entire week (5-7 dinners).
There is no right or wrong way to prep meals. It will take a little experimentation and trial and error to find recipes that suit your taste buds and routine, but most importantly, have fun with it!