Americans spend an average of 37 minutes a day meal prepping, which means that four and a half hours every week is dedicated to meal prep alone. For many others who have young children, this average can go up to 62 minutes a day or seven hours a week! Instead of wasting your time on meal prep, here are three easy steps, along with some tips and tricks, for saving time in the kitchen.
Step 1: Build a Menu Around Your Eating Style
What is your eating style?
Your eating style varies based on your personal preferences, time, and energy. Your eating style can help dictate your cooking style. Think about whether you prefer having complete meals and snacks ready to go or if you prefer assembling a variety of foods throughout the week. If you prefer being able to grab and go, ready-made meals are for you. If you prefer to add variety throughout the week, prepped ingredients are for you.
There isn’t a one size fits all solution. It may be a combination of ready-made meals and prepped ingredients. Your needs may change each week, so build and customize your plan for those specific needs.
- Are you planning on making every meal? Are you having lunch out a few times a week? Asking yourself these and other questions will help narrow down how much you should prepare.
- What meals do you want to tackle first? Start simple. Make a large batch of overnight oats for ready-to-eat breakfasts or prepped veggies for a quick stir-fry.
- What are your go-to meals and snacks? Choose a simple recipe to start and scale up.
Step 2: Stock Up on Staple Ingredients and Cook
What are your favorite flavor profiles? Spices and seasonings can transform the same staple ingredients into a variety of delicious meals.
Use the magic bullet® Kitchen Express to chop, shred, and slice your favorite veggies to build fresh ingredients that are ready for your grain bowl, salads, or pasta dishes. Learn more from the magic bullet® Kitchen Express FAQs for the best items to chop, shred, and slice to maximize your time.
Dressings and sauces are an easy way to pep up any meal. Whip up a batch of our chef-crafted avocado cilantro dressing or chimichurri sauce to keep in your fridge for a delicious addition to your dishes.
Step 3: Storage
Whether you have fully prepared meals ready to go or batch-prepped ingredients, proper storage is essential to keep things fresh. If you’re making a large batch of food, be sure to use your freezer for extra space and shelf life. If you’re making ready-to-go meals, be sure to store your meals the way you want to heat them up. You may want to invest in freezer-safe stackable containers to maximize your space. Get more tips and tricks to preparing, storing, and eating the food you make.
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- Veggie Frittata
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