Meal Prep: 7 Easy Ways to Get Started Right Now

If you’ve never made meal prep before, now is your chance, friends. With most of us stuck at home surrounded by snacks and a refrigerator just feet away, sticking to a meal plan is harder than ever. But if you learn how to prepare meals, you can easily eat healthy — or at least consistently — throughout the week. After all, you probably have time right now, so why not? And while no one should be forced to be or feel productive while social distancing, preparing meals is one way to accomplish what is actually a useful skill you can use throughout your life. So go ahead and put down that bag of white cheddar popcorn (yes, guilty.), banish everyone from the kitchen, and get to work.

As someone who works from home year-round, I understand how easy it is to just walk into the kitchen and grab 10 snacks at a time. So while many people think that meal prep is only necessary for those who leave home and go to the office every day, that’s just not the case. Meal prep is helpful wherever You’re. And not only does it keep you on a schedule — instead of just eating what’s in sight — it actually makes life so much easier. Whether you’re preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three, preparing meals ahead of time saves time later. That’s more time eating and less time cooking, folks.

If you’re hesitant to get started, we’ve created a simple seven-step guide to getting started with meal prep, including affordable meal delivery services like HelloFresh that make it a breeze while still being nutritious. Learning to prepare meals is not difficult, allowing cooks of all abilities to lean in and prepare meals that are right for them. Go ahead and start the recipe Pinterest board because it’s time to cook up some meals.

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1. First things first

Even if you don’t have the time or don’t like standing around in the kitchen for hours, you can still eat healthy without breaking the bank. Check out Factor 75 to help you with that – they deliver delicious, pre-packaged meals right to your door. All you have to do is unwrap them, pop them in the fridge (they keep for up to seven days), and reheat in the microwave when it’s time to eat. You can choose from a variety of chef-prepared dishes to suit your preferences, from veggie to keto, and you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time for ultimate flexibility. You can choose from over 29 chef-approved meals each week, and you can choose from four to 18 meals. As a bonus, you can add 33+ extra treats, from smoothies to snacks.

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While it’s tempting to dive straight into recipe finding and cooking, the first step to meal prep is figuring out exactly what you need. Are you someone who prepares a full breakfast every morning and therefore only wants to prepare lunch and dinner? Do you cook with your family every night so you only need one pre-prepared lunch? Ask yourself what meals you actually need to prepare First before continuing. Once you know what your priorities are, everything else becomes a lot easier. Next, do you want to shop everything a la carte, or do you want the lugging done for you? If it’s the latter, consider joining a meal subscription like HelloFresh, which delivers easy-to-prepare, gourmet meals right to your door. They have something for everyone, whether you live alone or with a partner, catering to all preferences from vegetarians to pescetarians. The best? You can always skip, pause, or cancel your subscription because life happens. Take away who?

2. Plan this schedule (and try to stick to it!)

Perhaps you only want to prepare meals for the days of the week, or perhaps you want meals to be prepared for all seven days of the week. Either way, you need to know your typical eating plan so you can make sure you’re preparing enough food for all of the days you’ll be eating the meals you prepare. These steps may seem tedious, sure, but ultimately they will save you so much Aggravation.

3. Choose some delicious recipes

This is where it gets a little funnier. Going through and selecting the meal prep recipes you want to cook for the week is arguably the best part of meal prep. Start a Pinterest board, print out recipes, explore food blogs – find out what sounds delicious.

4. Create an organized shopping list

Whether you always get your groceries delivered or decide to brave the store, you should make sure you have the accurate list of everything you need. Try not to overpower it. Just go through each recipe and write down what ingredients you don’t already have around the house. It’s a small step, but an important one.

W&P Lunch Bowl

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5. Get (cute) containers

Before you start cooking, make sure you have enough storage containers to store your meals in. While this may seem like a no-brainer, there have been many times I’ve finished cooking a large batch of meal and found I didn’t have enough containers for everything. Of course, everything is more fun when it is cute, so treat yourself to reusable containers that will make you happy (and make for a great fridge photo). Amazon has a lot including these sends from W&P that serve as art.

6. Take your time to cook everything

It does not matter when During the week, go for meal prep as long as you give yourself some time to get shit done. Turn on the music, wear your comfiest clothes, and ban everyone else from the kitchen. This is your time baby

7. This may go without saying, but eat your dang meals

Yes, it’s tempting to get takeout a few times a week, but if you’ve actually done it made already meals, it’s a bit easier to stick to eating at home. Don’t let all those delicious and healthy foods you’ve prepared go to waste! You’ll be proud of yourself if you stick to a schedule — not to mention how much money you’re likely to save.

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