The words 'food prep' have really become a bit of a phenomenon on social media in the last few years. Does anyone else follow someone who posts beautiful photos of mouthwatering meals in glass containers, perfectly arranged and complete with garnishes? I know I do, and while gorgeous they do make the idea of doing some food prep on the weekend a little bit intimidating.
When working with clients I always encourage at least some sort of food preparation on the weekend, whether it's chopping up an onion that you'll need later on, or making a batch of muffins/bars that you can eat as breakfasts or snacks throughout the week. I won't lie and say it doesn't take any extra time, but it's a relatively small amount of time that pays back in a huge way during the busy work week. Not sure where to start? See below for an example dinner plan with suggestions for food prep that you can do on Sunday.
M - Bean Burrito Bowls
T - Grilled Salmon, Rice, Veggie
W - Zucchini Peanut Noodles with Chicken
Th - Leftovers/Wing it
F - Pizza
- Make a big batch of brown rice (takes awhile on a week night). Can be used for both Monday and Tuesday.
- Slice peppers and onions for sautéing later
- Wash/chop your veggie that's planned for Tuesday
- Make peanut sauce (or any sauces/marinades that you will need later!)
- Hard boil some eggs for breakfasts/snacks
- Chop some veggies for easy snacking before dinner when you need something to munch on. I like carrots, celery and red bell pepper and keep them next to hummus in the fridge.
- Wash and chop any fruit that needs it, like melon or strawberries
- Make homemade pizza dough if that's your thing!
Doing all of these at once when you already have cutting boards/knives out and dirtied is a huge time saver. Plus, sometimes it's hard to find motivation to cook after a long day of work so the more steps your dinner involves, the less likely you are to actually make it.
Set yourself up for kitchen success!