How to Food Prep Like a Champ

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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

Sunday to-do:

  • 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!