We can all do a few extra hours in the day, but since that doesn’t seem possible anytime soon – try some of the time-saving tips here to get Healthy meals and snacks Prepare faster.
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15 time-saving tips for meal prep
1. Get everything first
Whether you’re eating a salad or making one week’s worth of snacks – get everything you need ready to go first. This means components and utensils.
You’ll save valuable time if you don’t have to rummage through drawers for measuring cups or a sharp (clean) knife.
2. Have a lot of plastic tubs on hand
Get yourself some quality containers to use for storing chopped veggies or ready-to-reheat meals. You can also use takeaway containers if you prefer, as they stack nicely in the fridge and freezer.
3. Keep the rice in the freezer
If you like brown rice but don’t have half an hour to spare each time – keep some cooked rice in the freezer.
Next time you cook some, make double or triple what you need and put into individual or family-sized containers.
When you need to use it, defrost it in the microwave, roll it up with a fork, and you’re good to go. Perfect for use with curries or casseroles, or even to use in a quick tuna salad or spicy fried rice. You can do the same with other grains such as quinoa.
4. Everything is double batch
Get in the habit of never cooking one family-sized portion of foods like bolognese or casseroles. Always do double up and freeze in half for those crazy busy nights. Put a piece of masking tape on top and write what it is so it’s not a “freezer surprise.” Double assembly can also help you save money by buying components in bulk.
This means you’ll also save a night of cleaning! You can also do this with meals like pasta bread – just freeze it cooked, then when you want to eat it, just put it back in the oven until golden and bubbling.
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5. Cook dinner in the morning or at lunchtime
At about 5 p.m. across the country, The witch’s watch raises its ugly headWhich makes preparing dinner a bit tricky.
If this is the case for you, try to get used to preparing the bulk of your dinner at another time. That could mean cooking Bolognese At lunchtime while the little ones are resting or napping.
You can turn the slow cooker on overnight to prepare a casserole that you can reheat the next night.
6. Have snacks on hand
Instead of preparing a file new snack For every morning and afternoon tea, prepare a large selection of snacks for the week.
Pop some cake and some bliss balls In the freezer, and then you can mix it with some fresh fruit or items from the fridge to give you a good variety of snacks without much effort.
7. Make juice bags for the freezer
For those times when you just need to whip up something in a jiffy, you’ll save valuable time if you can dump a bag into the blender with some liquid to mix it up.
Make zip-top bags that hold enough fruit and blends (such as oats, LSA, and ice) for one smoothie.
8. Prepare meat before freezing it
Instead of freezing a bag of ground beef or a can of diced beef, try freezing it with flavor and seasoning.
This might mean making meatballs to freeze (raw) using some chopped herbs, feta, and a handful of breadcrumbs. Or popping beef patties in a zip-top bag with all the chopped vegetables ready for a quick stir fry.
9. Use ice cube trays for additional functions
There are some things that just need a little extra to add so much flavor, and they can be stored in the freezer after you store them. Frozen in ice cube trays.
Think pesto, wine, broth, coconut milk, or even yogurt for smoothies.
10. Use the 28 Day Challenge Recipe Hub
Recipes on our website 28 day challenge Designed to be quick to prepare, without the need for careful preparation.
Use these instead of trying a lot of new recipes from cookbooks – all of our recipes were made with the assumption that you have a baby crying on your hip.
11. Prepare vegetables for a whole week
If you are using a file 28 day challenge Meal plans, you’ll know ahead of time what to eat for the week. If so, you can prepare some vegetables ahead of time and store them when needed.
Bring in a food processor and grate some cheese, cabbage, and carrots; chop the onion, garlic and bell pepper; And cut this mushroom into slices until it is ready to cook. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic tub.
12. Make breakfast a breeze
Some mornings you have time to cook, other times you have to eat and go.
Prepare some healthy homemade muesli to keep on hand on busy mornings. Just add a little milk and you’ll have breakfast ready. Eating at work? Put it in a jar and add the milk in the office.
13. Maintain inventory
It’s worth knowing what you have before you shop so you don’t end up with 14 cans of tomatoes.
A simple way to find out what you have is to make a list and stick it inside your pantry door (to store cabinet pins) and one in the fridge (so you know what meat you have, what meals are there to defrost, and how many bliss balls or cakes you’ve frozen during the week) .
14. Let your slow cooker do the work
If you have a slow cooker, get into the habit of using it on nights you know it will be busy. You can throw some soup, bolognese or a leg of lamb in there in the morning and then come home just need to cook some pasta and make a salad.
15. Prepare lunches for a week on Sunday
Lunchtime is often another tough time to get ready for something, as the kids might be hungry too, or you might need to calm them down for a nap, or you might have a thousand loads of laundry to get rid of.
Make life easier by having two options for your lunch ready to go. It can be a generous pot of soup (you can even freeze it in single servings) to have soup and toast for lunch; Or some roasted veggies all ready to eat that you can use to make a quick vegetable salad with some crushed almonds and crumbled feta cheese.
Once you’re ready to get ready for meals for the next week, try our tips on it Prepare a meal like a pro.
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