Meals before meal prepping? They’re a little hard to remember, actually. A few years ago when I was new to constructing healthy habits in my life, Pinterest was abuzz with tutorials for something trendy-looking called ‘meal prepping.’
In my culinary school days, we would have just called it batch cooking, but I digress.
I decided I’d give meal prepping (cough batch cooking cough) a try one weekend and once I started, there was no going back. Years later and it still saves me time and energy I love putting into enjoying my family and building my freelance writing business.
Read on for the four big ways meal prepping saves my life on weeknights!
1. Because my husband and I eat totally different things
I’m a little bit country, he’s a little bit rock-n-roll. Or so he said to me recently (me, country? But, I’m Elvis’s number one fan…). The point is, our food tastes are at opposite ends of the spectrum. His favorite food is pizza, dairy usually gives me a rash. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, I easily eat vegan for months at a time. You see what I mean. I have zero desire to cook two different meals every night of the week, and the mere idea of it makes me want to pull my hair out. I also don’t want to go bald. Solution: meal prep. On Sunday I throw the meat item of his choice into the slow cooker and make a 5-serving batch of the side he wants and it’s done. 90% of the recipes I pick can be cooked all in one pot or pan, scaling up those extra servings with ease. Then we can both be happy eating the foods we love all week long!
2. Because I love having time to relax
Meal prep saves me throwing down my stuff in the doorway after a harried drive home from my day job and going straight to the kitchen to figure out what to make for supper. Cue me standing in front of the open fridge, staring dolefully into the shelves as though wishing a kitchen fairy might appear from behind the grapes and wave her wand to manifest a beautiful gourmet meal especially for me. When I meal prep, I can come home and start unwinding right away because a tasty, healthy meal is already waiting. No more time spent dicing, sauteeing, and cleaning up every night before getting to the good part – eating.
3. Because I get up before the rooster crows
Part of living a healthy, fit life is carving out time to exercise consistently. For me, that time just so happens to be very early in the morning. Like, super early. Okay, the kind of early a lot of people refer to as ‘the middle of the night.’ It works for me because as already mentioned, I’m a morning person, but that means when I get home in the evenings, it’s already been a 13-hour day. Mama’s tired after being at it for 13 hours! Meal prep wins again when I can walk right over to the fridge, pick up a serving of the healthy recipe I’ve already made, and nourish my tired body. Ya did good, body. Have a rest.
4. Because I am not an evening person
I like my evenings to be as uninterrupted by doing and planning as possible. As a morning person, all my mojo and brain power was used up hours ago. I’ve basically been on a downshift since right after lunch. And ever since starting my freelance writing business, I love using any available evening hours creating awesome content for my clients and my readers, so I want to save all my brain juices for that! I mean, it’s kind of what I do.