A Beginner’s Guide To Meal Prep
After a busy and exhausting day at work, once you get home, it’s hard to say no to unhealthy convenience options like frozen mac and cheese dinners. Research suggests that hectic work schedules are the top reasons for unhealthy convenience foods. However, while these foods may be convenient to prepare, they are the cause of unhealthy lifestyles and affect your immunity levels over a period of time.
There are several people who have equally hectic lives but successfully manage to eat healthily. The primary reason they can do this is because they regular prep their meals ahead of time.
At Farm Food Personal Chef Service, I understand the difficulties you face while cooking fresh meals every day and the stress associated with getting all the supplies in order. To help make your life easier, I have formulated a Beginner’s Guide to preparing for a meal. Through this guide, I want to help you make the meal planning and preparation process more streamlined and less stressful.
Make meal planning a priority: Setting aside some time to choose your menus, go shopping, and then prepare the meals helps you stay committed to meal planning. Choose a good time each week when you aren’t too tired or distracted to complete these tasks.
Be prepared: To make your meal prep process go more smoothly, you should make sure you have the proper food containers to portion and store your meals before you start and are appropriate for reheating. For example, if you know you will be reheating your meals in the microwave, make sure the containers you store your food in are microwave-safe.
Also, make sure you have enough freezer space to store your meals. If you want to do some large-batch cooking to save time later, you need to make sure your food will stay safe for you to eat.
Have a plan: Create a plan, by following these three steps to make your meal prep process a whole lot easier.
1. Make sure you choose meals that you and your family enjoy - you don’t want to end up with large amounts of food taking up space in your freezer because no one wants to eat it.
2. Start with the simplest meals you like at first to get into the groove. If you start with something more complex you can begin to get overwhelmed and it defeats the purpose of making your life less stressful.
3. Choose meals that have similar ingredients so that you can buy in bulk and maybe save some time and money. For example, if you have more than one recipe that required mashed potatoes, you can just make one bigger batch and divide it up. It saves on dishes afterward too!
Keep it simple: It is important to remember not to get too complicated. Some meals don’t do well if they are prepared in advance and have to be reheated. Save those meals for when you actually have the time to prepare them. Hopefully, if your other meal prep goes well, it will leave you more time and energy for when you want to make the more elaborate meal.
Advice From The Pros
Stick to what you know: For someone who is trying to do some meal prep for the first time, I would recommend starting small and sticking with what you know. Once you get more comfortable, you can do larger batches and add more variety.
Have fun: As you go through your meal preparation process, try to have fun. Maybe try it together as a family. Some jobs in the kitchen are great for smaller kids. Also, I sometimes find that when kids are involved in the cooking process, they are more likely to eat what they helped to prepare!
Get professional help: Hiring a professional personal chef helps make the meal planning and preparation process a less stressful affair for a client. They know they will come home to healthy meals already prepared for them, and it saves time and energy that can be spent doing other things
At Farm Food Personal Chef Service, my goal is to create meals for that you will enjoy and make life easier for you. As the best personal chef in Cambridge and Guelph, ON, I will plan the menu, do all of the grocery shopping, food preparation and clean up. I will ensure you are left with delicious food and can enjoy time with your family. Visit my website to learn more or contact Farm Food Personal Chef Service today.