Yes, I’ve written about ways to save time and money when it comes to food before but I’m kind of obsessed so I’m doing it again.
I love that Meal-prepping is a hack.. and now I’ve come up with 5 ways to hack the hack!
Once I started working from home I thought I could bail on the meal prepping.
I actually need it now more than ever. Working from home does not have as much structure or consistency as a normal ninetofive. It also allows me to wander into the kitchen aimlessly and pick at food I shouldn’t be…and that shouldn’t even be in there!
So I decided MPing is back on in this house and I want to share by top tips to saving moola, time and energy is the process.
1 – LEFTOVERS ARE THE BEST!
Pick 4 recipes for dinners and make enough for 3 nights of left-over meals. Chilli, casseroles, soups and stuffed cabbages are great for these.
2 – CARRYOVER INGREDIENTS!
Pick recipes that have carryover ingredients while still remaining in different genres. Examples are chicken tacos, chicken casseroles and chicken salad for lunch. This way you can bake all the chicken at the same time but it will go into 3 very different meals. And buying in bulk is always best/saves the most money.
3 – DON’T THROW SHIT AWAY!
Go through your fridge before shopping to see what is left for fruits and veggies that you can incorporate into this next week of meals. Leftover veggies are great for soups, cabbage “keeps” forever, freeze your fruit for smoothies for breakfast etc. Wasting is BAD! You should never have an overflowing garbage can when loading up your fridge after going to the store.
4 – BAKING TEMPS MATTER!
Pick recipes that allow you to cook things at the same temperatures. Being able to bake chicken while also baking a “one sheet pan” recipe of steak or sausage allows you to throw it all in at once!
5 – UTILIZE DIFFERENT METHODS!
Pick recipes that allow you to have different cooking methods that can be going all at the same time, i.e. crock potting chili, stove-topping soup and baking chicken. This will seriously cut down on time.
Bonus: Plan to be able to use your scraps! GET CREATIVE!! I made a one-sheet pan recipe today with sausage and cabbage and used my leftover cabbage for Greek Yogurt coleslaw! Win Win!