Trying to plan your meals in advance is exhausting and headache-inducing, but it’s essential to save time and money. Here are some tips and tricks to make your food prep easier.
Rather than buying your lunches or choosing unhealthy snacks throughout the day, put some thought into what you’re eating and pack in advance. It doesn’t have to be a painful experience
KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND TO MAKE YOUR FOOD PREP EASY!
ONE PAN, THREE MEAT OPTIONS
Chewing on the same meat flavours can get extremely boring, making it difficult to stick to healthy eating and enticing you to buy lunch instead of eating what’s been prepared.
To avoid this, use heavy-duty tin foil in your large pan to separate three amounts of meat, and then season each one differently. For example, chicken strips with barbeque, honey and mustard, and lemon and herb sauce. This will keep things exciting, and save time and the need for lots of washing up. You can also use a Braai mat.
HARD-BOIL A LARGE BATCH OF EGGS
Rather than doing one or two eggs a day as a quick breakfast or mid-morning snack, hard boil half a dozen eggs (or even a dozen) and keep them on an egg tray for a day or two, ready to be grabbed on your way out the house!
MAKE SMOOTHIES FAST
Don’t have time in the mornings to measure out each ingredient for your smoothie? No problem! Make a large batch of your favourite smoothie in advance, and freeze each serving in silicone moulds. When you get up in the morning, pop a mould or two into the blender and you’re A for away!
KEEP PORTION SIZES IN MIND
Rather than taking an entire bag of nuts or pretzels to work with you and hoping you don’t overdo it, put the right portion size into small containers and store them in the cupboard. Each morning, you can take a container or two of whatever you feel like and snack the day away. Keep your mind on food loss and waste.
USE JARS FOR YOUR LUNCHTIME MEAL
Stack up your favourite salad ingredients in a large jar with a little container of dressing on the side. At lunchtime, add the dressing and shake up the jar for the perfect lunchtime meal.
It may seem daunting, but if you can commit an hour or two to prepping your food for the week ahead, you will be amazed at how much extra time (and money) you’re left with. That could mean time to visit a friend or money to spoil yourself with something nice.