Meal planning can seem TOTALLY daunting if you don’t do it correctly. That is why we have broken it down for you in a few easy steps. Take a deep breath — planning your week doesn’t have to be stressful!
Step One: If you are a newbie, pick one meal a week to meal prep for.
I suggest lunch. Mainly because if you work a job all day, that is the meal you will have the majority of your control over and it is the one you need to be speedy about. The $$$ add up when you eat out every day for lunch, as well. If you swap out your McDonald’s run every day, not only will you be much healthier, your wallet will thank you.
Step Two: Make your grocery list + pick recipes.
Find 5 recipes you can make easily before hand and then go to the store to get the ingredients. An easy one to start with is (1) meat – think chicken or beef -, a cup of veggies / day – I always go for sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower -, and your favorite seasonings – think salt, pepper, italian seasoning – and that is IT. I told you it didn’t have to be hard to do.
Step Three: Cook your food.
You can cook this however you want. Just make sure you have enough for 6-7 days worth of food. I like to boil my broccoli, cauliflower and carrots first. Then bake my chicken in the oven (covered in italian seasoning). The last step is cooking the sweet potatoes in the oven until they are tender. You could also add rice to this meal if you like that sort of thing.
Step Four: Fill your meal prep containers.
You should have 6-7 medium sized containers to hold your lunch in. Fill the bottom with the boiled veggies, layer the meat on top and then finish with your sweet potatoes all around. If you chose to add rice, that would go on the very bottom.
Step Five: Pop those suckers in the fridge and call it a day.
Now, no matter what happens during the week, you never have to worry about not having lunch prepared. You could be SO late for work and it doesn’t matter because YOU ALREADY MADE LUNCH. Just zap in the microwave until warm and enjoy!