We know how hectic this time of year can be.
With the weather warming up, the extra hour of daylight each evening, and the ﬂurry of spring-time activities, you want to spend more of your time with your family and friends and less time preparing meals in the kitchen.
You’re looking for meals that come together quickly at the end of the day, but still provide plenty of fresh, nutritious, and delicious food for your family. The best way to achieve this goal is to take the time to prepare for the week ahead with a couple hours of meal prepping on your Sundays.
Never meal prepped before? We’ll walk you through the process.
#1: Select your recipes.
What meals are you in the mood for this week? What fresh produce is currently in season? Visit our collection of recipes on our website and ﬁnd inspiration for what you want to eat during the upcoming week. Take note of the recipes that you know you and your family will enjoy.
#2: Set the menu for the week.
Go ahead and map out your week. Who will be home each night for dinner? Which evenings will you be short on time?What ingredients or meals can you easily prepare ahead of time for the nights you need a quick meal? By setting your game plan, you’re setting yourself up for success. You’ll be able to grocery shop efﬁciently, cut out the last minute fast food decisions, and eliminate the stress of ﬁguring out what to cook for dinner. Put it in writing and stick it to your fridge for a visual reminder throughout the week of your plan.
#3: Create your grocery list and shop.
Once you know what meals you plan to cook, create your grocery list and shop. You can use an app for your grocery list, such as Our Groceries, to organize your list and to easily have it on hand when you’re shopping.
Pro Tip: use a delivery service like Shipt to shop at Publix, and save even more time each week without the hassle of going to the grocery store yourself.
#4: Prepare ingredients and meals on Sunday evenings.
After you’ve completed your grocery shopping, start your prepping. Take a look at each recipe to see what you can prepare ahead of time. Are there dry ingredients that you can measure out? Is there poultry that you can go ahead and cook? What vegetables can you chop and store in your refrigerator? There will be some things that you can’t do in advance, but you’d be surprised at how many items you can go ahead and have ready.
Here’s how we’d meal prep on Sunday for our Mediterranean Collard Greens over Spaghetti Squash meal:
Purchase our Versatile Veggies® Diced Yellow Onion and Nature’s Greens® Collard Greens.
Measure out all of the dry ingredients, place in small container, and seal. We personally use mason jars for dry goods.
Mince the garlic and chop the green bell pepper. Place in small Pyrex container, seal, and store in your refrigerator.
Cook the spaghetti squash, remove from the rind, and store in your refrigerator in a sealed container.
When it comes time to prepare dinner, all of your chopping and most of your measuring is complete! Your prep time is eliminated, and you can have dinner on the table in under 15 minutes. How great is that?
What do you plan to do with all of the extra time that you gain during the week thanks to meal prepping?
Share your meal prepping photos with us on social media using the hashtags #backtofresh and #naturesgreens, and be sure to tag us! We’d love to see what you’re cooking in your kitchen, and how you’re incorporating our meal prep tips into your week.