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Meal time is about gathering together, enjoying delicious food and conversing.
It is not about how much time you spent preparing it. But in reality a good meal could take time. Learn how to cut your meal prep time in half with 3 simple tips.
Do you sit at your work desk eyeing up your coworkers yummy lunch?
And in turn hit the vending machine for chips and a protein bar. Or walk to the local deli and spend way too much money on a sandwich and soup.
Stop wishing for great meals and spending too much money buying them!
Start making them at home and bringing them with you or enjoying them with your family. Meal preparation can be daunting and sometimes a considerable effort.
But I have three simple tips that can help you cut your preparation time in half and save you money.
Do you know what you are cooking this week?
Knowing what’s in the fridge and what you are cooking or wanting to prepare meal wise is a huge time saver. Standing in front of the fridge wishing a hoping for the right meal won’t get you anywhere.
We use a great meal planning program full of all sorts of yummy options including gluten free and vegetarian options. No more complicated menu plans, just simple easy meals. And the bonus is they include a grocery shopping list. So I know exactly what to buy so I am not over spending.
Time, set aside some time.
Do you ever feel rushed in the morning? Getting everything ready, packing lunches, making coffee and etc. Set aside some time to prepare your meals this will also help you stress less. I am not talking setting aside anymore than an hour or two depending on the prep you need to do.
In our house I set aside an hour or so on Sunday afternoon to prepare lunches for the week and a few dinner meals. Chop up vegetables and marinate meat. I will also use this time to make a batch of muffins or make overnight oats to save on pastry and breakfast costs.
If you have a slow cooker or Instant Pot you can use these to cook bulk amounts of rice or protein in a short amount of time. You could also set it and forget it cook your dinner meals using these awesome appliances.
Containers and food storage that works.
You have the recipes, the food and the time now all you need is the perfect containers to store the meals.
If you are marinating or freezer cooking meals I recommend leak proof plastic freezer bags or containers. I am all for glass, but in the freezer I prefer stainless steel containers or plastic freezer bags.
For lunch preparation and time savers I recommend these great lunch containers. They have dividers, are dishwasher safe and make meal prep a breeze. Plus they stack well and store well.
Three simple things that help cut my meal preparation time in half.
A great easy to follow, family approved meal plan with recipes and money saving tips. Time to prepare the meals so you don’t feel rushed, even if you only have 30 minutes to slice and dice vegetables and put meals together. Great food storage so you can enjoy your meals on the run or store them for later.
Other time saving, money saving posts you may enjoy:
- 75 Items You Can Freeze To Save Money
- Simple Easy Meal Planning
- 21 Things We Stopped Buying To Save Money
Have a great day,
Saving & Simplicity