Save hours during the week with meal prepping in one day!
Do you get tired trying to stay on top of meals for you and your family throughout the week? I know I do! Do you often find yourself lost looking into the deep abyss of a fridge thinking,
“What on earth am I going to pull together?”
I feel your pain. I took inventory a few years back for one week of how many hours I spent planning for meals, shopping for and preparing food. The time I spent doing all of that came to an astonishing 13 hours. That was over half of an entire day. I lost a half of a day every single week. It was ridiculous! I was wasting so many hours by not planning my menu out, not having the ingredients on hand and therefore going to the store every…single…day (sometimes more than once) and then of course prep time. The prep time can’t really be improved upon, but everything else can!
By planning out your weekly meals, shopping for entire week only once and then a few hours (usually on a Sunday) to prep for the entire week will literally save you hours. HOURS. Like…a bunch of hours gift wrapped just for you. You’re welcome!
I have put together an effective and efficient way to prepare for the week ahead. Check this out:
- Gather your recipes for the menu you have prepared for the week. Here is the link to the printable menu planner. I have shared with you an example of my menu for this week. Check it out so you can a sense of what we are dealing with this week.
- Look at the ingredients for each recipe/meal and create a master list of items needed. You will want to save this list and file it so you can reuse it in 3 months. (TIP: Create an event in your calendar for each meal per day and have it recurring every 3 months so you only create the menu once.) I usually create a master list on a Google Doc so that I have access to it from all of my electronic devices. Here is a printable Meal Prep Master List I have created this just for you to help you strategize what you will need. It is two pages so look for both when you print it out. See the grocery list (page 1) example to the right.
- On the master list, indicate what you need of each ingredient, how it needs to be prepared and cooked, frozen or prepared. See the prep list (page 2). Check out the example on the right.
- Assemble ingredients through grocery shopping or gathering them from your existing supplies.
- Begin with the items that be cooked ahead of time.
- As those ingredients are cooking, prep the items that needs to be frozen.
- Continue with the items that can to be cut and prepped ahead of time. Some things can and should be prepped the day of consumption. Plan accordingly.
- Label containers, bags as necessary.
- Put a copy of the week’s menu in a central location so that those in your household will know what is going to be used for meal prep and what is up for grabs for snacks. If you have school aged children, this is especially empowering as they know exactly what to grab for their breakfast, snacks and lunches. They can help out and pack their own lunches!
One day meal prep is one of the easiest ways to capture more time in your week and even on a daily basis. I can’t wait to hear how meal prepping day went for you. Please feel free to let me know how you made out with the process. Email me anytime with suggestions, recipes you used and ways you improved on the process. I would love to hear it! Good luck to you and happy prepping!