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Time-Saving Meal Prep Tips

March 06, 2021 3 min read

Time-Saving Meal Prep Tips

If you’re looking to eat well but are short on time, there’s no better way to make sure you’re eating all the right foods than by meal prepping. Meal prepping, or cooking foods in enough batches to last you throughout the entire week, is a great way to make sure that you’re never being caught off guard without anything healthy to eat.  

Even though meal prepping will save you more time than traditional cooking methods would, this process can still present some time-management problems. Here are a couple of tips to make your meal prep save even more time than it already has, so you can spend less time thinking about your food and more time eating. 

1. Buy your veggies already prepped. 

One of the most time-consuming parts of meal prepping is the actual “prep” part, or getting all of your veggies chopped and diced. It can make an easy recipe take way longer than the cooking time suggests, and if you don’t have great knife skills, it can often be a nuisance. 

 

Buying your vegetables already prepped is a great idea for minimizing the prep time. You can buy almost any vegetable prepped and ready for you, and it can even open up possibilities for your meal prep: for example, you might be able to buy spiralized veggie noodles even if you don’t want to invest in a spiralizer. 

2. Make meal plans that use the same ingredients. 

If you really want to save yourself some time, you might want to plan meals in your meal prep that use some of the same key ingredients and vegetables. That way, you can prep all of the starter ingredients altogether and not have to switch back and forth as you move between recipes. 

3. Prep at a different time than when you actually cook. 

If you find that you only have short bursts of time to commit to cooking, you might find it beneficial to divide your cooking time into shorter, more manageable bursts. 

 

One easy way to do this would be to get all of your ingredients prepped in one session – marinading any proteins, chopping vegetables, et cetera – then dividing the ingredients into their appropriate recipes and having them ready to go. Then, when you have enough time to commit to actually cooking everything, you can simply grab the appropriate ingredients and throw them together. 

4. Consider freezing your meal prep for the future. 

If you want to make a larger batch of a meal, but don’t want to eat the same thing for the entire week or are worried about it going bad in the future, it might be a good idea to start freezing portions of those meals. You’ll save yourself some cooking time in the future, and with any luck, you’ll start to accumulate a good set of freezer meals to give you some variety. 

5. Utilize one-pan meals. 

The easiest meals to prep are the ones that use a minimal amount of ingredients as well as a minimum number of pots and pans. Consider doing more meals like stews, skillets, sheet-pan recipes, and casseroles so that you don’t have to dirty all of the dishes in your kitchen and spend even more time cleaning up afterwards. 

6. Subscribe to a meal prep service 

The absolute best way to get all of the benefits of meal prep without spending a ton of time on it would be to start using a meal prep service. These services generally give you options for the kinds of meals you’d like to eat and cook them all for you, so that all you have to do is reheat them when it’s time to eat. 

7. Even better, subscribe to a delivery meal prep service. 

Just like the options listed above, a delivery meal prep service will do all the hard meal prepping work for you without you having to cook or worry about the dishes. And even better, they’ll deliver the food straight to your house so you don’t even have to hop into the car to get your food. 

 

The best delivery meal prep services will cook their food fresh every week. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, consider using My Healthy Penguin! We cook and deliver our food to you so that you’re set every single week. 

Use these tips to get even more out of meal prep plan and achieve all of your healthy eating goals without sacrificing an entire day to do it! If you’re interested in checking out a meal prep plan, consider My Healthy Penguin to save you the time, the effort, and the dishes. 


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