I meal prep for many different reasons. My main goal is for it to
force encourage me to eat better throughout the week when it comes to lunch. Prepping all of these things makes it easy for me to pull them all out in the morning and basically assembly line my lunch together. This weekend prep consisted of grilled/ baked chicken (1/2 seasoned in salt free Cavenders and 1/2 seasoned with lemon pepper), roasted broccoli, green beans, black beans with rotel tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, fruit, and brown rice.
I also peeled and sliced kiwi, cut the tops of strawberries and made little fruit packs for snacks too. If I don’t peel a kiwi in advance like the night before, I won’t eat it. It’s too much work to peel at work for a quick snack.
Sometimes I just prep my fruit for the week, and sometimes I don’t prep at all. What happens when I don’t prep at all? Fast food happens. I don’t like to waste food so having all of this cooked already, more or less, forces me to eat it.
Other prep ideas are:
- Shredding chicken
- Roasting veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc) surprisingly it does microwave well
- Shredding cheese (from a block, because pre-shredded cheese has yucky stuff in it, see for yourself)
- Making enchilada, pizza, or spaghetti sauce (if it’s on the menu that week)
- Cutting fruit
- Making breakfast burritos/ lunch wraps
- Cleaning greens (wrap in a paper towel, use within 3 days)
- Cooking batches of beans
- Cooking brown/ wild rice
Those are just some of the ideas I came up with. I do lots of prep on the weekends. You should try it, and see how much time and stress it saves you throughout your week.