Meal Prep for Beginners – 4 Easy Steps

It can seem daunting at first, but meal prep is one of the easiest ways you can prepare for the week ahead and eat healthy. While it may take a few hours to buy groceries and prepare your meals for the week, you’ll definitely save yourself some time – and money – in the long run.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Plan

Take a look at your schedule for the week. Does your work have any Lunch and Learns planned? Are you going on a date? Is #ThirstyThursday going to derail your meal plan for Friday? You’ll want to keep some of these variables in mind as you plan your meals, and the amount of food you’ll need to make.

2. Prepare

It’s time to get to the grocery store and get what you need. Remember to stock up on fruits and veggies.  Remember to grab enough food based on your size and consumption habits, you’ll need enough of each for your vegetarian/vegan meals.  Don’t forget your grocery list!  Shopping with a grocery list ensures that you won’t purchase unnecessary items.

3. Action

It’s time to cook. Personally, I try to use a few easy cooking techniques to make a large number of portions. Here are some examples:

  • Oven-baked brussel sprouts
  • Oven-baked sweet potatoes
  • Boil brown rice or quinoa
  • Boil or steam broccoli or beans
  • Cut fruit for breakfast
  • Cut raw veggies to make salads
  • Open and wash canned beans and legumes

4. Pack

Now that you have taken action to prepare and cook your food for the week, make sure you store the contents in easy-to-use and accessible containers (i.e., Tupperware). Generally, I store foods in large containers, and portion them out as necessary for lunch and dinner each day.

Looking for meal prep ideas? Check out this Pinterest page. There are hundreds of easy recipes.

Enjoy!