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Do you feel like you have ‘no time’ to make your next meal nutritious? With a busy workweek, many of us feel zapped for energy. The last thing we want to do is slow down and cook a healthy meal. But you can make healthy happen in your kitchen with these time saving meal prep tips:
- Book it: If you’re like me, your shelf or desktop is flooded with cook books or recipes. Spend the morning browsing with coffee and pick your favorites to make for the week. You’re hoarding those recipes for a reason right?
- List it: You’ve got the recipes, now list your ingredients. Ideally, find recipes with overlapping ingredients to cut down on expense and time at the store.
- Check it: When you’re at the grocery, triple check your list to make sure you’ve got what you need. Talk about a time waster if you have to dash to the store for one ingredient last minute.
- Chop it: Cut veggies or fruit for easy snacks and keep them in a sealed container that are easily visible in the fridge. Also use this time to pre-measure and chop any ingredients for labor intensive recipes. A great example is a stir-fry. Cut peppers, onions, bok choy, carrot, or whatever you love and toss it in a container to use the night of your meal. All you’ll need to do is toss it in the wok!
- Soak it: Beans or grain part of the meal? Start your soak for the beans, or go ahead and whip up some quinoa.
- Note it: Book mark your recipes or write yourself any notes for the meal.
Not everything can be done ahead of time, for flavor and safety reasons, but little time savers like the ones above will help during the week. Maybe the time you save will pay off with schedule room for a cocktail date. Isn’t that worth some weekend prep?