Life can be busy, busy, busy. I sometimes feel like there just isn’t enough time to do everything I want to. I am constantly looking for opportunities to add time to my day, and, as a bonus, save money.
I started my meal prepping journey by buying cheap containers.
I found some great containers that I can buy in bulk. I found a pack of 20 meal prepping containers for $20! They usually last me months, but if they don’t, I am totally fine with it because it’s only $1 per container.
TikTok and Instagram have a ton of meal prepping recipes available for you to explore. I usually start prepping my week on Sundays. I typically make two meals, one that contains pasta and one with rice and some kind of protein. I make enough to last the whole week, so there ends up being 10 containers in my fridge.
Here’s a favorite, easy recipe of mine to prep ahead of time:
- Make rice. (I usually cook 4-5 cups for my 5 containers because I like to fill up my container with rice.) If you are looking for more protein or flavor you can use chicken stock in your rice instead of water.
- I usually add a vegetable to my container, and our go-to vegetable is broccoli. We just steam it.
- Lastly, for the protein, I cook chicken and add some spices to the chicken. (You can also add yum yum sauce to this meal, which makes it even better!)
Meal prepping becomes super useful when I bring food for lunch at work.
All I have to do in the morning is grab my container and reheat it at work. I get asked a lot if I get tired of eating the same thing, and I haven’t, but you do what works for you. I meal prep two different types of meals so that I can have options and sometimes instead of using them for lunch, my son and I will eat the pasta I made for dinner. Meal prepping has saved us time and money. It allows me to have more time at the gym and more time at night with my son.