I know we’re all in the rush and it can be super easy to just go to the supermarket and start buying and all those ‘sale’ stickers get you! Not only can this be wasteful, it can really add up at the checkout. I tend to keep a running list during the week so as I finish something, it goes on the list so that I don’t have such a big job on shopping day. When I am doing my meal planning for the week I always start with what I have – I see what’s in the freezer, what cans I have and what veggies I already have. I even like to cook up what I have before I even go to the shops to see how far it will go!
PS – I know life happens so if all else fails and you’ve gone to the shops with no list - go for a couple of different proteins and a mix of veggies!
Try to fill up your meals with veggies or other proteins without using lots of meat this will be much nicer on your budget and gets more veggies into your diet! (Especially if you’ve got fussy eaters in the house)
An Example of this is – when I make chilli con carne I put black beans in it as well as carrot, onion, garlic and celery.
When I make chicken burgers I put zucchini, carrot, onion and celery in them which makes twice as many as when I just use the meat and my kids absolutely LOVE them.
Don’t dismiss the idea of a frittata! I used to screw my nose up at them all the time but that was before I learnt how to make them delicious!! Cooking the veggies first gives them flavour, adding some cheese adds a real depth of flavour and herbs make everything better!
I used to struggle with actually making something last the amount of meals that I would like it to but I’ve now learnt that I need to portion it up the minute I finish cooking it. My husband is notorious for coming past with a piece of bread and slopping on what I’ve made so I’ve learnt to whisk it away before he gets to it!!
When I do my meal prep, I get meals to the point where I add something fresh. So I will prep all my proteins, roast veggies, rice/quinoa and then all I have to do is put it out and cook it quickly (or reheat) and add the fresh element. This saves me so much time and pain each night and I can usually have dinner on the table in 5 minutes.
Those are my top 5 meal prepping tips...
In my program The Practical Fit Mama Project, I have a whole crash course on meal prepping as well as sample meal plans and shopping lists – you can check it out here!