Meal Prepping Concepts that Will Help You Save Money and Time
Today, I’m sharing with you how you can meal prep to save time and money. If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself too busy or tired to cook a healthy meal at the end of the day.
Through the concept of meal prepping, I’ve found I not only save money and time, but our family also tend to eat healthier because of it.
In order to save money on groceries, it is super important to focus on the groceries you can cut back on. One of the best way to do this from my experience is to use meal plan and prep ahead of time.
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Yes, Pinterest! I use Pinterest all the time, obviously as a business tool for my blog but also for gathering ideas (like most people).
But the best thing I get out of Pinterest is the way I utilise it to meal plan for the week, the fortnight and the month! What does that have to do with meal prepping? Okay, let me explain.
I’m not talking about getting all sorts of random amazing recipes pinned to my various wonderful boards and cooking all those meals. That doesn’t necessarily save me money or time in itself.
Choose the right recipes
In fact, it might make me more susceptible to overspending purely because of the multiple ingredients I’d have to buy for the possibly extravagant delicious dishes I see on Pinterest. Yes, Pinterest is a foodie’s hood!
But how does it help me save? It helps me organize my meals so that I mix and match similar ingredients from different recipes I want to cook.
It’s all in the planning, my friends. So the first thing I do is look up meals based on the protein or veggies I want to use.
Then, using the one or two main ingredients, I build a theme (for lack of a better word) of what types of dishes I’m going to be cooking for, say, the upcoming week.
Write your list of essentials
I check out the ingredients, write the ones I’ll need to buy, and more often than not, I end up with a compressed list of things I need to buy.
This means I don’t buy a huge list of groceries just to make a few very different meals during the week. And I’m not tempted to randomly pick out different recipes throughout the week or fortnight and having to then keep going back to the supermarket for the ingredients I’m missing (ain’t nobody got time for that!).
Categorize and organize
Another thing I like to do is start off my Pinterest search based on ingredients (especially proteins) that I already have in my kitchen, which is even better, and build on those ingredients to plan for the week or fortnight.
This has saved me time, money and stress. It has seriously been a game changer in the way our family eats (less takeout, more healthy homemade meals), and has helped us save more on groceries.
Freeze and forget
This strategy complements the previous, and it’s not new to those who meal prep. It’s really just cooking up a bigger batch of whatever it is you end up cooking or doubling your recipe.
Then, you go ahead and freeze these meals in airtight containers. If you don’t have a lot of space in your freezer, these reusable silicone food bags can help you fit everything into the freezer.
Ensure you freeze them in small or single serve portions so that it’s conveniently ready for defrosting and eating wherever you are, be it at work or home.
If you’re like me and easily confuse what’s in each container, then you will find this label maker super useful.
Labelling each container helps me quickly identify and pick out the dish or ingredients I need out of the freezer quickly. After all, who has the time to sort through multiple frozen food items!
Additionally, you can chop vegetables and protein such as chicken in advance for cooking during busy weeknights. You can get these handy baggy clips to make it easier to fill up your freezer bags before throwing them in the freezer.
Save on snacks
My go-to snack recipes have been a life (or shall I say money) saver! The easiest time to fall into that old habit of buying takeaway is when you get hungry mid-meals or at work or school. Solution?
Make simple snacks in batches. Here is a great example from A Sassy Spoon.
Products to make meal prepping easier
Meal planning and prepping is all about saving time, money and hassle. And having a few simple items in your kitchen can help you meal prep quicker. Check out some of my favourite products to help you simplify the process.
Still don’t feel up to it?
Sometimes, it’s tough to get on with it and do the planning required for meal prep. I totally get it!
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- Has 4099 recipes to encourage the use of fresh food and healthy eating
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- Includes slow cooker and instant pot meal recipes
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- Each cookbook comes with 4 weeks of meal plans (all done for you)
- Access to each digital cookbook and meal plan in the bundle forever
- It truly saves time, money, and helps you achieve your healthy eating and/or weight loss goals
- And you get all of this for a one-time payment of just $37! (that’s a sweet deal)
I hope you find this bundle super helpful, and a great way to kickstart healthy eating and stress-free cooking in the new year.
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