Updated: Feb 10, 2019
Long gone are the days of Wonder Bread bologna sandwiches and meatloaf leftovers. Mindful millennials have ushered in a new era of balanced, wellness-centric, lifestyle changes, and document it all for their followers to see. You’re not just feeding yourself. You’re curating your feed. It’s the new age of “homemaking.”
Enter meal prep, the visually satisfying, decisively deliberate, and pretty practical way this gen is cooking and storing weekly food.
Here’s a few meal prep best practices that will get help you spend less, cook more, and make healthier choices.
Get yourself some containers worth your time. Glass is great, but very heavy, and some advanced plastics give you the same benefits. Consider Titan plastic - it’s BPA free, microwave friendly and dishwasher safe.
Get an assortment of containers in a few different sizes to cart and store precious meal cargo - from stuffed peppers to peanut butter.
Prep a huge batch of white rice, brown rice, or other choice grain (we love barley!) to use as a base for the week. You can even pop this in the freezer and stir-fry to bring back to life.
Apples, carrots and celery will last the week for easy snacking. (In vacuum-sealed containers - those kid-friendly sliced apples won’t go brown.)
Keep your tomatoes and and lemons in Silo for over a week of freshness.
Hard boil a ton of eggs for a protein-rich snack. Pre-peel for extra grabbabiltiy.
Freeze diced fruits for your favorite smoothie combos.
Keep your highly perishable food, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, and strawberries in Silo, in case your dinner plans get bumped off a night or two.
Burrito bowls combine all the best tricks of meal prep, and hit all of your nutrition marks with only 10 minutes’ work. (We love chicken, corn, black beans, lettuce, diced tomatoes, green chilis and corn tortillas.)
Roasted proteins such as sausage and chicken will last longer. Throw in with some veggies for a full lunch.
The crockpot will work while you’re sleeping. (Which is more than we can say for your partner.) Toss in your prepped ingredients before work, and come home to a delicious smelling house at the end of the day.
Keep this chart in the kitchen to know which produce is in season. This will extend your foods shelflife even longer.
Good luck and happy prepping!