Married Life

Should I Prepare My Meals Ahead of Time?

To some extent yes. Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain your weight or gain weight prepping your meals or some of the process of cooking will help tremendously in the long run saving you tons of time and energy. You don’t have to go full out scooping and measuring everything into single containers and bag but doing things to cut down your time in the kitchen when you are extremely busy or come home super late and just are not in the mood for cooking but want a healthy, wholesome, meal are easier than you might think.

While I have my husband to help me, I get possessive over the kitchen and have a system that I do not like anyone messing with. For this reason, I will prepare my meals or the speed the process by prepping in advance. Some things I like to do ahead of time and to get myself in and out of the kitchen faster are:

  • Pressuring cooking lentils so all you have to do is add spices (tadka)
  • Cutting up vegetables for a dish so I can just toss in the wok, cook, and add spices or sauces
  • Bagging fruits and vegetables so you and just grab and munch or grab and go

Make sure you also have all the right kitchen tools. Consider meal prepping and cooking a project. If you do not have all the tools and gadgets to successfully go about your project, how can you succeed? You can check all the must have kitchen gadgets here.

I also love these containers because they making storing my snacks for the day super easy and help me fill exactly the right proportions causing me to never overeat. 

Food inspiration for quick eating and that you can prep ahead of time:

  • Breakfast
    • Overnight oats
    • Freezer oatmeal cups
    • Chia pudding
    • Egg Muffins
  • Lunch
    • Mason Jar Salads
    • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Snacks
    • Fruit and Veggies
    • Trail Mix
    • Yogurt Parfaits
  • Dinner
    • Casseroles
    • Slow Cooker Recipes
    • Lasagna
    • Stir Fry
    • Soup

Here are some simple combinations of things you probably already having lying around in your fridge and pantry (I included some meat ones as well after chatting with my meat loving friends!):

  • Eggs + veggies (frozen are fine) + salsa = omelette
  • Oats + frozen berries + cinnamon + chia seeds + non-dairy milk or water = oatmeal or overnight oats
  • Veggies (fresh or frozen pre-chopped) + frozen edamame (or any other choice of protein) + coconut oil + tamari + rice vinegar =  quick + easy stir fry
  • Protein powder + fresh or frozen greens + frozen berries + nut butters, seeds or pantry superfoods of choice = smoothie
  • Canned beans or lentils + canned tomatoes + fresh or frozen veggie mix + salsa + spices = vegetarian chili
  • Canned tuna, salmon or hard boiled egg + mashed avocado + cucumber + lemon juice + dried dill + black pepper = mayo-free tuna/salmon/egg salad
  • Canned beans, tuna, salmon or lentils + diced veggies of choice + olive oil + balsamic vinegar + quinoa + dried herbs, sea salt + black pepper = super quick quinoa salads 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Janice
    March 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Love that you answered this question and are addressing this! I remember you mentioned you LOVE the slower cooker on Snapchat…recipes please!

    • Reply
      mrsgupta
      March 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Janice! You have a fab memory…I will definitely post some slow cooker recipes. Next post! Appreciate you following and your feedback. Happy cooking!

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