Happy December! I hope that everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving! This post is the second in a three post series on food prep. If you missed the first post, don’t worry, you can view it here. The last post provided an introduction to food prep. In this post I’ll share some of my favorite sources for recipe ideas and tips.
As I mentioned in my previous food prep post, my husband and I are pretty simple in the way we food prep – we choose a protein, grain and at least one vegetable. For example, we may choose chicken, brown rice and roasted broccoli. We prepare each of the food items, measure out the portions we want and place the portions in a meal prep container. We alternate our grains (using brown rice, quinoa and occasionally barley) our protein (chicken, tilapia, ground turkey, crock pot roast) and vegetables. We also like to vary the seasonings that we use.
Some days I want more of a “meal” and lately I’ve gone to skinnytaste.com. Gina’s recipes are AMAZING! I love her philosophy of using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create healthy meals. Here are links to some of Gina’s recipes that I’ve tried and loved:
I also love watching Heidi (Buff Bunny), Jen (HunnyBunsFit) and Ashley (1fitASHmom)’s meal prep videos on YouTube to get meal prep ideas and tips. The previous post has a link to a great meal prep video from Heidi. Here are a couple of other meal prep videos you may want to check out:
*Meal prep what you and your family can reasonably eat in a few days. Meal prepped food won’t last forever and doesn’t taste as good after a few days (and could lead to food poisoning if not eaten within an appropriate amount of time). My husband and I usually prep twice during the week so that our food doesn’t sit too long in the fridge.
*Use meal prep containers that are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.
*Get your family, significant other, friends, etc. involved when you meal prep. Washing, chopping, cooking and measuring are a lot faster and more fun when people you love are involved.
*Meal prep foods that you and your family like to eat.
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you’ve found this helpful and be sure to check back for Food Prep Guide – Part 3.