Tips for Simplifying Your Meal Prep
With everything that's required of you on a daily basis, finding the time to prepare fresh, healthy meals for you and your family may be challenging. Don't let it take over your life. There are many ways to alleviate the time and effort it takes to make sure everyone is keeping a well balanced diet. Follow these tips for better meal time management.
Buy in Bulk
One of the most time consuming aspects of meal preparation is buying the ingredients in the first place. Limit the number of trips you make to the grocery store by purchasing deluxe packs and extra portions of everything you need on a weekly basis.
When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, you might think you can't buy them in bulk without having them go bad. However, with the right products, you can store them away and bring them out with the same degree of freshness the moment you need them. Try vacuum sealing them with the FoodSaver® 11" x 16' Portion Pouch Heat-Seal Roll so you can control your portions and store them as you wish.
Cooked food can be sealed with this product and stored in the fridge with protein on one side and veggies on the other. When it comes to raw food, simply seal it and stash it in the freezer for later use. When it's time to defrost, you can place some of the ingredients in your slow cooker with your favorite meat and spices for a no-fuss meal prep. You'll wind up not only saving money, but time as well.
"You'll be glad you put in the extra effort earlier in the week."
Store in Air Tight Containers
Prepping food and cooking dinner every day isn't a practical concept when you're struggling with balancing all of the demands of a job, managing a household and more. By choosing one day each week to getting all of your meal planning needs finished, you can more easily enjoy homemade dinners without sacrificing any of your other responsibilities. Start at the beginning of the week and simply cook big batches of what you'd normally make each night. Store them in air tight containers and keep them in the fridge or freezer. When you get home from a long day of work, you'll be glad you put in the extra effort earlier in the week.
From Freezer to Slow Cooker
If you choose to keep your sealed food in the freezer, you can plan out your meals like a pro. You can get into a routine where you're defrosting food overnight, slow cooking it while you're at work and enjoying a homemade meal the moment you get home. It's a low maintenance but highly effective way of sticking to a well-balanced diet without tacking on any extra time or effort to get there.
Try Crock-Pot® Cuisine
Imagine being able to prepare and enjoy delicious homemade meals without even stepping foot in a grocery store or spending a moment of your time compiling ingredients. With Crock-Pot® Cuisine, you can get chef-inspired meals that are delivered straight to your door. All you need is a slow cooker, like the Crock-Pot® Countdown Digital Slow Cooker with Travel Strap. Simply pour the ingredients in your device and follow the directions on the package to provide your family with a tasty dish that would have otherwise taken a great deal of time and effort.