You guys, we have reached the end of our new series, Get It Prepped. Now that we've covered such a wide range of meal planning topics, we thought you might like to see everything gathered in one place.
So, without further ado, I'm proud to present Everything You Need to Know About Meal Prep!
We start with 3 Tips for Meal Prep Success. This post covers what you need to know as you begin your meal prep journey, with a light overview of menu planning and grocery shopping. Red through to the end to find the PDF with highlights.
Next up is Get It Prepped: Kitchen Equipment Must Haves. Here, Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, walks you through the right combination of basic tools that will make meal prep both easy and accessible. There's even a printable handout in this one too!
After that is Storing the Food You Prep. Whether you're setting aside a few hours to prepare components for a meal or simply keeping leftovers in the fridge or freezer, you'll need to put the results of your hard work somewhere. And that's where this post comes in.
Once you've got cooking and storage supplies, it's time to talk food! There are two great posts about foods to choose for meal prep ease: Meal Prep Shopping by Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD offers a great overview and then Pantry Staples for Meal Prep Success offers a closer look at what makes a staple a staple in the pantry (and for the fridge and freezer too!).
The fun continues in the post 5 Tips to Level Up Your Meal Prep. Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD is back with five fantastic tips to help bring meal and menu planning to the next level and really make it sustainable. I think you'll like what you see.
Now you wouldn't think we'd leave you high and dry without a few recipes that lend themselves well to meal prep work, do you? This Chicken Fajita Salad recipe highlights the benefits of the cook once, serve twice strategy we introduced early on, then the Summer Garden Bowl recipe illustrates another great approach: having a big chopping session so that your ingredients are ready for a few faster meals during the week. And finally, we collected 3 Pantry Meals for those days when you're relying on the staples you've stocked ahead of time. The recipes include Baked Ziti, a Vegetarian Chili Pot, and a healthier spin on Macaroni and Cheese.
And there you have it! Everything you need to know about meal prep!
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.