Meal Planning: Schedule a weekly meal prep time.
If you schedule a weekly meal prep time, meals and snacks will be so much easier to prepare. One of the reasons people struggle so much to get dinner on the table is they do not schedule a prep day. It is difficult to get dinner ready by following numerous recipes from start to finish, plus set the table, plus manage the household and all its distractions, and yet, we have an idea that this is the way it should be done. That method is inefficient, frustrating, and not what a restaurant would do. They meal prep.
Scheduling a weekly meal prep time will make putting and meal or a snack on the table so much easier.
Imagine putting any meal on the table where much of it is ready. Restaurants are excellent at prepping ahead and reheating. They prep as much as they can, add last minute ingredients, and there is dinner, quick and easy. You can do the same. Allow 1-2 hours for prep time
Overall preparation time will decrease as you can do multiple projects at the same time using a weekly meal prep time.
You can schedule oven cooking, like baking cookies or roasting vegetables, while you do stovetop cooking, like oatmeal or boiled eggs or mashed potatoes or rice, while you also do chopping, like prepping vegetables like carrots or celery.
Establishing a weekly meal prep time allows you to pick a time that is good for you.
Dinner time is traditionally known as arsenic hour. This name was probably chosen not only because the number of poisonings increased during that time (children getting into medicine before child-proof locks because they were not supervised as well), but because it is a difficult time because it is a very busy time at the end of a long day. How much better to pick a time with fewer distractions and interruptions and earlier in the day when you are fresher.
Ideas for meal prep time.
- Oatmeal. I have a special recipe. I cook enough for the week and reheat a bowl in the morning.
- Soup or 1 pot meals
- Oven roasted vegetables
- Cut up fresh vegetables like carrots and celery for snacking or stir fry
- Boiled eggs
- Mashed potatoes
Scheduling a weekly meal prep time is one of the 6 steps it takes to get dinner on the table easily.
Meal Planning: 6 Steps to getting dinner on the table
If you follow the steps, there will always be good enough food for any occasion. You will have Lifeasitshouldbe.