So you switched to a more plant based diet, but you find yourself stuck in the kitchen for hours, slaving away making these elaborate meals that sometimes don’t even turn out right. You feel like you’re failing but still want to stay on this lifestyle. What to do?
First, here’s my question to you..are you eating real, whole food as much as you’d like?
I have found that the best possible way to live a healthy lifestyle and have healthy and delicious meals all week long is by meal prepping once for the whole week.
It saves me time, money, and stress, all the while allowing me to stay on track with eating healthy.
STEP 1: PLAN & SHOP
I begin meal planning by making a list of recipes and meals for the upcoming week. I create a list based on what I will have for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. I use a weekly shopping list as my guide and then I’m off to the store!
If this step alone overwhelms you, this is where my 7 day meal plan from Flirt with Vegan Starter Kit comes in! I have done all the work for you! They are broken down into the recipes, shopping lists and more!
STEP 2: PREP THE FOOD
When I get home from the store I keep out the items I plan to use for my meal prep. I pull up my meal plans and get to washing and cooking! Throughout the week, I typically have a protein shake for breakfast, but I find that many of my breakfast recipes are great for mid-morning snacks, and/or if I am in need of a breakfast on-the-go.
I generally prepare big batches of veggies. I start with washing the greens, then set aside to dry and move onto slicing, dicing, and dividing veggies into containers for use in cooking and salads.
When a recipe calls for beans, or another type of protein, I usually make that fresh, or make a big batch of it then freeze it, like beans. That way, I am only prepping once. The good thing about plant protein like tempeh, tofu or beans is that it doesn’t require long cooking times! Winner!
STEP 3: PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER TO MAKE THE RECIPES
To keep it simple, I make a large salad in advance and then add the extras when I’m ready to eat it. If I’m taking it to go, I divide it into containers or use as leftovers.
For dinners, I typically roast up some tofu/tempeh and boil large batches of beans which allows me to prepare and freeze in advance making it easy for during the week.
STEP 4: PUT IT ALL AWAY!
After all the food is prepped and the recipes are made, I put everything in containers and place it in the fridge! That way, I have delicious, fresh, whole foods for all meals during the week in minutes.
If you are still scratching your head, don’t let it discourage you!!! It can take time to learn and get in the swing of things. A great place to get a jumpstart is with my Flirt with Vegan Starter kit which provides a 7 day meal plan with shopping list and quick & easy recipes. Get it here >> Flirt with Vegan <<
I hope that this gives you a few ideas how to meal prep. Do you meal prep? What are some strategies that work for you? I’d love to hear from you!
Stay Happy and Healthy!