Meal Prep Shortcuts for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sunday meal prepping sure saves time during the week! Here are a few tips to speed up meal prep even further and help you maximize your weekend.
Smoothies are a powerful way to start your day. Thinking ahead helps you get more fruits and veggies into breakfast every day. In freezer-safe bags, sort different combinations to make smoothie packs. During the week, the work is simply choosing whether you want banana mango ginger or berry apple cucumber. Try hiding greens in your smoothies, little by little. You may notice the fruit covers up the tasteâ€”so sneaky!
In 24-ounce canning jars, layer colorful salad fixings. Use classics like kale, chard, spinach and romaine, but branch out too, with bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, beets and tomatoes. Try adding a protein layer with garbanzo beans, quinoa, chicken breast, cubed ham or hard-boiled eggs. Cheese crumbles? Sounds great! And lastly, experiment with salad dressings (pour into jars first as bottom layer to prevent everything else getting soggy). When youâ€™re ready to eat and enjoy, simply shake up your jar. Lunch time should be loaded with yumminess to get you through the work day.
Simplify dinner prep to save on time (and cut down the number of ingredients). Cook just two types of protein sources and go from there. For instance, if you cook chicken breast, youâ€™re only a few steps away from fajitas, fettucine and stir-fry. Making a batch of beans ahead of time cuts the hard work out of many protein-packed salads, comforting soups and delicious burritos.