It can feel like a rush to get dinner on the table in a timely manner some nights. Cooking is one of our favourite pastimes, but there are some days when we just don't feel like it. It's been a game changer for us to learn how to plan! Execution comes next after you've figured out what you're going to eat for the week.
Each person's meal prep will be unique, just like their meal plans! It's excellent if you can have everything ready in one day. If not, there's no need to worry! Even if you can't get ahead for the week, there are still a variety of home meal prep options that can help you have supper on the table quickly.
Getting Started with Meal Preparation
The term "dinner prep" may conjure up images of slaving away in the kitchen for 12 hours on a Sunday. Meal prepping is frequently misunderstood as requiring an entire day of cooking. Let me show you 5 different methods of preparing meals so you can figure out which one works best for your schedule. Also, don't forget to be adaptable! There are a variety of ways to prepare your meals for different days and weeks.
1. One and Done
There are a number of methods for meal prep in Malaysia, but the "one and done" approach is probably what most people think of when they think of meal prep. For those who don't have a lot of time to cook (such as those who frequently get home late), this method may be the greatest option for you. Preparing all your meals for the week at once is the "One and Done" approach of food preparation (many people just prepare lunch and dinner, however, breakfast could be included as well). Your meals can be stored in the fridge or divided into containers for yourself and your family for the entire week, depending on how much time you have available. In this way, everyone has access to the supplies they need at any given time.
Using the "One and Done" method? Here are some pointers:
When planning the meals, think about your preferred manner of cooking. To make your life easier, focus on learning a few distinct techniques for cooking. Make a "sheet pan" meal, a "one pot meal," and a slow cooker meal at the same time so you don't have to keep an eye on everything.
"One and done" doesn't mean eating the same thing every day. It's entirely up to the individual. If you don't mind eating the same dish every day of the week, you may only need to prepare two recipes with the appropriate portions.
Season your food to your taste. You don't have to season the chicken the same way if you're baking it. Consider preparing half of your chicken with Italian herbs and the other half with Mexican spices before roasting it in your TUPPERCHEF Chef Series Casserole Pot. Alternatively, the Italian chicken may be served with sweet potato and zucchini, while the Mexican chicken can be served in a taco bowl along with rice, black beans, cheese and lettuce. You'll be able to have two distinct meals this way with no effort.
Seeing as each of those meals required a distinct cooking procedure, you could easily multitask while creating them. There are now ready-to-eat lunch and dinner options to choose from for the rest of the week.
2. Leftovers for Lunch
You may have a supper routine down, but lunchtime is still a struggle! It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare meals this way. This is a great strategy if you have time to prepare a meal when you get home, but lunchtime is a problem. Planning meals in advance is still a good idea as long as you keep an eye on the serving sizes. To ensure that you and your family have enough food for lunch the next day, cook 8 servings of the recipe. Make your lunches the night before and have them ready to go the next morning. You will save time in the morning as a result of this.
3. Chop and Go
If you want to save time when it comes to dinner, use a Speedy Mando to chop your vegetables and marinate your foods ahead of time. You'll be able to quickly and easily put together a meal whenever the mood strikes. We've included a few examples of what might be on your weekly menu:
Grilled Ranch Chicken and Vegetables on a Sheet Pan
Chop potatoes and green beans in two containers on a dinner preparation day. Prepare the chicken by removing it from the freezer (if necessary) and allowing it to defrost completely before cooking it. Make a single layer of green beans and potatoes with your kitchen cooking tool set when it's time to cook. Blend in the chicken and season everything with the ranch dressing seasoning mix, then serve immediately. To cook, use a conventional electric range or range top.
Stir-Fry with Chicken
Consider cutting all the vegetables for the stir fry and storing them in a container or zipper-lock bag on Sunday (or whenever you have the time), you can also use pre-chopped frozen. Chop the chicken and place it in a separate bag to marinate. Preparation is key when cooking a stir fry. Prepare your rice, then preheat your TUPPERCHEF Black Series fry pan.
Bean and Vegetable Stew
All the vegetables for your soup should be chopped, and your beans should be ready to go (soak them overnight if needed). Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours in a slow cooker with veggie broth.
4. Preparation for Lunch
If you're not a fan of leftovers but still want to make lunchtime easier, consider prepping your lunches for the week in advance. You can use this lunch meal prep strategy with the Round 2 Meal or Chop and Go meal prep method to assist you get supper on the table during the week when you are planning your lunch meal preparation.
You don't have to use only one of the approaches described here; you can mix and match as you see fit. If you don't know what works best for your family, don't be scared to experiment.