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5 Meal Prep Essentials

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I love buying kitchen gadgets!

When I first got married, I used to haunt the kitchen section of stores while my husband rolled his eyes. I didn’t need to buy any more stuff for the kitchen. Soon, I could abandon the store — I could get everything online!

I received a break since there has been more emphasis on meal prep. This list makes me want to shop more!

How-tos and Whys of Meal Prep

The art of meal prep has never been easier with the wide array of gadgets and ideas to make your life easier and ensure that every meal is served as nutritious and delicious as possible.

Proper meal preparation helps you avoid fast food, sugary snacks, and last-minute frustrations – and also helps you meet your fitness and health goals.

First Things First…

To be an effective meal prepper, you first plan ahead by creating a grocery list (There will be more posts about this in the near future!). Create a comprehensive grocery list. It only takes a few minutes each week to put together ingredients for your pre-planned meals – and the time it saves will make it well worth your while.

Check out some apps online that are designed to help you eliminate costly and unplanned purchases, reduce waste, and add healthier foods to your diet plan. Not only will you save time with your grocery list, but you’ll also save money.

That’s the game plan for your adventures in prepping each week. To make it happen, you need tools. There are five essential types of tools that will help you on your way to becoming a master food prepper.

Basic Items for Meal Prep

1. Measuring Cups, Spoons, and More

Measuring devices are important. Portion-specific containers, measuring cups and spoons, and a food scale are all helpful when preparing your meals. There are so many helpful choices available that you shouldn’t have any trouble choosing a variety of items that fit your needs.

2. Cutting Board for Prep

Invest in a good cutting board. Every good chef has his or her favorite type of cutting board. It’s a good idea to have two boards to keep one for meat preparation and one for such foods as vegetables and fruit.

Choose from inexpensive plastic or wooden ones to meet your chopping and slicing needs. Eventually, you’ll likely want to try other types and sizes, but in the beginning, just have the basic two on hand.

3. Good Herbs and Spices

Oils, herbs, and spices will enhance any of your pre-planned meals by adding flavor to your meats and vegetables. Spices such as oregano, cilantro, garlic, sage, and rosemary bring flavors to life in your recipes, while olive oil or other types of flavored oils keep you healthy.

4. A Good Crockpot

Get a good crockpot. One of the best essentials you can add to your repertoire of meal prep essentials is a slow cooker. It will save you tons of time and effort during busy days and provide your family with nutritious meals.

5. Knives and Spoons and Containers

Make sure you also have on hand some sharp knives and wooden spoons you’ll use to speed up and simplify your prep time. A variety of containers are also helpful to keep you organized and on track for portion size and nutritional value.

If you’ll be preparing on-the-go meals for you and your family, a portable bag is also an essential item that you should consider. Some are insulated and have compartments for beverages.

As we all try to get our busy lives organized, meal prep is something to consider.

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Dominique

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