Well, lately I've made some attempts at meal prepping. Basically, spending a few hours preparing meals for a couple of days at a time. The idea is genius and simple if you do a little research!! Find a couple of your favorite recipes, whip them up and store in the fridge for a quick grab lunch for work or school.
An easy one and one of my favorites is a grilled piece of chicken, seasoned however you prefer, cup of brown rice and a steamed veggie. VOILÀ! As your heading out the door, grab your pre-prepped container of yum and go!!
First, purchase some reliable food storage containers. I currently use these Rubbermaid Containers. Any kind of food storage containers will work perfectly!! I just like these because of the stacking locking lids and so far no spills!!
Second, go thru and find a couple recipes you like and would like to make to have during the week.
Third, go through and see what you already have in the pantry, fridge and freezer. I've sometimes had a problem with buying things I've already had and end up wasting money. Make a list of items you need or want.
Fourth, go shopping!! I know it's difficult, and I still struggle with it, but stick with what's on the list. You end up spending less and only buy the things you really need.
Fifth, go home and when you have some time, cook!! Put together a couple of things for the week. Divide the food into each container and put into fridge. There you go!!
Hopefully you're not weird like me about leftovers. Usually after a 3-4 days I can't seem to make myself eat the leftovers. When I'm putting them together, I'll usually make 2-3 days worth, go out to dinner one evening during the week, and make something for the remaining days of the week. Not sure what my deal is but it seems to work. Lol.
My 'system' may not be for everyone or the best way of doing it but it does work for me!!
All I know is, meal preppin' is a wonderful thing!! I'd only wish I started this sooner :)