So-planning ahead can be hard, especially when it comes to meal prepping. The idea of eating the same thing every day can sound pretty boring sometimes, but for me, meal prepping for my work week lunches saves me so much time every night, and money when I’m at the grocery store. As someone who works full time and doesn’t have a huge amount of time to spend making lunch every night or an endless amount of money to spend on buying lunch every day, I have found meal prepping to be my best solution. Whether you work full time, are going to school full time, or just have a super busy schedule, these tips will definitely help you.
Tip #1 Go online and find inspiration
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be extremely time consuming and expensive, in fact I find it to be the opposite. Every week when I’m making my grocery list for the following week, I browse pinterest and online recipes for quick, easy lunch meal prep recipes. I get tons of ideas and inspiration and it actually makes me excited to go shopping and get my meals together for the week.
Tip #2 Be realistic about your time/budget
There are tons of meal prep ideas online that look super cool, but may require complex ingredients or several hours to make. I’d suggest looking for crock pot or instant pop recipes since those are usually very simple, and require little to no effort. You can always recreate your favorite dinner recipes into lunch friendly portions that are perfect for on the go.
Tip #3 Have fun with it
You don’t want to add another chore to your list of things to do-make this something you look forward to. Cooking can be stress relieving and enjoyable. Even if you’re just meal prepping to make sandwiches or salads all week (I’ve done this, totally acceptable) try to spice it up and make it something you look forward to doing.
One of my favorite lunch meal preps is tacos! Here’s pictures from my meal prep this week. I made homemade pico de gallo to put on top of my turkey tacos and it was so much fun to make one of my favorite foods!
What are your guys favorite meal prep recipes?