Juggling a busy schedule can make it difficult to prepare healthy family meals, especially during the week. As a mom of three and a registered dietitian, I understand that struggle all too well. Over the years I have developed a weekly meal prep routine, and it has been a lifesaver. I recently wrote The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook to share my tips and tricks for getting food on the table fast. The biggest secret is a dedicated meal prep day.
For many people, Sunday makes the most sense, but any day of the week will work. Meal prepping will probably take a few hours, depending on how efficient you are. To save time, plan your meals and go shopping the day before if possible. Using your slow cooker is also smart, especially if you're short on time. Pop the ingredients in the slow cooker before heading out, and voilà, your meal will be done when you walk in the door.
For the first few weeks, start slowly. Perhaps only make lunches or dinners for the week so you can get a feel of the timing and work involved. I started with lunches because I found myself dropping at least $10 a day at work and wanted to save money. If you tend to order pizza or go to the drive-through on certain nights of the week, then meal prep for those nights during the first few weeks.
Here is what a sample meal prep day looks like, but what you do depends on the dishes being made. As always, adjust the following to make it your own: