So everything you see in the picture here is what I will be preparing for lunch and dinner this week. Meal prepping has became a very big part of my lifestyle. In order to meet my lifestyle requirements and more importantly my budget requirements I spend about an hour a week planning out meals and my grocery list, and then spend 2-4 hours on Sunday fixing everything that I can in advance. This helps me to be able to reduce the amount of time I spend in the store, and also the time I have to spend after a long day of work cooking.
When I first started meal prepping I only worried about lunch. My husband and I pack our lunch Monday – Thursday each week, and then have a lunch date out on Friday’s. I am a big person on variety and flavor profiles so we generally never have the same thing more than two times in a week. Having variety has been one of the keys to me being able to make the keto lifestyle work for me. Eating the same thing day after day after day simply would not be a good fit for me. In the last couple weeks I have taken on the challenge of dinner meal prep. So I have had to spend a little more time planning.
My first concern was what can I prep that will reheat well, also I wanted a way to reheat via the oven and not the microwave. So I invested in some aluminum trays that are divided so that food can stay separated. Once everything has been prepared and placed in the container, I let it cool completely and then store in the fridge. All I have to do when I get home is preheat the oven to 350 and heat for 20 minutes. All I may need to do while it heats is chop up any fresh veg or make any sauces. Most sauces do not reheat well so I tend to make those fresh the night needed. Let’s face it not everything taste good re-heated so if I want something that falls into that category for the week I will plan to have it on a night I know I will have more time.
Meal prepping can see quite overwhelming when you first start, but once you get the hang of it it makes life a little simpler in the kitchen. It also allows me to better plan out my macros for the week and know what I can and can’t have as far as portions go. I would recommend to just trying it a few days a week until you get the hang of it then you can add more days the more comfortable you get. Keep it simple at first. I recommend the same for making your shopping list. I make a meal plan for each day and then shop based off that. I never thought I would be a meal prepare, but here I am doing it every week and so glad that I do!