Meal prepping isn't for everyone, and it sure as hell wasn't for me before becoming a Mom. I'm not a huge leftover fan if I'm honest. I prefer to cook fresh food over turning the dial to 1:30 on the microwave.
However, I do love leftovers when my husband is away for work and I'm cooking for one. That's about it though. I know meal prep is different than leftovers, but the premise was kinda the same to me. I had to ask myself: Will putting the work in really make a difference, and will I mind eating food that has already been prepared?
The answer was a simple, yes and NO!
Meal prep has been huge help in our household. Putting in the time does make a huge difference, and no, I don't mind eating food that has been pre-prepared.
There were a few things I needed to implement to have the most amount of success with this new endeavor.
1. Meal Planner
I bought this one from KMART and it was a whopping $3. If you are taking the time to prepare your food ahead of time, then you should be able to jot down what you're having and when so that you don't forget what's in the Tupperware. I also recommend labeling them with sticky notes, especially if you're prepping food for multiple people. For instance, when I make overnight oats, mine differ from my husband's (his have diary, mine are dairy free), so I like to stack and label them accordingly with our initials.
This part had two components:
A. Storage for your meals / cut veggies
B. Storage for your produce
A. I just bought this 10 piece glass Pyrex set (in the collage below) from Harris Scarfe during the Boxing Day sales. It was $70, marked down to $34! I prefer glass to plastic for a lot of reasons. Glass is dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator safe. It also doesn't absorb odors, food stains or flavors. AND, let's not forget, glass is also better for the environment.
I've included some other containers that that I'm a huge fan of, including the Kilner travel jar and the stainless steel Planet Lunchbox. Click the photo to visit the product's web page.
B. Storing veggies and keeping them fresh can me a mighty tough task. The veggie crisper drawer gets more and more full, with the newest produce sitting on top of the previously store-bought food items . . . and we know all know the outcome, don't we? Throwing away countless kilos of food annually, which is such a shame and hard of your wallet too.
So, how can we fix this dilemma? Cue Swag Bags. I posted about them already, (<----- Read It) but these little guys are mighty cool, and will really help you to fight the war on waste if you use them correctly. They are non-toxic, machine washable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Loads of people asked me about them on post mentioned and via instagam as well. I bought them for my Mom for Christmas and it sounds like a lot of my other followers gifted them as well.
So this week I've partnered up with BIOME, and I'm excited to announce that I'll be giving away a Swag Bag Starter Kit (valued you at $72 AUD) to one lucky winner!! This starter kit has two small bags, one long bag, and one large bag. It is what I use in our household and I have been astounded as to how well, and how long, it keeps our produce crisp and fresh.
I'm so passionate about food, health and wellness and finding this company was a highlight for me on my new low tox journey in 2017.
Head to my Ohm My Yoga Instagram for all the details and enter to win!
TO BE CONTINUED...
For the Love of Food
I think eating well is a form of self-respect, and that's evident in my recipes.