Let’s talk about meal prep. Ya know what, I couldn’t dislike that term more. Yes I know I say it all the time. But the more I thought about it the more I realized how much I need to change that saying to what I actually do for food during the week. Even though there is no term for it yet ..it’s all about ✷PREPARATION and ✷FREESTYLING in the kitchen. You dont have to make EVERYTHING ahead of time and eat the same thing every day for lunch and or dinner. VIDEO at the bottom.
Do you buy food you think youre supposed to buy to be healthy and it ends up sitting in your fridge to go bad? Do you feel lost in the kitchen? Do you get bored by Wednesday with your lunch or dinner? Do you end up just getting food out somewhere because you can’t bear to eat another xyz? Or do you spend lots of time in the kitchen at night trying to follow a complicated recipe. I’ve been there.
I do not think meal prepping for the week is for everyone. I think the idea of a PREPARING yourself for the week is THE KEY. To me, that means go to the store before your week starts and make sure you have (depending on your needs) a protein, greens, a couple different veggies, a fruit or 2, healthyish snacks in the pantry and some weekly staples (avocados, grass fed butter, nut butter, different nuts, healthyish sauce)
You can either make your veggies ahead of time or if you dont like to reheat, you can make them before you eat them (air fryer makes it much quicker!). You can cook your protein as you go, throughout the week aka you can prepare it different each time if you would like. Add or remove things for meals if you arent feeling it. Thats where the idea of FREESTYLING comes in. You can make easy “recipes” throughout the week by just doing “what you feel” at the time. It takes a little time getting used to, but it takes the stress out of buying random ingredients and feeling like you have to either cook something brand new each night to not get bored. You can have the best of both worlds!
In my video, I make 3 different dishes. The things I bought at the store for the week were the greens, carrots, brussels sprouts, a premade broccoli/cauliflower rice, cherry tomatoes and chicken. I had avocados, tortillas, cheese (shredded and feta), cashews, spices (fresh/dried) to switch things up.
(thank you to my awesome VCU marketing intern who filmed and put this video together!