FREE SHIPPING (US ONLY) ON ORDERS OVER $20

0

Your Cart is Empty

Five Tips For Mastering Meal Prep

August 27, 2020 3 min read

meal prep container sleeves

Because proper preparation is one of the cornerstones of a healthy diet.

If the first time you think about what you’re going to eat for dinner is when you step in the door after work, the odds of making a healthy choice are not in your favour. When a ready meal or a takeaway is the fastest and easiest option available, then that’s the option you’ll probably take.

Fortunately there is a better way, and it’s not one that involves cooking from scratch each and every night. Prepping several meals in advance each week puts you on the fast track to a healthy diet, because eating those meals then becomes as easy as a ready meal, quicker than a takeaway, and healthier and cheaper than both.

New to meal prep? Here’s how to get started.

1. Map Out Your Week

Before you lift a spatula in anger, it’s worth checking your schedule to see how many nights there are when you might be a tight spot come dinnertime. You could have more free evenings for cooking than you think, and there’s no point prepping a vast array of meals only to never eat them. At this point you’ll also need to decide if you’re only prepping dinners, or if you want lunches too. Once you have a rough number of meals in mind, it’s time to hit the kitchen.

2. Block Book A Regular Weekend Slot

Sunday is primetime for meal prep. That’s when most of us have more dead time and if you’ve mastered the basics in the kitchen you can easily cook enough on Sunday for the week. Cook all the meat medium-rare, so when you heat it up in the microwave it will taste good without being dry or rubbery. Roast a whole tray of vegetables – sweet potatoes, squash and broccoli are all good candidates – and then divide them into sealable bags. Leave enough in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday, and place the rest in the freezer. Each day, move a portion into the fridge so it’s ready for the next day.

3. Consider Your Menu

Some meals taste better after a few days in the fridge, but others will dry out and lose all flavour by the time it comes to eating them. As a general rule, sauce-heavy dishes like curries, chilis, soups and stews are a good option for meal prep, because they become more and more delicious with each day in the fridge. Up to a point, of course. And speaking of which…

4. Don’t Leave The Food Sitting Around For Too Long

It only takes one bout of food poisoning to really put you off ever eating leftovers again, so be sensible. Get the food in the fridge quickly after cooking – within two hours – and as a general rule eat it within two days. You can always turn to the freezer for longer-term storage, but make sure you store the correct portion size because you should avoid reheating frozen food more than once.

5. Stock Up On Storage Solutions

Treat yourself to a range of variously sized and shaped containers to ensure you have what you need to allocate portions and even divide up food within one container if you don’t want it getting mixed up. The most convenient containers will be safe for the microwave, freezer and dishwasher. And leak-proof, obviously.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

Bonus: Protect with Meal Prep Container Sleeves

Make the most of your meal prep containers and protect them with our silicone sleeves. They fit several sizes of mason jars perfectly! 

The 16oz Wide-Mouth Mason Jar + JarJackets silicone mason jar sleeves are the perfect way to store and transport your favorite make-ahead meal.

Our 100% nontoxic, sustainable, food grade silicone sleeves provide optimal grip and enhanced protection for your jars so you can take them with you with no fear of breakage.

What's even better is that when you're ready, you can reheat your meal in the microwave right in the jar. The silicone sleeve will even help prevent you from burning your hand when taking the jar out of the microwave. 

Looking for a larger portion size? Check out our 24oz and 32oz silicone sleeves. Especially well-suited for Mason JarSalads

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Mason Made

Mason Jar Teacher Gift Ideas with brightly colored flowers in mason jars with patterned silicone sleeves
Mason Jar Teacher Gift Ideas

May 04, 2021 3 min read

Read More
A woman wrapping cheese in beeswax food wrap; a reusable grocery bag with apples and oranges inside; various fruits and vegetables on a counter and a reusable mesh bag containing dried beans; a bulk bin of dry foods with mason jars sitting below.
Your Guide to Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

February 25, 2021 3 min read

There are plenty of reasons to attempt to cut back on waste when grocery shopping, including reducing plastic pollution, shrinking your carbon footprint and simplifying your life.

But it’s not something that just magically happens.

To reduce waste, you have to have a well-planned strategy — and it starts with taking a long, hard look at what you actually need.

Read More
Various photos of glass food storage containers including mason jars with JarJackets silicone sleeves, and glass divided bento boxes. All with food inside.
The Best Sustainable Meal Prep Containers

February 10, 2021 2 min read

Turns out, grandma had it right. With that in mind, here are four of our favorite containers used for meal prep (they can be used for leftovers too, of course, or many other purposes).
Read More