Prep like a boss, has become the trend off 2017. Why you may ask? well, it’s not just because it’s the name of my number one selling planner of course, but it because people are realising prepping each week will
- Have a healthier lifestyle
- Stay on track
- Save money
- Get results
- Stop throwing away food
Now I bet I can guess, if you don’t already prep, you are probably thinking you won’t have time or you don’t want to waste your weekend prepping and cooking in the kitchen. But trust me this isn’t the case. It took me a good 3/4 months to learn how to prep in a cost effective and time consuming way.
I can now say it takes up none of my time, and can be done the same time as your sunday dinner, along with cutting your weekly budget cost, oh and will stop you throwing out date food away each week.
I am such a big fan that I decided to share with you 5 step on how I prep, to hopefully get you on the prepping band waggon and too well, never look back.
1 – Do one big prep a month
I would start of by recommending on one Sunday afternoon a month, putting a few casserole dishes in the oven all on the go at once. I would cook a few different meals from chicken tikka curry, stew, prawn chill curry, creamy chicken pasta sauce and pie fillings. This would give a wide range of food, killing any cravings you may have through out the month. You can bung all in the ingredients for these in to a dish and let them cook – while you carry on with your sunday fun! These would fill about 5/6 meals each making a whole months worth or more of dinners. I would also prep some banana waffles and freeze them for when I have a sweet tooth.
2 – Do a weekly prep
Each sunday morning while lazing around doing some chores, wack on your favourite meal; mine is Chilli. Simply throw all the Ingredients in to a dish and let it cook for an hour or so. Once cooked, dish them evenly into tupperware boxes, and leave on the side too cool. Once cool, Keep a few in the fridge and the rest in the freeze. I would then serve with a few rice cakes or cauli rice. This could obviously be swapped for a meal of your choice like curry, bolognese, soup or a stew, but something you can cook in a slow cooker/cassorole dish as it makes it easier as well as yummy! I would also like to add I actually eat mine cold, just I prefer it, weird i know but it means it also works for people who don’t have access to microwaves. I would also weekly batch some flax seed bread which I blend up and cook in the oven for 20 mins.
3 – My Daily food diary
Ok, so what do I eat the rest of the day you may be thinking, and surely thats not all she preps! Well the answer is yes, let me share with you what my typical weekly diary would be:
Breakfast: fruit with yogurt
Lunch: chilli with rice cakes and (microwavable) cali rice
Snack: cashew nuts/protien bar or fruit/boiled eggs
Dinner: chicken curry/stew/chill with cali rice/courgetti or if I workout pasta/rice/bread. I do always keep heck sausages & cod in the freezer incase i fancy this with vegetables.
Evening snack: Flax seed bread or banana waffles that I prep up and have with a low sugar jam or low sugar chocolate spread. This would feel like toast/cake to get rid of the sweet cravings that do occur!
4 – My Weekly Shopping list
Now, you have seen my daily plan. Let me show you, how to keep your shopping list cheap and chips. The below list is everything i need and would come to about £15 for the week, and plus some will carry over to the following week!
- nut bars
- rice cakes
- cali rice
- flax seed
- Total yogurt
- 500g mince
- 2 tin tomatoes
- tomato puree
- frozen onion
- kidney beans
- frozen peas or sweetcorn
- chilli herb mix
5 – How to create more Freezer space?
Ok, so finally! One problem I do hear people face, is they don’t have enough room in their freezer space. So, I don’t have a big family so I benefit there, however being gluten free I do stock up on alot off bargin food to help cost. But I have learnt a little trick that I want to share with you all. How many of you are guilty of the left picture?? stacking ontop. Well STOP! and start stacking like the right and you will fit so much more in. Obviously please make sure lids are done up correctly or it could get messy!! oh and don’t forget to label your Tupperware so your dinner isn’t a surprise!
Well thats it! I hope these five steps helps you at leastthink how you can adapt my prepping tips into helping you start. Just try it, get prepping like a boss and see what difference it will make to your healthier lifestyle!
If you need any help or advice please don’t not hesitate to drop me a line!!