Mostly I just need to meal plan and stick to the list. We do salad with grilled chicken a couple of times a week, so that’s easy too.
However, what I would say is don't try to do too much all at once. Some people prep their meals for an entire week all at once. If that's too daunting (as I know it is for me) break it down into smaller groups of days. Instead of worrying about prepping for a week, prep for 2 days. Buy enough stuff for one big meal you can break down into two days. You may find yourself going to the supermarket more, but I think that would require less effort than trying to plan out a full week's worth of meals.
But snacks are definitely hard… Maybe it would be wise to prep snacks for three to four days. Perhaps do while listening to a great podcast or watching a series on a tablet.
This saves some time and then I portion it out in containers and then cook two types of protein flavours. Like chicken breast with olive oil and dukkah on it, then cook on a big tray in the oven.
Another good tip is to cook up a big stew with either chickpeas or meat and then just throw in lots of veg, herbs and tomato sauce and cook for hours.
I also make mustard slow cooked chicken in the slow cooker to go with the veg mash. This takes like 10 mins to prep and then cooks for 4-6hrs then just shred the meat and add to the portions of veg mash.
I make up on a Sunday night a big container with oats, chopped strawberries, mashed banana and grated apple with cinnamon. Then I pour my milk of choice to cover it. Then in the mornings I just scoop some into a bowl and microwave for 1-2 mins and breakfast is done.
Or make a big veg frittata on Sunday for breakfast/snacks for the week
To be quite honest its a daunting mission. My best advice is to plan ahead and delegate where you can.
Any insight would be much appreciated. Please help!
Try not to overdue. There’s no need to be fancy, just make something to keep you from going out.
For example there are a lots of recepies with vegetables like aubergine and courgette that are super fast to cook and really good!
You can also do a program of what you have in your fridge and you can try to think what you'll prepare for the next day, so if you miss some ingredients you can always on time to buy them. So you will always know what you want to eat without getting crazy.
I also make sure I have healthy back up options for the crazy busy weeks.
Lunch: pasta with something from Quorn.
Dinner: fruit/nuts/yogurt something like that.
That said, breakfast is overnight oats and lunch is salads, so there's no serious cooking that has to be done. I cook boiled eggs, quinoa, and beans when I want them, but they tend to be very hands off for the actual cooking.
Start simple. You won't want to prep if your plans take all day, so start with one meal and maybe even just plan on it being your meal every other day rather than every one. If meal prepping is something that helps you, you'll gain momentum.
Meal prep shouldn’t have to be a hassle for you; nonetheless, you should set your mentality to ‘doing this will help me’. Simply gathering everyday ingredients from your kitchen or buying fresh produce from your local market is a great step towards. Also stressing over something won’t guide you in the right direction, if this isn’t for you then surely you can find something else, but if you really want to, find that determination. In the end, you’re doing this for you and nobody else. So push forward! You can do it!
I would then thaw the fish & chicken on Sun overnight in the fridge. My energy and focus is best in the morning so I'd prep the lunch protein & all the side dishes for the whole day while I'm prepping breakfast. The chicken can be put into a crockpot and left alone until the workday is done.
It's best for me to keep my (and my family's) longterm health goals in sight and review them everyday for motivation (I want to lose xx pounds in xx weeks by cutting out xx & instead eating xx & exercising xx times per week). When I get overwhelmed I find it best to be gentle with myself and remain positive. It only takes a tiny shift of the rudder to change the direction and destination of my boat …here's to progress, not perfection.
2) Keep it simple. 5 ingrediants, saute or steam w herbs.
3) Make in batches and use w/i 2 weeks, freezing the extra portions.
4) Only need 1 made-fresh-that-day course to raise interest in meal, happiness.
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