First of all, grocery shop. That’s a biggie. You are going to need the actual food to be in your kitchen in order to accomplish anything at all.
Second, organize your ingredients. If you have space on your counter or in your refrigerator, group the ingredients within each recipe together so that you can ensure you have everything you need and that you will actually be able to find them when you’re ready.
Third, prep the food itself. Wash your produce, dice your onions, peel your carrots, form your burger patties, cook your chicken breasts, or simply organize your ingredients by recipe. Meal prep can mean different things for different cooks and truly for each week. Depending on the time you will have each day, you may need to do most all of the prep before the work week (or school week) begins, while other weeks may allow for a bit more freedom to prepare just before the dinner hour itself.
Let’s walk through a few mealtime basics to get the idea:
Doing a bit of chopping or cooking ahead of time is warranted for the very reason a meal plan is advised, to preserve your sanity! By having your ingredients pre-portioned out for your stir fry, your chicken breast already cooked for your BBQ sandwiches, or even your enchiladas already stuffed and rolled, you will be able to spend that precious hour before dinner PLAYING with your kids rather than tripping over them as you attempt to get a meal on the table.
For fresh ideas on how you can make the most of your preparation, I have created a blogger roundup of fellow foodies who are quick to plan ahead and offer preparatory inspiration for the rest of us. Take a look!
What do you do to set the stage for an organized week ahead? Let us know. As a mom, I am always looking for fresh and simple ways to streamline my kitchen!
Thanks for reading!