It’s no secret that peeling, chopping, and preparing home cooked meals takes time and effort. It can seem almost overwhelming at times. But over a long period of time, you’ll find that the extra work becomes second nature and is worth the benefits that your body receives. When you eat healthy and organically sourced, fruit and veggie-rich meals, you’ll feel so much better. One trick that will really help you manage the work is to have a weekly prep day.
What is a weekly prep day, and how does it work?
What Is A Food Prep Day?
A food preparation day can be what you want it to be. It can be as organized or as flexible as you desire. The basic idea is to do all of your cutting, seeding and mixing in one day, usually in a block of a couple of hours. During this time, you can make big batches of food, or merely prepare items to be used in various dishes throughout the week.
Examples Of Prepared Dishes
For instance, on a prep day, you might make a large batch of soup or stew that can be served throughout the week as a main dish, side, or snack. You might also wash and chop a head of broccoli and put it in a glass container in the fridge so that it can be quickly steamed in minutes after a busy day of work.
You might also make a large salad of cabbage, carrots, apples, sunflower seeds and a handful of superfoods full of antioxidants to keep on hand when the munchies hit, and even chop up fruit so that it will be ready to toss on top of a dish of yogurt. It is fun to base the meals around what you find in your CSA.
Start The Habit
If you use a calendar, try setting aside a block of time to give this practice a try. If you experiment with it, you’ll likely find that the benefits are well worth the effort. You can make the prep day fun by playing music as you chop and stir or involving your family members.
Sample the food as you go, and make a party out of it! Then, enjoy the benefits of your work throughout the week. This is a great way to stay on track with your organic lifestyle instead of caving and buying foods that are convenient but full of chemicals.
Once you get started using this prep day strategy, you’ll notice how helpful it is to have ready-to-go organic items in the fridge at all times. You’ll be able to prepare dinners faster, to became less of a chore. You’ll now enjoy your time cooking for each week