After working with dozens of people over the past couple of years, one problem most people have sticks out more than anything else. Food prep and not having time to food prep. We’ve all been there, including myself- It’s been a long day and you have a fridge full of great healthy food, but would rather opt for fast food because all the work is done for you rather than actually taking the time to prepare the food you have at home. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people complain about this exact thing and having to eat out or miss meals entirely. Hearing all this made me curious how long it actually takes to meal and snack prep. Next time I had to make a few days worth of snacks, I decided to set up a camera and time how long it took me to prepare everything. Turns out it took less than 20 minutes! I was shocked at how much food I had prepped and stored in less time than it takes to watch half an episode of Stranger Things (if you haven’t checked it out on Netflix, put it on your list).
Things you’ll need:
- A chef’s knife and knife sharpener. Invest in a chef’s knife and a knife sharpener. So many people have expensive knives but have never sharpened them. I use a $35 chef’s knife that I always keep sharp with a $10 knife sharpener from IKEA. If you have a knife you like, go buy a sharpener and it will make your kitchen life much easier and safer.
- Food storage containers. Preferably glass containers, that way you’ll keep all those toxic substances out of your food, especially if you put your container in the microwave.
- Scrap bowl. I like having a big mixing bowl next to me when I prep food so I have an easy place I can put all the scraps into and keep my cutting area clean.
- 20-60 minutes and some good music. Put some music on and get to prepping! 30 minutes is plenty of time for myself to make 5-7 days worth of snacks. 60 minutes and I can get some full meals prepared in that time as well as snacks.
- Food you want to use. Fruit and veggie possibilities are endless and always a great option, especially veggies, since most people are lacking in that. Energy balls, rice, sweet potato fries, slow cooker recipes, nut and seed mixes, honestly anything you can think of that can be prepped ahead of time can be done.
On this specific day I prepped carrots, celery, red bell peppers, a large sweet potato, a large pineapple and some rice to be added to other recipes throughout the week. Make sure you store your sliced carrots and celery in water, that way they will last much, much longer. If a week has gone by and you haven’t eaten them all, just change the water.
I hope this shows you that it really is so easy to prep some food and have healthy things on hand all of the time. The biggest challenge for most people is setting aside the time to do it. Even if you’re slow at cutting, you can still prepare plenty of food in 30 minutes. 99% of us have the time to do this simple task once a week, so set some time aside and give it a shot, let me know how it goes.
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