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I’m all about anything that makes my life easier, but one thing I’ve heard that is incredibly helpful that I’ve been dragging my feet about is meal prep. It just seemed like so much work. I’d see pictures on instagram of peoples sinks overflowing with dishes, it didn’t seem worth it to me! And I guess the internet decided that Sunday afternoon is time to meal prep, and maybe it is the way I was raised, but friends, Sunday afternoons are for NAPS.
But we’ve been eating take and bake pizza too often so I knew something had to give. So this week I decided to give meal prep a try using the new Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage containers to help.
Here’s how I did it:
How to Meal Prep the Easy Way
- Decide how much you want to meal prep. I broke things into categories of main dishes, fruits, vegetables, snacks, and breakfast foods. If you only want to pick one category to start pick main dishes, that will help you the most during busy weeknight dinners. Once you begin meal prepping work through each category, starting with the most important to you.
- Choose versatile items to prep. Once you’ve decided on a category like main dishes think about the most versatile foods to help you create delicious main dishes. For me, I decided that we use a ton of ground turkey/beef each week for tacos, chili, lasagna, pasta so having the turkey already cooked would be huge. I also decided to throw some salsa chicken in the crockpot for easy tacos, salads, and enchiladas.
- Get started, but keep it low key. Defrost your meat and get to work on the first piece of your meal prep. For me that was browning 2.5 pounds of ground turkey. I chose to only season it with some onion flakes so it could easily go in any dish. I also started the salsa chicken. I did this with my two kids playing around me in my pajamas.
- Keep going, one category at a time. While my ground turkey was cooling (Good idea to let the meats cool down before moving them into storage containers.) I washed my berries and cut the tops of the strawberries. Then I laid the baby down for a nap. Then I destemmed and washed the grapes, next I moved on to tearing lettuce and slicing celery.
- Stop when you get tired or overwhelmed! The great thing about doing one category at a time is that you come to a natural stopping point frequently so you aren’t committed for the whole afternoon and if you get distracted (hello, toddler and crawling baby!) it’s no big to deal to stop. I was feeling energized so I quickly finished my two least important categories, breakfast and snacks with some overnight oats and chocolate coconut bites.
- Package up your prepped goodies in quality containers. I used the beautiful 10 piece Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ set. I love that how crystal clear they are, the seal-tight lids, and they are 100% leak proof, guaranteed! Plus odor and stain resistant! They also have a neat splatter resistant microwaving feature: you can just lift the latches and microwave for less mess. And, of course, my type A personality loves how nice and neat they look stacked up in my refrigerator. You can find the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage containers nationwide at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon and other fine retailers.
It’s so reassuring and awesome to know that I have a jumpstart on meals for the next week. And it wasn’t totally stressful and the pile of dishes in my sink wasn’t that much bigger afterwards.
Have you seen the new Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ food storage containers?
Do you meal prep? What are your favorite items to make ahead?