QQ: Does anyone actually like to do meal prep?
Yes, we understand that it can be a major timesaver, but at what cost? Five-day-old leftovers just don’t feel like the vibe, fam. (Notable exception: pie.)
Also, we’re still haunted by all the soggy mason-jar salads Pinterest made us try. And the zoodles. (So. Many. Zoodles.)
As lazy girls ourselves, we have a very particular set of skills. And those skills don’t translate into spending four hours in the kitchen every Sunday just to eat the same two things all week. Buttttt, we also don’t want to have to make something from scratch after a long day of work.
Thankfully, there can be a happy medium. We found the best, low-effort, high-reward meal prep hacks that will make healthy eating easier during the week without taking up an entire Sunday.
1. Prep ingredients, not meals. Choose staple ingredients that can be used in different ways throughout the week. Store these “crossover ingredients” individually, and then mix and match when the time comes.
2. Be selective about what you prep. Don’t spend time on things that will go bad quickly. Instead, prepare basic components of a meal, like protein, veggies, and grains. You can mix and match these throughout the week and zhuzh them up with different sauces, salad dressing, and/or toppings.
3. Find ways to make life easier. Think about the biggest roadblocks in meal prepping. Do you avoid it because you hate chopping veggies? Try buying pre-chopped or frozen veggies to take that part off your plate (there’s a pun here somewhere).
If cooking protein is challenging, a rotisserie chicken is versatile enough for many different meals.
4. If all else fails, order catering. A viral meal prep hack making the rounds on TikTok: people ordering protein, veggies, and sides from the restaurant catering menus (Chipotle’s popular) and using that as their meal prep for the week.
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