If you’re dedicated to reaching your fitness goals, meal prepping is something I strongly encourage you to do weekly. It allows you to prep all of your meals so you can stay on track and not go astray from healthy eating. The only downside to meal prepping? It takes FOREVER. Thankfully I have discovered 3 ways to speed up your meal prep and make the process a little less exhausting.
Cook Rice in Bulk
Cooking rice on the stove can take quite a while and you have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t over cook. When you’re cooking several cups, it can take even longer. Nifty tip number one, cook your rice in a crock pot, instant pot, or a rice cooker! For every 1 cup of rice you pour in, add 2 cups of water. Set your pot on low for 4-6 hours and walk away. Also, you can freeze rice! Once cooked, just portion it out and freeze. To thaw, place in a bowl covered with a wet paper towel and microwave for 1 minute.
Mornings can be hectic so taking the time to cook a healthy breakfast before heading out to start your day is difficult. Solution? Make and freeze breakfast burritos. At first, I thought cooking and freezing eggs was weird and would taste horrible but now that I’ve given it a shot, I love it! Get all the eggs, potatoes, bacon/sausage, cheese, and hot sauce/salsa you’d like prepared. Lay out the tortillas, layer them with your food choices, roll them up, and wrap them in saran wrap. All you need to do is throw them in the microwave at work and you’re all set.
Use Meal Prep Containers
Instead of rounding up different varieties of Tupperware containers, buy meal prep containers. They come in all kinds of different sizes so look them over and see which ones work for you. They are lightweight as well as microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe so no need to worry about everyday use. They are also super spacious compared to other meal prep containers so you can fit your entire meal into one box. One box means less containers to wash! Less containers to search for and less containers to wash cuts even more time off of your meal prep routine.