Meal Prep Rules: What Are They?
The first rule is that you need to have a plan. You need to know exactly where you want your meals prepared and when. If you don’t have a plan, then it’s not going to work out well for you! The second rule is that the meal prep must be fun!
I mean if it isn’t, why bother doing it at all?
And thirdly, there needs to be consistency. You cannot just do one thing every day or even once a month. If you’re not consistent with your meal prep, then it won’t be worth it!
How To Meal Prep For A Week: Step By Step Guide
1) Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time (And Check On Them Every Hour Or So!
2) Get All Your Supplies Ready Before You Go To Bed Tonight!
3) Prepare Everything For The Next Day!
4) Make Sure That You Have Enough Food For The Next Two Days!
5) Check On Your Meal Preps At Least Once An Hour!
6) Remember To Eat Breakfast First Thing In The Morning!
7) Don’t Forget About Lunch And Dinner Too!
8) Check On Your Batch Cooking Instructions Afternoon And Evening.
9) …And Again During Sleeptime!!!
10) Check On Your Preps Before Leaving For Work Or School!
The above steps are very important and should be adhered to every single time you do your meal prep! If you follow these steps (and read through a couple of times!), then it’ll be easy-peasy. You’re going to be a pro at this stuff in no time!
Next, we’re going to get into the actual meat and potatoes of this subject. This is where you’re really going to find some useful information and facts worth reading about.
Meal Prep For Two People: Managing A Couple
Meal prepping for two people is a little different than meal prepping for one. You’ll need a bit more food overall, and you’ll have to make sure that you get enough of everything. It’s not as easy as just scaling up the recipes either.
You can run into issues of waste. You may have to throw away some food if you get too much and that will be bad for your wallet and bad for the environment. It’s a lose-lose situation!
So, what are the best ways to manage meal prepping for two?
The first thing that you’re going to want to do is to make a list of all of the things that you’re going to need. You should have a good idea of how much you’re going to need of each ingredient after doing some meal prepping for one. Just scale everything up and add a little bit extra for good measure.
Next, go through your recipes and make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies to make everything. If you need to, go to the store and get everything that you’re missing.
Now would be an excellent time to review the 10 rules of successful meal prepping! Follow these and you should be golden.
After you’ve done all of this, then you’ll be ready to move on to cooking and eating your meals for the week. You can do this whenever you feel like it since you’ve already done the hard work.
Meal Prep For Two Weeks: Get The Right Gear!
One of the main issues with meal prepping for two is that you need to have enough food for everyone in your household and then some. This can cause issues if you don’t scale up the recipes correctly, which can lead to food waste which no one wants!
So, how exactly are you going to cook for two weeks’ worth of food? What are the best tools to use? What types of containers should you store everything in?
These are all very good questions and ones that will help you immensely in your journey to become a meal prepping master!
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
It should be obvious to you now that you’re going to need the right tools for the job. If you try to cook for two weeks with just a single skillet and a single sauce pot, then you’re going to have a bad time.
You’re going to need a lot of pots, pans, utensils, and everything else that you’ll need to cook everything that you need to cook. If you’ve been meal prepping before, then you most likely already have quite a few things.
If not, then you should go out and buy the essentials. This list includes:
Several stainless steel pots (depending on how many people you’re cooking for, you’ll need at least a few sauce pans and a stock pot)
Plastic cutting board
Knives (cutting board is good for this too! You can get a knives and cutting board set which should save you some money)
Storage containers (more on this later!)
You really don’t need much else. These are the bare essentials for nearly all of your cooking needs and you’re going to use these things constantly.
Make sure that everything is functional, don’t buy anything that you don’t think you’re going to use on a regular basis. If you see something cheap at a discount store, go for it! You can always transfer the supplies over to your main kitchen set up later.
Now, onto cooking gear!
One of the biggest things that people have issue with is how to cook everything.
Obviously, some things can be cooked directly in the pans that you’re going to store them in (such as chicken and ground beef) but what about everything else?
This is the tricky part of cooking for two weeks at a time since you need to think about additional dishes, pans, and utensils that you’re going to need to cook everything that you want. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered!
Cooking for two weeks at a time is a balancing act of how many pans, dishes, and utensils you use to do it. Sometimes, you’ll find that you’re using too much. Other times, you won’t have enough! It’s a constant process of measuring, testing, and re-measuring.
You’re going to need dishes for your cooking. These can be cheap plates, bowls, and other things like that. Don’t worry about keeping them clean either as you’ll be disposing of them later.
You’re also going to need pans, pots, and other cooking utensils. Some people like to use foil pans (or steal them from a school) since they are disposable. Get whatever you think you’re going to need.
Finally, you’re going to need a place to cook all of this food! This is probably the most important thing that people forget! You’re going to need a stove of some sort to cook everything.
You could go out and buy a cheap stove for not a lot of money or you could just borrow one from a friend or family member. As long as it’s a stove and it works, then it’s all good.
After you’ve gathered all of this, you’ll need to lay it all out and organize it. First, make piles of all of your cooking supplies. This is so you can easily grab everything that you need since you won’t be able to see into the boxes once they’re stacked up.
Second, start laying out your cooking gear. The pots and pans will need to be cleaned before use so that there isn’t a risk of cross-contamination from previous meals.
Finally, start cooking! You’ll need to cook everything that you can think of so start cooking and don’t stop until you’re finished. This is the most time-consuming part of the process.
Once you’ve finally cooked everything that you can think of, it’s time to organize and store what you can. Don’t worry about organizing things too much right now since you’re going to be disposing of them soon anyway.
To sum up, here are the steps for cooking for two weeks at a time:
Buy two weeks worth of food Gather all of your cooking supplies Arrange your cooking area for maximum efficiency Cook and store everything that you can
With this out of the way, you should be all set for another two weeks!
Continue reading to learn about the next part of long-term food storage: rotating your food!
Sources & references used in this article:
Amy’s Number One Resource for Meal Prep by A Plano – amyplano.com
Managing the upper extremity amputee: a protocol for success by LM Smurr, K Gulick, K Yancosek, O Ganz – Journal of Hand Therapy, 2008 – Elsevier
Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss: 28 Days to a Fitter, Healthier You: A Cookbook by N Sharp – 2018 – books.google.com