Successful meal prepping can mean winning healthy eating for the week versus three consecutive nights of “Oops, I guess we’ll have takeout again.” It can save money, reduce food waste, and relieve the stress of finding a quick, healthy, budget-friendly meal at the last minute on a busy day.
But of course, anyone who’s prepared a week’s worth of meals in a single afternoon knows that meal prepping (especially without a plan!) can cause some damage to your time schedule and stress level. On the other hand, a solid plan of attack and a few essential kitchen tools can score you efficiency and an easy meal prep day. Snag secret weapons; score some healthy meals. Simple as that! Here are eight Kitchen Tools for Easy Successful Meal Prep.
Kitchen Tools Busy People Can’t Live Without
1. Organizational Containers
The true definition of a good-for-you grab-and-go meal. A matching set stacks neatly in the fridge and helps prevent an avalanche when you open the door. It just screams meal prep and makes someone feel so accomplished on Sundays when all these containers are packed and ready to go for the week!
A spiralizer makes it quick and easy to swap healthy veggies for pasta in a slew of delicious zoodle recipes. It is used to create veggie noodles ahead of time for quicker dinner prep. Slice ‘em up and stash ‘em in the fridge for when you’re ready to whip up a low-carb dish.
3. Mini Food Processor
A mini food processor (often called a “mini-prep”) a must for weekly meal prepping. It is used for tahini-based sauces and avocado-based sauces. It’s also useful for prepping energy bites.
4. Mason Jars
Sometimes you just don’t need a full-size container for every meal. That’s where mason jars come in, thanks to them being inexpensive, durable and eco-friendly. Used to make jar salads, parfaits, smoothie packs, and homemade instant noodles. Look for one-pint standard or wide-mouth jars.
5. Instant Pot
For everyday cooking and meal planning, Instant Pot is best. It’s perfect for quickly making a big batch of rice for the week without taking up precious stovetop space. It can also utilize making freezer packs with dinners that can thaw and throw in the Instant Pot on a busy weeknight.
6. Kitchen Scale
A scale is another must-have for meal prep. Some recipes specifically rely on ingredients measured by weight so a scale is a must. It is necessary for portioning out evenly sized meals and keeping track of calories.
7. Stasher Bags
Overwhelmed by the number of disposable baggies you’re going through now that you meal prep all the time? Stasher bags are plastic-free silicone bags that are great for storing food. They’re microwave-, dishwasher-, freezer- and sous vide-safe. Any kind of leftovers is kept inside or use them to pack snacks. These are used in place of a Ziploc or other plastic bag!
8. Muffin Tins
Swear for muffin tins in preparing a week’s worth of meals all at once. You can make a ton of breakfasts all at once for the week using muffin tins — anything from egg cups to oatmeal cups and beyond! There are so many ways you can get creative with these Kitchen Tools for Easy Successful Meal Prep.
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