Below are some tips on meal prepping during this difficult time. Planning is the key to success!
Inventory your freezer, fridge and pantry. What meals can be made? You have more food to prepare than you think!
Everything doesn’t have to be perfect! -Time is short these days. It’s alright to use short cut ingredients like rotisserie chicken, canned beans, frozen vegetables, and ready to heat whole grains.
Cook once, eat twice – Take leftovers from one meal and re-invent them for you next meal. For example, grilled chicken one night can be chicken salad sandwiches the next night or chicken tacos.
You don’t always have to cook – Find a few recipes you enjoy. Throw ingredients in your crock pot in the morning and have your “professional chef” cook your food all day while you some things done around the house or help the kids with their e-learning. It will be ready when you you are!
Maximize use of leftovers or food about to spoil– Add fruit and veggies to make smoothies before you have to toss them. (Or freeze them to make for later). Have leftover chicken from dinner? How can you use it in a recipe for tomorrow?
Think outside the box – Try a picnic in the living room one meal, or try for a different family meal, like breakfast!
Have fun with it – Let your kids take turns picking a theme night (like breakfast for dinner or build your own taco or pizza night)