Do the words 'meal prep' make you think of hours of cooking & way too many little plastic containers? Do you think it's more trouble than it's worth? Well you're not alone there. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I don't think meal prep is a good idea... I'm just saying I'm busy... and lazy. So I've come up with meal prep for busy / lazy people - it takes less time & uses less little plastic containers.
Prepare components of the meal - not the 'whole' meal.
You don't have to cook 'whole' meals & pack them into identical little plastic containers when meal prepping. You can, in fact, cook up the 'meat' & 'veg' components separately so that they are available to add to a variety of different dishes. For example, sometimes I like to cook up roasted vegetables to keep in the fridge for a few days, ready to add to a steak or chicken breast, or perhaps to whip up a Roast Veg Salad.
I also like to cook-up minced beef with a great tomato based sauce & mushrooms. This can be frozen & used later in dishes like Spaghetti Bolognese or Mexican Chilli served with rice or Tacos. Sometimes I cook up chicken thighs or breast & keep it in the fridge for a day or two, to add to stir-fry's, sandwiches & omelettes.
Having good healthy food cooked & ready to go in the fridge or freezer means you have food on hand to throw together a great balanced meal quickly, meaning you are less likely to reach for a quick, less nutritious snack that doesn't support your health & fitness goals. It's a healthy time-saver.
Cook extra at meal time.
There is no need to have a 'special meal prep day' in order to have your meal components ready to go. Just get in the habit of cooking up a little extra at meal times so you have left overs for a quick lunch or dinner the next night - simple!
If you are time poor & want to eat a little better, try meal prepping your lunch rather than buying take-away at work or going out for lunch - it will save you money & help you to make better food choices. Give it a try for a week or so & see the difference.