When you get home after a busy day, you might start thinking about what to eat. You may have tried meal delivery services (like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron) and found them very expensive and time consuming to prepare.
Those of us who prefer making food in bulk and saving money may be keen on trying meal prep. Here's some basic tips that we recommend.
1. Start with some rice, quinoa, and/or pasta as a base on the weekend when you have some extra time. Store some in the freezer and some in your fridge. We have good recipes for turning these ingredients into delicious and nutritious meal components.
2. Buy specialty items like sturdy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc) chicken, beef, or seafood when you visit the grocery or farmer's' market. Put these in the fridge or freezer. You might want to buy some whole chickens and roast them over the weekend, or get a cooked rotisserie bird and cut it up. Again, put some in the fridge and some in the freezer. Don’t forget to buy some canned protein like tuna and salmon for times that you want some quick seafood. Lightly steam the sturdy vegetables and put some in the fridge and some in the freezer.
3. Order some of our Meal Essential products, including our Carrot Ginger soup/sauce, Thai Red Curry sauce, Jambalaya sauce, or Black Bean Chili.
4. Start to prepare your meal by opening the fridge and taking out some protein and/or sturdy vegetables. Use a saucepan to saute the protein/vegetables for a few minutes in a bit of your favorite oil. Cook longer if your protein is raw. Add your favorite Meal Essential product and heat to a simmer. Let it cook for several minutes at 165 degrees F (or higher), stirring occasionally.
5. Heat up some carbs you have in the fridge (rice/quinoa or pasta) that's already cooked. You can reheat this separately while the main course is cooking. Put your carb (rice, quinoa, pasta) on a warmed-up plate. Pour on the Meal Essential product with your protein/vegetables.