I love finding ways to simplify things around the house, and if I can find a way to do a bunch of work at one time and then not have to do it later I’m a happy mama.
So when it comes to meal prep I have a system that I use some weeks and when I do it I LOVE it.
I prep meals for the entire week on one day in an hour or less.
Yep. That’s right. I spend one hour or less in the kitchen and I’m good for the whole week!
And yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
So how does it work. Well I started out using the plans from Five Dinners in One Hour she gives the meal plan, a shopping list, and EXACT directions on preparing the meals. I HIGHLY recommend her plans – she offers a free sample plan to give it a try and there are several different meal plan options to choose from.
From the website describing how it works:
5 dinners 1 hour is a unique meal prep system created to save you time and money. 5 dinners are prepped in an hour (or less) and ready for you to easily cook on on even your busiest weeknights. Meals are fresh, not frozen and hang out in your fridge until ready to cook.
- Organized shopping list that makes shopping easy and stress free.
- Detailed prep instructions to get 5 dinners prepped in a hour or less.
- Cooking directions that help you get dinner on the table fast.
I love, love, LOVE this system and knowing that usually all I need to do is pull a dish out of the fridge and stick it in the oven in time for dinner. NO worrying. I use these dishes to easily stack the meals in the fridge until time to cook the meals, then I just stick them in the dishwasher for easy clean up.
Once I had done a few of the plans I felt like I had learned enough to adapt some of my own meals (plus I saved all my meal plans I had received from the site) so now I have a repertoire of meals that I can prepare on Monday and be ready for the week.
If you like preparing ahead of time, but are overwhelmed by things like once a month cooking or don’t have a huge freezer for meals, this is PERFECT! I recommend you give this a try and let me know how it works for you!