Eats, Family, Natural living

Large Family Meal Prep

Meal prep is a great endeavor. It can help anyone to make more meals from scratch, stay on track with healthy or healthier eating, and save time in the long run. In the latest YouTube “food movement”, many have began to make their meals for the week, pack them in pexels-photo-209460.jpegindividual portions, heat them if necessary, and eat when ready. This concept is great…except I have six people to feed, a fridge that is already fighting for real estate, and we don’t own a microwave. (Sort of! There’s one in the garage that my hubby won’t get rid of. It sparks when in use, so it sits there.) To individually make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for my family would use a ridiculous amount of fridge space, and I would have to separate everything in order to reheat them on the stove or in the oven. So what am I to do? Divide and conquer! Maybe there is someone else out there that has already said to do this, but it literally dawned on me when I got back from a “lower waste” grocery trip. Many of my items were already in mason jars and they looked aesthetically pleasing. So I began thinking, why not place all of my pantry and produce items into mason jars? Take it even further and portion them for meals that I’ll be making this week! And that’s exactly what I did. Not all of my jars are in the pic, but you tend to get the idea of where I was heading. Another great thing about this method, is that it organized and made more space in my fridge. 20180209_144149

I also portioned my meats and placed them in the fridge or freezer. This has been a great help so far. As a busy mom and wife, I am already stretched and anyway that can help me retain or recover elasticity is wonderful. It has even allowed for my six year old to throw a meal together and feel accomplished. Do you meal prep? What are some of your tips? Let me know in the comments, and until next time…


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