As finals are fast approaching, I’ve found that I have less and less time to cook, let alone cook all of my meal-prep meals in one day. What you don’t want to do during this time is slip into only eating frozen meals. This will leave you feeling tired and sluggish, and whenever I slip into this bad habit I feel guilty, like I’m letting myself down. Just plan to cook simple meals, ones that don’t take too much prep or cooking time, and if need be you can throw in one or two microwave dinners that you don’t have to worry about.
I think one of the most important pieces of advice that I can give, is that if you want to avoid unnecessary stress, don’t go grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon. I’ve made that mistake several times, and regretted the decision within seconds of stepping foot in the store. “Busy” would be an understatement: It’s the time where everyone realizes that they need to get food for the week, as well as the time where most people don’t have to go to work, and are just getting out of church. All in all, it’s a madhouse where you spend just as much time dodging rogue carts and stepping around screaming toddlers as you do actually finding food. If you’re like me however, Sunday may be the only day you have to time to make a grocery haul, and the chaos is unavoidable. There are a few tips though that I’ve learned to make the process just a little bit smoother:
One of the most useful things I’ve done since moving into my new apartment is set up a meal prep routine. It was something I’ve heard of other people doing, but for a long time I was skeptical: I thought it’d be too expensive, and take up too much time. I worried that the food wouldn’t reheat well, or that I’d quickly get bored with my meals each week. It wasn’t until one of my roommates insisted on attempting it that I finally gave it a shot, and I haven’t looked back since.
First things first, let’s tackle some of my initial worries about meal prepping: