Meal-prep saves the day when you have a busy week ahead or if you are trying to eat healthy throughout the week. We put together a list of Meal Prep Kitchen Essentials to Make Food Prep a Breeze for you and the family!
First off, Happy Valentine’s Day! Second, the sun has been out for TWO DAYS. I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Minneapolis has been 50 degrees and sunny for the last couple days, which means it’s lake walking time. When the weather gets nice, Linley and I like to squeeze in a walk right before our workout or after work. Minnesota is a very cold state (VERY COLD), but when the sun comes out the city is crawling with so many active people! People running the lakes, playing volleyball, dog-walking, tight rope walking, and so much more. Spring and summer in Minneapolis is one of my most favorite things and it’s starting! Can I get an AMEN!?
You can expect a ton of snaps and Insta story photos involving the river house, Lake Harriet walks, state park hiking, and SO MUCH MORE.
Now on to a little meal-prep chat. You asked, we answered. You wanted to know what Team Fit Foodie uses when we meal prep for the week because making food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire week all at once can be daunting. Having the proper kitchen tools on meal prep days makes life so much easier. Though we don’t meal prep for every single day of the week (we do eat out once or twice), there is always a large amount of food ready to eat in the fridge.
Ive separated out our favorite meal prep kitchen essentials into 2 categories: Food Prep (how we prepare the food) and Food Storage (how we store our meals + snacks).
When I prepare food for for the week, I typically make more than one thing at once. If I’m going to mess up my kitchen, I might as well go big. Since I make a larger amount of food all at the same time, I’ll typically use multiple kitchen gadgets to make this happen. I like to utilize my oven, slow cooker, rice cooker, and/or Insta pot. That way I can mix up a Fit Foodie Finds meal prep bowl recipe, set my slow cooker or Insta pot and forget about it until it is done cooking. This also means I can multi task and prep a snack such as energy balls and a dessert recipe as well all at the same time. Multi-tasking is key to efficient meal prep. I’ve heard a few times now that “meal prep takes way too long.” In my opinion, you just need to get good at multi-tasking!
Some of my favorite food prep tools (as I like to call them) are my Crate and Barrel glass mixing bowls and measuring cups. They are both dishwasher safe and can withstand the amount of cooking we do in the Fit Foodie Kitchen. Also, don’t forget the Ninja Blender and Food Processor. My food processor is my go-to for many meal prep snacks + desserts. Having a legit set of knives is always a good idea. I promise sharp knives are safer than dull! The day I get a full set of Wustof Knives is going to be the best day of my life.
Next up is food storage. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that investing in higher quality food storage pieces is not only better on your wallet, but better for the environment. Now, I’m not saying I’m 100% anti plastic because I still buy my fair share amount of tupperware, but I’ve started to invest more in glass containers because they last longer and can be run through the dishwasher. When storing lunch or dinner for the week, we LOVE our different sized glass Pyrex containers. PYREX IS LIFE. Prep the food, let it cool and then stack all of your meals for the week in the fridge. Actually, one of my favorite things about the Pyrex glass containers is how much food I can fit in them without them taking up a crazy amount of space in my fridge. When I am prepping food for friends + family and know that I probably won’t be getting my storage container back, I like to stick with rubbermaid containers.
I’ve always loved myself a nice jar and over the years have collected some really great ones. When prepping overnight oats for breakfast I love the easy-to-open Weck Canning Jars or a classic Ball Mason Jar. Mixing up the oats the night before, giving them a shake, and voila…breakfast is ready for you in the morning. In a quick, easy, and ready-to-go jar!
Lastly, my favorite new find for lunches or easy snacks are these Disposable Bento Boxes (though I still wash them and reuse them), they are GREAT for portion control, making sure you have a couple different options in your snack box throughout the day, and they are just so dang cute.
1 Casserole Dish at Crate and Barrel // 2 Weck Canning Jar at Crate and Barrel // 3 Insta Pot by Amazon //4 All Clad Measuring Cups at Crate and Barrel// 5 10 piece Nesting Glass Bowl Set at Crate and Barrel // 6 Calphalon Muffin Tin at Crate and Barrel // 7 Ninja Professional Kitchen System at Target // 8 Rubbermaid Tagalongs Food Storage Containers at Target // 9 Pyrex 18 Piece Storage Set at Target // 10 Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker at Target // 11 Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker at Target // 12 Disposable Bento Box by Amazon// Ball 16oz Mason Jars at Target// Weck Canning Jar at Crate and Barrel
So, get inspired. Meal prep can be easy, fun, and stress-free if you have the right tools to help you out a bit. Below are a couple my favorite Fit Foodie Finds meal prep posts. Good luck and happy meal prepping!