How do I meal prep efficiently?
Great question! First, determine which kitchen appliances your recipes require (oven, stove, microwave, prep station, etc.). Then, take all the items from all the recipes you’re working with that require one appliance or area (oven, for example), and cook them together to maximize efficiency. Here's a general meal prep flow that can help:
1-Preheat the oven.
2-Wash and cut anything going into the oven, then add your seasonings or marinades and pop them in. We like to cook our larger proteins and root veggies in the oven to save time.
3-Once those items are in the oven, set a timer for the shortest cooking item. When the timer goes off you can remove that from the oven and check on the other items cooking.
4-Meanwhile, add any stovetop items to start cooking (e.g. rice, steamed veggies, seasoned tofu, or ground meats). Set a timer for the shortest cooking item, and when the timer goes off remove that from the stove. Again, check on the other items cooking!
5-While those foods finish up, pre-wash and cut any fresh produce to be stored for later in the in the week. You can also assemble any meals that don’t require cooking (like sandwiches, snacks or shakes) and place them in baggies or meal prep containers.
6-Wait until all items are ready, then let them cool to room temperature before storing. Remember - hot foods and plastic containers don’t mix!