Why I hate meal prep (+your Sunday plan)

I have a secret: while I LOVE meal planning, I kind of hate (ok, absolutely hate) meal prep.

The last thing I want to do on a Sunday is spend 4 hours prepping my meals for the week. Instead, I’d rather spend 30-40 minutes cooking each day.

However, I do like to keep a few things prepped for easy breakfasts, grab-and-go snacks, and DIY condiments and dressings.

That’s why I create this weekly prep list for you: if you only have 20 minutes, choose 1-2 things from this list to prepare for the week ahead, but if you have more time you can get fancy and prepare an entire meal. Your future self will thank you for it.

👩‍🍳 + 🥗,

master meal prepper

Batch breakfast recipes 🥣

Take 10 minutes to batch breakfasts for the week.

Prep-worthy salad recipes 🥗

Take 20 minutes to prep a salad for easy lunches or a back-up meal.

Set it + forget it snack recipes 🫒

Take 10-15 minutes to prep grab-and-go snacks.

Staple ingredients to prep 🍪

Take 10-15 minutes to prep these DIY staple ingredients to have on hand.

Make-ahead main dishes 🍲

If you’re feeling extra fancy, go ahead and prep one night’s dinner (about 30-40 minutes).

Did you know? 🧐

For some, cooking is simply a necessity, but for others, it’s a hobby. Among people 15 and older in the United States, 57.2 percent spent time preparing food and drink on an average day in 2022. The amount of time they spent averaged just under an hour per day (53 minutes). (source)

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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

St. Frances of Assisi

I’m curious 🧐…

I’d love it if you’d be a peach and take 3 minutes to fill out this short survey about your biggest struggles in the kitchen right now. If you do, you’ll receive a FREE meal plan that’s usually just available to my meal plan members. 👇

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