Prepare to enjoy

How to start meal planning and prepping.

We all want meals and cooking to be relaxing and enjoyable. But most of us somehow end up cooking in a rush a lot of the times, ending up with cooking the same stuff over and over again or choosing the not-so-healthy options for times’ sake. Those TV dinners, pizzas and curries are pretty costly too, and you get to deal with the sad sight of withered veggies in your fridge by the end of the week. Meal prepping is the answer. And with these tips and tools, it’s easy as pie!

Why meal prep & plan?

Meal prepping and planning saves you time and stress during the week. It saves you time when coming home from work, feeling rushed knowing that you have a meal ready in minutes. It’s healthy, because it prevents you from buying (and eating!) easy, but often fatty and salty fast food. And meal prepping saves you money, because you don’t let ingredients go to waste or have to buy meals.

Planning for prepping.

When you start meal prepping, start with planning and cooking one meal, or the meals for one day. Plan around your social life: which meals are most important for you to tackle? Maybe dinner on the day you go to the gym or your breakfast on those hectic Mondays – whatever meal or snack stresses you most. You can cook, chill or freeze complete breakfasts, lunches or dinners like overnight oats, soups, pasta sauce, sandwiches, stews, and curries. But you don’t have too - cooking a batch of rice, chopping a bunch of veggies or preparing meat for two days ahead are great time-savers too. Then start adding days to refine your meal planning strategy. This way you can experience the zen of meal prep and get it gradually into your system.

And it gets even better when you use the Brabantia Regrow Kit.

How to start with meal prepping.

Have a plan? Now choose a moment to prep. For most people Saturday or Sunday are great days for a relaxed cooking session, but it all depends on your (social) life and lifestyle. Then gear up: make sure you have the tools to get everything out of a meal prep session. So enough pots, pans, utensils, cutting boards and containers or bags to store your prepped goods in. Check Tedje's story or visit our webshop for timesaving kitchen utensils and solutions for food storage in style.

Reducing food waste with meal planning or meal prepping.

Meal planning and prepping is a great way to prevent food waste, because food you use obviously won’t go to waste. Make a difference during cooking too by putting one of those cute Sort & Go bins on your countertop for organic waste, and keep & use foodscraps whenever you can. Scraps and limp greens are great for soups and stir-fries. Or try roasting them!

Smart shopping is also a great way to reduce food waste. Apps like Too good to go let you buy delicious, perfectly edible food that stores and restaurants have to throw out at the end of the day. In the supermarket, choose the funny looking fruits or veggies. Less waste and reduced price: good for you and the planet. And it gets even better when you use the Brabantia Regrow Kit. With this set you can easily regrow vegetables like celery, bok choi, turnips and even garlic and leeks from scraps.

Tips for preps:

  • Start with recipes you know and save yourself some time thinking and prepping.
  • Start with prepping for the first half of the week to learn how to work best with the products you have. What works best for you? Prepping and keeping things in the fridge or would it be better to freeze elements?
  • Schedule planning and prepping time. Better still - block the same day and time in your agenda every week.
  • Make the most of meal prep time – cooking is a great way to relax and let your creativity flow. And when you put your favourite music on or share the fun with a loved one, it is even better.

Don’t forget to separate your organic waste!

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