Meal Prep – Clean Mama

Simple Abbreviations: Meal Preparation – Clean Mom

April 26, 2021

I am very excited to share a new series with you – – Clean up mom’s simple shortcuts. For the next six weeks, I’ll share my simple favorite shortcuts every Monday and collect yours on Instagram. I’ll be sharing them on Instagram as you share them, but I’ll also be collecting them over the next six weeks and sharing them as a free printable version at the end of the series. I felt like I really need simple and easy now – you too? Can’t wait for us to collect all of the tips that will help us over the next six weeks. It will be really fun and helpful to feel in the community. Make sure you get involved on Instagram too!

Today we are going to talk about our favorite Simple shortcuts for preparing meals! I’ll list a few of mine below, add yours to the comments here, or head over to Instagram to include yours in the Stories question box.

My favorite simple shortcuts for preparing meals? These are the things I do to save time in the kitchen, motivate myself to cook, and simplify meal times a little. Take some ideas and try them out, add yours to the list and we’ll be crushing our food prep in no time. Ready?

  • Use a tray in the refrigerator to store meat – This will keep the fridge clean and ready for the meat we’ll be using for the next day or two.
  • Cook once, eat twice – At every meal I think about whether the recipe can be doubled for leftover food or the freezer.
  • Wash and pre-cut – Doing this before putting the products in the refrigerator is very helpful and makes it easier to pick up fruits and vegetables.
  • grilled chicken – Take two from the store and use one for dinner and cut the second for the freezer or for another night of dinner.
  • Mirepoix – If you have a recipe that calls for onions, celery, carrots (mirepoix), double up your vegetables and cut and put half in the freezer the next time you need the trinity.
  • Pre-cook the protein – Boil any type of protein and freeze it for another meal – hard-boiled eggs, ground beef, chicken, pork – just think a little and you’ll be charging the fridge and freezer in no time.
  • Shredded chicken in an instant pot – I take a jumbo pack of boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs from Costco and put the whole thing straight into the instant pot. Here is the method I use – when I get home – cook, mince (or chop), use something for dinner, and freeze the rest in 2-3 packages for another night. We use chicken schnitzel in salads, enchiladas, tacos, casseroles, sandwiches and wraps.

It’s your turn! What are your best simple meal preparation shortcuts? Share in the question box on Instagram Monday and Tuesday of this week or in the comments here on the blog.

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