8 meal prep essentials to make a week’s worth of food
# MealPreparation. #MealPrepSundays. # Meal preparation. These are all hashtags with millions of uses in the last month alone. What was once a niche chore for frugal people has grown into a money-saving movement, with Instagram influencers, lifestyle bloggers, and t-shirts designed exclusively for meal makers. That’s because the simple task of making lunch for the week ahead is a noble and focused use of two hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Fortunately, you don’t need much to join the tribe. Here are eight things every meal maker should have.
Silicone muffin pan
Here, the muffin pan is your key to making breakfast. From low-sugar bran muffins to miniature baked omelets, the muffin pan is priceless. This silicone one is perfect for taking out more delicate muffins that stick to metal trays.
Becoming a meal preparer means knowing how to do your shopping. You become something of a grocery grabber, completely unable to resist a bargain on boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This is what the Fridgely application does. Scan your receipt and it records the groceries you bought (and how many) in a list. From there you can create recipes that you cook frequently and it automatically tells you what you are missing. It even alerts you when your food is about to expire.
Moleskine weekly planner
The weekly planner is for people who are not happy with the same recipes week after week. Scribble down ideas for the coming weeks, nutrition facts, and all the motivational quotes you need to stay diligent.
Nordic Ware Aluminum Sheet Pans
What’s the easiest way to cook a lot of food at once? Throw it on a baking sheet and in the oven. Nordic Ware’s aluminum plates are heavier and twice as thick as your usual pans. This means they won’t warp or bend with your hot oven. They also have much higher walls, so oils and juices don’t spill out and burn in your oven base.
Escali kitchen scale
Right after building a healthier budget, eating control is a huge plus for jumping on the meal preparation bandwagon. Whether you are building up or trying to reduce your waistline, a kitchen scale is of paramount importance for portioning and a consistent diet. This one is accurate to 0.05 ounces.
One of the limitations of preparing meals to eat days later is the inability to keep the sauce, dressing, or gravy in the same container as the food (it will get very soggy), which is precisely why you need these little jars. Whatever sauce or dressing you would have dipped your lunch with, you can use it in any of them and then come back to life when it’s time to eat. It’s also the perfect medium for overnight oats, another favorite in meal prep.
Oxo Good Grips Smart Seal Food Storage
Oxo’s glass food storage is more expensive than your regular plastic items, but it’s worth a little more if you bring your lunch to work every day. The four-point seal is much more waterproof than the fragile items you’re used to, and the glass body won’t bend, shatter or melt when reheated in the microwave (or oven) .
Inclined cutting board for kitchen
One last essential piece of equipment: a cutting board ready for anything. This has an inclined edge to make it easier to slide the chopped vegetables from the board to the pan. Flip it over and you have a cutting board with very deep grooves to catch the juices from roasts and the like. It doesn’t hurt that it looks great in a kitchen.
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