Top 88 epic easy meal prep ideas that will save your time and money

Liubov Napadovska
Apr 23, 2017 · 56 min read


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#1. Plan your meal.



#2. Get flyers and print coupons.



#3. Buy durable products online.



#4. Use the services of local farmers.



#5. Purchase products in bulk.



#6. Check your pantry for leftovers before grocery shopping.



#7. Keep a pencil on the fridge so you can make shopping lists.



#8. Use glass or Tupperware containers to store leftovers.



#9. Use measuring devices.



#10. Invest in a good cutting board.



#11. Chop or spiralize raw vegetables in advance.



#12. Invest in a food processor.



#13. Upgrade your kitchen tools.





#15. Use a pressure cooker.



#16. Use a slow cooker.



#17. Clean out your fridge before shopping.



#18. Cook once per week.



#19. Go old-fashioned — ditch the cans, use fresh ingredients!



#20. Don’t forget snacks.



#21. Get organized before you start cooking.



#22. Get Your Family To Help.



#23. Multi-task.



#24. Organize your fridge.



#25. Use aluminum foil dividers.



#26. Store oils in labeled bottles.



#27. On each lid, write out any cooking instructions.



#28. Make measurements and portions crystal-clear.



#29. Start cooking using simple recipes.



#30. Consider the shelf life of products.



#31. Make extra meals during the week, and freeze them.




#32. Don’t dismiss frozen produce.



#33. Repeat meals.



#34. Cross-utilize ingredients.



#35. Spice it up!



#36. Make frozen smoothies and store them in muffin tins.



#37. Grow some spicy greens (parsley, coriander, basil, lemon, etc.).



#38. Store green condiments (like coriander, dill, parsley) in the refrigerator.



#39. Dry parsley in the microwave oven.



#40. Don’t throw away yellowed greens.



#41. Consolidate and Make Just 1 Trip to the Fridge.



#42. Focus on preparing everything you need at the same time.



#43. Hard-boil eggs in the oven — not in a pot.



#44. Roast different vegetables with same cooking times.



#45. Skewer meats for quick portions.



#46. Prepare Base Ingredients Once per Week.




#47. Clean fresh ginger using a teaspoon.



#48. Pre-assemble a jar lunch salad.



#49. Put smoothie ingredients in bags.



#50. Customize jars of healthy oatmeal add-ins.



#51. Use Low-Fuss Beans and Veggies.



#52. Prepare a Main Dish Salad.



#53. Use muffin tins to make breakfast frittatas.



#54. Make fresh vegetable blanks for stewed or steamed vegetables.



#55. Create building blocks.



#56. Go raw!



#57. Make your own quick-energy balls.



#58. Create your own cutlets, biscuits or rolls.



#59. Substitute Meat with Vegetables.



#60. Don’t leave food in pots.



#61. Homemade Herb and Spice Blends.



#62. Night oats.



#63. One-Pot Meals.



#64. Break from the standard breakfast routine.



#65. Buy Pre-cooked Meats.



#66. Experiment with aromas and spices, especially in home marinades and sauces.



#67. Turn a piece of meat into several full meals — and save money!



#68. Make profitable purchases.



#69. Eat less meat.



#70. Fill your freezer.



#71. Pierce the lemon with a toothpick.



#72. Food remnants can help with healthy eating.



#73. Use leftovers for cooking new dishes.



#74. Use up all of your bread — make croutons!



#75. Make bread crumbs.



#76. Freeze the remnants of wine.



#77. Don’t allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink!



#78. Buy Non-Stick Spray.



#79. Properly arrange furniture, appliances and kitchen utensils to save time.



#80. Store apples and potatoes together.



#81. Store onions and garlic in perforated paper bags.



#82. Optimize freezer storage.



#83. Wash and prep fruit right away.



#84. Grill or bake 3 flavors of meat all at once.



#85. Save time when cleaning potatoes.



#86. Learn to love eggs.



#87. Cook large lots of food and freeze.



#88. Make your own sauces, dressings and seasonings.





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