Meal prep secrets....
I get it - life is hectic. It's hard to fit in work, and chores, and childcare, and fitness and then at the end of the day, when you get home.....you've also got to make the (ideally healthy, well balanced) dinner....again. It's relentless!
The way I deal with this is by prepping and cooking loads of my meals on a Sunday. I plan what I'm going to cook in advance, so that on Sunday, I have all the ingredients in my fridge ready to go. I like to cook 3 or 4 meals in one go.
A couple of hours invested in making a big mess in the kitchen, means I don't have to think about what's for dinner again until Thursday. And that makes me happy.
Most meals can be easily made in advance. (Make them big and you'll have your lunches sorted too)
I favour meals that can be quickly and easily reheated, like curries, chillis and casseroles.
I also like to prep some crudités for easy snacking (carrots and hummus are a fave in our house), some fruit (this week it's a chopped pineapple that I can easily fling into my son's lunchbox) and a big batch of overnight oats to tick the breakfast box.
The other awesome benefit of batch cooking in these austere times is that you can get lots of cooking done whist just turning the oven on once. Maximise your use of the energy. Get a chicken (and some veg) roasted, and a casserole cooked up at the same time.
My other favourite piece of kit when I'm meal prepping is the slow cooker. I have a favourite recipe in the slow cooker that I have shared many times: Chicken Satay curry.
It's a crowd pleaser, and kids love it too!! This is how we do it:
Chicken breasts. I do 5...and cut them in half lengthwise
1 sliced onion (red or white)
2 tablespoons of peanut better - any kind!
Juice of 1 lime
3 cloves of garlic - crushed/chopped up small
2 teaspoons of turmeric (so good for you!)
Chilli - either 1 sliced red chilli, or a teaspoon of lazy chilli - adjust to your taste
1 tin coconut milk
1 chicken stock cube, I use an oxo cut, diluted in a little bit of water
some veg: whatever you have! I like a chunky chopped sweet potato, peppers, mangetout and baby corn. (If you are not a meat eater - leave the chicken out....put in some more veg)
Fling all that in your slow cooker.
Cook on LOW of 5 hours
Check the consistency. If the sauce needs thickening, the a couple of teaspoons of cornflour mixed in a small amount of water should do the trick.
BOOM - serve with rice. :-)
Give it a try...