This post with 5 Easy Meal Prep Tips to Save Time in 2020 was sponsored by Perdue Farms. All opinions are my own.
Meal Prep Tips
Whenever the new year rolls around, I automatically start looking for ways to make life better. Whether it's saving more time, saving more money, or ideally both…my eyes are peeled and I'm always thinking.
I want each year to be better than the last. And with a new decade coming up with things to maximize everything I do to their fullest benefit is at the front of my mind. I actually didn't make a resolution this year.
But if I had, it would be to work smarter, not harder. To get the most out of everything I do and not complicating things or making them more difficult than they have to be.
If like me, you're trying to streamline your life and make the things you have to do easier to get to more of the things you want to do, then you'll want to check these out. I'm sharing the meal prep tips that will help save you time and money in 2020. Spend less time worrying about what prepping your food and more time enjoying the food with your favorite people.
5 Easy Meal Prep Tips to Save Time in 2020
1. Start with a list of meals.
There's no sense in starting from scratch. Make a list of your family's favorite meals and go from there.
If your family loves tacos and pasta every week, you've already got a third of your menu planned and can go from there. You can also make small modifications to your family favorites to mix things up and keep things interesting while keeping the favorite dishes you love. This can mean something as simple as trying a new noodle in a pasta dish or subbing chicken for beef.
2. Group meals with similar ingredients in the same week.
By grouping meals that use similar ingredients in the same week, you can really maximize your budget. Whoever uses an entire bunch of celery for one recipe? Rarely anyone.
So next time a recipe calls for celery, add all of the recipes that call for celery to the menu for that week. And by prepping large batches of the same item ahead of time, you're able to reduce waste and get the most bang for your buck.
3. Prep ingredients for all of your meals at the same time.
Now that you know what ingredients you're going to be using, it doesn't make sense to prep the same ones each and every day. Batch your meal prep for the entire week at one time. You'll not only save money, you'll save time in the long run. All of your ingredients will already be prepped and the cutting board and knife will only need to be washed one time.
4. Let small appliances help you save time.
Who says you have to do all the cooking from scratch? Utilize small appliances like the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or Air Fryer to cook food faster.
No longer can you use the excuse you forgot to thaw meat. With the right cooking methods and appliances, you can get a perfectly cooked meal no even if you start cooking your meal with frozen meat.
In the past, I've spent way more time than necessary going back and forth to the store. Sometimes what sounds good when I'm meal planning on Sunday doesn't always sound as good when Thursday rolls around.
The solution is to keep the base of your favorite meals or starters for multiple meals on hand. Sure you may not use it that week, but you will use it.
My new favorite way to ensure I have starters for not just dinners, but any meal on hand is the Perdue Farms Family Bundle. For just $64.99 you'll get some of your favorite mealtime starters…even if you have picky eaters or are following a special diet (like low carb). Plus, save 10% off + free Perdue Harvestland Diced Chicken Breasts on your first order!
- Perdue Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins: these boneless, skinless tenderloins (and their diced counterparts) are great starters for any recipe with chicken. They help you save time since they're already cut, portioned, and ready to be added fresh or frozen to your favorite chicken recipe from soups and salads to pasta and pizza.
- Niman Ranch Uncured Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Rosemary: this is the ultimate go-to weeknight meal. Applewood smoked bacon and fresh rosemary help season this pork chop and make it an easy dinner choice.
- Niman Ranch Applewood Uncured Bacon: everything's better with bacon…well, the right bacon. This center-cut bacon has an authentic smoky flavor with the ideal balance of sweet and salty to add depth and crunch to every recipe.
- Niman Ranch Uncured Pork Breakfast Sausage: sage, pepper, and sugar make this country-style sausage perfect for breakfasts or adding to dinner recipes like my Dirty Rice.
- Perdue Panko Breaded Dino Nuggets: my kids are picky about nuggets and these are their favorites. Lightly seasoned with a crunchy Panko crust and real chicken, these are a meal you can feel good feeding your kids.
And you'll save 17% on the bundle by ordering it together versus buying everything individually. Plus, with free shipping on orders over $119, you can get all of you can easily buy for the entire month! Stock up on Perdue and save time and money in 2020 here.
With so many amazing products, the possibilities for meals are endless! Make sure to keep checking back for new recipe posts showing how you can easily add these products into your favorite recipes and simplify mealtime.
Do you have any meal prep tips to save time in the kitchen? Share them with me in the comments below!