Our amazing Meal Prep Queens Sascha and Kaitie appeared on Australia’s top rating breakfast show recently to share all their “Meal Prepping” tips and to talk about how they recently made a month’s worth of Healthy Mommy meals in just 7 hours!
As part of World Healthy Mommy Month this July, our amazing meal prep team visited Mom of 5 Harmoney in her home and whipped up family meals for a month including breakfasts, dinner and snacks in just one day!
All in all the team prepared, from the recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge:
- 85 x BREAKFASTS
- 531 x MEALS
- 56 x SNACKS
That’s a total of 672!
For many busy moms, meal prepping on this scale may appear just a little overwhelming. But as Kaitie and Sascha point out, there are lots of ways meal prepping can be done effectively at home without necessarily spending a whole day in the kitchen.
Ultimately, any meal prepping using recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge will save time in the long run and can really help with the family budget. The important thing is to find an approach that works for your family.
Watch Kaitie and Sascha on Breakfast TV and read their Meal Prep tips Below!
Read Kaitie and Sascha’s mom-friendly meal prep tips below
MEAL PREP TIP #1
Plan your menu a week ahead every seven days
Sascha says, “Always have a plan!!! Never shop without a list.” She even suggests having a snack beforehand. “Never shop when you’re hungry!”
“Meal prep the best way that suits your family. That may be daily, weekly or monthly. Take the pressure off and focus purely on what’s right for your family. Every little bit counts. Prepare or cook snacks when you can – it all adds up.”
When meal planning, it’s a good idea to use similar ingredients too. “Think about this when planning. Mince, for example, is great for Mexican Lasagna, but bought it bulk you can use it to prepare burgers too for another day”
“Always shop seasonally, it can save you so much money. And don’t forget to use Supermarket catalogs to check for the specials!’
MEAL PREP TIP #2
Prepare everything before you put groceries away
“This will save you so much time!” says Sascha, “Chop or grate everything before you put it away, like carrot and pumpkin, then when it comes to cooking, you are literally ready to throw it all in.
The Easy Fried Rice from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App is a great one for this as it uses a lot of prepped veg and if they’re all ready prepped, it’s super quick to make.”
Kaitie says, “Cut up all your vegetables first, or even use your food processor to get it done even quicker.”
“Have one vegetarian meal a week to save money on your grocery budget”
MEAL PREP TIP #3
Cook two or three different meals at the same time
“This is where you can use your kitchen appliances most effectively,” says Kaitie, “Get out your slow cooker, where you can have the Slow Cooker Asian Chicken looking after itself, and you’re free to utilize your oven to prepare something like the Raspberry Muffins.
And while they’re cooking, you’ve still got the stovetop free! Multitask in the kitchen where you can! Some recipes don’t even need cooking, like the Snickers Bars or the many Bliss Balls from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
Kaitie and Sascha say this is all about being organized, but stress it’s also about practice!
“Bulk mince meals out with grated vegetable and lentils.”
MEAL PREP TIP #4
Stock the Freezer
Make sure to get all prepared meals portioned out properly and stored in the freezer for another day.
“If you don’t have a large freezer store things in ziplock bags, squeezing all the air out. Or use plastic meal prep containers to store everything. Always label and date your frozen meals and snacks and remember to rotate!”
Kaitie adds, “Freeze all leftovers! Sauces, pastes, stock, leftover fruit or vegetables.”
“Wash out the ziplock bags to reuse!”
“The Healthy Mommy App is your TOP tool for making life in the kitchen and at the store easy!”
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