7 Must Know Meal Preparation Hacks in 2020
Today I thought I would share with you my seven must-have meal prep hacks. These are things that I do in my kitchen every week that have changed the way I meal prep and cook, and it just kind of streamlines things and saves you so much time.
You guys need to know these, so today I am sharing my meal prepping secrets with you because I love you, and I just want to share them with you.
I dont want to hold them all for myself. And yeah, lets hop right into the video, and I will share with you guys my 7 Must Know Meal Preparation Hacks in 2020
Meal Preparation Hack – Quarter your lemons
Now I use lemons pretty much every single morning for my water, cooking, smoothies; you get it, I love my lemons. And when you quarter them, you get more juice out of them when you squeeze them with either by hand or lemon squeezer.
And another reason why I like to pre-chop my lemons is just to go ahead and store them in a large mason jar, seal it up, and then you can have this ready to go in your fridge.
Im telling you something as simple as pre-chopping lemons when you know youre going to be using them a lot during the week will save you so much time. In the mornings, all you have to do is just pour your cup of water, squeeze some lemon juice in it, and it just makes things that much easier. And thats why I love this simple hack.
Meal Preparation Hack – Pre-chop your onions and garlic
Im telling you when you prep these ahead of time, it just makes weeknight dinners that much easier, especially if you just find it annoying to peel and chop onions. Im going to show you a straightforward hack to do it.
And when you have these ready to go in your fridge it just, I dont know, it makes a world of difference, and I just feel like I dont spend my days chopping up onions and garlic anymore. Im going to go ahead and peel and quarter my onions.
And then for the garlic, you guys know this hack. You take a knife, kind of smoosh it on one end, and it just makes the peel come off easy. So for the onions, Im just going to place them into my food processor. I think food processors are so underrated.
I use mine almost every week. Theyre straightforward to clean. They come in handy for chopping, processing, grating, lots of things, but you can see that the onion is just nicely chopped.
No tears went into cutting these onions. And then Im just storing these in another large mason jar.
You want to use something thats glass, so it doesnt absorb the smell of the onion. So just pop on the lid, throw that in the fridge, and you have pre-chopped onion for soups, stir-fries, anything you need onion for, you got it.
For the garlic, Im pretty much doing the same thing. Im just throwing them into; I have a smaller food processor here.
I like this for smaller jobs like garlic. And Im just going to throw them in whole and just process them until I have a nice, fine minced texture.
Same thing, Im going to pop this into a smaller mason jar, and you will never have that tedious job of chopping onion every single day. I dont know, maybe I just eat a lot of garlic, but I find this hack very handy when it comes to my meal prep.
Meal Preparation Hack – Soak your grains
My next meal prep hack is to soak your grains. Now I like to use hardy grains like steel-cut oats and brown rice, but sometimes they can take longer to cook, so I have a straightforward hack.
All youre going to do is the night before youre going to put your grains or your steel cut oats into a bowl and cover it with water.
This is not only going to speed up your cooking time when making these the next morning, but its also just going to make it easier to digest.
Usually, steel cut oat or brown rice can take up to 40 minutes to cook, and in the morning or maybe even when youre trying to make lunch, you dont have time for that.
So I like to soak them to cut that cooking time pretty much in half. The same thing goes with brown rice.
I just like to presoak it, and that way, when I am cooking it for dinner the next day, its going to cook in way less time.
Its like magic, but its just a simple thing you can do the night before, just to help things run a little smoother or faster in this case.
Meal Preparation Hack – Smoothie packs
Now its no surprise. I love me a good smoothie. So to help your smoothie making run a little bit more smoothly, no pun intended, I love to make smoothie packs.
Now Ive mentioned these ways back before on my channel, but these are just freezer smoothie packs you can prep on Sunday night or throughout the week and just kind of fill them up with different things.
Now what I love about these is you can really customize them for different members in your family, or just to switch things up, so you have variety.
Add in your greens, your fruits, your veggies, protein powder, nuts, seeds, whatever you want in there, and its ready to go.
Just pop it into the freezer, and then the next day, you just have to put it into your blender with your liquid, blend it all up. It is so quick theres no excuse not to make a smoothie when you have this hack.
Meal Preparation Hack – Flavoured ice cubes
Next up is a new hack that Ive recently been trying, and I love this. So were going to be making some flavor ice cubes using fresh herbs, olive oil, and a little bit of garlic. So youre going first to chop up all your fresh herbs.
When I buy fresh herbs, they dont last that long, and I never know how to use them all up in time. So now, I love chopping mine up and adding them into an ice cube tray.
You can make different flavor combinations for when youre making chicken, fish, veggie stir-fries.
Whatever you want, you can make your custom flavor cubes ready to go when youre making dinner. Next, Im adding in that minced garlic that we already made earlier.
See, it comes in handy! Taking that fresh lemon juice that we already quartered and Im going to squeeze that over the top.
And then fill them with some olive oil. I like to do them about halfway because my ice cube tray is pretty deep, but you can just add as much or as little as you would like.
So not only are we infusing these flavors into the olive oil, but were also going to freeze them, so they are already ready to go in the freezer when you want to add them to a meal.
Once frozen, I just like to store them into one of my stasher bags, and then when Im ready to cook, I just going to one into a hot skillet and just kind of let it melt and sizzle and the flavor that comes out if this is insane.
Your whole kitchen just smells so good, and all you did was just pull out an oil infused cube. Its genius. So Im just cooking up some green beans here, but you can add this to anything you want. They are magical.
Meal Preparation Hack- Snack packs
My next meal prep hack is a snack pack. I love that that rhymed. Whatever snacks you like, you just put them into a little snack pack, and you have them ready to go.
So no more getting hangry on road trips, commuting, heading to the gym, wherever you need to go, you got a snack.
Meal Preparation Hack – Online grocery shopping
Last but not least, this is something Ive been doing for the entire past year, online grocery shopping. This is not sponsored; this is the best thing ever. I do our weekly grocery shopping now only online.
It saves me so much money and time. Yes, money. Because Im not going to the grocery store hungry, buying things I dont need.
I can have my grocery list right in front of me, know what Im going to be making for the week, and just sort it all out online and have it shipped to me the next morning.