Prep Ahead Tips
Prepping ahead is not as daunting as it seems. When you read through a recipe take a look at the directions. Pull out the parts of it that could be combined ahead of time. For example, if a recipe calls for a list of 5 different spices to go in all at the same time, combine those together in a small jar, so that on the day you are ready to prepare the meal, its as simple as dumping the jar into the dish. Also, washing, chopping, peeling, etc., vegetables on the day you bring them home from the grocery store & storing them in containers in the fridge will make quick work of a meal.
Other ideas to prep ahead for meals would include grouping pantry items together for each recipe so that you don't have to search for what ingredients you will need on the day you are ready to cook. Just grab everything that is set together for that recipe. This also eliminates going to get an item out of the pantry & realizing you don't have it. On a calendar page or just a plain piece of paper, write down what you will cook each day & any notes that you need to remember on that day. For example, if I need to thaw meat for dinner, there would be a note on that day to set the meat out of the freezer in the morning.
Prepping for meals ahead of cooking day is a great way to save time, but you have to figure out what works for you.
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