Have you heard of meal prepping? It’s when you spend time preparing several meals that you can refrigerate or freeze, then reheat throughout the week. The benefits?

Save time.

With a fully prepared meal in the freezer, just pop the dish in your fridge to unthaw overnight and then bake! That makes for a quick, easy and healthy dinner on a busy evening.

Save money.

By making several meals at once, you’ll waste less food, especially if some recipes share the same ingredients. Plus, if certain ingredients are on sale, you can take huge advantage of money-saving deals. It’ll prevent you from spending money on fast food or other carryout meals throughout the week, too.

Ready to meal prep? Get started with these simple meal prep steps:

1. Simpler Is Better.

Choose recipes that call for simple ingredients — ones that can be used in a variety of meals, like onions, peppers and brown rice.

2. Use Your Freezer.

Double up. Make extra food and store it in the freezer. Then, just reheat for a fast and healhty meal throughout the week! Give it a try with this Mexican Casserole.

 

3. Up Your Tupperware Supply.

Make extra food and store it in freezer-safe containers. Then, just reheat them throughout the week!

4. Pick Chicken.

Buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and add it to sandwiches, tacos, salads and more.

 

5. Prep on Weekends.

Or any time. Spend some time at the store, and then in the kitchen. Get your kids involved too!

Another helpful tip? Try our Daily Meal Planner! It will make eating healthy a breeze.

Plus, find tons of quick, easy recipes here.