After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is make dinner right? It is easy to eat junk food or spend more money to get fast food. But what if you are trying to eat healthy and save money? Meal prepping is a great way to do that. I work long hours and when I get home, cooking for my husband and I is often the last thing I want to do. I started looking in to crock pot meals about a month ago and found a few meals I wanted to try. There were some good ones and of course, some that just didn’t turn out the way the picture looked.
Here are some lessons I learned when it came to meal prepping:
When using a slow cooker or Crock-Pot, there are certain things you have to keep in mind. The time it says on a slow cooker is the time it needs to be in the crock pot. If the recipe calls for 8-10 hours or 5-6 hours, it means that time. I tried to make our meal last for another hour after the required cooking time and the meal was burnt to a crisp. I then tried to take it off of the cook time because I had to leave and that didn’t work either.
Before grocery shopping, make sure you plan out each meal. I usually sit down and write each day out in detail. For example, breakfast I would make oatmeal, lunch would be a sandwich and dinner would be bacon wrapped chicken. Doing this allows you to make that list of supplies you need and stay on track in the store.
Utilize The Freezer
If you have time, make some pre-made meals and freeze them. You can usually fit each meal in a large Ziploc bag and freeze them that way. When you need then, you just take it out and put it in a crock pot or large kitchen pot to cook.
If you are a saver and want to make sure you don’t spend a lot of money, you can set aside a certain amount of money. In order to make sure you follow this, take the cash out before you go to the store and only use your cash. That way, if you get too carried away, you can put something back in order to stay on budget.
Happy Meal Prepping! Let us know what recipes you do below.