You’ve likely heard of meal prepping before. Of course, you have.
We already talked about in the last chapter how to meal prep is a great solution to helping yourself stick to a new diet. By having your meals all ready for you at home, you run out of reasons as to why you should pick up food on the way home. Not only that, but it’s just really convenient.
OK, I’m done. We’ve already gone over all the reasons why you should be doing it. Now we’re going to be talking about what steps you need to take to set yourself up for a meal prepping strategy.
First off, let’s go over the types of meal prep.
Types of Meal Prep
There are several different kinds of meal prep for you to choose from. It’s all about choosing what makes the most sense for you and what fits into your lifestyle.
This involves you basically putting all of your meals together at the beginning of the week, and doing all the portion controls, separating them out into different containers. This one is perfect for lunchtime if you take your meals to work with you, and great for people who are constantly on the go.
If you’re someone who doesn’t mind a bit more work and you want some more variety in your meals, I definitely recommend this option. What you do is you basically just prep all your ingredients and make different meals out of them using the same prepped ingredients.
Freezing Batch Meals:
This one is perfect for anyone who really just wants to have as little hassle as possible. If you’re someone who doesn’t actually enjoy cooking all that much, no judgment, this one is perfect for you. Just check below for our guide on how to properly defrost.
Of course, there is no issue with doing a bit of all three. Let’s say you plan on putting all your lunches together at the beginning of the week, as for your breakfasts, you’ll choose to just prep the ingredients, and your dinners will be frozen and prepped ingredients combination. It’s about choosing something that will 100% work for you. It’s all about convenience.
Now, let’s chat on how to build the kitchen toolkit of your dreams.
What Should Be In Your Kitchen
Having a well-stocked kitchen in the fridge is great, but if you don’t have the utensils to actually do things with it, you’re definitely stuck. Now, you likely won’t need everything that’s on this list. Different recipes will require different tools, and the simplest recipes will have simpler tools.
Knives are the one tool that you should never go cheap on. The better quality you can get the better. You only need three of them: a chef’s knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife. Also, never buy knives online: always be sure to hold them in your hand and test them out first so you know that they’ll comfortable for you to hold.
This is given if you don’t want your countertops to get all scratched up. I know I don’t. There are two options for cutting boards, plastic, and wood. Plastic is said to be easier to sanitize, but with them, you also get large scratches where bacteria can hide, so the wood would probably be better. Also, it’s recommended that people who are cutting fruit and veggies use wood. Another thing to
Thanks to the fact that you won’t be eating animal products, you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination. I would still recommend that you have at least two, one for regular use and an extra one just in case.
Pots and pans:
There are a lot of basic cookware sets out there, and pick the one you think will meet your needs the best. You will probably need a small and a large skillet, a few saucepans in a variety of sizes, and maybe a stockpot. Again, ask yourself what you’re going to be cooking.
Similar to pots and pans, what you’ll need depends on what you plan on cooking. Baking trays, cooling racks, maybe a muffin tin, and some baking dishes. It really all depends on what you need.
Measuring cups and spoons:
This is a given. You’ll need them for measuring out when you’re cooking. Consider having one or two sets for when you’ll inevitably lose a few of them.
These stainless steel bowls that stack on top of each other can double as both mixing bowls and serving bowls. Bonus; you’ll only have to buy a set one; they last forever.
vegetable peelers, spatulas, a rolling pin, tongs, a whisk, some wooden spoons, ladle, a cheese grater, whatever else you feel you need.
These come in a variety of different sizes, so you can choose whichever size you feel you need, but get one with the smallest holes you can find.
Get the stainless steel one:
It may get dented but it will last. Plastic ones are more likely to crack.
Meal prep containers:
yes, there is an entire section of the container market dedicated to meal prepping. There are even sets you can get. The best ones are always the ones that are glass. These are also the most expensive, but they’re great as you can microwave them without risk of BPA, and they keep food for a long time. Plastic ones are cheaper, but not recommended.
Think of all the things on this list as a long-term investment.
You’ll be using a lot of the tools above for years and years and years, depending on how long you keep it up. Not only that, but there is definitely something pleasing knowing that you have a fully stocked kitchen with having everything all ready for you to use. You won’t need everything in here, but carefully go through the list and stick to the basics.