Easy Family-Friendly Meal Prep

Busy women know meal planning and meal prep are important. But in an already too-busy schedule, it’s difficult to slow down long enough to plan and prepare foods that will make meals quick and easy during the week.

You don’t have to track every macronutrient to feel good about what you feel your family. I recommend focusing on protein-rich meals that have moderate amounts of carbs and fats. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, and it can also help with weight management and satiety.

But how do you plan and prep your meals without spending hours in the kitchen?

And what about the selective eaters who don’t want to try unfamiliar foods?

In this article, you’ll find some easy, high-protein meal planning and meal prep tips that can help you cook for yourself and every member of your family (even the selective eaters!)

  1. PLAN AHEAD
    One of the best ways to make meal planning and meal prep easy is to plan ahead. This means thinking about what you’ll be cooking for the week and making a grocery list. This way, you can ensure that you have all the ingredients you need on hand and can avoid last-minute trips to the store.

  2. GET CREATIVE WITH PROTEIN SOURCES
    Many people think of meat as the primary source of protein, but there are plenty of other options to choose from. For example, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils, tofu, and tempeh are all high in protein. By incorporating these protein sources into your meals, you can make them more interesting and appealing to selective eaters.

  3. MAKE BIG BATCHES
    When cooking for yourself and your family, it can be helpful to make big batches of food so that you have leftovers for the next day. This can save you time and energy and also ensures that everyone has something to eat. Buy and cook chicken and ground beef in bulk, then freeze them in one-pound freezer bags so they’re ready to go throughout the month. Dinner can be ready in minutes. 

  4. USE PRE-MADE ITEMS
    To save time and effort, you can also use pre-made items like pre-cut vegetables, pre-made sauces, and pre-cooked meats. This can help you get a meal on the table quickly and easily. I actually can’t remember the last time I cut an onion. I buy as many “already ready” ingredients as possible. Yes, the shortcuts cost more but you have to choose between time savings or cost savings. In this phase of my life, I choose time savings so I have more time to spend doing things that are more important to me.

  5. GET EVERYONE INVOLVED
    Cooking for yourself and your family can be more fun when everyone gets involved. Let your children do age-appropriate things in the kitchen! Kids often love to help and though it can take more time when you first start, they learn fast. You can also ask your children to help with meal planning, or let them have input on the menu for the week. This way, they will be more invested in the meal and more likely to eat it. (This goes for husbands, too!)

  6. BE FLEXIBLE
    Finally, be flexible when it comes to meal planning and meal prep. It’s important to be open to new ideas and to be willing to try new things. If something doesn’t work out, don’t be afraid to try something else.

Meal planning and meal prep can be a great way to ensure that you and your family are getting the nutrients you need, especially when it comes to protein. By planning ahead, getting creative with protein sources, making big batches, using pre-made items, getting everyone involved, and being flexible, you can make meal planning and meal prep easy, even when you have selective eaters in your family.

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