Toby’s new book, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go (Rockridge Press, 2017), is filled with meal prep tips and tricks. Here are some helpful insights for moms to make meal prep easier! This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
One of the biggest obstacles to healthy cooking is having enough time. Everyone is trying to balance work, home-life and the kids, and sometimes they take unhealthy shortcuts to get meals on the table. The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook has recipes and tips to help you get meals ready over the weekend (or twice a week instead of every night), so you can heat and eat meals. It can help you save at least 45 minutes during a busy work night, so your kids can eat and do homework fueled and focused instead of being super hungry waiting for dinner.
When it comes to meal prep, there are several things to remember:
My kids love stir-fries, and they are simple and quick to cook. Here is one of my family’s favorite recipes: Beef Stir-Fry with Asian Peanut Sauce!
Copyright Toby Amidor, The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go, Rockridge Press, 2017. Photo courtesy of Nat & Cody Gantz
My family doesn’t follow any special diet, but we do eat healthily. I serve my family foods from various food groups, including fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and dairy, protein, and healthy fats. I try to introduce new foods and dishes regularly, so my kids get used to different flavors. Even if they don’t want to try it, they can smell and see the food. If I serve it often enough, to my surprise, they actually start tasting and even requesting the dish!
One of my favorite short cuts for meal prep is my slow cooker. I know everyone loves their Instant Pot and pressure cooker, but I like the slow cooker because it is slow! I put the food in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day and don’t have to worry about it for several hours. I can run errands, go to work, or do whatever I need until it is ready to go. In the slow cooker, I like to make chili, stew, soups, and meat dishes, which my kids love!
My kids love to use my vegetable chopper (shown below). I am not so comfortable giving my kids a chef’s knife to chop vegetables into small pieces, but the chopper is a manual piece of equipment they can easily use without cutting their fingers. They like making my Israeli-Style Salad using the vegetable chopper.
I have a second meal prep cookbook called Smart Meal Prep for Beginners: Recipes and Weekly Plans for Healthy, Ready-to-Go Meals (2018). If you are new to meal prepping and need specific steps on how to meal prep, I would recommend starting there. This cookbook starts your meal prepping with only 3 recipes and allows you to work your way up through 6 meal plans.
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