Happy November, Montgomery College! This semester has seemed to just zip by, and before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here, and then final exams! I know everyone at school is somewhat busy- whether jobs, family, friends, etc. consume your schedule. I myself am working 2 jobs on top of being a full-time student at MC, (not to mention balancing a social life), so I can relate to how stressful and demanding any workload can be. How do I make it easier? It’s simple- I meal prep.
Meal prepping is the act of preparing your meals beforehand so they are ready to pick up during the week. If you’re new to meal prepping, or simply have no idea what it is, it can seem a bit annoying and taxing to organize. However, not only does this save you money and cut your cooking time in half, it also gives you healthier options to munch on during the week. Here are some helpful tips that have made my meal prepping successful and easy.
- Look for shortcuts. Buy pre-cut veggies and fruits, frozen peas and lentils, and even rotisserie and ready-to-eat chicken. This will save you even more time without breaking the bank too much.
- Invest in the right containers. There’s nothing worse than opening up your backpack only to find all your food strewn everywhere. Investing in good, quality containers makes sure your food stays where it should be.
- Utilize the weekend. Sundays are when I usually hunker down in the kitchen and meal prep my life away. It only takes me around an hour, and at the end of it, I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next few days.
- Use dependable recipes with a twist. It may not be the best time to try a crazy new dish- what if you don’t like it and you’re stuck with seven more of the exact same meals? Instead, add a little spice to plain meals. I usually do chicken, rice, broccoli, and add cheese and hot sauce to make it even tastier.
- Leave some wiggle room. What if one night, your friends want to go for some spontaneous pizza? It’s important not to make too many meals so they don’t go to waste.
All in all, meal prep is supposed to make your life easier- it’s not supposed to be stressful. I know the first time I tried it, I was overwhelmed by how much food I had to prepare, but as I got into it, it didn’t seem like much at all. Give it a try and let me know how it goes! Happy prepping, Raptors!