By: Mindy Kim, of @tiu_mimzy
Fall has to be my favorite season — the leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and it’s the perfect opportunity to focus on your goals before the year ends. It can also be a great time to start a new routine or to try something different. Meal prep is one of my favorite fall routines for staying healthy throughout the week, and one that also helps me find extra time – which, like many, I am always short on.
I’m sharing some of my best meal prep hacks to help you have a successful week and to inspire your healthy fall routine!
#1 – Utilize Your Freezer:
If you find a new recipe that you love, make enough for next week and freeze half of it. Recipes that work best with this hack are stuffed bell peppers, soups, and pasta dishes (like my favorite: lasagna or baked ziti, made with gluten-free or chickpea pasta).
#2 – Stock Up:
Big batches of roasted veggies will literally make your life so much easier! Each week I make at least two big trays of roasted veggies and add them to my lunches, eat them as a snack, or pair them with a main meal. Plus, you won’t have a million dishes to clean up afterward. When I’m low on veggies or haven’t had the chance to prep them, I turn to Medlie Veggie Drinks. They make it so easy to ensure I am getting fresh veggies into my daily routine. Plus, I can easily grab them when I am running out the door!
#3 – Try New Kitchen Tools:
If you have an air fryer, USE it – it is such a huge time and energy saver. My favorite things to make in the air fryer are chicken, veggies, stuffed peppers, and potatoes. It keeps me from having to turn on my oven, which is a huge bonus as Texas can still get hot during the fall season.
#4 – Know What You Already Have:
Every week I plan my meals based on what I already have laying around, saving me money at the grocery store. I am not into buying doubles of everything or buying an ingredient that I’ll only use once. I find it helpful to write down the meals I plan to make ahead of time, and then add in ingredients that I need to buy from there.
#5 – Go With Your Gut:
If you have a super busy week ahead, this is not the time to try a recipe that you may or may not like. If there is at least a 50% chance I might not like it, I simply do not try it out that week. The last thing you need is to start from scratch mid-week. It’s great to branch out and have fun in the kitchen, but also be realistic about what else is going on in your life and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.