What kinds of things can one prep is really up to you. Here is a basic list of things that I have done: I will make muffins, baked oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, granola, and granola bars. I could brown some sausage to put in eggs, shred some cheese, cut up some fresh fruit and veggies, wash spinach and/or lettuce, bake some sweet potatoes, make some smoothie bags, and put together some oatmeal packets. I might take a meal out of the freezer to thaw, or put a meal into the freezer for another night, marinate some chicken, or make some turkey meatballs, and brown some ground turkey. If it's cold, I might make a yummy soup for that night and to have for lunches. I will also cook a whole chicken or pork in the crockpot to use the meat several times throughout the week and make chicken salad. Really there is no end to what you can do! Now, I don't do all of these things all at once but these are all my go-to ideas for what I will usually pick from anytime I'm doing a meal prep. I usually do maybe 4-5 things at a time. Keep in mind, meal prep is there to help you - not to make you feel stressed out!
If you are new to meal prep, I dare you to try it out and see if it works for you. Began by asking yourself "what is the hardest meal to get on the table?" and make that your goal. My goal is to simply make my week easier by having a few meal components ready - especially for breakfast! Start small by picking 3-4 things to prep in advance that would help you out this upcoming week. After you do that a couple of times, add 1-2 more things until you are at your happy spot. Remember that no matter what you do or how much you prep, I can guarantee it will be helpful!
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Do you meal prep? If so, do you prep entire meals or only a handful of things?