Guest Column - Amanda Soares
So you wanna eat properly, but meal prep "takes too long," is "is too much work," or "is too expensive.
Here’s where I call bullshit on you, ladies and gents. Stop deceiving yourselves.
We all need to eat, multiple times a day. So we’re going to pay now, or pay later.
And I mean for all of it. From what you put in your facehole, to how long it took you to get there. Time and energy is going to get spent.
So, let’s get efficient, and work smarter not harder, to get better results.
Meals for an entire week take around 2-3 hours to create.
YES FOR THE WEEK.
And then you don’t have to think about it again.
YOU HAVE YOUR WHOLE WEEK BACK.
Think on that for a second. Think about all the time and energy it takes, MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY, to hunt and peck, gather and annoy yourself with repetitive prep work, figuring out what to make… breaking down in desperation and hanger (YES HANGER IS A REAL EMOTION), and eating crap, meal bars, or something way expensive... and on and on and on.
Wouldn’t you rather have it all there ready to go? Dishes got knocked out in one shot? Ready for the whole week to just eat as-needed, or quickly heat up?
It can be this way. And it feels so good when you’re done.
I promise, promise, PROMISE you that you can find your rhythm and knock this out.
“But Amanda…… I hate to cook! I don’t know how to cook!”
To which I say: “If you like to eat, you can like to cook.” And let’s be real: if you’re reading this you hate eating like shit too. So, let’s just get over ourselves and party.
This guest blog is going to help you get there.
First thing’s first:
EQUIPMENT AND SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS--
Here is where I tell you that you need the right tools for the job.
But here is ALSO where I tell you that I did meal prep for SIX MONTHS with no kitchen or stove in a guest bathroom at my house just using an Instant Pot, Rice cooker, and a microwave.
So I’m not having any of your excuses either.
What you need in an ideal world:
... and most importantly A COSTCO MEMBERSHIP. (or some other similar big-box bulk item store.) Pro-tip… every basic Costco membership ALLOWS YOU TO ADD A SECOND PERSON TO IT.
I’ve been splitting the $79ish annual cost of that for literally YEARS with a friend who doesn’t even live in the state anymore.
Don’t believe that it’s worth it?
Here are the things you’re going to end up buying that will save you a TON OF CASH by sheer virtue of the fact that most of what they carry now have options for organic or free range or grass fed at LEAST 30% less than you’d pay otherwise: fruit, spinach, kale, salad, tomato, diced tomato, eggs, dairy, yogurt, beef, chicken, potato, avocado, peppers, olive oil, vinegar, rice, onions… and on and on and on. And if you get their fancy membership they send you money back at the end of the year and it pays for itself.
They also have great prices on Ziploc bags, foil, glass pyrex container sets, and all the other cool stuff you will (eventually) want to package all the fancy ass food you’re going to be making like a finely oiled machine. But we’ll get there.
This week…. Go get your tools together, troops! We’ll talk recipes and battle plans next, and I’ll share my magic frittata recipe, and tell you how to make all your veggies DELICIOUS in ways that are so easy you’re going to laugh at me, and wonder how the hell you didn’t realize this sooner.
Here’s what you’re gonna be making in no time, and enjoying all week
And this is how cute your butt will look from all the healthy food.