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7 Lazy Meal Prep Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

7 Lazy meal prep hacks to make your life easier
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7 Lazy meal prep hacks to make your life easier

I love lazy meal prep because I am not a fan of cooking. Anyone else with me?

It’s ok to admit it, it’s 2020. This year has been caaa-razy.

Sometimes I’ll get a burst of motivation to do this elaborate meal prep and when I get about halfway through I am full of frustration and regret. 

So I’ll just rush through the rest and I’ll have mediocre food to eat for the week.

Does this sound familiar at all?

Fear not!

There are ways to get around this obstacle. Lazy meal prep for the win!

All you need is a grocery store freezer section and a creative mind. Here are my favorite lazy meal prep tips!

Freezer veggies. 

A huge portion of the vegetables I eat are frozen. Well, they’re not frozen when I eat them but you know what I mean.

There are so many ways to meal prep frozen vegetables and it’s almost impossible to run out of ideas.

My favorite staples to purchase are: broccoli, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions and peppers.

  • Roast the broccoli or try it in a casserole.
  • Try cauliflower fried rice.
  • Use zoodles in place of spaghetti noodles.
  • Add the carrots to a stew or stir fry.
  • Sweet potatoes are good as a dessert with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.
  • The onions and peppers will save you a ton of time on taco Tuesday.

These are just a few ideas I like to use for my frozen veggies. Remember to try new ideas and seasoning is your friend!

Instant pot

The instant pot hype is legit. This thing is amazing.

You can cook a whole meal in a matter of minutes. If that’s not the ideal product for the lazy meal prep people then I don’t know what is.

I like to buy frozen chicken breasts. Because I hate handling raw chicken and tbh, I’m lazy and don’t feel like dividing up my chicken from the packs. Know what I mean?

Cook frozen chicken breasts in the instant pot? You sure can! You can also use the instant pot for boiled eggs, rice, steamed veggies, potatoes, even a whole chicken. 

The instant pot, because 2020 is hard and effort isn’t for you!

No shame.

Rotisserie chicken 

Okay, I love rotisserie chicken.

You ever go to Costco and buy one, and by the time you get home you just have to get a little piece because it smells so dang good?

Because I do that all the time.

Try to save some for your meals! Or maybe buy two.

I love using rotisserie chicken in salads, casseroles, wraps, or even just by itself. Yum.

Another thing you could do in place of a rotisserie chicken, is cook chicken in the instant pot or crockpot to shred and use for whatever you like!

Bagged salad 

Who hates washing lettuce and chopping it up for a salad? 

Me!

I am lazy, therefore I like to purchase pre-made bagged salads, like this.

You can toss in some sliced cucumbers or cherry tomatoes to add some more variety.

A tip to keep the greens from getting wilted and soggy: put a paper towel in the bag. This will absorb any extra moisture and keep it fresh and tasty.

Jazz it up with some salad toppers. Like this.

Pre made snacks 

Besides fruit. Because we all know that “throw an apple in your bag and go” has been said like a million times. 

I’ll admit I’m guilty of that too.

Get you a box of snacks you love so you can grab one and go. No one wants to spend time making snacks when you don’t have to.

These Kind bars are super delicious.

Frozen meals

Talk about the ultimate lazy meal prep hack!

The meal you don’t have to prep, except to microwave it. I think it is good to have a few of these on hand for those “emergency” meals. 

You know, when you work late or are just plain exhausted. But you’ve got goals, so say dueces to the McDonald’s drive through.

I wouldn’t rely on these too often, they’re high in sodium.

Or you could order your pre-made meals through a meal prep service.

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never have, because money. But I think it’s a great idea and if it’s something you’re interested in then check it out!

Multiple meals

When you’re prepping for the week, instead of 5 meals (or however many you make), prepare a couple more. Store the extra ones in your freezer.

Do this for a couple of weeks and then you’ve got a week off from meal prepping! Just move the meals from the freezer to the fridge to thaw properly.

What are you going to do with that extra time?

I live by these meal prep hacks. They’re ultimate time savers, and I value my time! Which one are you going to utilize the most?

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