I’ve never met a bowl of gumbo I didn’t like, although if you’ve had it you know that my mom’s is the best. That being said, we can’t eat gumbo every day.
After coming to terms with this realization and wanting to get my body the food it needs and not just the food it wants, my recent health journey has led me to try food-prep. For those of you who already prepare your meals for the week ahead of time, you know this is not for the faint of heart. For those of you who are beginners or are looking to start, proceed with caution. It can be overwhelming, but not impossible.
Because of working in social media, I am constantly inspired by my Instagram feed and blogs. For years now, I have loved food blogs and subscribe to quite a few. Its nice getting weekly emails filled with recipes that have been tested and tweaked to be easier for the everyday chef.
When looking for a new account or blog to follow, pay attention to the following things:
-Balance in everything: color scheme, ingredients, and types of recipes.
-Accounts that post ingredients prepared a few different ways. (Trips to the grocery store fewer and farther between.)
-Links to featured food-prep recipes.
-Well-timed recipes, ones that use in-season produce.
-One-pot/pan recipes. (Clean-up is a breeze.)
When tackling a week’s worth of recipes in one weekend, try to:
-One day for washing, cutting, and marinating ingredients.
-Start slow cooker recipes in the morning so that you have lunch and dinner ready for your more hands-on cooking day.
-One day for cooking proteins.
-Throughout the week cook your side dishes fresh and stick with quick recipes, such as sauteed veggies.
Some of my favorite accounts are:
A little bit of everything: Pure Wow
Remember food-prep makes life healthy to enjoy. Happy Prepping!
-Alicia McClendon, Account Manager