So today I thought I would switch things up a bit and share with you guys my seven must have meal prep hacks. These are things that I do in my kitchen every week that have really changed the way I meal prep and cook and it just kinda streamlines things and saves you so much time.
You guys need to know these, so today I am sharing my meal prepping secrets with you because I love you and I just wanna share them with you. I don’t wanna hold them all for myself.
I will share with you guys my seven must know meal prep hacks. Hack number one is to quarter your lemons. Now I use lemons pretty much every single morning for my water, cooking, smoothies, you get it, I love my lemons. And when you quarter them you actually get more juice out of them when you squeeze them with either by hand or lemon squeezer. And another reason why I like to pre-chop my lemons is just to go ahead and store them in a large mason jar, seal it up and then you can have this ready to go in your fridge, and I’m telling you something as simple as pre-chopping lemons when you know you’re gonna be using them a lot during the week will save you so much time.
In the mornings all you have to do is just pour your cup of water, squeeze some lemon juice in it, and it just makes things that much easier. And that’s why I love this simple hack. Meal prep hack number two is to pre-chop your onions and garlic.
I’m telling you when you prep these ahead of time it just makes weeknight dinners that much easier, especially if you just find it annoying to peel and chop onions. I’m gonna show you a really easy hack to do it. And when you have these ready to go in your fridge it just, I don’t know, it makes a world of a difference and I just feel like I don’t spend my days chopping up onions and garlic anymore.
I’m gonna go ahead and peel and quarter my onions. And then for the garlic, you guys know this hack. You take a knife, kind of smoosh it on one end and it just makes the peel come off really easy. So for the onions I’m actually just gonna place them into my food processor.
I think food processors are so underrated. I use mine almost every week. They’re really easy to clean. They come in handy for chopping, processing, grating, lots of things, but you can see that the onion is just nicely chopped. No tears went into cutting these onions. And then I’m just storing these in another large mason jar. You wanna use something that’s glass so it doesn’t absorb the smell of the onion.
So just pop on the lid, throw that in the fridge, and you have pre-chopped onion for soups, stir fries, anything you need onion for, you got it. For the garlic I’m pretty much doing the same thing. I’m just throwing them into, I have a smaller food processor here.
I like this for smaller jobs like garlic. And I’m just gonna throw them in whole and just process them until I have a nice, fine minced texture. Same thing, I’m gonna pop this into a smaller mason jar and you will never have that tedious job of chopping onion every single day.
I don’t know, maybe I just eat a lot of garlic, but I find this hack very handy when it comes to my meal prep. My next meal prep hack is to soak your grains. Now I like to use hardy grains like steel cut oats and brown rice, but sometimes they can take longer to cook, so I have a really easy hack.
All you’re gonna do is the night before you’re gonna put your grains or your steel cut oats into a bowl and cover it with water. This is not only gonna speed up your cooking time when making these the next morning, but it’s also just gonna make it easier to digest.
Usually steel cut oat or brown rice can take up to 40 minutes to cook, and in the morning or maybe even when you’re trying to make lunch, you don’t have time for that.
So I like to soak them to cut that cooking time pretty much in half. Same thing goes with brown rice. I just like to presoak it and that way when I am cooking it for dinner the next day it’s gonna cook in way less time. It’s like magic, but it’s just a simple thing you can do the night before, just to help things run a little smoother, or faster in this case.
Now it’s no surprise I love me a good smoothie. So to help your smoothie making run a little bit more smoothly, no pun intended, I love to make smoothie packs. Now I’ve mentioned these way back before on my channel but these are just freezer smoothie packs you can prep on Sunday night or throughout the week and just kind of fill them up with different things.
Now what I love about these is you can really customize them for different members in your family, or just to switch things up so you have variety. Add in your greens, your fruits, your veggies, protein powder, nuts, seeds, whatever you want in there and it’s ready to go.
Just pop it into the freezer and then the next day you just have to put it into your blender with your liquid, blend it all up. It is so quick there’s no excuse not to make a smoothie when you have this hack. Next up is a new hack that I’ve recently been trying and I love this.
So we’re gonna be making some flavor ice cubes using fresh herbs, olive oil, and a little bit of garlic. So you’re gonna first chop up all your fresh herbs. Now I don’t know about you but when I buy fresh herbs they don’t last that long
and I never know how to use them all up in time.
So now I love chopping mine up and adding them into an ice cube tray. You can make different flavor combinations
for when you’re making chicken, fish, veggie stir fries. Whatever you want, you can make your own custom flavor cubes, ready to go when you’re making dinner.
Next I’m adding in that minced garlic that we already made earlier. See, it comes in really handy! Taking that fresh lemon juice that we already quartered and I’m gonna squeeze that over top. And then fill them with some olive oil.
I like to do them about halfway ’cause my ice cube tray is pretty deep, but you can just add as much or as little as you would like.
So not only are we infusing these flavors into the olive oil but we’re also gonna freeze them, so they are already ready to go in the freezer when you wanna add them to a meal. Once frozen I just like to store them into one of my stasher bags and then when I’m ready to cook I just gonna one into a hot skillet and just kind of let it melt and sizzle and the flavor that comes out if this is insane.
Your whole kitchen just smells so good and all you did was just pull out an oil infused cube. It’s genius. So I’m just cooking up some green beans here, but you can add this to anything you want. They are magical. My next meal prep hack is a snack pack.
I love that that rhymed. Whatever snacks you like, you just put them into a little snack pack and you have them ready to go. So no more getting hangry on road trips, commuting, heading to the gym, wherever you need to go you got a snack.