Now, more than ever, our health and immune system has jumped to the front of our priorities.
I’ve been meal prepping for years now, but when I first started, I was SO overwhelmed. I over-shopped, over-cooked, and wasted food and money… ESPECIALLY with fresh veggies.
I wasn’t a huge veggie eater and honestly was confused about how best to prepare them. I wanted to have more than just a bagged salad with my dinner.
If you struggle like I did, here’s a few veggie meal prep tips that will help:
- Wash and dry. Unless you buy triple washed greens, you’ll need to wash them thoroughly. Keep leaves whole and wash in very cold water. To avoid mushy greens, dry leaves thoroughly before storing. I love to use my salad spinner for this. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator with a paper towel on top and bottom to catch any moisture.
- Steam. This is SO EASY and a great way to preserve fresh flavor. I have an electric steamer, but you can also use a steamer basket on the stop top. After steaming, veggies need to be chilled in an ice bath (half ice, half water). Once they’re cold, transfer to an airtight container in refrigerator.
- Roast. This is my FAVORITE way to prepare. As a general rule, set oven to 425F. Cut veggies into 1 inch pieces and place in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper and bake for 15 min or until tender. Cool to room temperature, then transfer to airtight container in refrigerator.
- Instant Pot or Air Fryer is also a fabulous way to bake or roast veggies.
Once your veggies are prepared for the week, meal time will be a breeze! Simply pair with lean protein, serve over riced cauliflower or rice, and voila! It can really be that simple!
Some of my favorite (and easy) veggies to prepare are:
- Sweet potatoes
- Root veggies (carrot, beet, turnip)
You can also experiment with sauces and marinades. I love to use Bragg’s coconut aminos or Tamari sauce as an alternative to Soy sauce to create a stir fry in seconds.
If you struggle with eating your veggies, preparing them ahead of time makes it so much easier to just toss them into your weekday meals.
Which one of the tips above did you find most helpful?