Hi Guys, I’m Ummu, also known as The Macaron Addict (I am obsessed with macarons if you couldn’t tell). I am a first year Food Science and Nutrition student and I love food! Today I’m going to show you some meal prepping/ bulk cooking tips that will help you reduce the amount of food waste you produce.
I think students generate a lot of the food waste from overbuying produce for the week with hopes of cooking it and never actually getting around to it.
I have been meal prepping for about 2 years now, and it has changed my life and saved me LOADS of time. It has also helped me cut down on the amount of food I throw away! I also really, REALLY enjoy creating my meal plans- actually, I spend a little too much time on it…
The key to successful meal prepping is planning in advance and creating a shopping list from your plan. I always create word documents which help me stay organized. I usually create my plans monthly, but I am always, ALWAYS tweaking my meals according to what I’m craving that week.
I suggest choosing one day where you can spend some time doing most of your cooking- for me that’s Sunday. I prep as much as I can on Sundays, meaning I cook all my dinners and I also prep some lunch for the week.
One question I often see regarding meal prepping/ bulk cooking is “How can you eat the same thing for the entire week?”. The answer to that is, I don’t!
I always cook 2 different meals for dinner. For example, I’ll make a sweet potato curry as one dinner option, and baked salmon with roasted broccoli (both pictured above) as another, and alternate between them throughout the week!
Alternatively, I switch up the way in which I make things. For example, for lunch prep I sometimes make a couscous salad at the beginning of the week, and I change the way I eat it, by putting it on top of a bed of greens or in a wrap.
Breakfast is one meal I don’t meal prep for. I usually have something simple in the morning, like oats or a smoothie, each of which take less than 20 minutes to make!
If you have any questions or want a bit more guidance on meal prepping, catch me on Instagram @themacaronaddict_ or on my Blog themacaronaddict.blog
I hope you found these tips helpful and that they help you reduce the amount of waste you produce!