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Be a Pro at Meal Prep in 10 Steps

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I’ve been an avid meal prepper for a few years now and I always get asked how. I’ve heard it’s too hard, time consuming, and just doesn’t work for people, meaning they can’t stick to their meal plan. Here are my top 10 tricks to help you out.

  1. Create a menu. In order to meal prep, you first need to know what you plan to eat. Best practice, use Pinterest. Pinterest is my go-to for new meal ideas that I can recreate to fit my lifestyle. Also, my meal planner is great to plan out meals as well as create a shopping list of what you need.

2. With creating a menu, you want to stock up on staple pantry items. Staple items are items you have in your pantry at all times. This saves on time creating a shopping list and money. I have a Staple Foods List that are foods I always have in my pantry at any given time. They’re items I always use.

3. Premade foods aren’t always on my list, but when I know I’ll be short on time, I’ll opt for those. I also buy prepackaged foods from time to time.

4. Kitchen essentials are a must. It’s more than just pots and pans. The right tools like a set of knives, a blender, a food processor, peelers, cooking utensils, etc. are vital to have woth your meal preparation. Even more important are meal prep containers. I bought mine off Amazon and they are amazing.

5. Switch it up a little. Meal prep doesn’t have to be boring or mundane. Mix and match your ingredients and meals. Spice it up. Keep things interesting and sexy. Yes, meal prep can be sexy. Have fun with it.

6. Batching is something I take part in and not just with blog posts and videos. I batch cook my meals and freeze some for future meal preps. I have a freezer full of already prepared meals that just need to be heated when ready to eat.

7. A slow cooker is you’re friend and also helps with batch cooking. I use this mainly for beans, soups, and chilis.

8. Turn leftovers into new meals. I hear many people say they don’t eat leftovers which is crazy to me. Take those leftovers and create something else.

9. Freeze meals. Sometimes I’ll make too much of something and won’t be able to eat it all in that week, so I’ll freeze the rest. This is especially so if I’m making burgers, meatballs, or anything else from scratch.

10. Have fun! Turn on some music, listen to a podcast, add your kid(s) to the mix and make it a family affair.

Meal prep doesn’t have to be this daunting feat. It can be as easy or as hard as you make it.

Happy meal prepping!

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Big Announcement: Moniqua LaShae 12 Month Meal Planner, Coming Soon…

The Moniqua LaShae Meal Planner

I’ve been pretty quiet lately about the things I’m working on and what I’ve noticed is that, when you move in silence, you’re able to execute faster and better. 

If you remember a few months back, I said I was working on a huge project, well one project with two parts. The first part is my meal planner. I’ve been asked so many questions about meal prepping and meal planning, so I felt it beneficial to go ahead and make something digital and tangible for you all to use.

I believe in saving money anywhere possible, and in the past my biggest issue has been with groceries and eating out. In the past month or two, I’ve finally gotten my meal planning down to a science and my budget has decreased in half. 

I honestly feel that in order to keep on track with money goals, buying groceries and eating out is where we need to start. 

This planner features:

• Weekly meal planning

• Shopping list

• Budget and Spent tracker

• Monthly reflection pages

• End of year review

With this planner, my hope is that you all will budget, become healthier by preparing meals at home and eating out less, save time cooking during the week, and enjoy doing other things you love to do with all of your free time. 

The print copy will only be available in increments of 10, so once the planner is live, gather you coins and scoop it up. 

Health + Wellness

Motivational Monday: Preparing

It was the morning we went back to school after the winter break, and I was journaling before I got my day started. As I was journaling, I figured that it was too good not to share, so of course I had to make it into a blog post. I was writing about how getting ready for this week has made it possible for me to not rush in the morning. Here are a few bullet points that I will expound upon in a series of upcoming blog posts for my motivational Mondays:

  • Eating breakfast at home instead of at work
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Having my essential oil diffuser in my room with lavender at night and a citrus scent in the morning
  • Seriously meal prepping on Sundays since we have tutorials after school
  • Journaling in the morning (also meditation)
  • Setting intentions for the day
  • Getting up if I’m already awake before my alarm

Doing all of those things prepared me for an awesome week. Keep watch for upcoming posts on each of these points as I explain how it has helped contribute to awesomeness this past week.