Busy families and people make busy messes. It’s not always easy to balance clean up with an active lifestyle. Not only can meal prepping help reduce the dishes and mess but can also help create and maintain a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. Here are a few ideas to mitigate the mess in the kitchen.
There’s a whole host of choices when it comes to meal replacement options but choose wisely. Plan ahead and use as many natural choices as possible like fruits, nuts, snackable veggies, and simple healthy green smoothies for a more satisfying result. Relying solely on bars and powder supplements can actually be detrimental to your health but are okay for an occasional quick fix.
Meal Planning and Prepping
Meal prepping may sound like a lot of work and mess, but it can actually help reduce the time spent in the kitchen. Planning meals ahead of time makes you think about what you’re cooking and how you’re going to cook it. Planning for one pot or skillet meals will help reduce the cleanup. Planning also allows you to prep ingredients in advance or precook in some cases so that less mess is made at mealtime.
Using appliances like crock pots, the programmable pressure cookers of today, air fryers, or convection cookers reduce the dishes by being the only cooking device used. These devices also lend themselves well to the meal planning and prepping options to reduce time and dishes at mealtime.
Meal services are great ways to reduce dishes because most are curated to use just one or two pots to cook the whole meal. They are also designed to reduce the time spent prepping the meal, some are even prepackaged and ready to cook straight out of the box. Some come with recipes that can be reproduced anytime you want by giving a detailed list of ingredients and directions. They also allow you to try foods that you may not try otherwise or wouldn’t normally have access to in your area. They are also designed with nutrition in mind and can be a healthier choice that takes the planning part off of your plate.
There are plenty of options out there to help take the mess out of mealtimes, try a few and discover which works best for you. You’ll be glad you did.