Being single means I do everything at home, plus work and write. I’m pretty busy and I don’t always have a lot of extra time. Especially during the enjoyable seasons when I am out walking more.
I’m always looking for ways to save time on meal prep. Sometimes this means I have put the time in ahead, other times it means that I just throw something together right then.
When making big meals ahead of time, they can be split into individual servings and then a couple of containers can go into the refrigerator for grabbing quick during the week, and the rest can be frozen. You’d just take one out of the freezer the day before you wanted it and place it in the refrigerator.
I thought I’d offer up some ideas for both.
- I love smoothies as a meal. I like mine a little thick, and am learning about fillers. These will mean I still full longer, and won’t need a snack in between meals.
- I love cottage pies. And I have the most adorable single-serve pie plates that I found on clearance to make them in. These are one of the foods I make a big batch of, then split between the refrigerator and freezer for later use.
- Stuffed squash is another great make-ahead meal that can go right into the refrigerator and be heated in the oven while you are busy doing something else. And, if you are lucky, you’ll have extra stuffing for yet a third meal to place in the freezer.
- If you cook up a couple of chicken breasts or some steak, you’ll have a great salad topping any time you want to have a quick meal. Just slice and store in a container in the refrigerator. Also slice vegetables and shred greens to keep on hand. Keeping fresh berries on hand means you can grab a handful to add to salads.
- Lettuce wraps are quick and easy.
- This super easy chicken soup with crisp veggies.
- And this pineapple-keilbasa soup is amazing.
This is all of what I have on the site so far, but I will be working on more 1-person recipes in the future.
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- Busy Cooks Guide to Easy Meal Prep
- Five Laws of Being a Frugal Kitchen Goddess
- 25 Kitchen Secrets all New Cooks Should Know