Meal prep for your family more efficiently with my favorite kitchen essentials. From non-toxic cookware, to high-quality meat and safe cleaning products — these are my go-to kitchen essentials for easy, nutritious meals!
I love to make easy, nutritious meals for my family. But I don’t love spending hours in the kitchen to meal prep. So I keep it simple, like following this easy 7-day meal prep plan.
Meal prep helps me save time, stay on budget and choose healthier options during busy weeks. I typically spend one hour meal prepping on Sunday so I can sit down and enjoy dinner with my family during the week.
If I don’t have time to meal prep over the weekend, I double batch dinner so we have easy leftovers (and lunch for me the next day)!
After years of meal prepping, I’ve found a few high-quality products that make my meal prep process much easier. An extra large sheet pan for all-in-one meals, a non-stick sauté pan, high-quality meat I can buy in bulk, and non-toxic cleaning products are staples in my home.
Meal prepping involves making full meals in advance, often in bulk. You may prepare an entire dish at one time or you may prepare some of a recipe’s essential ingredients all at once. For example, I like to make large batches of rice at once and freeze what I don’t need so I can easily reheat it later. Additionally, here are three easy meal prep recipes for breakfast and three simple meal prep ideas for weeknight dinners you can meal prep in advance and store in the freezer.
Meal prep is all about saving time, so I recommend a few kitchen essentials to make your meal prep more efficient. I prefer non-stick, easy-to-clean cookware. My meal prep essentials are a large sheet pan, a sauté pan, and food storage containers. Some of my other top kitchen essentials are measuring cups, mixing bowls, a chef’s knife, cutting board, vegetable peeler, and food processor or powerful blender.
I keep meal prep super simple and prioritize what will set me up for a successful week. I regularly prep high protein snacks, breakfast sandwiches and spinach banana pancakes to make my mornings easier. My biggest hack for meal prepping lunch and dinners throughout the week is to double batch dinners so we have easy leftovers.
Caraway offers 100% non-toxic cookware and food storage containers. I use the large sheet pan and sauté pan most. This ceramic-coated cookware has a naturally slick surface — you can use minimal oil and butter with this cookware and your food will still slide right out of the pan.
The cookware set is Caraway’s best-selling set of four non-stick ceramic pans. The set includes everything you need for healthy cooking on the stove or oven.
If I had to choose one pan, it would be the sauté pan — it holds up to a whole day’s worth of meals and is a breeze to clean.
The cookware set comes with organizers (at no extra cost) to keep your cabinets or countertops clean and tidy.
We make a lot of sheet pan meals in my house. I use Caraway’s large sheet pan to double batch meals so we have easy leftovers.
These sheet pans are one of my favorite purchases for so many reasons:
ButcherBox is a meat delivery service that delivers high-quality, hormone-free and humanely raised meat directly to your door; including:
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For context, our family (two adults and three hungry kids) receives the Classic Custom Box every four weeks. I like being able to customize our box with some of our favorite orders that I know the kids will like as well as being able to try new things.
Learn more about my personal orders in this ButcherBox review.
With three messy little ones, Geometry Towels have been a game-changer in the kitchen. The quick-drying, super-absorbent design ensures I never have to worry about smelly towels left in the kitchen.
Geometry towels are truly the only towel you will ever need. After buying a bunch of these for myself, I always have them on hand as a housewarming gift, especially during the holiday season.
As a mom who values having safe, non-toxic products in my household, Branch Basics is a must. I can easily keep my home tidy and disinfected without fearing the effects of harsh chemicals.
The concentrate model allows me to have one product that can tackle any of my cleaning needs, from washing the counters or fresh fruit to doing a load of laundry — I can use the same soap for everything.
Note, this review is not paid, I truly do love these brands, and use them on a daily basis.
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