By now you have probably heard of the meal prep movement. Ever invite someone over on a Sunday to hangout and they say, "No, sorry I have to meal prep." Some people meal prep breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and some only make lunch and dinner for the week.
Whatever you decide meal prepping can save you money, help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and save you time in the morning to get a few more minutes of sleep!
Today's Wellness Wednesday is one of the easiest meal preps you will ever do. My friend introduced me to this idea and let's just say it's the easiest way to prepare a weeks worth of meals in less than 30 minutes! All you need is friends, mason jars or food containers, and 30 minutes one evening early in the week.
Still Interested? Let's get started!
This meal prep is a salad meal prep that will get you four to five meals and all you have to bring is one ingredient! How cool is that? Just think about how expensive fruits and veggies are here in Hawaii, you could have four to five complete salads for the price of bringing one thing.
Get a group of your friends, friends of friends, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, and anyone who wants to make some delicious salads. You can also set up a group on Facebook that keeps track of what everyone is bringing so you don't have any duplicates.
Here's the set-up:
Start a Facebook Group and add as many friends and family that live in your area and want to be apart of a healthy lifestyle!
Set a time and day (preferably Sunday or Monday) to meet at someones home to make the salads. You don't need a ton of space just enough for people to get around.
Let everyone know that you can get four or five meals and all you have to bring is one ingredient. Approximately 10 cups of whatever ingredient you want. It's like a salad bar but 1/10 of the price!
Have them add what they are bringing to the group. Then have everyone else sign up to bring another ingredient.
Have everyone show up at a specific time with mason jars or air tight food containers in hand.
Set out all ingredients, set a starting spot, and have everyone put a spoonful of whatever ingredients they want into their jars until four to five jars are finished.
That's it! How simple is that? Within 30 minutes you have meals prepped for the whole week!
Some additional tips:
- Don't add lettuce until you get home or the day of to maximize freshness.
- Don't add/bring meat again to maintain freshness.
- Add cheese and dressing on your own if necessary day of consumption.
Need some ideas on what to bring:
- Black Beans
- Garbanzo Beans
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Green onion
BONUS: Feel good that you are eating all these veggies and don't want to ruin it with fatty and high calorie salad dressing? Here's a quick and tasty dressing you can make with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge.
Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (CLICK HERE to learn the amazing benefits of ACV)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper + more if needed
Mix together store in mason jar. Shake before consumption.
Cilantro Lime Dressing:
- Base: 1/4 cup olive oil
- Juice of two lines
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Mix together and store in mason jar. Shake before consumption.