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Types of Meal Prep Containers

Choosing the right meal prep containers

Containers are essential for successful and efficient meal prep. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which type will work best for you. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right meal prep containers:

Consider whether you will be using your containers for freezer storage and/or microwave reheating. Not all containers are designed for these purposes, so choose containers that are compatible with your needs.

Leak-proof containers are essential for preventing spills and messes during transport. Look for containers with secure lids and sealing mechanisms to ensure that your food stays fresh and contained.

Reusable containers are an eco-friendly and cost-effective option for meal prep. Look for containers that are microwave, freezer, fridge, dishwasher safe and can be used multiple times without breaking or deteriorating.

Size and Shape

The size of the container is another important factor to consider. The container should be large enough to fit your meal, but not so large that it takes up unnecessary space in your fridge or bag. It’s also helpful to have containers in various sizes for portion control and variety in your meal prep.

The shape can also affect its functionality. Sectional containers with compartments are great for portion control and separating different foods. Low-profile containers are space-saving and stackable, while mason jars are trendy and versatile.

Before You Purchase Containers Take a Reality Check

Considering how you will use your meal prep containers before you will buy them will save you money, time, and help you maximize the efficiency of your storage space. 

Think about who will be using them and how.  Will it be small children, teens, a spouse? Will they be transported or used in the home? Also consider how likely the empty containers are going to be forgotten on the bus, in a friend’s car, or in the office refrigerator. 

Also knowing the types of foods that will be eaten from them can help you determine what are your best options. 

Types of Meal Prep Containers

Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are a popular meal prep container option that originated in Japan. They typically consist of a sectioned container with compartments for different foods, making them a great option for portion control and variety in meal prep.

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Sectional containers are a popular option for meal prep as they allow for portion control and the separation of different foods. We are big fans of these for lunches or snacks. You will need to still have some containers that allow you to fill with a single ingredient for leftovers like pasta or a single salad.

They can be made from a variety of materials such as plastic, glass, or stainless steel.

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Lunch Bag

A lunch bag is a convenient option for carrying your meal prep containers on-the-go. They are often insulated to keep your food at the desired temperature and can be made from materials such as neoprene or polyester. 

Some are super cute and stylish and made to look like purses for women, others are designed in bright colors with characters that appeal to kids, and of course there are some made more plain and functional. 

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Lunch Boxes:

Lunch boxes are a popular option for kids’ meal prep but can also be used for adults. I think the compartment type boxes are best to offer food variety. They keep foods from touching and that is a big deal with most children. 

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made from materials such as plastic or metal.

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Glass Containers Wrapped Rubber/Silicone 

Wrapped containers are a popular option for meal prep as they are often leak-proof and can be easily transported in a lunch bag or backpack. Microwave safe and some are also oven safe.

The one brand that we use is called Ello. They can go from the freezer to fridge, to microwave or oven and are dishwasher safe on the the top rack. They stack easily and the glass is protected by the silicone/rubber wrapper and lid. 

We also love that each one is a different color as that allows is to distinguish who’s container is whose or what is inside them without having to open them. 

By the way Ello also makes other fantastic products such as stainless steel kids water bottles and these amazing wine glasses. I have purchased both. 

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Mason Jars

Mason jars are a trendy option for meal prep and can be used for a variety of purposes such as storing salads, oatmeals, yogurt parfaits,  or even smoothies. They are durable and often come in a variety of sizes. 

We have used wide-mouthed Ball Mason Jars for food storage for many years. They clean up so easily when you pop them into the dishwasher. You can purchase lids in metal or plastic we find that the metal seal is a tighter more reliable leak proof seal, however you will have to hand wash the metal seals and rings. 

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Containers Unwrapped

These containers are a simple and lightweight option for meal prep. They can be made from materials such as plastic or glass and are often stackable for easy storage.

We like the Lock and Lock brand of containers as they keep food fresh with a tight seal.

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Low Profile

Low profile containers are a space-saving option for meal prep as they are often thin and stackable. These are made by Sistema They can be made from a variety of materials such as plastic or glass.

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Some Other Containers To Consider

Clear Plastic Containers
 See through clear plastic containers are a popular option for meal prep as they allow you to easily see what’s inside. This can be helpful for portion control and organization. We like the Triton technology products since the resist staining and scratches.

Re-usable Plastic Bags
 Re-usable plastic bags are a convenient option for storing snacks or small portions of food in your meal prep. They are often dishwasher safe and can be used over and over again.

Disposable Containers
Disposable containers are a convenient option for meal prep as they require no cleaning and can be discarded after use. However, they are not eco-friendly and can contribute to waste.

Understanding Materials

Meal prep containers are commonly made from materials such as plastic, glass, stainless steel, or silicone. Each material has its pros and cons, so it’s important to choose a material that fits your needs. For example, glass containers are durable, non-toxic, and non-leaching, but they can be heavy and breakable. Plastic containers are lightweight and affordable, but they can contain harmful chemicals that may leach into food. If you decided to use plastic containers for food storage of any kind first and foremost make sure you are selecting food grade containers. We will unpack more about plastic containers later in this article.  

Glass or Plastic

Glass: Glass containers are a durable and eco-friendly option for meal prep. They are microwave and dishwasher safe and can also be used for oven cooking. Glass containers are also non-toxic and non-leaching, making them a safe choice for storing food.

Plastic: Plastic containers are a lightweight and affordable option for meal prep. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are often dishwasher safe. However, some plastic containers may contain harmful chemicals that can leach into food, so it’s important to choose BPA-free options.

Let’s dive a little further into some research on plastic food containers. There is conflicting information provided about plastics and their safety when it comes to food. While many manufactures will boast that their products are BPA free that does not necessarily mean that the item does not leach other chemicals into food when reheating.  What can a consumer do when deciding on plastic food containers? 

Looking at the number on the bottom of the container may be a good place to start. Manufacturers of plastics are required to place a number with the recycling logo that discloses information about the components and processing of the materials used in making the product. According to the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics the safest choices are 1, 2, 4, and 5

Even when using the safest plastics possible, the rule of thumb in our house is we do not allow these containers in the microwave. Reheating or exposing plastics over time to heated conditions may encourage leaching of the materials. 

When placing into the dishwasher the top rack is often recommended by the manufacturers for a reason and some people prefer to avoid the high heat exposure all together and simply hand wash their plastic items.

The Functional Use Of Meal Prep Containers

Freezable and Non-freezable
Some meal prep containers are designed to be freezable, while others are not. Freezable containers are a great option for preparing meals in advance and storing them in the freezer until needed.

From Freezer to Microwave/Oven
Some meal prep containers are designed to be used in both the freezer and microwave, making them a convenient option for reheating pre-made meals.

Some meal prep containers are oven-safe, allowing you to prepare meals in advance and then cook them in the oven when you’re ready to eat.

Vacuum Seal
Vacuum-seal machines and their containers are a great option for keeping food fresh for longer periods of time. They work by removing air from the container, which helps to prevent oxidation and spoilage. Often made from materials such as plastic or glass they can be used for a variety of purposes such as storing leftovers or marinating meat. They are also a great option for meal prep as they can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Dry Storage Containers
Dry storage containers are a popular option for storing dry goods such as grains, nuts, and seeds. They are often made from materials such as plastic or glass and can be stacked for easy storage.

Overall, the type of meal prep container you choose will depend on your personal preferences and needs, but there are many options available to help make meal prep easier and more convenient.

Choosing the right meal prep containers can make a significant difference in the success of your meal prep routine. Consider the material, size, shape, reusability, compatibility with freezer/microwave, and leak-proof features when selecting the perfect containers for your needs. With the right containers, meal prep can be easier, more efficient, and enjoyable.

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How To Meal Prep

There are many benefits to meal prep, including saving time, money, and reducing food waste. By planning and preparing meals in advance, you can save time during the week and avoid the temptation to order takeout or eat unhealthy convenience foods. Meal prep also allows you to buy ingredients in bulk and use them for multiple meals, which can save money on your monthly grocery bill.

How To Do Meal Prep

  1. Set Goal
  2. Find a day that works for you
  3. Take inventory of what you have
  4. Create your budgets
  5. Get organized
  6. Create meal plans
  7. Cook it and store it

Do you have goals?

Preparing your own meals is a smart decision that can have a positive impact on your life. There are many reasons for why you want to cook your own meals. To start, you need to establish your goals:

  • Cut costs
  • Eat Healthier
  • Save time
  • Reduce Stress

Schedule a time that works for you

Schedules are hectic and there never seems to be time. Like any discipline you need to set aside time and stick to a weekly regiment. That being said, this is not meant to be strict. If you enjoy cooking, this can be fun. But it does require a commitment to your schedule. Whether you plan to cook once or twice a week, select a day or days where you can dedicate two or three hours and block it on your calendar.


Sunday afternoons are my favorite time because I know I will have dishes ready to go during the week that are relatively fresh. Find a time that works and stick to it.

Take an inventory of what you already have

Meal prep isn’t just pulling together a bunch of recipes. It is also getting creative with ideas, finding uses for individual ingredients in multiple meals and sometimes figuring out what you can make with what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer.


In creating this list, you can then start looking at ideas on what you can make out of these ingredients. Perhaps you have most of what you need and a quick trip to the store for a few missing items is all that is required.

From a financial point of view, you need to budget

Moving forward, you will want to be intentional about your meals. If one of your goals was to save money on monthly groceries, you will definitely want to plan out your recipes and set a limit on how much you are willing to spend. This is where people can often go wrong and end up in the store picking out items because of all of the ideas they have at the moment.


You don’t have to skimp on what you purchase. There is no rule saying you can’t have steak because it costs more than chicken. But knowing the portions you will use and the number of recipes dishes you can make out of this one protein is going to give you a better handle on how much you spend.


Creativity is at the heart of meal prep. By limiting your budget, you will find that this helps you to focus on ways to make those ingredients work for you.

Organization is a key element

Depending on the size of your family, planning and storing meals for multiple days not only takes up room, but can often use a lot of existing containers and become unmanageable.


Proper storage containers will make it easier to store meals and allow you to keep track of what you are going to eat next. Keeping food safety in mind and knowing the stability of the dish will make it easy to determine if they need to stay cold or frozen. Make sure you have enough containers for either individual servings or entire meals.

Meal Preparation is all about planning

Cooking one meal can have its complications. For some, the idea of cooking 9 meals for the following three days may seem impossible. Do not get overwhelmed.

As you get more comfortable with recipes and budgeting, you will start planning more details and develop better purchasing habits.


By creating a meal prep plan, you can take control of your food choices and ensure that you’re eating healthy, nutritious meals every day. Meal plans are essential to help you save time and money. By planning in advance, you can make a grocery list and buy only what you need, eliminating the need for last-minute trips to the store. You can also cook your meals in batches, which can save time in the long run. For example, when eggs are on sale we purchase extra that week and we cook a large amount of scrambled in a batch. From that we can make English muffin sandwiches, wraps, bowls, and biscuits. We place the breakfast meals in the freezer for meals throughout the month. 


Planning your meals in advance helps to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet with the right mix of nutrients. You can also make sure that you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Cook it and then store it

From here, you follow your recipes and get multiple days worth of meals created in a short amount of time. As you work on one, you can start putting your finished meal away in storage containers in the fridge or freezer. When everything is complete, you now have a menu set up that allows you and your family to know exactly what they will be eating for the foreseeable future and the peace of mind that they are eating a healthy, balanced diet, which can improve their overall health and well-being. This also can provide grab and go meal choices so everyone does not have to eat the same meal/ Your entire family can sit down and eat a meal together but everyone can have their own  healthy choice. 

With a little education, motivation, and guidance you can easily learn the skills you need to be a great meal prepper.

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Glass Meal Prep Containers

Why Choose to Use Glass Containers For Meal Prep

Glass containers are a great option for those who want to plan their meals in advance and have a convenient way to store and even transport their food. They are durable, safe, easy to clean, versatile, and environmentally friendly. If you’re looking for a reliable and healthy way to meal prep, glass is definitely a solid choice.

Durable and Safe

One of the most significant benefits of these containers is that they are made of durable and safe materials. Unlike plastic, glass containers are free of harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates. They are also non-porous, which means they won’t absorb any stains, smells, or flavors from your food. They are designed to withstand high temperatures, making them safe to use in the oven, microwave, and freezer.

Easy to Clean

Another advantage is that they are easy to clean. Unlike plastic, which may absorb food stains and odors, glass can be easily cleaned and sanitized. These are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean them all at once. You can also hand wash them with soap and water, and they will still look as good as new.

Versatile and Convenient

You can use them to store a variety of foods, from fruits and vegetables to soups and stews. Glass containers are perfect for meal prepping because they allow you to portion out your meals ahead of time, making it easier to control your portions and manage your calorie intake. They can also be great for packing lunches or snacks for work or school.

Environmentally Friendly

Glass meal prep containers are an environmentally friendly option. Unlike plastic containers that can take hundreds of years to decompose, glass is recyclable and can be reused over and over again. By using them, you can help reduce the amount of waste generated by plastic containers.

Our Reviews of Glass Containers for Meal Prep

The Glass containers that we use vary in size and shape, we will explain why we like each one. 

Let’s start first with some of the more common glass food containers that most households have in their own cabinets. By the way, if you click through any of the links below, you can find these products on Amazon. 

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Anchor Hocking

Anchor Hocking Glass Food Storage Containers are sold in round shapes and have a hard plastic lid. What we like about them is they stack inside one another and the glass is very sturdy – we rarely get a chip or crack and have had these for years. They go from fridge to microwave and heat food evenly. They are dishwasher safe.

What we don’t like about them. The covers do not hold up as well as the glass. Often after placing the hard plastic in the dishwasher it becomes brittle and cracks. They do sell replacement lids or you can simply hand wash the lids to avoid having to replace them. 

They even make a softer top called True Seal that seems to hold up better over time. If you are considering purchasing them you may want to opt for the True Seal softer top as shown below.


Rubbermaid makes glass containers as well and I will share with you 2 that we have had for many years. They are called Rubbermaid Glass with Easy Find Lids In our opinion this really speaks to their durability. 

What we like about these are their size and shape. They are larger in size than just for a single meal. Often when we are preparing a bowl of something to share later in the day, such as a potato salad, or have as leftovers, these containers work quite well for this purpose. They stack nicely in the fridge and  you can heat up leftovers, then serve directly from them or ladle soup out of them. They are microwave and dishwasher safe but do come with a caution that says do not put in the broiler or on the stove.

Mason Jars

Mason Jars have been around for many years. You may remember seeing these in your grandma’s pantry when she would pickle and put up vegetables. Today these are popular again and there is no wonder why. These jars are made of tough glass that are made to withstand high, moist temperatures. The seal you get with the lid keeps moisture out better than so many other containers. They are not recommended for dry heat, so no microwave or oven cooking with these.

We prefer the Ball brand wide mouth jars, the reason why is the Ball Brand has measurements on the side making it easier to put ingredients together quickly, all in one jar. The wide mouth makes it easy to pour ingredients into it and also easier to scoop contents out.

They are fabulous for making Mason Jar Salads. They showcase entire layered salads with colorful veggies and look so beautiful in the fridge. When you bring Mason Jar salads to work your coworkers will be envious of your lunch! They are perfect for meal prepping Overnight Oats, Chia Seed Puddings, and Yogurt Parfaits. Just open the lid and eat your breakfast. The lids are available in metal and in plastic. If you opt for the plastic lids your jars are 100% dishwasher safe.


Pyrex makes glass budget friendly meal prep containers with dividers. They lock on four sides like the higher end brands. They are freezer, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Out of all of our containers, we use these the least. First the rubber band inside the lid on one has pulled away from its lid and we have to fuss with it to put it back in. They are heavy weighted compared to our other containers.

We find that if it is a meal that we are heating up anyway, dividers are not always necessary. But if you have a picky eater who does not want their broccoli to touch their chicken you may want to purchase a glass set with dividers.

Lock and Lock

Lock and Lock Glass Containers are considered to be more of a high end product, but they are worth investing in and adding to your food container stash. They not only lock on all four sides to keep food fresh and leak proof but these babies are oven safe up to 750 degrees F. The manufacturer’s website says you can also use these in the airfryer. You can take your food from freezer to fridge to oven – just remember to remove the plastic lid before putting them into the oven. We have the rectangle shapes and use them for small zucchini lasagnas and other types of recipes that we prefer heated in an oven.

Ello Duraglass with Silicone Sleeves

Ello Duraglass with Silicone Sleeves are one of our most used meal prep containers and for quite a few reasons. Let’s start with the silicone sleeve’s brilliant design. They are each a different color and each one has a matching top, this alone is worth it. This saves us time in finding the right lid. Let’s dive a bit deeper into this design, because the glass is surrounded by the silicone they nest and stack nicer than any of our other glass containers. They can go  from freezer, to fridge, to oven, and they are oven safe up to 450 degrees F and are dishwasher safe on the top rack. 

The Glass Containers That We Like The Best and Least

In conclusion our favorite is the Ello Duraglass with Silicone Sleeves and the runner up is our Mason Jars, these get used more often in our household than any of the other meal prep containers. Our least favorite is the Pyrex but they were gifted to us by someone else and we use them for overflow meal prep when needed. We hope this helps you sort out which glass meal prep containers may be right for you.

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What Is Meal Prep?

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Meal prep, short for meal preparation, has become a popular way for people to make healthy eating more convenient and affordable. With the way most people live today, rushing through our daily routines we need food to be fast. Simply put, meal prep involves preparing meals in advance, usually for a few days or more, and storing them in the fridge or freezer for later. Let’s explore the concept of meal prep and why it has become so popular in recent years

Meal prep involves planning and preparing your meals in advance on a regular basis. Regularity and consistency are a necessary part of the process and is where even the most experienced home cooks can fail. Meal prepping means cooking several meals at once and storing them in containers to be eaten throughout the week. The idea behind meal prep is to make healthy eating easier and more convenient, especially for those who have busy schedules or find it difficult to make healthy choices on the go


When it comes to meal prep, there are several methods that people use. Some prefer to cook all their meals for the week on a single day, while others may cook in batches throughout the week. There is no right or wrong in meal prepping. The key is to find a method that fits into your schedule and utilize the types of ingredients that will appeal to your household.

"It's important to remember that meal prep doesn't have to be all or nothing"

It’s important to remember that meal prep doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Especially if you are just starting out. Even if you don’t have time to prepare all your meals in advance, simply prepping some snacks or preparing ingredients ahead of time can still make a big difference. Having ingredients prepped for meals and keeping healthy snacks on hand is a game changer for reasons we will delve into later in this article.

Meal prep can help you achieve your goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. With a little planning and preparation, this can be a simple and effective way to make healthy eating a part of your daily routine

There are many tools and resources available to assist with meal prep. Online recipe sites and resources such as Pinterest can help you discover new healthy recipes and may offer ways to structure out your meals for the week. Additionally, there are many products available, such as meal prep containers and lunch bags, that can make it easier to store and transport your meals.  We recently wrote an article all about Glass Meal Prep Containers. Check out which are our favorites

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Why do people choose to meal prep

Meal prepping has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people choosing to take control of their nutrition by preparing their meals in advance. The rising cost of food has many people turning to more cooking meals at home and seeking out the most economical ways to get nutritious meals on the table for their families. 


Meal prepping involves preparing several meals or portions of meals in advance, typically over the weekend or at the beginning of the week, and storing them in the fridge or freezer for later consumption. But why do people meal prep? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common reasons.


For many people, the main reason for meal prepping is convenience. By preparing meals in advance, they can save time during the week when they are busy with work or other commitments. Instead of spending time each day cooking, they can simply reheat a pre-made meal and enjoy a nutritious, home-cooked meal without the hassle.

This takes the stress out of always wondering what you will make for dinner. It provides an environment where everyone can sit down to dinner together but they do not have to eat the same meal. Much like you have options at your favorite take-out place. Meal prep can be a solution for picky eaters or those with specific dietary needs.

Health and Nutrition

A long term benefit that is derived from meal prepping is eating healthier. The reason many people decide to start a meal prep routine is to take control of their nutrition. When you prepare your meals in advance, you have complete control over what goes into them. This means you can ensure that your meals are varied and balanced. You can ensure the meals that you serve contain the right nutrients and macros to support your health and fitness goals. Meal prepping is encouraged by most popular diet plans.  Additionally, by cooking your meals from scratch, you can avoid processed foods and other unhealthy ingredients that can be found in many ready-made meals.


 Not everyone uses meal prep to lose weight.  Meal prepping can also be a great way to save money on groceries. With the rising cost of food many people are seeking ways to cut down on the amount of items they purchase. By planning your meals in advance, you can make a shopping list of the exact ingredients you need and avoid buying unnecessary items that may go to waste. Processed foods are often more expensive in the long run. If you have ingredients on hand to make your own toppings, dressings, coatings, and sauces for your meals you will save money over time. Additionally, buying ingredients in bulk can often be cheaper than buying smaller portions, so you can save money in the long run.

Portion Control

For some people, meal prepping is a way to manage their portion sizes and avoid overeating. By preparing meals in advance, they can portion out their meals ahead of time, making it easier to stick to their calorie and macronutrient goals. Utilizing containers that hold the appropriate portion size or have dividers that can be used will ensure your meal is the right size for your goal.

Weight Loss

Finally, meal prepping can be a useful tool for people who are trying to lose weight. By controlling what goes into their meals and managing their portion sizes, they can create a calorie deficit and lose weight over time. Additionally, having pre-made healthy meals on hand can help prevent temptation to reach for unhealthy snacks or fast food when hunger strikes.

People meal prep for a variety of reasons, from convenience and health to budget and weight loss. By taking control of their nutrition and planning their meals in advance, they can save time and money while ensuring that they are eating healthy, nutritious meals that support their goals. Whether you are a busy professional, a busy mom, fitness enthusiast, or simply someone who wants to eat better, meal prepping on a regular basis can be a valuable tool in your life and the life of your family. 

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Level Up Your Meal Prep Game – 12 Simple Tips

1. Know Your Time Limitations

  • Be realistic about how much time you are willing to devote to the process
  • Create simple recipes that can be completed in the allotted time

2. Book An Appointment With Yourself

  • Set aside specific dates and time to meal prep
  • Make it official by placing the time on your calendar

3. Create A Menu That Will Allow For Some Variety

  • Do not try to eat the same thing all the time at meals or you will get bored
  • A balanced meal plan with variety encourages consumption

4. Make A List Of Ingredients For Shopping

  • Saves you from over purchasing 
  •  Reduces the time you spend in the grocery store

5. Prepare To Prepare

  • Buy the right storage containers for the planned meals 
  • Glass and plastic: jars, casserole dishes, individual meal containers

6. Plan for Healthy Eating

  • Don’t be so strict that you are left hungry or craving poor snack choices
  • Make up snack packs to encourage portion control and good choices


7. Use The Right Tools For The Job

  • Sharp knives
  • Freezer bags


8. Incorporate Multiple Methods For Cooking Foods

  • Use the Instant Pot
  • Dust off the Crockpot 
  • BBQ packets, 
  • Sheet Pan Meals
  • Sous Vide 
  • Roasting, Frying
  • Grilling

9. Don’t Try to Cook 7 Nights a Week

  • Give yourself time off to explore someone’s else styles and flavors
  • Consume your own prepared freezer meals

10. Seek Out New Flavors And Try New Recipes

  • Try ethnic foods that you have never prepared
  • Use new techniques 

11.Meal Prep Outdoors During Good Weather

  • The grill can accommodate large amounts of various foods
  • Enjoying the weather while you prep supports good mental health

12. Utilize Peer Support To Create Good Habits

  • Meal prep weekly with others 
  • Follow social media pages that offer advice and encouragement

Instant Pot Chicken Breast



If you are not making this chicken every week for meal prep you are missing out on one of the easiest ways to have chicken on hand for chicken salads, bbq sandwiches, quesadillas and more. This simple recipe lends itself to making homemade chicken stock in the same pot!  If you do not own one of these, you are missing out. It is like having your own kitchen assistant creating and cooking fabulous foods for you. 


Ten Tips For Hosting A Meal Prep Party

The hottest new trend in home parties are meal prep parties.  These functional but fun gatherings are a great way to get together with friends and accomplish something together. 

A party can be as simple as preparing a single meal together that you all plan to eat that evening or as involved as all prepping your meals for the week.  The beauty of these fun parties are that it is time well spent, doing a task together. If you ever thought “ugh… food prepping is drudgery” attending or hosting a party just might be the way to take away the doldrums of cutting, chopping, and packaging the family meals.

1. Decide On The Type of Party

Is your party going to be for adults, children, or a combination of both? Mommy and me parties could be fun where mom’s get kids interested in preparing kid inspired breakfasts, and snacks. It could be an adult only party where maybe you and your book club members read a cook book and then create one of the recipes together. Maybe your party would be a couples coking party where each couple competes against the other. Your imagination is the limit to the fun you can have.  We once attended a sibling sushi making contest, it was a blast. 

2. Keep The Guest List Manageable

Meal prep parties should be smaller in nature, They should only be as large as your kitchen island can hold. Remember there must be room for all attendees to maneuver around their respective work areas.  Depending on what menu you are planning you may needs extra room for serving, packaging, or for appliances such as crock pots.  We once held a pickling meal prep party and needed room for ingredients and all those jars. 

3. Plan The Menu

Plan the menu according to your theme and your guests.  It’s imperative to know ahead of time if there are any food allergies or sensitivities. Keep your menu trim, select easy recipes or ones without too many items to prepare, and be mindful of timing of the recipes you have selected. 

4. Create A Shopping List

Decide who is responsible for sourcing items. If you are planning a weekly meal prep  for example you may want to tell everyone to bring the items needed for the amount they would like to prepare. This is also a good idea for shopping preferences for example you have two friends, one who only shops at Whole Foods and the other Aldi.   

If you are planing to prepare and then sit down to eat the  meal together you still have choices. You can assign out items for your guests to bring, split the bill  or you can shop for the items and absorb the cost.  If you do all the shopping for a meal, you have the peace of mind that you have all the ingredients and on time. 

5. Have Extra On Hand

Extra tools like cutting boards, knives, extra towels, extra paper towels, extra ingredients. There is always someone who forgets something or underestimates what they needs. Extra disposable take away containers are always a good idea. Make sure you have extra cleaning supplies on hand too. Kitchens can be messy place and spills happen. 

6. Clean Well Before A Party

 Clean everything in and around cooking and bathroom areas . It is not just for the sake of propriety but for the health and well being of your guests. It is easy to spread germs into the cooking area.  Make sure each guest is feeling well, and washes their hands in the bathroom sink before before they begin touching anything in the food prep areas. 

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7. Think Safety 1st

Remove small children if you are using knives, graters, or other sharpe objects. Be mindful of splattering grease, boiling water and spills. Accidents can be avoided with a little bit of caution. If you are hosting a party where small children are involved ensure they have age appropriate, safe tools to use. Never let small children operate, mixers, the oven, or stove.  Keep safety in mind when planning menus. 

A party can be as simple as preparing a single meal together that you sit down and eat, or as involved as prepping meals for the week ahead. 

8. Benefits of an Instructor-Led Party

If you have ever attended a cooking class then you know an instructor is a valuable asset. Instructor lead events bring focus to the objective and keeps things on a time track. An instructor leading your meal prep party adds a layer of organization to your event. Like an MC does to a show or a DJ at a wedding. They add value by imparting their culinary knowledge to your guests who are likely to pick up helpful cooking tips and techniques along the way. 

Instructor led parties can assist you with planning, they can help the host decide on the best event type for them in the space allocated and design the menus in such a way that your party is sure to be a success.  Good instructors will help you create the shopping lists. They should also guide you through food safety procedures to ensure you are prepared to have others cook in your space. During the session they will reenforce food-safe handling practices and food storage techniques. 

9. Where Do Instructor-Led Parties Take Place?

Instruction can happen in a physical setting such as a culinary studio or in the safety of your home, in person, or virtually

10. Where To Find a Meal Prep Party Instructor

Many popular kitchenware stores have culinary studios built inside of them.  They offer many types of classes. 

Some cooking schools are designed just for children 

Virtual Meal Prep Parties are offered for convenience and safety

Many popular private chefs will come to your home and provide a cooking class

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Healthy Family Style Meals Take Center Stage – Post Pandemic

We have all been hunkered down starting back in March of 2020 with the onset of a worldwide pandemic, hibernating like bears has subsequently followed us deep into the heart of the winter of 2022. Couple the fast-spreading virus with the extreme seasonal temperatures and we have a recipe for complacency.

Likely driven partly by fear and the desire to comfort ourselves, we remain most of the time in the safe haven of our own homes. It’s no wonder many people are suffering from a mild form of depression. That seasonal sadness typically experienced in winter used to be referred to simply as the doldrums is now magnified to epic proportions affecting our mental health in staggering numbers, all thanks to Covid.

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According to a study by Kff.org “During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. A share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019.”

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Depression and anxiety often lead to unhealthy behaviors. Overeating, alcohol consumption, cravings, and lack of energy. As a society we are becoming lazy and who could blame us? From food to fashion, the way we go to work, school and the way we even socialize leaves us seeking out ways to comfort ourselves.

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Contrary to what we may think, working and attending school from home has not helped us to break the fast food habit. According to a published fast-food industry statistic about consumerism during the 2020-2022 pandemic, we are still indulging ourselves with crispy, salty french fries and fatty sauce-laden foods. Maybe partly due to the fact that ordering a bucket of chicken, a burger or both has never been easier from your phone. Simply click that app open and you never have to move farther than your own front door. 



More often than not, when we do manage
to venture to the outside world
we tend to sit in our cars
while others serve our food to us
from the drive through window. 
Even our weekly shopping list items
are wheeled out on a cart 
by a grocery clerk
and placed in the trunk of our cars.



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Being at home more often also means we have ramped up the art of couch-potato snacking. It is easy to add up the calories while binging an entire season of the most popular show. Savvy marketers tempt us with ads for cheese puffs and M&Ms and try to deepen our addiction to junk food. This strategy is highly successful for them, just think about how many times you hit the pause button during your last binge watch to get up from the couch to fetch a snack.

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Our bad food habits are not just happening on the couch or in our cars. In 2021 entertaining at home has become popular. We now have pizza and game nights, football and wings, and potluck suppers featuring big pots of stew and homemade breads. Along with that type of socialization comes the indulgence of sweet soda, beer, wine and other alcohol. All adding up to unwanted pounds.


Fashion has fed into our need to feel coddled with its everyday stretchy waisted Athleisure styles. It is perfectly acceptable to wear yoga pants on business zoom calls and even out to dinner. In the off chance that you want to wear a dress, check out the selections that designers are touting these days and all you will find are oversized frumpy prairie dresses and skirts. For men the selection is slightly better but still very relaxed. 

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We love being cozy and feeling loved. The Covid fashion trends hide all those extra pounds under all the elastic waist bands and further boost our desire to feel soothed. This plays well into the fact that the only people we really interact with in person are close friends and relatives who will accept us the way we are. 



The piper will eventually have to be paid. Fashion is a cruel industry and next year it will have us all being rewarded for showing off flat abs and thin thighs. The dresses and shirts will show every curve and we will all be back in more formal clothing, if not at least business casual.

With spring fast approaching and bathing suit season to follow we do not need not panic, there is time to start making small changes that can add up to a more rewarding lifestyle even in the future. Changes that allow us to embrace the new ways of life with all its modern post pandemic conveniences.Health professionals tell us in order to shed pounds we must incorporate lower calories, higher fiber, and exercise. This means less junk, more fruit and vegetables and getting off the couch. 

Get Off The Couch!



Just as in 2020 as we designated spaces for a home office and classrooms, perhaps in 2022 more of us will convert a room to a home gym. According to Forbes “The craze for home fitness technology saw some manufacturers such as Peloton do extremely well during the pandemic”. They go on to say “if CES 2022 was anything to go by, that trend shows no sign of slowing down.” Whoop, a start up fit tech company, was recently valued at 3.6 billion.

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As the warmer weather approaches we can expect the popularity of family time and exercise to blend, Perhaps we will see the return of local neighborhood softball leagues and kick ball games. It would be great to see children playing outdoors playing tag, jumping rope, or simply chasing fireflies while parents keep watch nearby.

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Over the past several years there has been a reinvigorated enthusiasm among men to man their grills and show off their backyard barbecue skills. NPData says “The pandemic compelled consumers to spend on grilling and outdoor cooking, as a way to gather safely, create new experiences with family, and even learn new skills, during increased time spent at home.” According to Bloomberg News, “sales of grills and smokers in the U.S. soared 41% to $3.2 billion for the 12 months ending in March 2021.” The predictions are that the backyard barbecues are here to stay. 

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When it comes to enjoying our homes more, swimming pools are the hottest home improvement and if you are thinking about installing an in-ground pool in your yard be prepared to dole out higher prices and be patient. We have heard that there is a long waiting list for pool construction.

Another popular home improvement project that we are contracting for is fenced yards. This means more playtime for our four-legged and two-legged kids. We can look forward to more games of catch or fetch and more play dates outdoors. There is little doubt we are already reinvesting in the way we live. 

According to Business Wire “The home service industry as a whole is doing quite well, cleaning, contracting and landscaping grew strong in 2021.” This may be due to some shifts in focus, working remotely, or in the realization that we just want to enjoy more time on the weekends with friends and family instead of weeding the flower beds or cleaning toilets. 

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All companies, regardless of size and or industry, have had to adapt and shift the way they do business. The biggest change for the corporate world has been that the bulk of their workforce now being based from home offices. Given the option to return to the office has been less appealing to a great deal of their employees, with many of them preferring to return to the office only a day or two a week. For some employees the return to the office at all is unacceptable and are willing to seek out employers who will offer a 100% work from home benefit.

Business travel had shifted also. Many large in-person conferences successfully morphed into either virtual or hybrid conferences. According to a survey conducted by Owl Labs, “COVID-19 has taught us that working from the office doesn’t equal productivity. With the right tools and support, people can work from anywhere. Video conferencing technology has become the standard form of communication with 60% of respondents using video more than before COVID-19, bringing new considerations for remote employees.” 

Small businesses and consultants have moved away from the meeting rooms and coffee shops and shifted to online collaboration and learning sessions. Even cooking classes are being brought to you virtually in the safety and convenience of your own home.

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This bodes well for those who find themselves seeking out educational information around food preparation techniques. According to Smart Brief “A 2020 survey of 2,200 US consumers found that the intention to keep up with home cooking is especially strong among younger demographics, with 43% of Gen Z respondents saying they too intend to cook at home more after the pandemic is over.”

They are even more focused on the balance of mental and physical health. They tend to engage in fresh air activities and adopt exercise as a way of life. This group of savvy young professionals know that they need to provide nutritionally sound meal options for themselves and their families.

They prefer to prepare healthy snacks ahead of time that can be easily accessed. They know how to structure their grocery budgets and how to design balanced menus that stay on target financially. They understand that beyond planning meals they need to serve meals that are not only simple but also creative.

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That being said, experts strongly agree that some conveniences are here to stay. The financial predictions for popular delivery services are strong into at least 2027. We can’t imagine not using an app to order all the things we need and have them sent directly to our homes. We may not ever spend hours at the grocery store again.

Convenience and fast foods will never completely go away as it serves its purpose when necessary. The future of health is food and the future of food is healthier than it’s ever been. Look at how many fast food places have quickly adopted a plant based option. 

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In an article titled: How to Look After Your Health by MentalHealth.Org.UK
They cite reducing stress as one way to improve mental health, along with exercise and socialization. Finding smarter ways to take the guesswork out of what to prepare for dinner can reduce day to day anxiety. Add in more daily exercise, healthy eating habits and socialization and you have a winning recipe.

Tomorrow’s food consumer will adopt the “everything in moderation motto.” This fits nicely into everyone’s personal goals without being too restrictive. That is why planning what you will put in your body and what you will provide for your family will be the key to getting back on track. Purchasing healthy food, cooking a large variety of more sensible meals at home. 

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Where most good intentioned eaters stumble and ultimately fall back upon poor meal habits are in the planning phase. They fail to plan and therefore plan to fail. Read our article: Why Most People Fail at Meal Prep to learn more. Having menus designed that work for your lifestyle and budget, creating shopping lists and sticking to them, meal prepping in advance to save time will curb the desire to eat for convenience. The second area that trips people up is the inability to stick to the plan. That is where accountability to others becomes a good option. Education, planning and accountability along with exercise will help to curb bad behaviors. 

As spring fast approaches; stop binge eating, try consuming fewer processed foods and increasing your outdoor activity. Meal Prep Made is a new alternative to learning how to prepare more healthy meals at home. The program works in conjunction with any popular weight management programs like WW or Noom. Take a meal prep class, join a group for accountability, and get access to pre-designed meal prep menus and automated shopping lists. You will be ready to step into the next season of 2022 with a new confidence and a pep in your step! 

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Reasons Why People Fail at Meal Prep

Problem #1

You Are Busy and Hungry - A Fast Burger Seems Convenient

No one starts out their morning by thinking to themselves,” I am going to make poor food choices today.” But the number one reason people end up eating junk food is the failure to plan. Food planning is not how most folks want to spend their time. It seems easier to grab fast food or graze on snacks rather than pack a nutritious lunch. 


The Solution

Discover a few simple meals that you can put together is the first step in the process. They can be as simple as a turkey sandwich, or a few boiled eggs to start. 
This is only to start because if you keep bringing the same foods over and over you will get bored and be tempted again by that junk food burger. 

Problem #2

You're Tired of Eating The Same Thing

This is a common mistake made by those who actually have the intent to prepare their own meals. They will cook up some generic chicken, boil some rice, and roast vegetables. This sounds like a great idea, right?  Wrong!  
After 2 days of eating the same lunch, you will begin to get bored

The Solution

Find a way to use those same ingredients, but season them differently. You could one day eat them warm and the next day or incorporate them into an interesting salad with a complete opposite flavor. On the third and final day, you could put the ingredients into a pita pocket. 

Problem #3

You're Missing the Ingredients Needed to Change Up Your Meal

This comes down to a failure to plan out your meals and make a shopping list. For some making a shopping list is a task that is more mundane than washing and ironing your clothes. However, without a plan, you will be back buying that fast food burger.

The Solution

Create a list of meals you plan to prepare for the next week. If you use an online order system you can simply add the ingredients. If you are shopping for groceries yourself consider utilizing an AI.  An Alexa device has a shopping list feature that works well. It can be verbally updated as you look in your pantry or fridge. When you are at the grocery store you can just pull up your app and check off the items as you source them. 

Problem #4

Meal Prepping for the Entire Family is Time Consuming.

Busy parents often are the targets of fast food commercials. They know you are short on time and convince you that heading through the drive thru is a better option. But is it really? 

A CBS News article quotes Dr. Eliana Perrin, professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. “Eating too much fast food is bad for children’s health because of the high calorie count coupled with too few nutrients, Perrin said. A poor diet can also lead to heart problems and obesity.”

The Solution

Planning family meals is almost easier since ingredients can be purchased in large quantities. Buying a 3 pound package of ground beef that can be turned into 3 different meals is a good place to start.  When you incorporate the freezer into your planning you can really step up the family prepared meals. Make breakfast sandwiches, quesadillas and soups that can all be stored in the freezer. 

Problem #5

Creating Menus Can be a Big Project

Unless you are a professional chef, the average person has little experience creating menus in advance. That is why in previous generations, days of the week were assigned the same menu. Wednesday was always spaghetti in our house.   If that works for you great!, If not, you may want to look into a way to get some assistance with this project. 

The Solution

We took months to test recipes, add them to a menu, and create meal plans. We do this for a living. If you work or care take for others we may have the perfect solution for you. Check out a sample meal plan.  The good news is once you become a Meal Prep Made member you get so much more than just the menus and meal plans.

You get 5 weeks of live online instruction and support. You get all the recipes with full nutritional information. We even provide auto generated shopping lists and ways for you to customize your Meal Prep Made plans.  We take the hassle out of your planning, so you can spend more time doing the things that you do best.