How to prep 12 weeks of meals for $500
PLANNING dinner for the week is a tedious task for some, but mum-of-two Kaitie Purssell is the master.
She's been dubbed the 'Meal Prep Queen' with good reason, she can cook an impressive 50 winter meals for just $125.
And it only took her six hours of prep to bang out all of those meals, which work out to cost just $2.50 a bowl.
"I love meal prep, so I thought why not get myself set up for winter," she told Kidspot.
She got her recipes from The Healthy Mummy and takes part in their 28 day challenge.
The meals included Mexican lasagne, hidden veggie spag bol, satay chicken, slow cooked Asian chicken and beef san choy bow.
Kaitie not only whipped up meals but snacks too, which included a range of healthy muffins, chocolate banana loaf, and bliss balls.
The mum-of-two explained that she did have a few herbs and spices on hand but after doing a big shop to stock up on supplies it took half a day to cook it all.
Kaitie absolutely loves having everything prepped and ready to go, especially once dinner time rolls around.
"I save so much more time each day by not cooking dinner," she said, "not having to cook dinner each night takes a huge strain off!"
Kaitie is feeding her whole family with her pre-prepared meals
It's not just Kaitie feeding herself either with her kids getting their meals out of the bulk prep too.
"Miss 2 will eat anything, although Miss 4 is super fussy. They share an adult portion," she explained.
Kaitie quickly dropped 21kgs on this new 'diet' according to her post: "For me, food has 90% contributed to my weight loss. I love food, I always have but I'm very slowly starting to love me too."
Kaitie says she meal preps up to three months in advance.
When it comes to prepping meals in advance you don't have to go as far as Kaitie did and organise three months in advance, but she's got tips for other people thinking about it:
• Prep whatever you can, when you can!
• That may be whipping up a slice such as the mint choc bubble crunch that takes 5 minutes while the kids have breakfast, pop a banana bread in the oven while you wait for dinner to cook or cook double/triple of all your dinners then portion up to freeze.
• Make the time to prep
• Portion and freeze all extra meals and snacks so you can grab them out last minute if needed.
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been reproduced here with permission