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meal prep & timesavers

meal prep & timesavers

One of the biggest obstacles I have experienced….

….to healthy cooking, eating and living is related to my busy schedule and not feeling as if there is enough time to cook and eat healthy.  Knowing how important these activities are to my health and overall sense of well-being has led me to look for ways to save time and create shortcuts to help me reach my goals.  In these posts you will find a collection of my tips and ideas that I have used at different times.  My hope is that also help you save time and be your best healthy self.

Meal planning is an integral part of my life.

Without it, I admit I feel uncentered and unsure which will often lead to bad decisions especially when it comes to my meals.  I set aside a bit of time each week to figure out what I want to cook and use it to create a shopping list.  I can just hear many of you saying, “I already don’t have time and now you want me to make time to plan?”  But since I believe that meal planning is essential to staying on track and following a healthy eating plan, I have also developed some tricks and tactics I use to make meal planning easier and I will share these with you in many of my prior posts collected here.

Identify short cuts and time saving kitchen tools

One of the best ways to save time is to consider investing in items that will help you plan and help you save time.  While purchasing some of these items now may cost you a bit of money the time saved is invaluable.  Plus keep coming back here to read about my experiences cooking and how I save time!!

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My Collection of Meal Prep & Timesaver Posts


,Showing knife, an essential cutting tool on wooden board cutting radishes.

Essential cutting tools for your kitchen

There are a whole range of utensils that can be used for cutting during your meal preparation in the kitchen.  My list of essential cutting tools includes the basics, such as a good chef’s knife and a cutting board to more specialized tools, like a […]

Sandwiches are perfect for take to work lunch meals

Take to work lunch recipe collection

Is your lunch rotation getting a bit stale?  I’ve got a bunch of my favorite take to work lunch recipes together in a collection for you.  These take to work lunch recipes are perfect to prep ahead, transport easily and quick to assemble or reheat […]

Healthy breakfast tips includes choosing foods you enjoy such as a yogurt bowl or oatmeal with fresh fruit.

Healthy breakfast tips and Ideas to get moving in the morning

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?  I am not sure that it is for everyone. There are lots of people who don’t eat breakfast and would disagree. Personally, I need breakfast every day.  And I think that many of us would […]

My favorite baking tools include wooden spoons and much more!

My favorite baking tools

I have to admit the truth!!!  Baking is a struggle for me.  I think that what I find most difficult about it is that it requires patience and accuracy.  So, that means that I need as many baking tools to help me make it easier […]

Pin for pinterest of healthy comfort food collection

My collection of healthy comfort food recipes

Do you have those moments when you are just craving some comfort food?  This happens for me quite often.  Usually it’s in response to some stress, exhaustion or other trigger. In those times I find these healthy comfort food recipes a great resource.

Assorted whole grains are shown in this photo including brown rice, wheatberries, quinoa and soba noodles

My favorite healthy whole grains

Are you tired of your basic everyday grains and looking to change up your menu just a bit?  Here are my favorite healthy whole grains that I use regularly for my meals and meal prep. I know that nutrition still matters even when I am […]


Vegan Mediterranean Bulgur Bowl

Grain and legume bowls like this Vegan Mediterranean Bulgur Bowl are perfect for meal prep.  Why? Here are the top 3 reasons: The ingredients are all easily made and packaged ahead of time. Everything transports really well. No need to heat up — simply toss […]

Meal prep idea shown to pack up food to go in jars.

A Collection of Meal Prep Ideas and Recipes

Meal prep is no doubt my number one healthy habit that I share here on the blog.  It is a healthy that I have actually been able to develop and maintain over the years.  I am sharing meal prep ideas and recipes with you today […]

Overhead shot of sushi rice bowl showing all the vegetables, sauces and garnishes.

Making Sushi Rice Bowls

I love sushi, but let’s face it.  It’s not an easy technique to conquer and the amount of time involved is more than I can handle.  So how can you combine the flavors without all the hassle of rolling it?  What about making it into […]

Overheadphoto of vegetarian meal prep station with wooden cutting board, cast iron skillet, mortar & pestle, and various herbs and seasonings.

Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas and Recipes

There are numerous strategies to prep meals ahead of time and save yourself tons of time during the week to prepare meals.  I hear so often that you all struggle with finding the time and energy to prepare healthy meals each and every day.  I […]

Chickpea salad with bread and other variations

Creamy Chickpea Salad

Today’s recipe for Creamy Chickpea Salad is a plant-based “spin” on chicken salad.  It’s super easy to make and is a solid addition to your meal prep routine.  Why?  In my opinion, not only is it easy to make, but you can also add a […]

Meal prep made easy uses jars to easily transport salads

Meal Prep Made Easy: Asian Salad Bowls

I am kicking off a new series of posts centered on meal prep.  Planning out your meals for the week is my #1 healthy habit that I use for myself and also to help others, like you, stay on track with healthy eating.   Once you […]

Containers of prepped meals

My secret to healthy meal prep

I talk about healthy meal prep a lot.  It is a healthy habit that I use just about every week and one that I believe is the secret to successful healthy eating.  Starting the week off with an idea or plan by using healthy meal […]

Timesaving Kitchen Tools_Spiral Veggie Bowl

Cooking with my favorite timesaving kitchen tools

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite cook?  Or did you land here today on this page, looking for ways to save time on cooking?  No matter the reason, you are in the right place.  Today I am sharing my absolute favorite healthy and […]

Prepped veggies for lunch bowls are one way to get ahead on meal prep.

Making Whole Grain Protein Lunch Bowls

Lunch on the go is a struggle, right?  It takes planning and a little bit of looking into the future in order to prepare it the night before or even the weekend before. Read more to find out how creating whole grain protein lunch bowls […]

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

My classic and most basic Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables recipe.  Ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish. Use these roasted veggies for your weekly meal prep.  They work great as a side dish, in a salad or on a sandwich and you can eat […]

All four flavors of meal prep smoothies are pictured. Poured into small glasses and garnished with fresh berries, chia or flax and mint.

How to meal prep smoothies

I love to meal prep smoothies!  When I make smoothies I like them frozen, with lots of ice, almost like a milkshake.  A milkshake full of lots of fruits, veggies and protein.  What do I like most about smoothies? Smoothies are easy to make! Combined […]


Tips for using social media and the web for meal planning

One of the fundamental habits I recommend to create and live a healthy life every day is to implement some form of meal planning.  This way, when time is tight you are prepared.  Let’s face it nowadays many of us are in homes where all […]

On the Go Oatmeal and Grain Bowls

On the Go Oatmeal and Grain Bowls

Oatmeal is an all-time breakfast favorite and is usually eaten as a hot cereal, but it can also be prepared and served cold.  This method transforms oatmeal and other grains into a quick and on-the-go breakfast food in the form of healthy oatmeal and grain […]

Ways to eat healthy and save time on food preparation

Healthy Eating Hacks to Save You Time in the Kitchen

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