Meal prep is hard, am I right?! Preparing food in advance does not come easy to most. At the end of a long day, it's far easier to pick up a pizza or order in Chinese, especially with all the food ordering apps out there. And then at lunch, most of us are too busy to eat and when we do, we eat the closest thing available.
Don't you deserve better? You sure do. So where can you start?
In my experience, there are 4 different types of personalities when it comes to meal prep. In this blog post, I will walk through each type and in my next blog post, coming out next Wednesday, I will share specific strategies for each type.
#1 The Artiste - Inspiration is the key driver for this chef and this person thrives on spontaneity. This person will come home from work, take a peek in the fridge, pull out a few ingredients and decide in the moment how it’s all going to come together. This person feels confident in their cooking ability and treats the process as a low stakes experiment. This person buys food at the grocery store upon instinct and going to the grocery store is no chore. They know what kinds of foods they want to make and will figure out how it’s going to come together.
#2 The Careful Planner - This person doesn’t like the kitchen to be a place of surprise. He/she likes to know before going to the grocery store what they plan on making that week. They have a grocery list that they bring with them and cross off every item. They know Mondays are for veggie casserole and Wednesdays are fish tacos. They like the idea of coming home from the office already having most of their food prepped and simply needing to warm things up and toss together a salad. But that takes time. And energy.
#3 The Lazy Chef. This person wants to eat healthy but really does’t like the idea of meal prep. Instead of following a complicated recipe with multiple ingredients and one big grocery trip, this person relies on a sudden burst of energy. When they feel motivated, they will pick things up in the moment after work and go home to make a 5-ingredient dinner like a grilled chicken salad or a veggie pasta. This person rarely cooks but appreciates the outcome when they do. Motivation and convenience is king for the Lazy Chef.
#4 The Hunter-Gatherer. This person wants to keep things simple and acts out of necessity. They don’t need intense variety, what they need is ease of use. They want to make 2-3 dishes in advance and have them across the course of the week. At the end of a long day, they are not very motivated and if they had to cook, would likely give up and order in. They are surprised and delighted by the fact that they have food in the fridge but they don’t relish in the cooking process.
So what kind of meal prepper are you? Let me know in the comments!
See you next week for strategies for each Meal Prepper type!