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Nearly everyone is busy these days, and stress levels seem to be at an all-time high. Yet it’s never been more important to prioritize healthy eating, which for most, means learning to cook more at home.
If you’re already exhausted, stressed, or overwhelmed, it can seem daunting to have to cook more healthy foods. But with some planning and prep, you’ll be able to cook all of the nutritious foods you need.
Tips for Prepping Meals
The first step is to have a plan. You can’t plan ahead or prep if you don’t know what you will be cooking. There are many ancestral recipes available on the internet, and you can find many of them right here on our website. Each Thrive in 65 post includes a recipe, and Price-Pottenger Members also have access to even more recipes in our Journal.
To make your meal prep time-efficient, choose recipes that have similar ingredients or proteins so that you can prepare more in the same amount of time. Cook two or three times the amount that you’ll need for your day’s meal so that you can utilize leftovers.
No matter how busy you are, you have to eat. If you’re used to ordering take-out or eating lots of prepared foods, you’ll need to make a shift in your mindset. But you can choose one or two times each week to do some meal prep that will save you time for the rest of your week.
During your prep, you’ll wash and cut your vegetables so they’re ready to cook. You might also choose to cook a few pounds of your protein of choice, like grass-fed beef roast or pasture-raised chicken thighs, to use in various different ways throughout the week’s meals. This is known as batch cooking.
Finally, it may help to utilize efficient cooking methods like a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, or a Dutch oven. By choosing recipes that work with these, you’ll spend less time stirring or actively cooking, but you’ll still enjoy the benefits of home-cooked meals.
Today’s Simple Step
When you have healthy foods already cooked and ready to eat, you don’t succumb to the convenience factor and you decrease resistance to eating a more ancestral diet.
These Braised Turkey Drumsticks with Sage and Dates are the perfect protein to batch cook. Cook once and eat several meals from them—the perfect time-saver for a busy week.