5 Simple Steps to Create Diversity when Meal Prepping
Meal prepping is so big now and it’s the only way I stay on track and get everything else done I have to during the week. What drives me crazy is that people lack diversity in their meals. Who wants to eat grilled chicken, steamed broccoli & brown rice all week long? Not me! There are simple ways to create diversity while meal prepping for the week. Here are 5 simple ways to create diversity in your meal prep.
1.Use salsas. You can create a variety of flavors by using salsas. You can create a variety of salsas using mango, pineapple, papaya, avocados, tomatoes, beans, strawberries, cucumbers and grapes. You can use just about any fruit, vegetable or bean and put a cool twist on the basic salsa recipe. This can take a simple piece of grilled chicken or fish into many different flavor directions.
2.Explore various cooking techniques. Cook your veggie of choice in a variety of ways. One simple vegetable can be cut up and cooked in several simple ways. Take a head of broccoli as an example. You can steam it of course but, you can also roast your broccoli, saute it with some garlic & you can create easy diversity by throwing in some chopped nuts, olives, roasted peppers or sundried tomatoes. Other vegetables like carrots & root vegetables can be transformed easily by adding honey, maple syrup or tossing with spices like cumin, curry or chipotle.
3.Don’t forget about your herbs and spices! You can take a family pack of chicken and season each piece differently. One piece can have a dried Italian seasoning mix while another piece has a curry seasoning, one may have cumin another something as simple as salt & pepper and the last maybe some chipotle powder. Herbs and spices can take any part of your meal in various directions.
4.Go nuts & don’t forget the seeds! Use nuts and seeds in a variety of ways to not only bring in crunch & flavor but also some awesome health benefits including Omega 3, manganese, fiber, and vitamins E & A. Toss some nuts and seeds on a salad, in your rice or even topped on some fish or chicken. You can pulse some nuts in a food processor and use them as a crust on your favorite protein.
5.Don’t forget the citrus! You can add fresh squeezed lemon, lime, orange or tangerine juice to chicken, fish, rice
or vegetables to get a fresh citrus flavor to any dish. If you’re looking for a real citrus zing use the zest to get an more intense flavor.
Creating diversity while meal prepping doesn’t have to be hard at all. You don’t even have to be creative you just have to remember that 1 or 2 simple ingredients can create a diverse amount of variety. Keep things simple and keep things fresh. Start off with one simple recipe and create variations of that idea by swapping out one ingredient at a time.
Are there any tips that have sparked some creativity that you’d like to apply for your next meal prep?
How can you use these strategies to create diverse meals for you during the week? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below to help give others some more strategies and ideas. We’re all here to help each other out.
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