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There are times that I wake up in the morning and my body is just refusing to move and doesn’t have the mood to prepare meals, after all, prepping and cooking meals can take time. And if you’re a busy professional, you may think your only choices are fast foods and frozen foods — which are unhealthy options. Fortunately, there are a few routine changes and planning you can undertake to have healthy home-cooked meals even when you’re busy:
Plan with the slow cooker
You’d be surprised how useful a slow cooker can be. There are tons of recipes on the internet — from soups to pastas to rice meals. Just toss the ingredients in and turn the slow cooker on, then you can leave it until it’s ready.
Decide what to eat
Before your busy week starts, decide what meals and snacks you want for that week. This allows you to try out new recipes and see if you’ll need to prepare anything in advance. You can also use this time to decide if you feel like eating out at any time of the week.
Have a shopping list
Write down what you need for the week and stick to that list. It’s also important to not go to the grocery store on an empty stomach since you can end up convincing yourself to buy things you really don’t need.
Prep ingredients beforehand
When you’re back from the grocery store, organize your food before putting them in the fridge and pantry. Pre-chop the vegetables, divide the meat into portions, and cook up the pasta sauce. Doing this means you’ll just need to combine and cook everything when it’s time to use them.
Account for leftovers
If there’s a particular recipe you really like, you can double the recipe. Alternatively, you can heat up leftovers rather than cook a new meal too. Check your fridge and pantry for ingredients you can use up — you can use leftover chicken in tacos or slightly wilted vegetables in soups.
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