4 Things You Should Know About Meal Prepping with Sheet Pans

4 Things You Should Know About Meal Prepping with Sheet Pans

When someone is just starting their meal prep journey, meal prepping with sheet pan cooking, also known as oven roasting, is the start line. Here are five things you should know about meal prepping, using the sheet plan method. It’s perfect for the novice all the way up to the meal prep pro and the food just tastes SOOOO good with minimal effort and minimal ways to mess it up.

1. This is what a sheet pan looks like.

I’ll be the first to admit that when I first started meal prepping, my knowledge of cookware and kitchen terminology was lacking. To me, a sheet pan was flat metal sheet that I often cooked cookies on with my girls. And you know what, that’s okay. My goal is to feed my family healthy meals, not graduate from culinary school.

2. Protein Tastes Amazing when cooked in the oven.

Even if you regularly burn things and you have a reputation for messing up meals in the kitchen, sheet pan cooking can really help you step your cooking game up. The food looks good AND it tastes good, with MINIMAL effort.

3. If You Don’t Use a Timer, your sheet pan meal will overcook.

Listen, the first rule of sheet pan cooking is- USE a TIMER. That’s the ONLY thing you need to remember when it comes to sheet pan cooking- Girl, use a timer! Even if you pride yourself on being old school and being able to wing it like grandma, I’m telling you right now…. you are not your grandma. Use a TIMER!

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a mom and you have a lot going on in your life. Remember, Meal Prep Love is all about Optimizing your time in the kitchen and one way we do that is removing all potential hurdles for wasted effort. If you burn your food, that is time and food wasted. So, do yourself a favor and use a timer!

Don’t have a kitchen timer? Just use your smart phone or the timer on your oven. A cute kitchen timer isn’t necessary especially when just starting off.

4. The Best Time to Sheet Pan Cook is, Anytime 🙂

I’m often asked, “When’s the best time to meal prep?” My answer, is anytime. I’ve learned that one of the biggest hurdles to meal prepping is the mental hurdle ‘it looks complicated’. Meal prep looks so complicated that most moms rule it out as an option or solution before they even start.

Sunday Meal Prep or batchcooking 20+ meals within a 3-4 hour period is an advanced meal prep strategy. It’s highly effective in optimizing your time in the kitchen, but you have to build up your muscles and kitchen organization before implementing that strategy.

In fact, I only recommend that strategy for a small percentage of my readers because it has the highest burnout potential of all of the strategies. I liken it to bulk writing multiple college papers over a weekend.

With sheet pan cooking, the ideal time is when your groceries are fresh from the grocery store. You don’t have to wait on anything to thaw. Everything is ready to go. I call this my ‘From the Grocery Bag to the Oven Meal Prep Strategy’ and it’s awesome.

The Truth About Meal Prepping

The Truth About Meal Prepping

Unless you’ve been living under a rock without wifi, you’d be hard pressed to find an adult who hasn’t heard the term ‘meal prep’ recently. It’s on instagram, videos are on Facebook, stay-at-home moms and gym rats alike are singing its praises.

What is meal prep?

In this post, I’m going to dig deep into the meal prepping trend to help you determine if meal prepping is really for you.

Let’s start with what meal prepping actually is. Meal prep is the act of preparing some or all of your meals ahead of time. For example, making your lunch for work or school is essentially, meal prepping at the basic level

What are the different ways one can meal prep?

There are a variety of ways to meal prep and no single method is considered superior to another. It all comes down to time, your personal preferences, and your budget.

I first heard the term meal prep as a part of a mom group in Honolulu. I was invited to be a part of a private FB group where the moms would pool together resources, bulk shop and bulk prep mails together. Later, they get together to cook all of the meals and divide amongst each other for storing later on to eat.

I loved the idea and was intrigued, but unfortunately that particular model didn’t work for me. It took a LOT of time. I couldn’t bring my kids. And, it took a LOT of time. No thank you.

Welcome to Meal Prep ♥ Love!

Welcome to Meal Prep ♥ Love!

What’s for dinner?

If you’re a mom, you KNOW this question. You know it very well!

You’re here, because you’re frustrated. You need help. You don’t have a plan. You don’t have a system. And, you’re worried. Your family eats out way too much. And, your version of meal prep consists of leftover pizza in a sandwich bag.

Girl! I KNOW this life. I used to be all about that life!

It’s not fun.

Hi, I’m Takara. I’m a mom just like you.

I’m have three girls under seven. I’m the Owner of FIT4MOM Honolulu; and meal prepping is my jam!

I began meal-prepping because I was on the mama struggle bus.  After the birth of my third child and purchasing a FIT4MOM franchise, I no longer had the time (or the desire) to spend hours in the kitchen, every day, preparing food for my family.

When planning for a business trip to Tokyo, my husband arranged to have batches of pre-cooked meals delivered via a local meal prep service, while he was away (Bless him!)

We used the meal prep service for about two months, and while it was convenient (yet expensive), what my family really wanted, was food prepared by me.

So, I began filling up the leftover delivery service containers with my own cooking and it was a big hit with my family. I’ve been meal prepping healthy meals ever since.

And, I’ve introduced hundreds of moms in Honolulu to meal prepping through my mom fitness business.

I was even featured on USA Today’s, Mom Bod Series for my meal prepping skills.  (Watch the Video:

So, you know. I’m not a random mom with a blog about meal prep. I’ve got some street cred when it comes to meal prepping for moms.

Girl! Get your #mealprep LIFE!

I want you to know that it IS possible to consistently feed your family healthy meals, without you having to spend endless hours in the kitchen.

It IS possible for you to get this meal prepping thing down.

It IS possible for YOU to make it happen.

You need a plan and a system.

I’d love to help you figure it all out so you reclaim your time, save money, and feed your family healthy meals every day.

I’ve created a free guide to help you get started, Download Your FREE GUIDE

If you’d like to bypass the freebies and get straight to #mealprep Magic, you can schedule a Meal Prep Strategy Session with Me (Click Here)

In Januaury 2019, I’ll be launching my first Six- Week Meal Prep for Mom Sanity Challenge! Reserve Your Spot here!

Welcome to Meal Prep ♥ Love!

Welcome to Meal Prep ♥ Love!

What’s for dinner?

If you’re a mom, you KNOW this question. You know it very well!

You’re here, because you’re frustrated. You need help. You don’t have a plan. You don’t have a system. And, you’re worried. Your family eats out way too much. And, your version of meal prep consists of leftover pizza in a sandwich bag.

Girl! I KNOW this life. I used to be all about that life!

It’s not fun.

Hi, I’m Takara. I’m a mom just like you.

I’m have three girls under seven. I’m the Owner of FIT4MOM Honolulu; and meal prepping is my jam!

I began meal-prepping because I was on the mama struggle bus.  After the birth of my third child and purchasing a FIT4MOM franchise, I no longer had the time (or the desire) to spend hours in the kitchen, every day, preparing food for my family.

When planning for a business trip to Tokyo, my husband arranged to have batches of pre-cooked meals delivered via a local meal prep service, while he was away (Bless him!)

We used the meal prep service for about two months, and while it was convenient (yet expensive), what my family really wanted, was food prepared by me.

So, I began filling up the leftover delivery service containers with my own cooking and it was a big hit with my family. I’ve been meal prepping healthy meals ever since.

And, I’ve introduced hundreds of moms in Honolulu to meal prepping through my mom fitness business.

I was even featured on USA Today’s, Mom Bod Series for my meal prepping skills.  (Watch the Video:

So, you know. I’m not a random mom with a blog about meal prep. I’ve got some street cred when it comes to meal prepping for moms.

Girl! Get your #mealprep LIFE!

I want you to know that it IS possible to consistently feed your family healthy meals, without you having to spend endless hours in the kitchen.

It IS possible for you to get this meal prepping thing down.

It IS possible for YOU to make it happen.

You need a plan and a system.

I’d love to help you figure it all out so you reclaim your time, save money, and feed your family healthy meals every day.

I’ve created a free guide to help you get started, Download Your FREE GUIDE

If you’d like to bypass the freebies and get straight to #mealprep Magic, you can schedule a Meal Prep Strategy Session with Me (Click Here)

In Januaury 2019, I’ll be launching my first Six- Week Meal Prep for Mom Sanity Challenge! Reserve Your Spot here!

How I Began Meal Prepping & How it Changed Me

How I Began Meal Prepping & How it Changed Me

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