As fall fades into winter, remember to adjust your weekly meal prepping techniques from fall to winter. (Yep, it’s a real thing). Here are seven winter meal prep tips you can use this season.
Fresh produce is not only reserved for the warm-weather months like in summer and fall. We prefer to follow the rhythms of Mother Nature, which is why we choose to eat for the seasons. Here’s which winter produce you should be purchasing this season.
Once (or twice) a week, make one or two hearty, starchy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or winter squash so you always have cooked vegetables on hand ready and to enjoy. Simply preheat the oven to 350 F, then wash and chop your vegetables of choice. Drizzle with oil, salt, pepper (or spray with EVOO spray) or your favorite seasonings, then arrange vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast 40-50 minutes or until vegetables are tender to the touch and slightly browned. Enjoy immediately or store in glass containers and place in the fridge, then enjoy throughout the week.
Just like you can batch cook your weekly vegetables, do the same with your grains. Choose one or two grains and cook a large batch so you have enough servings to enjoy throughout the course of the week. Some great options include brown rice, farro and quinoa, all of which can be enjoyed on their own or as a delicious additional side to another entree.
During the winter months, our bodies naturally want to hibernate. The days are shorter, the temperatures are colder, and we are moving slower. Try cutting back on excessive carbohydrate consumption and instead, fuel up on better fats like almond butter, avocados, chia seeds, coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, mackerel and wild caught salmon. These fats give you energy and can fuel you for longer periods of time so you won’t have to worry about that 3pm snack attack.
Winter is the quintessential season for homemade soups, stews and chilis. Select your favorite recipe and then double it so you have leftovers to enjoy for lunch and dinner the entire week. Be sure to also freeze a few servings so you can enjoy your savory soup or stew all winter long. Don’t have time to cook? Stock up on your favorite soups like butternut squash, creamy tomato basil, lentil, and roasted red pepper. Don’t forget to snag some boxes of broth to use for all of your bases when making your own homemade soups and stews this winter.
During the cold winter months, no one wants to head outdoors to head to the grocery store, so pack the pantry before the winter weather settles in. A stocked pantry filled with quick-meal basics is the best way to ensure you are always prepared for your weekly winter meal prepping. Some pantry staples include coffee and tea, granola and oatmeal, snacks and all of your other meal prepping needs.
As the seasons change, update your weekly meal prepping for the colder months with these seven winter meal prep tips.