How to meal prep effectively with Panasonic Kitchen
Prepping your meals can be a real life-saver when you work a busy job or lead a busy life and let’s face it, there is no such thing as a 9 to 5 anymore! People are working longer hours and are rarely in the position where they get home and fancy cooking a gourmet dinner. It can also be expensive to buy your lunch out and about everyday, so meal prep can not only be a time saver but a money saver too! Even if you don’t work long hours, it is always handy to have meals prepped if you’re not in the mood for cooking!
My name is Sophie, I’m a registered nutritionist who can be found at Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen and on Instagram here. I am delighted to be working with Panasonic to support their LoveFoodHateWaste partnership by bringing you some helpful tips in regards to preparing easy, nutritious meals by cooking with the Panasonic Slimline Combi Microwave (NN-CD87KSBPQ). I have come up with some simple ways in which you can meal prep effectively.
Firstly, make sure you have food storage containers. You can find these pretty cheap online and get them in a variety of shapes and sizes and it makes storing cooked, and uncooked, food much easier.
Secondly, if you find you have a lot of “usual suspect” leftover ingredients that you see in the fridge most weeks, you can refine your meal prep to include more of these. For example, if you often have veggies that go off, why not cook these up in advance and either bulk out dinners, such as pasta sauces, salads or side dishes, or add them to lunchboxes to help hit your five a day.
The most important thing to consider when it comes to meal prepping is actually putting aside the time to do it. A lot of people use the excuse of not having time but do yourself a favour – make it a priority if you think you can benefit from it! Meal prepping doesn’t mean hours by the stove or clock-watching the oven. I use the Panasonic Slimline Combi Microwave, which is a grill, convection oven and microwave all in one. Gone are the need for multiple appliances to create bulk meals, you can literally cook an entire meal with one appliance, and the 34l drum means you can bulk make meals easily. Just put an hour aside on a Saturday or Sunday and you’ll be pleased that you did. If you do decide to cook larger batches, such as chilli or pasta and put the leftover portion in the freezer to reduce wastage.
If you do decide to meal prep, it’s important to make sure you reheat them to the optimum temperatures. This, again, is something I don’t tend to worry about, as my Panasonic CD87 includes Genius Sensor technology, with reheats food to optimum cooking time and temperatures, ensuring perfectly reheated food whenever I want it.
Keep it simple if you are new to meal prepping. You do not have to whip up some impressive lunchbox. Things like one pot recipes or using microwavable grain packs are easy ways to assist in building a meal. Additionally, make sure your meals are balanced. Try and make sure you have a balance of food groups in there that will keep you satisfied! Foods such as grains, potatoes, chicken, tofu, legumes and any kind of veg, are easy to reheat.