Have you ever left work late with a rumbling tummy, but don’t have the energy to shop and then cook a meal when you get home. A busy work schedule is one of the main reasons why people choose to cook microwave meals or get takeaways because it’s quick and easy.  People dream of getting home and having a home-cooked meal waiting for you the minute you get in and maybe even already have a cooked meal for lunch the next day. Meal preparation can be the perfect solution to keep on track with our healthy eating and will save you so much time. There is no correct way to prepare meals as methods may differ based on things like your cooking ability, your schedules.

 

Benefits to Meal Preparation

 

  • Saving money
  • Saving time 
  • Can help with weight control
  • Can contribute to a balanced diet
  • Can reduce stress
  • You will prevent food waste

 

Meal prepping is the concept of preparing whole meal dishes ahead of schedule. Meal prepping is very popular amongst busy people because it can save a lot of time and money. Having meals pre-prepared meals can lead to a balanced diet and reduced portion sizes. You will also save a lot of time when shopping for groceries as you will have a detailed and organised list to help you save time when looking around the supermarket. If you are unsure what meals are available out there we have listed a few meals to help you get started, however, there are loads of recipes to discover online. 

 

 

One Pan Chicken, Sausage & Vegetables

 

 

Ingredients 

 

  • 1 zucchini 
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 chicken sausages
  • 4 cups of wild rice

 

Directions 

 

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Place the squash and zucchini on a baking sheet and evenly coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. 
  • Push the squash and zucchini to the sides and place the chicken in the middle.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
  • Serve with wild rice. Eat immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 

 

One Pan Honey, Garlic, Salmon & Asparagus

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 14 oz of asparagus 
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 7 cloves of garlic 
  • 6 oz of salmon
  • 4 teaspoons of honey 

 

Directions  

 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Add asparagus onto a baking tray and coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. 
  • Place salmon fillets in the middle of the baking tray.
  • In a small bowl add olive oil, honey and garlic. Mix until well combined. Coat the salmon with mixture. 
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve now or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3-4 days. 

 

Italian Vegetable Soup 

 

 

Ingredients 

 

  • 2 onions 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 4 celery sticks 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • A few thyme sprigs
  • 3 courgettes
  • 400g butter beans
  • 400g chopped tomatoes 
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 100g parmesan 
  • 140g small pasta shapes
  • Small bunch basil

 

Directions 

 

  • Gently cook the onion, carrots and celery in the oil in a large saucepan for 20 mins, until soft. Splash in water if they stick. Add the sugar, garlic, puree, herbs and courgettes and cook for 4-5 mins on a medium heat until they brown a little. 
  • Pour in the beans, tomatoes and stock then simmer for 20 mins. If you’re freezing it, cool and do so now. It can be frozen for up to three months. If not, add the parmesan and the pasta and simmer for 6-8 minutes until pasta cooked. Sprinkle with basil and remaining parmesan to serve. If you have frozen the dish then reheat before adding the pasta, cheese and continuing as above. 

 

The Perfect Appliance 

 

The HOAZ173IN built-in single electric oven from Hoover is the perfect oven to help you get started with your meal preparation. The oven comes equipped with a WI-Fi option which gives you the opportunity to control the app through your mobile phone or tablet. This will save you even more time as you can perform tasks such as preheating your oven which you can do while you’re on your way home from work.

 The oven even recommends the best cooking programme based on the food you’re cooking and will even suggest recipes, so you will never be struggling for meal preparation ideas. Once you have customised your cooking programme the dynamic chef feature will enable you to save your favourite meal-prep recipes to use over and over again. 

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