Here are some helpful tips on how to Plan like a Champ:
1. Start Small - Getting into a new routine of prepping all your meals ahead of time can take some getting used to. From experience, it's far easier to begin by prepping a few days worth of meals at a one time, then slowly building up and acclimating yourself to an entire week's worth of meals in one session. It's not unusual to feel somewhat overwhelmed when trying to jump right into a full week's prep all at once, and doing so, may discourage you from continuing on and attaining your goals. Start small and stick with it.
"Planning ahead" also helps to make meal prep a sustainable healthy habit.
2. Break It Up - To stave off boredom, freeze one or two meals each time you make a new recipe so you can swap in something different throughout the week. If you’re freezing, cook foods that have a low water content (this is mainly due to the fact that when the water freezes, it expands and the ice crystals cause the cell walls to rupture. Consequently, the texture of the produce, when thawed, will be much softer than it was when raw. This is especially noticeable in foods that would be consumed raw.).
You can also add different sauces to a meal to change the flavor, or plan to eat out one night that week to give your taste buds a refresh.
3. Enlist a Buddy - Grab a friend, spouse or child to cook with you. Not only will the process go faster, but you’ll be more likely to go outside your comfort zone with recipes, since you’ll have two palettes to please instead of just your own.
Remember, PERFECTION is not the GOAL here ~ PERSISTENCE IS!
"Textural changes due to freezing are not as apparent in products which are cooked before eating because cooking also softens cell walls. These changes are also less noticeable in high starch vegetables, such as peas, corn, and lima beans."