13 | MEAL PREPPING made EASY in 6 simple steps! a mom life VERSION of course!

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In this episode I've talked about a tailor-made version of Meal Prepping. this episode goes hand in hand with the Meal planning that is mentioned in episode number 12. It's time to be realistic about our mom life and take simpler systems into consideration. Don't forget that this meal prepping system is aimed to help us reduce some of the burden not add some. 

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Hey Mamma. This is my MamaNest and you' re Listening to episode Number Thirteen. in this episode we' re going to talk about meal prepping, but not a common meal prepping system that you might have heard about here and there. You know the kind of meal prepping system that is applicable and that is practical, for a mon life. So without further I do, let ' s dive into today' s topic. Be the best version of Yourself Mama, I' m Mahsa Rezaei and welcome to MamaNest. A nest for modern moms who are eager to achieve A simpler, more intentional life. in this podcast we' re going to rewrite the script and reinvent the culture of motherhood together. Remember, becoming a mother is the beginning of our prosperity, not forgetting ourselves. A fulfilled, healthy, confident and productive Mom, is all we need to be, to guarantee our family' s future. I ' m on a mission to make you feel empowered and less overwhelmed. We ' ll focus on productivity, parenting, mindfulness, minimalism, sustainable lifestyle, financial awareness, Besides family wellness. I' m here to help you broaden your horizon and gain clarity on showing up as your best Mama Self. So, let' s build you up today. let' s dive into it, Hello Mama, I hope you' re doing really awesome. Well, this week' s episode is about male prepping, and, as you might know, it has a prerequisite, and that is a meal planning that we have covered in episode number 12. So, if you haven' t heard episode number twelve, I really suggest you go and take a good listen to episode number twelve before listening to this episode. And before diving into today' s topic, I wanted to admit that, Well, this is the first experience of podcasting in English for me without any script, and I' m so excited about that. You know, as You might know, I am not a native English speaker and I' ve never been in any native English speaking country before and but I' m really, you know interested in English and I' m really passionate about learning English, and so during my podcasting journey I tried my best to just offer some valuable content in English. That is, you know, valuable and worth listening for any kind of audience in anywhere in the world, and so I was really cautious about my English in those experiences. But I reached to a point that I need to be more...

...natural and more, I mean authentic when I' m doing these podcasts, and so I' d like to apologize for any kind of teeny tiny mistakes that you might have heard or you might hear in my speeches anywhere in this MamaNest podcast, and that is because I' m not a native English speaker, but I really try my best to create valuable contents and I really do respect all of you as my audiences and I do really believe that you deserve the best. So I' m trying my best to be better everyday, day in and day out and of course this is a journey and I' m going to develop in every aspect of you know my podcasting experience. So let' s talk about today' s topic. As I told you last week, for a successful kind of experience in meal planning after becoming a mom, we need to consider different circumstances that we have in our mom life, and because of that we need some sort of flexible kind of systems for meal management, meal planning, meal prepping, anything. So I suggested you to derive and to create a list of family favorite foods, and it is apparent that it is the list of the foods that all of the members of your family agree that, yes. it is a" yes food" and we do like to have it any day in the week. after that, I had suggested to provide a list of recipes to try in order to just expand the number of the foods that your family might like In the long run, I mean every, for example, once In a while every two weeks or so try new recipes with the family members. and I want to focus one more time with the family members. all the process, the process of choosing the recipe and also the process of cooking the recipe should be with your family members. And then, after you have eaten the new food you can all of you, you can decide whether this recipe will go and into the family her list or not, and in this way you can expand your food choices in the long run. yeah, Maybe after two or three months, you ' re provided with numerous choices for your weekly meal planning, and one of the other points I wanted to reiterate in this episode was that I would really suggest you to not choose more than five meals for each week, because if you, for example, choose six or seven meals for the week and you go through the process of meal prepping and grocery shopping and things like that, you are really prone to cook the foods not being eaten, or maybe some...

...sort of food waste after the week, because you know our life as Moms, it is really unpredictable of the times and maybe we have scheduled dinner cooking every day, but it really cannot happen some of the times. Maybe relate for any kind of project, Maybe we' re not at home. Maybe some guest comes by and things like that, and because, of that, in order to increase the flexibility of this system and also reduce the chances of producing food ways which is really awful, I suggests you to just take five meals and then go through the process of meal prepping. So with this lengthy introduction, okay, we' re going to this the process of meal prepping. The meal prepping system that I want to propose in this week' s episode has six steps, and so we go each step one by one together and explain it. In step one I want you to derive a grocery list. It is crystal clear that the first step should be deriving your grocery list out of the meals that have planned. Of course, there are lots of needy greedy details about how to you know, do grocery shopping more efficiently and more budget friendly, and I' m going to cover them all in another episode, but for now just consider deriving your grocery list, and in step two, I want you to check your stocks, your pantry, your fridge, everywhere that you keep foods and ingredients of any kind and update your list, because I know that it is highly likely that you know exactly what you have in your pantry, fridge, your stocks or anywhere. But you know we should be more attentive when we want to buy new things and especially the ones that can go bad if you cannot use them, and so we should be more cautious about that. We will update our list one another time and check all the items to see whether we have any kind of duplicate version of them at home or not in order to just prevent redundancy in our grocery list. And step three, We go through the process of shopping, whether online or in person. And wash the produce and make them ready for meal prepping. Okay, these three steps, might happen just the day before meal prepping or on the same day. I myself do the first three steps beside meal planning on Saturdays and then on Sundays, I will go through the process of meal prepping, but it' s up to you an it' s optional...

...and we go to step four. step four is my favorite step. You know, because I do believe that it' s the key missing factor of any kind of success in meal planning and meal prepping experience that we might have forgotten about and is most of the time overlooked, and that is prioritizing our needs. And what do I mean by that? You know, I do believe that when we have planned our week and our, I mean, weekly meals and, for example, put, I know something like tacos or Beritos on Mondays and things like that, we should consider our schedule and our plans for each day in order to see whether it is feasible for us to cook that kind of dinner or not. You know, some of the meals, as you might know, really take more time from us, take more energy from us to be ready, and so we should consider on which day of the week, we want each of the meals to be cooked based on the schedules. And so I want you to go through your meal plan and reorder the meals on the days of the week based on your schedule, because you you consider your schedule and your plan for the week in the meal planning system. You know, really it doesn' t really matter for your kids or your husband to eat For example, I don' t know the Burrito on Monday or on Wednesday. They have chosen this recipe and they have chosen this meal for this week and they want to eat it, but it really doesn ' t matter what day of the week they' re going to eat that kind of special meal. feel free and prioritize your needs on your meal planning and I' m here to tell you that you know I' ve been through a lot of failures in my meal planning system because of this very tiny point. okay, after this vital step of prioritization, I want you to go through step five, which is planning for prepping. planning for prepping. and don' t worry, I didn' t mix episode twelve and episode Thirteen! I really do mean planning for your prepping process. and without this step, you might you know, waste a lot of time because of not to go through recipe one to recipe five in a chronological order and for each recipe write down what we want to do for the prep, for example, if you want to just make the shred of chicken for a recipe, write...

...down on the piece of paper for I don' t know in front of the recipe number one, write down what you want to do for that recipe in advance in the form of meal prepping and how much time it needs to be cooked, or I don' t know the exact steps that it needs in order to be prepared and go from recipe number one to recipe number five, and this is the total plan for your prepping. It is a kind of instruction for what you need to do in your prepping process, and so, with that plan in hand, I want you to go through step number the final step, I want you to be attentive about the order of operations. And what is the order of operation? You know the act of meal prepping might be really overwhelming for us some of the times, because there are a lot of things going out there. A lot of ingredients and countertop, a lot of bowls on the stovetop and things like that, and we cannot mentally manage them all. So, we need to take a good look at our prepping plan and based on the ingredients that we want to prepare and based on the ingredients that you want to cook and the timing of them, we need to just prioritize our tasks and based on them We want to prep our meals in order to just turn This overwhelming experience to a blessful kind of experience, which we know exactly what we want to do, and it really helps us. it' s so time saving when we order our operations in advance and one of the beneficial tips that I have been given about meal prepping is : first of all cleaning my fridge, then cleaning my countertop, then bringing my utensils and then starting from the meal that takes more time to cook and use the time in between for preparing other ingredients and things like that, and you know there are three types of meal prep. you might know about them All. the first style of meal prepping is just preparing the ingredients. I mean things like chopping the vegetables or just washing the produce, and things like that and the next style of meal prepping is batch cooking, which sowe of the people are really more convenient to batch cook their meals for the week and go to the week without any stress in mind for meal proportion or things like that. But you know honestly, I cannot stick to this style of meal prepping because preparing my meals in advance, I mean totally cook them and put...

...them in the fridge and then serve them later does not really provide a pleasant experience for me. I really do like the time of preparing dinner together with the family, and I really love the aroma of food For I mean when my food is going to get ready on the stove top and the smell of that it really lowers the quality of the food when you prepare it in advance. So it really does not stick to my family, but it really works Well for a lot of you, I know for a lot of you out there. you really like this kind of meal prepping, but I am fond of an other style of meal prepping, which is a combination of ingredient preparation and batch cooking. and what do I mean by that? for example, if in a recipe which is, for example, recipe number one or two that I knew that I' m going to eat them, for example, on Monday or Tuesday, If I need, for example, any kind of protein, I mean any kind of meat. That is cooked, so I cook them in advance, and in this way it will reduce the time of the meal preparation on those days so much. But I really do not like to cook my meats for the whole week in advance. And it really lowers the quality of them. It is up to you, you decide what you want to do for each meal. you should just consider that and you need to take the actions and the steps in order to just reduce the stress of serving the food on the days of the week, so consider, for example, if you' re so busy, and you need to pick up the kids and then take them to another class, and so you do not really have time for preparing the food on that day You might need to go further and maybe cook your meal ahead of time completely, but on another day you might have more time, or maybe one of the recipes that you want to cook in the week needs a lot of chopped vegetables, and you know that, for example, when you want to chop the vegetables for recipe number one, so you will double that and do the topping of the vegetables for recipe number three. It is up to you and you know, practice makes perfect. So, each week you' ll get better and you will know what suits your situation and your mom life, because every one of us has different circumstances in life, just be open and try and go to the process and then analyze that and then reflect on that to see what are the pros and cons of each of the styles, for example, that you use for your...

...meal prepping each week and in order to just reach to the meal prepping style that sticks to your family situations One of The final points that I want to mention is to just set aside one hour for your meal prepping for the week. You know, I understand that you might want to, for example, batch cook all of the meals for the week, and that cannot really happen in just one hour time and you might need four or five hours. But you know this act of meal prepping is going to help us to reduce our stress, to just reduce the burden on our shoulders, but it is not another project added to our ongoing projects. so just consider engaging other family members in the process of cooking dinner each night and in this way reduce your stress and reduce the burden on your shoulders, not just by putting a lot of time on meal prepping on the weekends, because there are better ways. and when you set just one hour for your meal prepping, you look forward to reach to that one hour and prepare everything and then" BOOM" it is done! But if you think of it as a huge project, you will never ever want to start that project and you might procrastinate that and you might never ever do that again. so customize your plan in a way that is not really hard and tough for you and one. Another point is that I want you to just think about selecting and choosing the recipes for the week that have somehow same ingredients. I mean if for example, you can choose, for example, a recipe that needs shredded chicken, so another recipe that needs chicken broth combine these two recipes and then cook the chicken on your meal prepping day, your chicken broth and then your shredded chicken is ready. Okay, that was it. that simple! If you do this kind of meal prepping and if you think it this simple, it will be simple for US. and you know this teeny tiny actions that we do on our weekend really can help us to go through the week smoothly and without any kind of stress. okay, we' re done for today. Well Mama, did you know that MamaNest community is live Now? we have Instagram live every week on Thursdays, and you know for now this Thursday, in the future I don' t know which day, but you can follow our instagram account@ mamanestofficial and...

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