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Meal Prep… Taking Fast Food to a Whole New, Healthier Level

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 This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid®; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Everything I read these days, mentions self-care and the importance of making sure we take care of ourselves. Yet for some reason, I still tend to take care of everyone else before myself because, well, I’m a Mom and that’s what Moms do, right? My days are spent running around, working long hours and making sure I’m keeping the kids fed, clean and happy. I can’t count how many times I’ve forgotten to eat a meal. If it wasn’t for my husband, I might starve. Good news is, I’ve finally found a way to make sure that I always have a healthy meal, ready to go, thanks to Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers.

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Now that I’ve mastered the art of meal prep, I’m ready to share my secrets! If I can do it, anyone can! It’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise.

Get Meal Prep Containers

The most important part of meal prep is how you’ll be storing it. There are so many options on the market, but one that I’ve found is both cost effective and strong enough to withstand everyday life. Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers include a divided base tray that can hold 3.7 cups of food. Their Quik Clik Seal lids ensure secure packaging with ridges for easy stacking and storage that creates more space in your kitchen. Once they are full, they perfectly stack on top of one another in your refrigerator so it’s not taking up too much space. TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers are available at your local Wal-Mart or on walmart.com and you’ll be surprised just how inexpensive they really are!

Make a Shopping List

TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers are offered in large pack sizes so you can meal prep for the entire week. It’s definitely worth spending an hour or so one day a week, to have fresh, healthy meals all week. Once you figure out what meals you are going to make, make a list of everything you’ll need to buy.  I like to choose 3 complete meals (main dish and 2 side dishes) and make enough to double them up. I usually plan everything out and head to the grocery story on Saturday so I can cook and package everything on Sunday. An important point to remember is that they don’t have to be elaborate meals. Choose things that are easy to make and don’t be afraid to grab a frozen side like cauliflower rice.

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It’s Prepping Time

When you have all your ingredients, it’s time to prep! For my three meals, I chose:

  1. Cauliflower rice with crab meat and broccoli
  2. Tuna fish, egg salad and sliced veggies
  3. Shrimp Tacos on Romaine Lettuce with Avocado and Salsa

It took me about an hour to prep and cook all three meals. I used the same seasoning and sauce for the shrimp and the crab meat, saving me some time and ingredients. For the broccoli, I steamed it for about a minute less than I normally do, taking into consideration that I will be warming up the meal again before eating it. This way, the broccoli isn’t overcooked. Make sure that the entire container will either be cold or hot so you don’t have to worry about removing part of it to heat it up. Everything is about saving time when it comes to meal prep.

Separate into Containers

What I love about TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers is that they are sized perfectly for portion control so I’m not over doing it. Once everything is cooked/prepared, I separate them into my containers. Don’t forget your seasoning or extras like lime wedges, if your recipe calls for it.  Everything should be ready to go. Meal prep is all about convenience so the less you have to worry about, the better.

Once the containers are full, stack them on top of one another and put them in the refrigerator. They have a see-through lid so you can easily see what is inside.

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Don’t Miss a Healthy Meal

Since it’s all prepared and ready to go, meal prep takes “fast food” to a whole new, healthier level. You can open the refrigerator and pull out the container faster than you can go through a drive-thru! It’s actually less expensive too and the options are endless. TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers are microwave safe and BPA-free as well as dishwasher safe which makes cleaning and reusing that much easier.

Dedicating a small amount of time to meal prep each week has been a game changer for me. Do you meal prep? If not, what’s holding you back? Comment below and let me know!

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  • Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom
    June 21, 2019

    This looks like a great idea for meals! I would definitely give these a try.

  • Denise C
    June 20, 2019

    I love the containers with the two compartments. I’m surprise I don’t come across them more often.

  • Wendy Polisi
    June 20, 2019

    This is a great way to stay healthy with your eating habits. Fresh food takes time to make, but meal prep is a great way to beat that!

  • Lyanna Soria
    June 20, 2019

    I for one don’t think meal prep is for me but when you have a toddler sometimes prepping meals save you tons of time. Those are great containers to use especially since it’s microwave safe and BPA-free.

  • Lavern Moore
    June 20, 2019

    For me, this is so timely. I have been looking for a meal prep solution and this is it!

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    June 20, 2019

    Nnnniiicccceeeeee….these meal-containers are life-savers! No matter where you are or what is happening, your food will always be safe.

  • Frederique
    June 20, 2019

    I don’t but I think it’s a great idea as it really does save lots of time. Your meals really look good too!

  • Ray
    June 20, 2019

    Meal prep is so important. On my longer-term travels I find it hard to meal prep properly when bouncing around from place to place, but I definitely get more serious about it when I stay in one place for more than a few days which is always good to do.

  • Carolyn
    June 19, 2019

    These are really great containers! I’m a big fan of meal planning. Though I don’t do it as much for myself during the day, I plan out meals for my family at night and it’s a life-saver!

  • GiGi Eats
    June 19, 2019

    I have a friend of mine who came out with a line of meal prep containers that I love!!! I am so a TAKE YOUR FOOD WITH YOU kinda girl – so LOVE IT!

  • Bill Sweeney
    June 19, 2019

    These are great meal prep containers. I know a few people who do meal preps and they swear that it really helps with weight loss.

  • Emman Damian
    June 19, 2019

    Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers seem like a great container for takeaways and for picnics. It’s not yet available in my country but I hope it will soon! Looks so durable!

  • FS
    January 20, 2019

    I blog often and I seriously appreciate your information. Your article has really topped my interest. I’m going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  • Tami
    November 27, 2018

    I often skip lunch either because I get busy or I am too indecisive to make something. Having healthy lunches prepared ahead of time would be wonderful.

  • Kitty
    November 23, 2018

    I never tried a meal prep until now… I don’t think it workable for me… but I guess I need to try it once as I am pregnant and also have a toddler with me ???

  • Andy Bishop
    November 7, 2018

    Great idea using these. Thanks!

  • Kiwi
    November 4, 2018

    wow I am so in alignment in this post. I was looking for meal prep containers in bulk online and I need to start doing more of this.

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.
    November 4, 2018

    These look great! I have a similar set of meal prep containers, but the lids don’t fit well so I’ve been thinking of replacing them with something better.

  • Traci
    November 4, 2018

    Meal prepping is a wonderful idea! I like how these have the dividers in there so you don’t have to worry about bringing separate containers if you don’t want certain food touching.

  • Alyssa H
    November 3, 2018

    I’ve tried meal prepping before but i’ve Never done the step with separating it into containers. I think that’s the key!

  • Sarah Althouse
    November 3, 2018

    I’m a huge fan of takeout containers for the convenience so I’d sure love these too!

  • Anosa Malanga
    November 2, 2018

    I would definitely be needing this. Indeed such a great idea to put foods on when preparing different kinds foods.

  • Nichole Arnold
    November 2, 2018

    These are perfect for meal prep. I love how easy it is to give a salad and other items to my husband to take to work and them not touch.

  • Swathi
    November 2, 2018

    I like This meal preparing container, looks really easy and we can plan Ahead meal. I will check it out in the store for this container.

  • Devyani
    November 2, 2018

    I find meal
    Prep exhausting,but I got to do it in order to eat healthy! Love your tips

  • Terri Beavers
    November 2, 2018

    I’m not waiting for New Years to turn my unhealthy eating habits around. And I can see how these meal preps could help me achieve my goals.

  • Ruth I.
    November 2, 2018

    This is such a good idea! It’s so easy to prepare meals, store and reheat using this container.

  • Mimi
    November 2, 2018

    These conteiners will make meal prepping so much easier, I need to get some, thanks for sharing xx

  • Evelyn Hernandez
    November 2, 2018

    We own these and they are a game changer! For those that meal prep, these are the BEST! They sure make our life much easier!

  • Supermompicks
    November 2, 2018

    Love the cauliflower, crab, broccoli meal! Would love a post on how to prep twice a week as I like fresh food by Thursday.

  • Andrea
    November 2, 2018

    This is a life saving post! I hate meal prepping but this is going to make it easier for me!

  • Cristina pop
    November 2, 2018

    I love these containers! They help me keep a healthier lifestyle, without much effort!

  • Terri Steffes
    November 2, 2018

    I totally adore these containers for food prep. They are perfectly sized, so the portions aren’t too big. I like the way they stack, so you can save room in the refrig.

  • Sarah Meh
    November 2, 2018

    I am not good in meal prep but I love to have good containers 🙂 and this one looks worth to try.

  • Pam
    November 1, 2018

    I’ve been looking for new containers for my meal prep. These look perfect for me.

  • Natalie Jerebic
    November 1, 2018

    Perfect timing as we’ve been in need of some new containers. These sound perfect for our meal prep.

  • Ashley
    November 1, 2018

    I need to be better about meal prep. Tonight is crazy and it would have come in handy.

  • Sarah Bailey
    November 1, 2018

    OK now this is such a great idea and a much healthier alternative to other quick food options. I should really try and get into meal prep and do things slowly but readily.

  • Joan Cajic
    November 1, 2018

    I am so bad at meal prepping,I tell myself I will do it then just postpone it all the time which leads me to eat whatever I find. I love the containers and maybe if I find nice ones like that,they just might make me do it.

  • Melanie
    November 1, 2018

    I meal prep but just with containers that I already have at home. These containers would be helpful for making meal prepping easier.

  • Tasheena
    November 1, 2018

    I have to look into getting these. Love Rubbermaid products, these would be perfect for my weekly meal planning.

  • Amber Myers
    November 1, 2018

    Oh man, I so need to meal prep, but my version would be sticking a slice of pizza in each bin. I should eat healthier though. I like these, so I’ll have to get them! Plus I can see my mom using them. She eats healthier than I do and would want to meal prep properly.

  • Jeanette
    November 1, 2018

    I have yet to see these in the stores by me. I need to look harder because I do love to do meal prep. I might even ask for a few these at Christmas.

  • Glenda Cates
    November 1, 2018

    I haven’t seen these containers but I can’t wait to look for them in my store and to share them with my mother in law. As they would make packing lunches so much easier. What was your favorite dish to store in them?

  • Brit Strawbridge
    November 1, 2018

    We meal prep but I definitely need to get better! I usually do a few meals but I need to learn how to do more haha I always undershoot! These containers look great!

  • Karen
    November 1, 2018

    That is going to make my life so much easier! I love meal prepping, but then having to carry it around is no fun when it all mixes together.

  • candy
    November 1, 2018

    First thing I thought of was making meals for my in-laws who are elderly. They can just re-heat and enjoy. They don’t need to be near a stove anymore cooking.

  • robin rue
    November 1, 2018

    I need to star meal prepping. I always end up over-eating, so this would help me greatly! These containers are perfect.

  • Jeanette
    October 22, 2018

    I think I need to hire you to do all my meal prep! This looks delicious but I am horrible at doing any meal prep! You definitely make it look easy and I didn’t even know Rubbermaid made these.

  • Jessi Joachim
    October 22, 2018

    I need to grab some of these Take Alongs. I have been meal prepping quite a bit lately and need some new containers.

  • Pam
    October 22, 2018

    I need to purchase some of these containers. I prepare my husband’s lunches for work and this would be a big help to prepare healthier meals.

  • Monidipa Dutta
    October 22, 2018

    I never knew they are so helpful. Great informative post and educative too. I got to learn so many things.

  • robin Rue
    October 22, 2018

    I am SO bad about meal prepping. I seriously need to start because I know I would snack so much less if I planned ahead.

  • candy
    October 22, 2018

    These work really well for making meals for older parents who can just heat and serve in the microwave. They are eating healthy and don’t have to worry about them cooking or turning on the stove. Plus wash and re-use.

  • Alli Smith
    October 22, 2018

    I love the idea of meal prep, but I’ve never done it. I’m really LOVING your meal choices and those containers. Rubbermaid always has the best containers.

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