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Prepping for Dinnertime at Stone Point Apartments

Food packaged inside of freezer containers.

Take the stress out of making dinner by planning and doing prep work for all of your meals for the week in advance! This practice will help you stay on top of your busy schedule and save you time when you don’t have enough time to cook a full-blown meal. Read on for some meal planning and prepping tips from the Stone Point Apartments Blog that just might make your life feel a little less hectic here in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

The idea for doing this is pretty simple: decide what meals you like to have for dinner, grocery shop for those items, make those meals, and divide them individually into small containers to freeze or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!

Take Stock
Make sure your apartment kitchen is always stocked. Kitchn has a great list of items you should keep in your kitchen. Adapt this list for your personal taste. When you’ve got all the essentials, you’ll be able to cook and bake without having to run to the store last minute and get a ton of ingredients. This also is helpful when you’re doing a lot of prep ahead of time.

Meal Prepping Tips
Create freezer meals in advance. They can be lifesavers when you have a busy week. Even making two or three meals on Sunday before the chaos of the week begins can make all the difference for you down the road. Freezer meals can also be great to put in a slow cooker before work.

Speaking of slow cookers, our next tip is to use yours, if you have one! Slow cookers can make life so much easier. You can replace all the hours of cooking with simply chopping, dumping, and letting the slow cooker do all the work. Try any of these recipes for starters: Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos, Beef Bourguignon, or Garlic Parmesan Chicken.

Instant pots are another way to minimize cooking time. Depending on what brand you have, it can be used as a pressure cooker or slow cooker, and it can also be used to sauté or steam dishes. Some brands even incorporate rice cooker and yogurt maker into the mix. In other words, it’s a very versatile kitchen appliance! NYT Cooking has a good overview on instant pot cooking that is helpful to read.

What are your favorite ways to get dinner to the table with a minimum of muss and fuss? Let us know in the comments. Happy cooking!