Off the Shelf: Being prepared

Meal prep is a popular trend these days. Preparing your meals ahead of time is a great way to save time and money, not to mention alleviating mealtime stress. We’ve all been there…its 6 pm, you’re tired, and there is no meal in sight. Do you resort to pizza or something similar that is maybe not very healthy? Meal Prep to the rescue!

The library has you covered if you are just getting started with meal prepping or are looking for some new techniques or recipes. “From Freezer to Table” by Polly Conner & Rachel Tiemeyer (641.6153) looks interesting. The authors share their years of experience with preparing and cooking freezer meals. There is so much more involved than just putting it in the freezer. The recipes contain detailed instructions for freezing and cooking the meal later, as well as eating it right away.

Another book on our shelf is “Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss” by Nikki Sharp (641.5637). Nikki focuses on preparing healthy meals for a week at a time. She includes a week of menus, a shopping list for all the ingredients you will need, and of course, the recipes.

Just out this month and coming soon: “Damn Delicious Meal Prep: 115 Easy Recipes for Low-Calorie, High Energy Living” by Chungah Rhee. The review of this book talks about being the secret weapon to keep you on track and eating better, as well as saving you time and money. I have just ordered this one, so it will be a little wait for processing, but you can get on the holds list for it today.

Stop in at the library or give us a call (359-8331) and we will help you find a book to help you meal prep your way to less mealtime stress and healthier eating.

Update: For those of you who spoke to me about my “Tidying Up” article, thank you for your kind words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is working on tidying up this winter. I started with my sock drawer and it is beautiful now. There are my socks, folded and stacked neatly, all in one drawer! Next, I tackled one of my kitchen cupboards and ended up discarding a few things. The next morning, my husband looked at me with a grin, and said “there must not have been much joy in that cupboard, because the wastebasket sure was full this morning.” Here’s to creating a joyful home.