7 Top Tips For Bossing Your Meal Prep Every Time

We’re all familiar with that midweek rush. The hours just disappear and suddenly you need a meal on the table, but all you’ve got is half a bag of potatoes and some mouldy veggies. 

This is where meal prep comes into its own! You’ll always have a delicious homemade meal on hand, and a bit of extra planning also means less money spent on unnecessary ingredients, less food waste, saving bags of time midweek and probably eating healthier too. 

We’ve asked our chefs for their top tips so you can up your meal prep game and enjoy incredible home-cooked meals every day of the week! 

1. Invest in Good Quality Containers

You wouldn’t start running in a scrappy old pair of trainers, would you? It’s the same with meal prep. The first thing you want to do is buy yourself some good quality containers with lids that actually fit. It will make meal prepping a lot easier and more satisfying, not to mention it’s better for the environment! The days of cling-filming bowls and searching through drawers for bent Tupperware lids are gone – and trust us, you won’t miss them.

2. Open Your Smart Meal Planning App

Struggling for inspiration on those busy midweek evenings? Luckily we’ve got an app for that! The Meal Packs app will give you a leg up with meal planning and get you cooking delicious stress-free meals every time. Browse the menu and choose the Meal Pack that takes your fancy, then use the handy checklist to buy exactly what you need for your meals that week. There’s loads of variety, so you won’t get bored!

3. Get Ahead

Time to fill up those fresh new containers! Pick a day and front-load your meal prep for the week, whether that means cooking up a big batch of food or prepping individual ingredients for meals later down the line. Why not try doing the work at the weekend to free up those busy midweek evenings? This month there are 4 new Prep Ahead Meal Packs launching on the app to give you a headstart!   

4. Freeze Whole Meals for the Future…

Unfortunately there isn’t always time to cook something hearty during the week. But that doesn’t have to mean reaching for the takeaway menu – use your prep day to construct meals like lasagnes, shepherd’s pies and pot pies to the point you would normally put them in the oven, then freeze. During the week just thaw them in the fridge overnight and bake for a super quick midweek meal with all the comfort of a long cook. 

5. …Or Portion Up Individual Ingredients

Meal prep isn’t just about cooking up whole meals ahead of time. Sick and tired of constant chopping, grating and peeling? Save yourself yet another day of it by prepping things like onions and peppers en masse and popping them into portioned bags to whip out at your convenience during the week. You can also try freezing them for mega speed later on!

6. Use Leftovers to Up the Flavour

Got leftover pesto, salsas or other herb-based sauces? Say no to food waste and freeze them in ice cube trays instead! On busy evenings you can just drop the cubes into pasta, risottos and midweek stews, give them a good stir and leave them to add amazing new depth to your meals – no effort required!

7. Grab a Sous-Chef

Ever heard the saying ‘many hands make light work’? Turns out it’s a saying for a reason, especially in the kitchen! A sous-chef will help you get your meal prep done much more quickly. Grab a partner or flatmate and get them on the peeling and chopping while you’re busy at the stove for super speedy cooking! And that means more time for Netflix later on.

Ready to get started?

Boss your meals with the March Featured Menu, ‘Prep It Up a Gear’!

Sign up for your free trial of the Meal Packs app now!

pick the premium

The Ingredients That Are Actually Worth Spending More On… And The Ones That Aren’t

We’ve spent many many months and several videos debating the age-old question: where is it best to spend your money when it comes to food? Our normal home cooks have been busy blind taste testing the premium and the budget version of some of the most common...
Read More
best food subscriptions

12 Best Food Subscriptions To Sign Up For Today

Ah food subscriptions. Sign up and the gift just keeps on giving! Until you cancel it, of course. They’re such a great way to explore new ingredients and products you wouldn’t find in the supermarket, as well as supporting local businesses and sometimes reducing food...
Read More

The 7 (Potentially) Pretentious Ingredients You Should Actually Go Out and Buy

If you’ve watched the SORTEDfood YouTube channel, you’ll know that we’ve had our fair share of pretentious ingredients. With our community in mind, we’re always asking the question of whether or not they’re worth their hefty price tags.  Sometimes we come across a...
Read More
sortedfood community

“Everything We Do Starts With You”

“Everything we do starts with you.” If you know SORTEDfood, you’ll know that this has been our mantra since day one. This incredible global community has been built on two major foundations - food and friendship. And it’s only grown this big and this strong because of...
Read More
meet the sortedfood team

Meet the Newest Members of the SORTEDfood Team!

We get a lot of requests asking to see more of the ‘behind the scenes’ team at SORTEDfood, so thought you would like to meet the newest members of the team, who have joined in the last few weeks! With these new hires, it now means there are 20 of us working flat out...
Read More
sortedfood chef skills challenge mike

Everything You Need To Know About the Ultimate Chef Skills Challenge

Many of you will know that SORTEDfood began with the aim of teaching ourselves and others more about food and cooking. The journey we’ve been on over the last 10+ years has been nothing short of incredible, with new experiences and lessons coming at us quicker than we...
Read More

Our Favourite Al Fresco Meals To Please a Crowd

Things are heating up here in the UK, making it the perfect time to get out the garden furniture and picnic blankets and serve up some al fresco food.  So how do you nail the outdoor dining? First of all, prep ahead. There's nothing as stressful as doing it all in a...
Read More
budget friendly meal packs sortedfood

Here Are Our Top 7 Budget-Friendly Meal Packs

Cooking tasty meals on a budget isn’t always easy. And beans on toast quickly gets boring! So how do you do it? A little planning goes a long way - combining your ingredients across several meals is a great way to bring costs down and helps reduce food waste too....
Read More

These Are The London Restaurants SORTEDfood Are Visiting Post Lockdown

It's been a long few months of fending for ourselves in the kitchen department, with the occasional (or slightly more than occasional) takeaway to lift the spirits. But let's face it, not much beats going out and eating in the comfort of someone else's restaurant. The...
Read More

The Delicious Food Hybrids You Should Know About

It’s 2021 and you probably thought you’d seen it all. You’d be wrong. From pizza + quesadillas to pizza + waffles to burgers + mac ‘n’ cheese, there’s a whole world of weird and wonderful food hybrids out there. And they just keep on coming! Some are strange, some are...
Read More

12 Best Food Subscriptions To Sign Up For Today

Ah food subscriptions. Sign up and the gift just keeps on giving! Until you cancel it, of course. They’re such a great way to explore new ingredients and products you wouldn’t find in the supermarket, as well as supporting local businesses and sometimes reducing food...

“Everything We Do Starts With You”

“Everything we do starts with you.” If you know SORTEDfood, you’ll know that this has been our mantra since day one. This incredible global community has been built on two major foundations - food and friendship. And it’s only grown this big and this strong because of...

Meet the Newest Members of the SORTEDfood Team!

We get a lot of requests asking to see more of the ‘behind the scenes’ team at SORTEDfood, so thought you would like to meet the newest members of the team, who have joined in the last few weeks! With these new hires, it now means there are 20 of us working flat out...

Our Favourite Al Fresco Meals To Please a Crowd

Things are heating up here in the UK, making it the perfect time to get out the garden furniture and picnic blankets and serve up some al fresco food.  So how do you nail the outdoor dining? First of all, prep ahead. There's nothing as stressful as doing it all in a...

Here Are Our Top 7 Budget-Friendly Meal Packs

Cooking tasty meals on a budget isn’t always easy. And beans on toast quickly gets boring! So how do you do it? A little planning goes a long way - combining your ingredients across several meals is a great way to bring costs down and helps reduce food waste too....

The Delicious Food Hybrids You Should Know About

It’s 2021 and you probably thought you’d seen it all. You’d be wrong. From pizza + quesadillas to pizza + waffles to burgers + mac ‘n’ cheese, there’s a whole world of weird and wonderful food hybrids out there. And they just keep on coming! Some are strange, some are...