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Save Time Meal Prepping With These Hacks

You guys are absolutely crushing the #CSEhacks Weekly Challenge! I’ve learned so many new tips because your meal prep hacks are on POINT. I compiled 26 of the best hacks below for you to reference when you need! There’s still time to post your best meal prep hacks to your Instagram using the hashtags #CSEHacks and #CSEChallenge to enter to win!

  1. Buy already peeled/minced garlic

  2. Shred cooked chicken with a KitchenAid or hand mixe

  3. Bake/broil bacon instead of frying it so you can cook a whole batch at once (and it won’t smell up your house)

  4. Buy matchstick carrots when the recipe calls for chopped carrots.

  5. Double the recipe for freezer friendly meals so you have dinner ready when you don’t feel like cooking.

  6. Meal prep smoothies in freezer bags and store in the freezer, when you’re ready for one add almond milk, blend, and voila!

  7. Old blender hack, put your ice cubes in first so you don’t get any rough ice chunks in your smoothie.

  8. Make double batches of multiple flavors of power bites at a time so you always have something on hand if you’re hungry.

  9. Repurpose baby food jars as salad dressing jars.

  10. Freeze ripe avocados and bananas!

  11. Use an ice cream scoop to make sure all your pancakes are the same size.

  12. Go buy the Mini Dash Waffle Maker from Target for $10. It’s worth it! (linked here:

  13. If you don’t have an ice maker, buy a big bag of ice so you don’t have to keep refilling ice trays.

  14. Use a veggie chopper or food processor to chop veggies, especially for your onions.

  15. Buy 90 second microwave rice. Costco find!

  16. Make a breakfast tray with all the common ingredients you need for breakfast. It’s easy to pull out of the pantry every morning and have everything you need on hand.

  17. Use a salad spinner to get your lettuce really dry after washing it.

  18. Put that mini fridge you haven’t used in years to use and make it into a meal prep fridge!

  19. Use silicon muffin trays.

  20. Add a handful of spinach to every single smoothie. You don’t taste it. It’s less than 30 calories and gives you a little extra boost of healthy.

  21. Always check the clearance section at the grocery.

  22. Put a #CSEchallenge countdown on your mirror to remind yourself how far you’ve come and how close you are to completing the challenge!

  23. Get the blank menu planner laminated so when you want to create your own week of meals you can keep track and reuse each week! You can download the blank meal planner HERE.

  24. Store your almond/peanut butter upside down so the oil isn’t right on top when you open it. Makes it a lot easier to stir!

  25. Freeze single servings of extra sauces and dressings in an ice cube tray (I always have extra cashew sour cream and pesto sauce). Eliminates waste and when you are ready to add it to a recipe it’s easy to pop out and already have a single portion measured.

  26. Use a cookie scoop for your power bites or spray your hands with cooking spray to roll so they don’t stick to your hands!


I hope you’ve learned some new hacks that can make your meal prep time easier and faster!

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