Are you finding your work from your home schedule hectic to make three meals a day? Most people thought that working from home can help them relax and work at peace. But it turned out to be a daunting experience for many because of distractions that kept bombarding every minute of the day.
And meal prepping while you’re working from home with kids, work calls and constant attention seekers would have been the last thing on your mind. If you want to make your meals in a faster way, you can prepare a few items in advance instead of whole cooked meals. This article will help you meal prep smartly and simplify your work from home schedule,
Eggs are versatile ingredients to have on hand when you are at home as they can make a nutritious snack, luscious gravies and instant breakfast dishes. Boil a dozen eggs and store them unpeeled in the refrigerator. You can peel them whenever you want.
Boiled eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals which can help you make filling snacks for kids and adults while you are working from home.
Red meat, chicken, and seafood items are excellent sources of protein and including them regularly in your diet is important for a balanced lifestyle. If you have the habit of freezing meat in the raw form, you can instead store marinated meats for adding extra flavor to your regular lunches.
Always marinate your meat with salt, pepper and lime juice to impart a taste to the raw meat. When you cook elaborate meals during the week, you can save time for marination and skip eating bland meat.
It is important to include carbohydrates in your diet for staying energetic while you work from home. Most of us do not have the time to make hot roti during the day as it is a time-consuming process. Once a week you can make roti or tortillas in bulk and store them in zip-lock bags.
You can make excellent wraps using this ready-to-eat roti or pair them with your favorite gravies for filling lunch or dinner. This stays soft and fresh when you don’t overcook them.
Pickles can spruce up any of your boring work day meals while you work from home. You can make pickles using a variety of vegetables such as cucumber, mango tomato, garlic, ginger, green chilies. This will add flavor to your burgers, sandwiches or comfort meals made with rice or millets.
You can make pickles at home and store them in clean glass containers for months together. You can adjust the spice levels according to your family’s needs, as they are good for your gut and digestion.
Legumes are cheap sources of protein and healthy add-on for your salads, stew curries and stir-fry dishes. You can soak different legumes and boil them. Store the boiled legumes in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Make sprouts out of soaked legumes for improving their nutritional values.
When you have soaked or boiled legumes on hand, it is easier to make protein-rich lunches. You can even roast some legumes with spices and store them as snacks.
If you have the habit of including vegetables in your diet regularly, you can steam carrots, broccoli, green peas, green beans, cauliflower and store them in a tight container. We can store them in the refrigerator for 2 days.
If you run out of time while you are working from home, you can use these steamed veggies as a side to your lunch or dinner. If you have time, you can gently roast them with butter, salt and pepper to add flavor to your steamed veggies.
Smoothies are a great breakfast option for working from home professionals who always have to be on calls in the mornings. Freeze fruits such as banana strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango and apple in zip-lock bags for making smoothies in the morning. You can add almond butter, peanut butter, nuts, seeds and spinach in the bag for healthy smoothies.
You can even freeze fruits individually in small zip-lock bags and puree them to feed your toddlers and babies. These fruit purees are rich in minerals and vitamins, which can keep them full while you do tasks at home.
Rice, brown rice, barley, buckwheat and millets are staples in many parts of the world. These grains take time and also techniques to cook them to perfection. If you are someone who loves to eat grains every day in your meals, you might enjoy cooking them hot.
But sometimes we may not have time to cook; you can cook grains on a leisure day, store them in air-tight containers and refrigerate for emergencies. You can serve them by microwaving or just make them into salads, khichdi or even fritters for snacks and instant dinners.
Make juices with fresh fruits instead of buying canned drinks, sodas, packaged juices or syrups and concentrates. If you always have the habit of drinking soda while you’re working from home, you can replace them with fresh fruit juices. Most of the store-bought juices have excess amounts of added sugars. It’s best to make fruit juices and store them in glass bottles in your refrigerator. This will stay good for 3 days if you add lime juice to preserve them.
Drinking fresh fruit juices will keep you refreshed throughout the day and help you work from home without feeling health conscious or about putting on too much weight.
Working from home can make us have cravings due to work pressure, unexpected meetings or boredom. Make some simple snacks such as granola bars, fruit and nut bars and nutty bars. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and help you stay full for longer.
You can also use these as toppings for plain or flavored yoghurt. These are nutritious, healthy and tasty snacks for both kids and adults.
Hope you will prepare these delicious things to simplify your life while you’re working from home.