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How to meal prep with a big household

 Meal prepping may seem hard but it's not entirely impossible with a big family (Photo: Courtesy)

Meal prepping for a family of two is nowhere near as stressful as organizing for a big family. You have probably seen videos of how different the process usually looks like for people who have up to seven kids in one household and wow, it’s impressive how these super moms manage it all.

Before you become an expert at ensuring everything runs smoothly, it takes a while. But we’re here to help with some tips on how you can have an easier time.

These might even come in handy if you normally don’t have a big household but are expecting many guests at once:

Plan meal ideas weekly

When you’re a small family, you can get away with combining a couple of ingredients you have left over in the fridge and still have enough for a wholesome meal. But if you’re many, that can be very tricky.

It would greatly work in your favour if you make planning a part of your weekly routine. This will give you enough time to think of healthy combos you can make, which will save you from a lot of stress in between the busy week.

 Always shop in bulk to help you budget for the long term (Photo: Courtesy)
Shop in bulk

Bulk shopping is something that everyone might benefit from. It gives you time to relax because you don’t have to keep going to the supermarket and you might also save a couple of precious coins as well.

Do some research to find out where you can get the best deals as you shop and don’t forget to take advantage of any ongoing sales.

Stick to easy recipes

Simple recipes are always the best. It means you don’t have to spend so much time preparing different things which usually happens with complicated meals.

This is great because you don’t need to add an extra burden when you already don’t have a lot of time to spare. Plus, simple meals reduce the chances of wastage because what you’re preparing suits everyone’s palate.

 Work with easy recipes first to make work easier and faster (Photo: iStock)
Embrace creative hacks

Creativity is always the ultimate secret weapon when you have big meals to prepare. You need to find ways how to be more efficient so you can save time and still prepare the meals you want.

It would help to research interesting ideas that other big families use when it comes to this so you can try them out too.

You can also be on the lookout for interesting kitchen gadgets that can get more done in one go.

Maximise your weekends

Using your weekends wisely will help you transition into every week without a lot of inconveniences. You can use some of your time off to prepare meals in bulk that can be stored for later.

A few ideas are chopping up and steaming your veggies, then storing them in the fridge for your stir-fry later on in the week. Or, you can boil some sweet potatoes and then save them for breakfast meals instead of handling all that during the week.

There are lots of meals that can survive in the fridge for a while so try and prepare those during the weekends.

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