We’ve been cooking and serving Prairie Box for a little while now, and a lot of people have asked us: what exactly IS meal prep?
In a nutshell, meal prep is time. Time spent shopping and cooking every night is time NOT spent taking care of what’s most important to you. Whether it’s looking after the kids, getting that leg up on work, or just relaxing doing your favourite activity, meal prep helps you get ahead of the curve and accomplish whatever goals you set for yourself that week.
As a society, we are getting busier with less time to take care of ourselves. People know how important it is to eat healthy, preservative-free foods, however, often they don’t have the time or energy to make the healthy decisions they know they should be making. It’s so easy to stop at a fast food restaurant or grab a quick slice of pizza on the way home or between meetings. It adds up, and not just in dollars. Your body feels sluggish, and you don’t feel as sharp or as quick as you should.
Meal prep gives you the security of knowing that your meals are taken care of. You take control of your eating, and make sure that your body is fuelled with whole grains, vegetables and complete proteins. No more running down to the local fast food spot for something that you know isn’t good for you. It will also cost more than a freshly-prepared meal.
It is challenging in the beginning, that’s true. But if it was easy, everyone would do it! It takes a couple of hours each week to menu plan, shop and then cook, but you will feel much better for it. We’ve included our recipe for our famous Ancient Grain Salad at the end of this article if you’d like to give it a try.
If you want to try freshly-prepped meals andaren’t ready to do it all yourself, there’s good news. Prairie Box takes all the guesswork out of your meal planning for the week. We use fresh, quality ingredients that are cooked hours before you receive them. Your week becomes more structured and organized, knowing that you’ll be putting the best fuel possible in it.
Each week, you receive a box of meal containers. Each container has a single meal for you inside, which you can bring to work, share with the kids, or eat when you get home. No more coming home and ordering takeout that costs an arm and a leg, and isn’t particularly healthy.
We’re not saying you need to watch what you eat every meal. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures so grab that slice of pizza or that burger. Just remember to save it for a once-in-a-while treat.
Take control of your eating, and if you aren’t ready to take the plunge with Prairie Box, have a look at our menus so hopefully, you get some ideas for you to cook yourself!
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Ancient Grain Salad
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup cooked amber prairie quinoa
1 cup chickpeas, rinsed
1 cup cooked lentils
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup brown raisins
1/4 cup dates, finely chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts
1/4 large red onion, minced
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, unsalted
1/2 cup olive oil
5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sweet mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together, cover and refrigerate until you're ready to eat. Don't be afraid to add your favourite dried fruits and nuts as well.