Meal Prep Essentials for Easy Food Prep

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Back by popular demand is more information on how I meal prep, but this time I will include details on the essentials needed to successfully meal prep. Let’s be honest here. Making breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire week can sound pretty difficult and time-consuming, when in fact it actually is not. Having the necessary kitchen tools for meal prep days can make your life so much easier. 

Just so that I don’t overload you on meal prep information, I have separated my favorite meal prep essentials into 2 categories: Meal Prep Essentials for Food Prep and Meal Prep Food Storage. HAPPY READING!


When I prepare my foods for the week, I usually make more than one thing at a time. It’s just easier for me to get it all out of the way so I only have to clean my kitchen once (when I’m done of course). In order to prepare multiple meals and food items at the same time, I need a variety of kitchen tools to make it possible.

Ideally, I use my oven, slow cooker, Instant Pot, and Ninja Professional Blenders (or the parts of the Kitchen System). This allows me to set my slow cooker with my meal of choice and prep other foods at the same time. You have to multitask to make this process more efficient!

Speaking of multitasking, this skill helps me prepare multiple recipes at the same time. If I’m going to meal prep, it only makes sense to get as much done as possible all at once. It may sound like a bit much, but it makes meal planning for busy weeks so much more manageable.

I have put together my go-to items when it comes to meal prep essentials. Here are a few of my favorite tools. Take a look!

Ninja Kitchen System

This set comes with a blender to make smoothies (I love my Ninja Professional Blender!), a food processor, and a host of other items. A great multipurpose item to get the job done.

Instant Pot

Perfect for stews and meals that you can leave to cook while preparing something else.

Cast Iron Skillet

This is a great item for cooking because it can go straight for the stove-top to the oven with ease and no damage. A great tool to make a quiche!

Cast Iron Grill Pan

No you can get those great grill marks without a backyard grill. Just like its rounded bottomed sibling, this pan can go from the stove-top to the oven with ease.