Meal Prep Quick Tip!

Hey folks!

It’s been a minute since I’ve blogged, but it’s been for good reason!  I’ve been busy at work putting together a new 30-Day Program that is set to launch this Wednesday!  I’m so excited to share, so be sure to check back to get all the deets on that!

Now on to today’s post!  If you’ve been following along for a while you know how vital I believe that meal planning and preparation is because it requires you to think about your food choices for the week and keeps you accountable to eating that which you’ve already prepared.  It’s also much easier on the wallet!  So, due to this fact, I always try to look for ways to make that prep time as easy as possible for myself and my clients.  So, today’s quick tip is about sweet potatoes.  

Sweet potatoes provide you with Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  They are also a good source of dietary fiber, manganese and potassium to name a few.  Sweet potatoes are a staple of mine and show up almost weekly in my meal plan.   They also can take a long time to prepare since as you know they have to be cooked in some form or fashion to eat them.  I find that most people like to bake them, but boiling them is so much quicker in my opinion!  

So my method is as follows:  I peel the sweet potatoes with a peeler, chop off and discard the ends and then cut them up into bite smaller pieces so they will cook more quickly.  I then put them in a pot and boil them at a high temperature and they are usually cooked through in about 15-20 minutes depending on how much you have in the pot.  Once they are ready, I simply drain the water out of the pot (I like to let them sit in the pot for a few minutes after turning off the heat before draining to cool just a little bit)  and transfer to a large bowl and mash and mix in cinnamon.  If you want to get extra fancy, you can add in some non-dairy butter, soy or almond milk or a splash of vanilla extract and voila, you are done!

Once they’ve cooled all the way down, I transfer the bowl into the fridge.  Then each day, I take out a portion to eat and I make enough to last the entire week!  This is also a great time saver because you can be busy at work with other meal prep items while they are boiling, so it allows you to multi-task in the kitchen! Quick and easy, just the way I like it!  Do you have any tips for saving time in the kitchen? Please let me know in the comments!