This is a sponsored post for She Speaks/Rubbermaid®. All writing, opinions and photography are my own.
Dinner prep can be stressful on busy weekday nights, especially with kids in tow! I refer to the period of time between 4-6 p.m. as the “witching hour” in our family, because it’s when the wheels start falling off the bus in our house. Someone’s yelling because they’re hungry and they need to eat right NOW or another one’s wailing because a brother smacked him– you get the picture. Trying to maintain composure while getting dinner on the table can be a challenge!
Starting last year I made a concerted effort to meal plan and prep ingredients ahead of time to make cooking dinner less stressful. It has worked wonders, and I thought I would share a few of my tips:
- Cut up vegetables and other ingredients the night before. If you’re ambitious, prep them for the whole week!
- Make a weekly meal plan. Part of the chaos for dinner prep used to be that I wouldn’t decide what I was making until meal time. Now, I sketch out the week ahead on Sunday, so I always know what’s on the menu. It’s saved a HUGE amount of time and money on groceries. I use everything I buy, and my list is much smaller when I head to the supermarket.
Since I prep ahead a lot (and usually have leftovers!), quality food storage is key. I need the ingredients that I cut up earlier in the week to be fresh when I need them. I recently got to test out a 10-piece set of Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers, an airtight seal was huge for keeping produce fresh and from preventing leftovers from spilling in my husband’s work backpack!
The BRILLIANCE containers are also splatter-resistant. There are special vents on the containers that allow you to leave the top on while microwaving (you just keep the lid on and latches open)– preventing those messy microwave splatters! The containers are produced with heat-resistant BPA-free materials.
Other features I love are the modular shape of the containers, which makes them easy to stack in the fridge (and they look nice too!). They are crystal clear, so you can easily see the contents of the container as well. An added bonus– they are stain resistant too!
Win Your Own 10-Piece Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Set!
One lucky reader will win a 10-piece Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE set of their own! To enter, leave me a comment below with your favorite dinner prep tip. One entry per person, and the giveaway ends June 7 at 11:59 p.m.