Preparing your own meals can be relaxing, nutritious and rewarding. You have complete control over the ingredients, taste and presentation. These are the things I love about cooking at home. What I don’t love is how time-consuming cooking can become. Especially for us busy professionals and entrepreneurs, we often find ourselves using this ‘time excuse’ as a reason to heat up a quick frozen meal or have an affair with the drive-thru. But I have discovered this one time-saving hack that makes meal time painless and reduces time dramatically. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. I save time in the kitchen with this one hack and it is so easy! What is it?

You'll save major time in the kitchen with this one simple food prep hack! #Productivity #lifehacks via LaurenJadeLately.Com

>> 1 cup portion control bags from Target <<

Yup. That’s it. Ok, you may think I’m crazy (I am) but these things seriously completely changed the way I prep for my healthy (and non-healthy) meals. Last week I did a post on simple healthy meal options for busy people. And this hack is how I can prepare those so quickly. It takes a tiny time-investment on the front end but makes the whole cooking process a breeze. You'll save major time in the kitchen with this one simple food prep hack! #Productivity #lifehacks via LaurenJadeLately.ComOn Sundays I’ll go grocery shopping. (Another time-saving tip: always shop with a list and have your meals planned out) When I get home I immediately prep all the food I’ve gotten for the week. I don’t cook anything, I just take all the yummy, raw fruits/veggies and whatever else, prep it with these 1 cup portion bags that makes it fool-proof to whip up a good, healthy meal in no time. As you can see I eat a lot of veggies, the ingredients in each bag are layered differently for different meals. I didn’t label them because I know what they are for, but if you are new to food prepping a little reminder scribbled on the front might be helpful.

You'll save major time in the kitchen with this one simple food prep hack! #Productivity #lifehacks via LaurenJadeLately.Com
You don’t have to just use them for veggies either! I’ll cut up fruit and freeze them for a super fast smoothie pack, I’ll portion out quick-cook oatmeal and mix in different dried fruits and nuts for a super fast breakfast solution or simply portion out my favorite snack so I can grab a pack when I’m running out the door. This one kitchen hack has saved me so much time/energy, I love it and just had to share!

What are you favorite time-savers in the kitchen?

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