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I want to start meal prepping for the week on Sundays.
I'll probably buy a bunch of chicken and make different things with it. But what are some things that shouldn't be prepped ahead of time?
For example if I'm going to make a pita with chicken lettuce and tomatoes and avocado should I wait till the day of to add the avocado?
And is it better to store in fridge or freezer?

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  • AndOne8675
    AndOne8675 Posts: 151 Member
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    Are you wanting to prep for the entire week? Tomatoes and avocados don't hold up well, in a dish, for more than overnight imo. But mash it and add lemon it will stay a little longer prepared but still separate. Soggy sandwiches make me sad. I usually pack the ingredients as separate as possible to grab and go. I do this with tacos too.
    I usually pre cook and cut veg and store them so I can make a quick lunch if I am able to get home to eat.
    I batch cook soups and freeze in pint Mason jars. I take them out the night before and put in fridge, they keep everything else cold and are thawed by the time I eat. I do this with bean burritos too.
    Can you warm things up?
  • jennydelgado09
    jennydelgado09 Posts: 119 Member
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    Are you wanting to prep for the entire week? Tomatoes and avocados don't hold up well, in a dish, for more than overnight imo. But mash it and add lemon it will stay a little longer prepared but still separate. Soggy sandwiches make me sad. I usually pack the ingredients as separate as possible to grab and go. I do this with tacos too.
    I usually pre cook and cut veg and store them so I can make a quick lunch if I am able to get home to eat.
    I batch cook soups and freeze in pint Mason jars. I take them out the night before and put in fridge, they keep everything else cold and are thawed by the time I eat. I do this with bean burritos too.
    Can you warm things up?

    Yes I'll be able to warm things up. And I want to prep for the week.
    Thanks for the insight
  • toxikon
    toxikon Posts: 2,384 Member
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    Fresh fruit and veg don't tend to reheat/keep super well for meal-prepping.

    I usually stick to cooked dishes like casseroles, curries, rice dishes, pastas, quiches, pies, stews, soups.

    Mason jar salads work great as well and keep fresh for a full week if you layer them properly.

    As for pitas... I'd probably just prepare the chicken in advance then assemble them as I need them.

    For weekly meal-preps I like to put enough portions in the fridge for 2-3 days, then put the rest in the freezer and replenish the fridge as needed. It keeps everything tasting fresh for longer.
  • megbelievesshecan
    megbelievesshecan Posts: 21 Member
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    I typically will meal prep the meats for dinner, all breakfasts, and veggie snack bags. I find that veggies for dinner get mushy and I don't want to eat them by Wednesday.
  • endermako
    endermako Posts: 787 Member
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    i usually meal prep tacos or one bowl dishes. Tacos I pack all the ingredients separately and then warm them/combine during my lunch time. With the one bowl dishes I usually freeze those in baggies and warm them up in a bowl during lunch.