Meal prep has a catch-22: You want to prep your meals in advance because you are too busy to do it during the week, but you are too busy to find a block of time to devote to meal prep.

That’s the first problem we tackled. We set out to find the meal-prep timeframe that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

The Power of Two Hours

Two hours of active cooking once a week is long enough to make a huge dent in the amount of time you spend the rest of the week on food-related activities, but short enough that you can fit it in without having conniptions.

Two hours of high-level, concentrated meal prep (which is what we teach you) can easily eliminate eight hours of cooking time (or dining out time). That’s a net gain of six hours each week.

(Use our Time Cost Worksheet to figure out how much time you truly spend on food-related activities each week.)What could you do with six free hours a week?

Two hours, once a week. No more, no less. Two hours:

  • Frees up six free hours a week. What could you do with six free hours a week?
  • Allows you to live up to your standards of healthy eating.
  • Saves you from spending money on unplanned meals out every week.
  • Lets you feel like a badass in the kitchen!

That’s a powerful two hours!

A Ground-Up Approach

Rather than using a top-down approach, where you see someone else’s meal-prep output and decide that you want to do the exact same thing, we use a ground-up approach. We start with the reality of what you can accomplish in your own home kitchen in two hours, and then build on this each week.

Our goal is to equip you with all the skills and strategies you need to succeed at creating and maintaining a two-hour meal-prep routine that does everything you want it to do … from the ground up.

We structured the course using a belt system that helps you grow at the pace that is right for you. You will start by making just one day of meals in two hours and keep progressing until you can make five days of meals in two hours to cover the entire workweek.

If you have no experience cooking, take it slow. You will learn everything you need to know at your own pace. If you already know your way around the kitchen, you can speed through the course quickly.

Finding the Time

Back to the catch-22: Even if these two hours are going to free six hours down the road, you don’t have those six hour now. So how are you going to find two hours in your busy schedule?

We ask three questions to help you pick the right two hours:

  1. Are you morning person, a day person, or night person? It’s important to do your meal prep when you feel fresh and lively rather than hungry, tired, or feeling rushed.
  2. Which day of the week allows you to carve out two hours during your sweet spot? It doesn’t need to be Sunday. I could be Wednesday.
  3. How are you going to handle the schedule-busters in your life? From your lovable family members, to your lovable friends, to your lovable boss, anyone who would pull you away from your meal prep without batting an eye is someone to consider.

Once you set two hours in your mind, fix it in your schedule, and go through the process a few times, your weekly cook session will become something you look forward to in the same way joggers look forward to a run.

Remember, in developing this course, we measured every idea against three criteria:

  1. The idea frees up more time than it takes
  2. It is adaptable
  3. It produces meals you want to eat

You just learned how this program frees up your time. Next up, see how Kitchen Karate is adaptable.

 

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