Here are the best ways to meal prep with the Instant Pot, including extra meal prep kitchen gadgets and tools that help me keep on track with my weekly meal planning and batch cooking! Say hello to healthy meals that will save you time and money with these kitchen tools!
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Want to start eating healthier when you’re doing your batch cooking using the Instant Pot? Want to learn how to you can maximize your weekly meal prep efforts?
Well, you’re going to want the right tools for the job! I’ve round up my fave kitchen tools along with the Instant Pot to help you stick to a healthy routine!
Here are THE BEST Meal Prep Containers and Kitchen Tools:
- Instant Pot – I would be lost without my Instant Pot of course and while you’re here, I’m offering $10 off your next Instant Pot (just use the code THEGIRLONBLOOR)! I personally have TWO Instant Pots so I can batch cook two different recipes at the same time for the week ahead – this saves me so much time and money each week!!!
- Rice Cooker – even though many Instant Pots also cook rice, you’re going to have recipes where you want to cook the rice separately (maybe a curry or something like beef and broccoli). Well a rice cooker can help you get the rice ready in a hands off manner while everything is cooking in the Instant Pot, and you can also prep quinoa, couscous and other whole grains ahead of time too!
- Glass meal prep bowls – these containers are great for reheating your leftovers in the microwave safely, and they’re also easy to throw in the dishwasher!
- Freezer bags – these are perfect for freezing a bunch of dump meals – all you have to do is let the ingredients thaw then dump them in the Instant Pot!
- Ziploc bag holder – speaking of freezer bags, these are awesome for when you’re making a marinade or adding your ingredients and you want the bags to stay upright with no mess.
- Bento box – these are another great option for your work week lunches and are kid-friendly too! You can even pack your snacks in the same container to save room in your lunch bag!
- Foil Containers – I love storing food that’s going to go in the freezer in foil containers so I can throw them straight from the freezer into the oven. I’ll make a big batch of lasagna or meatloaf, or even sometimes pasta, then freeze it in these containers.
- Tongs – I know this kitchen tool seems super basic, but they really help with taking chicken out of the Instant Pot to shred and plating food
- Kitchen Scale – Know exactly how much poultry, meat and other things like pasta and noodles that you’re going to use for a recipe by weighing it all out with a scale.
- Mason jars – these containers are great for salads and recipes where you’re layering a bunch of different ingredients, but they’re also great for microwaving soups! Just make sure to pack an extra bowl to take with you to work to pour it all out into.
- Salad containers – if you can’t quite get behind the idea of a mason jar, these salad containers are a great alternative for separating ingredients.
- Butcher Box – this meat subscriber service helps me keep my freezer fully stocked at all times so I’m never out of anything when I go to make a recipe!