Meal planning tips
Plan for the upcoming week by creating a weekly meal guide and purchasing the groceries you’ll need ahead of time. You can save time on those crazy weeknights when time might be limited by doing some of the prep work in advance — like marinating meats, mixing spices or chopping veggies.
Make a weekly menu:
Ever wondered, “How do I organize my meal planning?” The answer is simpler than you think — create your own menu! Have fun, and be sure to get the whole family involved.
There are tons of meal planning recipes and ideas online. From blogs to social media to our very own recipes pages using Open Prairie Natural Meats, there is no shortage of flavorful mealtime ideas that will inspire you to cook.
Assign cooking roles:
Get the whole family involved by assigning roles to each person (prep, cooking, cleaning, etc.) and making a game out of it! Younger kids can help with counting out ingredients or pushing appliance buttons, while older kids can use tools like peelers and graters with appropriate adult supervision.
Don’t forget the sides:
Nothing complements a protein-rich meal like healthy, flavorful, fiber-packed sides. Crisp, seasonal veggies and fresh herbs are the perfect wingman to a meaty main dish.
Keep it simple:
Meals don’t have to be super complex! Stick to simple recipes that you can rotate and jazz up.
Cook enough to create leftovers the next day, then repurpose them in a new dish. It’s a great way to utilize all your groceries and reduce food waste. Leftover Open Prairie products can be turned into many new dishes such as sandwiches, soups, pastas, tacos, omelets and more.
Make it fun:
Make the experience enjoyable and something that you look forward to. Put on some music, listen to your favorite podcast or get the family involved to make the most of your time (a solo dance break never hurt anyone).
Dietary tips – How much protein do I need?
Pork and beef are packed with protein. In fact, one 3oz serving of beef or pork provides about 25g of protein — making it a great source for this essential nutrient.1 Additionally, protein found in meat is considered “complete” because it has all the naturally occurring amino acids essential for health, unlike protein alternatives.2
On average, men should have about 56g of protein per day and women should have about 46g.3 If you’re highly active or looking to build muscle, consider upping your protein intake to 20–30g at each meal (on a three meal per day diet) to better achieve your goals.1 Incorporating Open Prairie beef and pork products into your weekly meal planning can give you more control over your protein intake.
Midday is probably when things are the most hectic. Whatever you do, don’t skip lunch! Help keep your body fueled with nutritious protein to keep your day going strong. Try a wrap, sandwich, soup, protein bowl or chili — and don’t forget some healthy sides like fresh veggies.
Finish the day strong by giving your body the protein it deserves. Try cooking ribs, steaks, roasts, sandwiches, chilis, soups, tacos and more. Incorporate healthy sides to add extra nutrition (and color!) to your plate.
Visit our store locator to pick up your next week of meals.