PODCAST

Meal Prep Monday Podcast™

Allison Schaaf

Meal Prep Monday Podcast™ brings you 10 minutes of actionable meal prep advice, helping you answer the dreaded "What's for Dinner?" question with ease. Host Allison Schaaf is a personal chef, dietitian, mom and founder of meal planning website PrepDish.com. Listen along as she teaches you how to save time, money & energy through meal prep. Her healthy gluten free, paleo & keto meal plans have helped thousands! And in this podcast, she's sharing all of her time saving tips and tricks with you! Tune in every Monday to up your mealplan and mealprep game!
Healthy Hotel Room Food Ideas (My Recent Hotel Grocery Order!) l EP#114Tips from a Chef & RD on How to Salt Food l EP#113
Ever wondered how much salt you should add to your food? As both a chef and an RD, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf has a unique perspective on the best way to salt food, from both a health and a culinary perspective. She shares her best tips today! *These recommendations should not be taken as medical advice and you should of course consult your doctor for any medical concerns related to salt. Most sodium in people’s diet comes from processed foods. If you’re using Prep Dish meal plans, you are likely not eating much processed food. In addition, vegetables contain potassium, which balances out sodium in your body. Adding salt brings out the natural flavor in healthy foods like vegetables. It can help reduce bitter flavors as well! Here are 3 things to think about when salting your food: Salt and Taste as You Go: This is especially true for things like soup, but is always a good idea!Use a Salt Cellar Instead of a Shaker: Use your hands to add salt. This makes it easier to judge how much salt you’re adding.Salt from High Above the Food: This gives a more even distribution of salt. Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! 10 Items Delicious with Just Salt & Pepper: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep86/ How Much Salt to Season Food Properly: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/how-much-salt-to-season-food-properly/
Jan 17 2022
9 mins
3 Ways to Use Prep Dish Meal Plans l EP#112
Not sure how meal prep would fit into your life? We’re talking meal prep basics today! Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf shares tips on how to make meal prep and Prep Dish meal plans work for you. Specifically, she shares three effective ways of using these meal prep meal plans to fit into various lifestyles. 3 Ways to Use Prep Dish Meal Plans: Prep All at Once in a Weekly Prep Day - Set aside an hour or two to meal prep your whole meal plan for the week, making the rest of the week super easy. This is the most efficient! If you’re new to meal prep, try our Super Fast plans, which are designed to be prepped in just one hour.Break Up Meal Prep - Fit in meal prep in small pockets of time. If you have a little extra time when you’re cooking dinner, chop the veggies for the next night. Check items off as you go to stay organized so you know where you left off!Don’t do prep day! - Our premium subscription includes separated recipes, essentially a more traditional recipe format, rather than a plan organized for meal prep. This is perfect for anyone wanting to use our healthy recipes, but not wanting to do meal prep. You still save a lot of time by not having to search for recipes and meal plan every week. Separated recipes are also great for adding recipes to your weekly meal plan! Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! See Our Super Fast Meal Plans in Action: https://youtu.be/qzuuAn1jGgo
Jan 10 2022
9 mins
What is Prep Dish? l EP#111
In today’s episode, meal prep expert and Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf explains the basics of Prep Dish, a meal prep subscription service. Prep Dish offers weekly meal plans in a subscription-based service. Subscribers receive Gluten Free, Paleo, Low Carb and Super Fast meal prep meal plans every Friday. The meal plans include an organized grocery list, a detailed prep day plan and a “dish day” plan with the easy steps to complete each dish. Allison started this company to enable busy families to eat well, without the stress. Having done-for-you meal plans and clean, efficient meal prep instructions makes cooking healthy food for your family SO much easier! Make sure to go to prepdish.com/podcast for a free meal plan to see what it’s all about or go to prepdish.com/subscribe to sign up now! Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! How I Started Prep Dish: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep92/ The Prep Dish Grocery List: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/grocery-list-tips/ All About Prep Day: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/prep-day-tips/ All About Dish Day: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/dish-day-family-meal-time-tips/ A Peek at Our Super Fast Meal Plans: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/quick-meal-prep-healthy-dinners/
Jan 3 2022
8 mins
Our Surprise Baby Goat! l EP#110The Only 2 Pans I Use (Safe Pans and How to Clean Them!) l EP#109
Whether you’re a cooking veteran or just getting into it, choosing the best pans to cook with can be overwhelming! There are just so many options out there. In today’s episode, chef and RD Allison Schaaf shares the only two pans she uses in her kitchen (plus a bonus!), and how to clean them. Nonstick pans contain chemicals that make them nonstick. If the nonstick coating starts to chip or degrade, that means it’s getting into your food and you’re ingesting it. Stainless Steel and Cast Iron pans last for a super long time and are safe to cook with. Stainless Steel: Calphalon is one good brand but there are other options out there too. Make sure there is no aluminum coating and go for pans that are as close as possible to being completely stainless steel. Always use oil or water to make sure the food doesn’t stick. Keeping temperatures a little lower also helps avoid sticking. If something does stick, boil water and pour it in the pan right after cooking. Put the lid on and let it sit and then everything will come off easily! A sponge or dish brush is also useful. Cast Iron: Make sure your cast iron pan is well-oiled. The more you use it, the less care is needed. Pouring hot water on the pan works with cast iron as well if food does get stuck. You may need to buy a well fitting lid separately to help with cleaning. Avoid using soap on cast iron pans. A wire brush or a stainless steel sponge also work well for cast iron. Bonus: I use stainless steel baking sheets as well, which are great! Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Calphalon Stainless Steel Pans: https://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-2029634-saute-pan-Silver/dp/B07MM3RWMN/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=stainless+steel+calphalon+pan&qid=1633117130&sr=8-5 Stainless Steel Sponge for Cast Iron: https://www.amazon.com/YASUOA-Chainmail-Scrubber-Silicone-Stainless/dp/B08RNBNSV7/ref=sr_1_27?dchild=1&keywords=stainless+steel+sponge&qid=1633116802&sr=8-27 Stainless Steel Baking Sheets: https://www.amazon.com/Checkered-Chef-Stainless-Baking-Sheets/dp/B07Z4NYXQ1/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=stainless+steel+baking+sheets+calphalon&qid=1633117044&sr=8-10
Dec 20 2021
14 mins
3 Tips to Increase Efficiency and Maximize Your Time l EP#108
Today’s episode wraps up Allison Shaaf’s miniseries on efficiency. Today’s tips can be applied to meal prep, but they’re also applicable beyond cooking. Have a Plan It’s always worth it to take a moment and think about a task before you begin. You may even want to do a short meditation, or at least gather your thoughts, before beginning a project or work session. Determine the most important thing you want to accomplish. Start with that #1 thing. This is specifically for work, but it can absolutely apply to home tasks as well. That way, even if you don’t get everything done, you will have completed that most important task. Set a Time Constraint You may want to try the Pomodoro Method (https://todoist.com/productivity-methods/pomodoro-technique). Set a timer for 25 minutes before taking a few minutes for a break and repeating the cycle. Time constraints can help you focus and work as efficiently as you can. Strategic Placement of Things Sometimes having an extra item where you need it is worth it for efficiency gains. For example, I used to always go to the kitchen every time I wanted tea while I was working, but would frequently get caught up in other things that were going on in the house. Now I have an extra hot water kettle in my office and it’s so much more efficient! Bonus: Avoid multitasking whenever possible! Doing one thing at a time makes for a calmer, more enjoyable life. Plus, multitasking is not usually actually more efficient! Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! How I Started Prep Dish - 5 Tips From an Entrepreneur: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep92/
Dec 13 2021
13 mins
Using Batching to Boost Efficiency l EP#107
Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf continues her miniseries on efficiency today, focusing on batching. Batching Breakfast: You can approach this two ways. First, you can prep breakfast for the week ahead. Examples include a big batch of oatmeal, a frittata or prepping veggies for a quick breakfast hash. My favorite way to batch breakfast is to create some freezer meals! Smoothie bags are great for this. Divide smoothie ingredients into individual bags so they’re easy to toss in the blender. This works best if you freeze in a single layer before adding to the bags to avoid big clumps. Breakfast burritos are also great for stocking the freezer. These work really well for lunch or a filling snack as well. Muffins freeze well too. Don’t forget frittata muffins! Egg and veggie or egg and sweet potato frittata muffins freeze quite well. Lunches & Dinners: First, you can batch ingredients. For example, make a big batch of a grain, such as rice pilaf, to eat a few times throughout the week. You can serve it with a different protein each time. Similarly, you can make a roast or other large protein to enjoy in different ways throughout the week. Batch your chopping through chopping all of your veggies all at once to save time throughout the week. Another way to batch lunches and dinners is, again, to use your freezer! Any type of casserole freezes well. Lasagna and shepherd’s pie are some of my favorites. Sauces also freeze really well! Next time you make pesto or a marinade, make a double batch and freeze. Soups and stews also freeze well. Bonus: Batch your supplements! Get a days-of-the-week pill box and divide up your supplements to avoid opening different bottles every day. Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Batching Beyond the Kitchen: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep4/ 4 Overlooked Items to Batch: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep36/ Orange Carrot Smoothie (w/ Smoothie Bag Tips): https://prepdish.com/recipes/orange-carrot-smoothie/ Very Berry Muffins: https://prepdish.com/recipes/very-berry-muffins/ Eggplant & Grass Fed Beef Lasagna: https://prepdish.com/recipes/eggplant-grass-fed-beef-lasagna/ Cook Once, Eat Twice Carnitas: https://youtu.be/rJIlLjI4LM0
Dec 6 2021
11 mins
How to Make Meal Prep More Efficient l EP#106
Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf shares her best tips for efficient meal prep today. Even little time savings really add up from week to week! Here are the meal prep tips: Stop and Think: Take a moment before you begin and think through what you need to get done and what will take the most time. If something needs to bake for an hour, start with that right away! Batch Wherever Possible: Wash Everything at Once! To maximize efficiency, wash all of your produce at once before you start chopping, instead of going back and forth to the sink. Set Up Your Station: Gather everything you need (trash can or compost, meal prep container, cutting board, knife). This is not only more efficient, it feels much calmer. Efficient Grocery Shopping: How many times per week do you grocery shop? Is there a way you could eliminate one of those shopping trips, or switch to grocery delivery? Could you outsource grocery shopping? Is there something you can bulk purchase to shorten your weekly grocery list? Set Aside Time: Make sure you actually schedule time for meal prep, rather than hoping available time will pop up. This will help ensure you’re calm and prepared for meal prep, which is both more efficient and much more pleasant. A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place: Meal prep (and life!) is so much more efficient if you can immediately find everything you need. Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Washing Produce in Vinegar: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/give-your-produce-a-vinegar-bath/ My First Trip to Costco: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep67/ Tips to Cut Meal Prep Time in Half: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep2/ Batching Beyond the Kitchen: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep4/ Details on Our Prep Dish Super Fast Menus: https://youtu.be/qzuuAn1jGgo
Nov 29 2021
17 mins
Daily Gratitude Practice l EP#105How We Got Our Pet Goat l EP#10410 Healthy Prep-Ahead Snacks (w/ Protein & Fat) l EP#103
In today’s episode, chef and RD Allison Schaaf is sharing ideas for healthy snacks. Specifically, these snacks are meal prep friendly and include plenty of protein, healthy fats and veggies to actually keep you full! Hard Boiled Eggs - These are so great for meal prep!Chopped Veggies - If you do nothing else, wash and prep your veggies for the week! It’s SO much more likely you’ll choose veggies for a snack if they’re ready to eat. Keep them front and center in your fridge so you remember to eat them. Cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower - so many veggies work well for this! If you’re short on time, just buy a veggie tray :) Have a healthy dip on hand to make it tastier and more filling.Oatmeal Cups: Soaked oats (soak in water or your favorite milk overnight) with fruit and nuts makes a great snack. Oats are especially great for breastfeeding moms! Add yogurt for extra protein.Homemade Sausage Patties: Think outside the (snack) box! Prep some homemade sausage patties and store in the freezer to pull out when you need.Yogurt Parfaits: Layer yogurt with fruit and nuts - so simple!Trail Mix: This is a healthier, less expensive version of energy bars! Mix your favorite dried fruit and nuts for easy snacks. Of course, a simple handful of nuts works too.Leftovers: There’s no reason you can’t just eat a small portion of a leftover meal for a snack.Avocado Dip: Guacamole or simply mashed avocado works great for a dip with veggies or crackers. Avocados are so nutritious and filling. Bonus: Chocolate Avocado Pudding! (recipe linked below!) This feels like a treat but it is so healthy :) Ants on a Log: Spread celery sticks with nut butter or cream cheese with raisins or dried cranberries on top. You can prep ahead or simply chop the celery ahead so it’s ready to go.Tuna or Chicken Salad: Eat on crackers, veggie sticks or as-is! This is something you can easily add to your weekly meal prep as it comes together quickly. Energy bites also make a great prep-ahead snack. Get my tips and recipes for energy bites here: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep32/ Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! White Bean Hummus: https://prepdish.com/recipes/so-many-reasons-to-love-hummus/ Keto Fat Bomb (aka low carb snack) Roundup: https://prepdish.com/roundups/keto-fat-bomb-recipe-inspiration/ Guacamole Stuffed Mini Peppers: https://prepdish.com/recipes/stuffed-mini-peppers/ Chocolate Avocado Pudding: https://prepdish.com/recipes/paleo-chocolate-pudding-parfait/ Prep Ahead Chicken Salad: https://prepdish.com/recipes/chicken-salad-lettuce-wraps/
Nov 8 2021
11 mins
The Best Food Storage Containers (& Creative Options) l EP#102
In today’s episode, meal prep expert Allison Schaaf shares her recommendations for the best storage containers for your weekly meal prep. She shares why, from both a taste and health perspective, you may want to rethink plastic bags and containers for food storage. Make sure to use tempered glass. This means you’ll be able to put them in the freezer and the oven (although they can still break with extreme temperature changes). Also look for durable, BPA-free lids. I’ve had the best luck with Glasslock (linked below). You can also use stainless steel bowls with a silicon lid or beeswax paper over the bowl to seal things in the fridge as a backup. Silicone bags, like Stasher bags, also work well, especially for dry food like trail mix. Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Study on Plastic Containers and Health: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.1003220 More Storage Container Recommendations: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/best-meal-prep-containers/ Glasslock Containers: https://glasslockusa.com Silicone Lids: https://www.amazon.com/Goodful-Universal-Cups-Food-Dishwasher-Multicolor/dp/B08BQZ5YF5/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=silicon+lids&qid=1633087476&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNURSMVJXWjROR1RLJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTA3OTIyS1JBSEI2TUtYREdQJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzMzIwNDMzNlg4TEFVWVc3Q0oyJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== Stasher Bags: https://www.stasherbag.com/collections/the-stasher-ecosystem?gclid=CjwKCAjw49qKBhAoEiwAHQVTowMOngqNNgdz5iyfodJOSaYNKZXqJNTZ3Ea9Ys_A-AKhgm690m-azRoCo8gQAvD_BwE
Nov 1 2021
12 mins
5 Items in My Freezer RIGHT Now (Freezer Meal Prep) l EP#101
Have you tried freezer meal prep? Here at Prep Dish, we’ve just wrapped up a freezer challenge, which was super fun! We strategically stocked our freezers with breakfasts and dinners to make the busy fall easier. Today, chef, dietitian and mom of two shares what exactly is in her own freezer right now! Breakfast Items: We rotate between oatmeal (hot or overnight oats), eggs with potatoes or sweet potatoes, and pancakes or waffles on the weekend! My freezer now has breakfast burritos (great for lunch too!), a frittata, zucchini muffins and mini frittata muffins.Lunches / Dinners: Shepherd’s Pie, Sloppy Joes, Taco Soup, and another batch of soup. Tip: Freeze a more condensed version of the soup (less liquid) and add water or broth when you reheat.Proteins: Fish, meat, etc. I always keep this on hand in the freezer so I have options for dinner.Homemade Broth: I love making homemade broth and always have some in the freezer to use in soups and other dishes.Frozen Fruits & Veggies: I keep a few items like cauliflower rice, broccoli and frozen berries to use when we’re low on fresh produce. Bonus: Dark chocolate! This is a must :) Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: I need your help! Post on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1537447836539716/ ) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ ) with what you’d love to see in the next Prep Dish challenge. We love feedback! Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Childcare Options - Au Pair vs Nanny vs Daycare: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep87/ How to Make Bone Broth: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep48/ 3 Foods I make from scratch (and 3 I don’t!): https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep15/ Chai Spiced Zucchini Muffins: https://prepdish.com/recipes/chai-spiced-zucchini-muffins/ Turkey Taco Soup: https://prepdish.com/recipes/turkey-taco-soup/ Healthy Sloppy Joes: https://prepdish.com/recipes/healthy-sloppy-joes-recipe/ Shepherd’s Pie: https://prepdish.com/recipes/healthy-shepherds-pie/ Freezer Marinades: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep94/
Oct 25 2021
12 mins
10 fun ideas for halloween l EP#100
Add a little Halloween fun to your meal prep with one of these mostly healthy Halloween snack ideas! Host Allison Schaaf shares ten simple, non-candy Halloween food ideas, perfect for a party or for giving your kiddos an extra festive Halloween. Banana Ghosts (Boonanas!): https://prepdish.com/roundups/healthy-halloween-treats/Apple Bites: https://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/15/3-ingredient-halloween-apple-bites/Veggie Fingers with Sliced Almond Nails: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/19428205/image/19522939/Veggie-Fingers-DipCaprese Eyeballs: https://www.evilmadscientist.com/2008/high-cuisine-for-halloween-eyeball-caprese/Fruit Spiders: https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/spooky-spider-snack/Layered Dip with Sour Cream Drizzled Over Top Like Spider Web: https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a9948/spiderweb-nacho-spread-recipe-121386/Jack-o-Lantern Hummus with an Olive Face: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/photo-gallery/19428205/image/19527895/Jack-o-Lantern-Hummus-PlateSnow Pea Mouth with Slivered Almond Teeth and Tomato/Bell Pepper Tongue: https://www.snixykitchen.com/goblin-grins-and-monster-mouths/Baybel or Mozzarella Ball with Olive in the Middle with a dot of ketchup: https://www.carterscozynest.com/spooky-mini-babybel-eyeballs/Clementine Pumpkins: Buy cuties and draw a face on with a sharpie! Or, peel the orange and use a tiny celery stem on top as a stem. https://www.armelleblog.com/2012/10/halloween-play-date.html Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans!
Oct 18 2021
12 mins
Mini Prep Sessions - Simple Meal Prepping in Small Pockets of Time l EP#99How to Start Beekeeping - 10 Considerations l EP#98
Wondering how to start beekeeping? Are you curious about how much effort and expense are involved and whether or not it’s worth it? In today’s episode, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf teams up with her husband Brook Schaaf to share how they’ve started beekeeping and harvesting honey. They talk about how they got started, lessons learned and the benefits they’ve seen. Even if you don’t plan to harvest your own honey any time soon, this is a fascinating look into the world of beekeeping! Allison & Brook’s Beekeeping Insights: Help is available - There are consultants who can come out to help you, companies with plans for different areas, people who provide virtual assistance and many websites and forums with information on how to start beekeeping. You can even lease the bees to start! Cost - Equipment can be expensive. The bees themselves can be expensive as well. It probably costs close to $1000 to get started. Failure - Sometimes hives fail. Some of the bees die (this is especially true if you buy the packages). One time our queen bee died so we had to order a new queen. Be prepared that you will experience some failure. Knowledge & Maintenance - You can start out with very little knowledge (like we did!) but there’s a lot to learn to become an expert. Beekeeping is a lifelong learning venture. Taxes - Depending on where you live, you can likely get a tax credit for beekeeping (you have to have a certain number of hives depending on your area). This may cover the yearly cost of beekeeping. Raw Honey - The raw honey you’ll harvest is not recommended for babies under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism. Bee Stings - We have gotten bee stings, especially when we move the bees. Be aware that they can stay agitated for days after you move them. Community - Many people are very passionate about beekeeping and you can connect with other beekeepers in your area. Educational - If you have kids, this is an excellent learning experience. In addition to the honey, you can also use beeswax to make things and do crafts together. Delicious honey! There is a big difference in quality between honeys and this is excellent quality and tastes delicious. We probably harvested a gallon and a half last year from our 4 hives but you could get more from a very healthy hive if you’re quite experienced. Bonus Tip: Check CraigsList for used equipment! Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans!
Oct 4 2021
14 mins
Our Experience with the Lettuce Grow Farmstand l EP#97
Host Allison Schaaf’s husband Brook joins her today as they talk about the benefits and drawbacks of the Lettuce Grow Farmstand system. Lettuce Grow is a self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic farmstand that lets you grow greens (and other veggies!) year-round, either inside or out. Here’s what they have to say: Benefits of the Lettuce Grow Farmstand: Saves space: it’s a vertical tower requiring little room.Controlled environment: It’s easier than growing plants in a yard because water and nutrients are controlled.Kids can help: It’s fun and easy for even small kids to help with planting and harvesting. Bonus - they just may snack on the lettuce!Fresh greens: The number one benefit is of course having fresh greens to harvest whenever you want them.Sprouting seedlings: We’ve also used it to sprout seedlings to transplant outside. Drawbacks of Lettuce Grow: - Cost: It’s an investment and definitely costs more than simply planting a traditional garden. - Maintenance: Lettuce Grow requires pretty minimal maintenance but you do need to add water and nutrients about once a week. It requires much less maintenance than a traditional garden though. - Protected Space: You need a protected space from critters like deer and part of it has to be plugged in. You may need either a heater or grow lights depending on where you live. Use code FRIEND-K07X for a discount (while availability lasts - limited to 3 uses!) Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Purchase a Lettuce Grow Farmstand here: https://imp.i209368.net/c/1250642/776628/11183 This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support of Prep Dish!
Sep 27 2021
13 mins
5 Things to Prep for a Road Trip with Kids (No Screens!) l EP#96
Chef, RD and mom of two kids under three shares tips and essentials for prepping for a long road trip with kids. From preparing them ahead of time to what toys and food to pack, she shares her experience from two recent road trips. A little preparation can really set you up for success when traveling with kids! Allison’s Road Trip Tips: Signposting: Share the (detailed) plan with your kids ahead of time. Explain when you’ll get up, how long you’ll be in the car, that you’ll eat and sleep in the car and about what time you’ll arrive where you’re going. Start doing this a week or so before the trip so you can talk about it many times if your child wishes. Leave Early: This makes the first part of the trip so easy as your kids can sleep in the car. It also minimizes stops since they have fewer hours to get restless in the back seat. Bring New Toys: - Having a few new toys to pull out when your child starts getting cranky is a lifesaver! Get my recommendations in the “Resources” section below. Go to Parks: Pair your gas stops with a quick 20 minute playground stop to let the kids get out some energy. Even small towns often have excellent parks! Snacks & Meals: Pack all food to avoid extra stops. Hard boiled eggs, trail mix, crackers, avocado, tuna and sandwiches are easy and nutritious. Packing food also ensures you can use your stops to let the kids run around instead of sitting and eating. Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/ Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777 Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Road Trip Toys for Small Kids: Magnetic drawing board: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DK7QYTU?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=GHaCXvUPG2w2fWN8h8y-ww&hsa_cr_id=7063160970801&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=b4b4b7a4-e9d8-4d91-bfc5-40ccf6afa9f7&pd_rd_w=CPE41&pd_rd_wg=MxVN1&linkCode=sl1&tag=inspiralized-20&linkId=9ef0df5d0db74758a279b6d2be95910b&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl Bendy Straws: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MBW6JNL?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=inspiralized-20&linkId=e28685a02a4757f63229f89b6e3fc899&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl Stretchy String Fidget Toys: https://www.amazon.com/Impresa-Products-Stretchy-Phthalate-Latex-Free/dp/B01LBSZQ3U/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=stretchy+string+fidget+toy&qid=1628858749&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzVzEwNUhKWDZCOUVBJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTA1NjYzM0FEU01RQkdIVE5WRSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzQ5NTA2MlNWRTdEWTQ2WFpWRCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= Quiet Book: https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Book-10-Pages-Toddlers/dp/B07VNZZW8G/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=quiet+book&qid=1628858784&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzMVRZQk0zVzZVSlJJJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjM2MjkyM1NZQUhXUlJGOUNSJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzMzY0MTBDUEE3OUpFUElUQUEmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl Road Trip Tips from Ali at Inspiralized: https://inspiralized.com/lifestyle/tips-and-essentials-for-very-long-road-trips-with-toddlers-during-covid
Sep 20 2021
14 mins
Using Meal Prep for Healthy Travel Meals l EP#95
Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf shares how she does meal prep while traveling, in both a hotel and an Air BnB. Get tips for meal prep breakfasts while traveling as well as simple dinners that require minimal equipment or spices. With a bit of strategic meal prep, you can stick to your healthy meal plan even while traveling!   Meal Prep Breakfasts While Traveling: - Soaked Oats: Also known as “overnight oats,” this is a method where you soak rolled oats in water or milk overnight instead of cooking them. You can change it up by adding different fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. This is a great simple hotel breakfast!   - Eggs, Sausage & Vegetables: If you have a kitchen while you travel, this is a simple, nutrient-packed breakfast.   Meal Prep Dinners While Traveling   - Pre Chopped / No Chop Veggies: Buy things like green beans, sliced mushrooms and small potatoes that you can cook without chopping.   - Simple Proteins: You can season items like shrimp or chicken with whatever spices you have available.   Connect with Allison: PrepDish.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prepdish/   Get your FREE mealplan at PrepDish.com/podcast OR text the word mealprep to 33777   Resources mentioned in this podcast: Get your free trial at prepdish.com/mpm for two weeks of free meal plans! Episode 49: 3 Ingredient Marinades (including maple mustard!): https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep49/ Episode 63: 3 Tips for Super Fast Meal Prep: https://prepdish.com/podcast-show-notes/ep63/ Short Video on Our Super Fast Meal Plans: https://youtu.be/qzuuAn1jGgo Quick Meal Prep: 5 Meals in 1 Hour for >$100: https://prepdish.com/meal-planning/quick-meal-prep-healthy-dinners/
Sep 13 2021
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