Do you love to plan ahead so you can save some time in your busy schedule? These Air fryer meal prep ideas are what you need to help you get started. It’s great to keep you on track to achieve your set goals. You’ll find easy recipes that are easily adaptable and suitable for beginners or veteran users alike!
From chicken to pasta to vegetables and snacks, get ready to enjoy these tasty make ahead meals that use pantry staples and require minimal prep.
Planning your meals will help you
- Save money and stick to your planned budget
- Stay focused on your goals
- Save time
- Reduce food waste
What are the benefits of air fryer meal prep
Quick: Cooking meats in the air fryer saves time. You get the same delicious texture of fried meats with a fraction of the oil.
Great for make ahead: The air fryer is a great kitchen appliance for cooking many meals ahead. Especially chicken and even vegetables.
Reheating: You’d be surprised how well the air fryer reheats food. It turns left over pizza gold and fries and chicken are the best when reheated in the air fryer.
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How to meal prep for the week
Plan: Start planning your meals for a particular week on the previous week. Choose a meal plan you want to follow, select the recipes you want to make that are freezer or make ahead friendly. Proteins like meats are good candidates for meal planning.
Look through your pantry: Now that you’ve decided what meals you want to make for the coming week, it’s time to look through your pantry to find what you already have available and what you need to buy or stock up on. You may need some herbs or spices or some complimentary canned foods. You need to also take stock of perishable goods you have in your refrigerator so you don’t go buying more zucchinis when you still have some from last week. Also make sure your have enough functional meal prep bowls to store the food.
Create a shopping list & go shopping: After looking through your pantry, it’s time to create a shopping list to buy what you need for the week’s meal plan. To make things easier, you can break shopping into two. Buy the non perishable items like spices, dry herbs and canned foods earlier in the week and perishable goods like meats and vegetables as close to meal prep day as possible which for most people is usually on the weekends.
Cook & store your food: Prepare your meals and store for the week in portioned containers enough for a meal. This will reduce the chances of having leftovers that need restoring and reheating.
25+ foods you can meal prep in your air fryer
Whether you are meal prepping for weight loss or to stay healthy or even to save cost, these are easy meals to meal prep with air fryer machines. Hope you find them helpful
- Let food cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.
- Store in portioned containers.
- Use microwave safe meal prep bowls for when it’s time to reheat the food.
Air frying Tips
- If you have more than one air fryer, using both at the same time will save you more time.
- Don’t hesitate to employ the help of other kitchen appliances like the instant pot or microwave if needed. It will help with multitasking while making your meals.
- Using perforated parchment paper when cooking greasy foods like steak or chicken will help with easy clean up.
Frequently asked questions
What day is the best day to meal prep?
Most people choose Saturdays or Sundays to prep their meals because it’s a weekend and probably their most convenient days since they work Monday to Friday. There is no set day to meal prep. You have to choose a day based on your own schedule and do what withdrawals for you.
How many times a week should I meal prep?
In as much as it’s nice to prep for a whole week and not have to cook again till the next, it’s always good to plan and leave room for the possibility of cooking twice a week. So foods like veggies may not stay fresh for up to a week and may not be suitable for freezing so you might need to remake those in the middle of the week. Except you made sure during the planning stage to select only meals that would last through the week.
Does meal prepping actually work?
Nobody said it was going to be easy but it does work. If you take out the time to follow the steps discussed in this article and implement accordingly. You will find that it does work!
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Air fryer meal prep recipe ideas
- Cosori Air fryer
- Kitchen tongs
- 12 links Breakfast sausages (any brand or flavor)
- Scrambled eggs
Fresh breakfast sausages
- Place sausage links in air fryer. Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and air fry for 8 to 10 mins.
- Remember to shake the basket or flip the sausages half way through cooking time to ensure sausages brown and cook evenly on all sides.
Fully cooked breakfast sausages
- Place fully cooked sausages in air fryer basket. Set temperature to 400°F / 200°C and cook for 6 mins
Frozen breakfast sausages
- Arrange the frozen sausages in the basket without overcrowding. Cook at 400°F / 200°C for 10 to 12 mins
- No need to preheat the oven. If you do, cook sausages at less time. Start checking for doneness at 7 mins for fresh sausage links.
- If cooking with an air fryer oven like the instant pot vortex oven cook in the middle rack for a couple more minutes than with the air fryer basket.
- Do not over crowd the basket and be sure to flip the sausages half way through cooking time.
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