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How the fuck do you meal prep?

What do I even prep for?

Also how do I do it in a way to gain weight? (need to eat 2800+ calories a day) while on a budget?

I was thinking to simply buy groceries and make lunch for the whole week. But what do I buy? how do I not make it taste like ass from being in the fridge? Do I buy for one week or two?

I was thinking if I simply meal prep all my lunches, then I only have to worry about breakfast and dinner. Plus I can save money by not going out every time for lunch, so I can have food at work/school. Tips?
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>>8449547
I go grocery shopping once a week. I pick what I want to make for each meal and buy what I need.

I normally cook a big batch of something on the weekend and then re-heat it for lunches during the week. Pick something that reheats well like stews, hearty soups, chili, pasta + sauce, etc. Those are great for lunch at work or school because you can easily reheat them in a microwave.

How long you buy for is totally a matter of your preference. I think a week is a pretty good time since most foods will keep that long in the fridge without any special effort needed.
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>>8449547
>How the fuck do you meal prep?
Prepare ingredients ahead of time, get them chopped up and store them in a way that will keep them edible until you need them.

>What do I even prep for?
The meals you eat. I have stocks, sauces and full meals ready to go in the freezer.

>Also how do I do it in a way to gain weight?
Figure out what makes you gain weight first, and prep for it. For example, you probably need lots of protein and high calorie foods. Find recipes that fit your criteria and prep ingredients for them so you can cook your meals in less than 15 minutes as opposed to an hour plus.

>I was thinking to simply buy groceries and make lunch for the whole week. But what do I buy? how do I not make it taste like ass from being in the fridge? Do I buy for one week or two?

Depends on if you know what you're going to cook, when you're going to eat it and if you can eat it before it goes bad. Figure out your diet before shopping.

For the last thing, I cook in large bulk because I live alone and don't have time to cook for a lot of time every day. I stick to stews, soups, curries, chili, etc and when I don't want to throw it in the microwave I'll make chicken with rice and asparagus. You seem like you're having more trouble finding sustainable recipes than prepping food.
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>>8449547
>spoonfeed me!
no. at least do some research before you come here. or tell us something about what food you prefer. how much time per week or on how many days you have time to cook. how many protein you're aiming for. basically anything that involves you knowing what you're talking about. this board is not for other anons doing ALL the work for you
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>>8449547
3k+ calories is pretty easy. Replace olive oil with butter when cooking any meat or veg. Peanut butter banana vanilla ice cream into blender. Cans of tuna+mayo-mustard+relish for tuna sandwiches, etc. Dairy, nuts, and proteins should be your basis for relatively cheap and extremely calorie dense foods.

Polite Sage since this belongs on /fit/
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>>8449574
>Replace olive oil with butter when cooking any meat or veg

Why? Olive oil contains more calories than butter per unit volume.
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