Busy families are raving about Kmart’s new 80 CENT meal prep containers – and share snaps of their healthy meals as they return to work and school
- Health-conscious cooks are rushing to buy new food containers from Kmart
- The discount retailer recently launched a new range which cost 80 cent per box
- Each container has three compartments to keep all ingredients and sides fresh
- They are specifically made for meal prep with measurements under each section
Health-conscious home cooks are rushing to buy affordable ‘meal prep containers’ from Kmart, after the discount retailer launched a new range of lunchboxes which cost just 80 cent each.
Specifically designed for preparing meals in bulk, the recently released containers are separated into three compartments with measurements embossed under each section, making it easy to control portion sizes which helps you to lose weight.
The boxes cost $8 for a pack of 10 and can be used in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer, making them ideal for cooking large quantities of food at once.
Australians have been stocking up ever since a thrifty mother posted a photo of meals measured into the containers on Facebook, with many hailing them as ‘the perfect kids lunch box’.
Health-conscious home cooks have been stocking up on these Kmart meal prep containers ever since a thrifty mother posted this photo on Facebook
Specifically designed for preparing meals in bulk, the containers are separated into three compartments with measurements embossed under each section, making it easy to control portion sizes which helps you to maintain a healthy weight
‘Awesome…perfect kids lunch containers,’ one mother said.
‘Need these now!’ said another.
One woman who just bought a pack of 10 containers from Coles for $10 said she ‘instantly regretted’ her purchase after seeing what is now available at Kmart.
Another who has been reusing the boxes to make lunches for her family praised the quality of the containers, saying they’re made from ‘pretty thick plastic’.
However some warned the containers are likely to crack after a handful of uses, with one woman saying they ‘break so easily’.
In recent years, preparing your weekly meals in one go has become the accepted approach to healthy cooking.
The boxes cost $8 for a pack of 10 and can be used in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer, making them ideal for cooking large quantities of food at once
Sydney teacher Katie Lolas regularly whips up a series of meals for the week in under an hour – spending less than $100 at the supermarket each time
Meal prepping is a regarded as a cost efficient, time effective method of cleaning up your diet, with whole Instagram pages now dedicated to the art.
Sydney teacher Katie Lolas, 32, who spends less than $100 on her weekly shop and makes meals for the coming week in under an hour, has amassed more than 169,000 followers by sharing her frugal cooking tips and budget tricks online.
It all comes down to planning, according to Katie, who decides on her weekly menu before she shops and sticks to recipes require just a handful of ingredients.
Stocking the pantry with staples and supermarket-own brand products will cut down on spending, while keeping an eye on specials and catalogue promotions will allow you to add flavour and spice to your most tried and tested meals.
Meal prep like a professional: The best budgeting tricks for cooking in bulk
* Have a plan and decide what to make before you cook.
* Choose recipes that don’t require too many ingredients or cooking techniques.
* Avoid all recipes that have more than 20 steps and require six ingredients you’ve never heard of.
* Start slow and only prep the meals you struggle with most. There is no need to prep every single meal for the week ahead of time.
* Fill up your pantry with staples and supermarket-own products.
* Keep an eye on supermarket specials and catalogue deals and theme your meal preps around these.
* Bulk out meals with extra vegetables and rice.
* Prep snacks to stop you having to buy things on the go.
* If you don’t fancy cooking, whip up a no-cook meal prep.