How Wordle is like Simple Meal Prep
When you make time for meal prep, you’ll have time to Wordle each night after you pop everything in the oven and are good to go.
Even though I think of myself as a fairly busy person, I have found the time (like millions of others) to squeeze in a game of Wordle into my life.
Depending on the day, it can take me anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. I love that it’s contained. You have exactly 6 tries and you either get it or don’t get it, and once you’re done, you’re done.
Now meal prep is something many of us wish we could fit into our schedules, so I’m gonna argue that if you have time for Wordle, you also have time for meal prep.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be a marathon-length activity. It doesn’t have to be anything like the super-speed videos that are pushed into your feed by Instagram and TikTok where you see someone scoop an entire week’s worth of lunches and dinners into those black plastic food containers.
Simple meal prep can be just 15 minutes of whatever you can chop or prepare for your next day’s meal(s) — wash and chop that broccoli, marinate that protein, cook some grains in an Instant Pot. If you make a little time for meal prep, you’ll be able to check off at least 2 items for a future meal and that can make a big difference come 5 o’clock every day.
Any simple meal prep can be done staring at your Wordle squares, listening to your favorite podcast, Facetiming a friend or with re-runs of your favorite TV show in the background (The Office, in my case). Make it a ritual that you can’t wait for every day … just like the next Wordle puzzle.
If you want some examples of how meal prep can be quick and easy, here is what I would do for two very different recipes…
This was one of our most-loved recipes from 2021 — it’s pasta (so easy), but with some unexpected spices that bring the dish to the next level. If I had 15 extra minutes the morning of or day before I wanted to cook this meal, this is how I would use them:
1. Marinate the chicken.
2. Chop the veggies — garlic, bell peppers, and green onions.
If you use that extra time for meal prep, then your Creamy Cajun Pasta will come together in a flash after you get home from work.
These vegetarian bowls are both hearty and comforting with a fresh salsa and tangy herb sauce to add dimension. But that’s not all. This meal is also a meal prepper’s dream. Here is how I would spend an extra 15 minutes in my day:
1. Chop the veggies.
2. Pre-make the spice mix and sauce.
If you devote 15 minutes’ time for meal prep, then you can just let the oven do the work on the night of while you Wordle (and Nerdle and Worldle … and Quordle). Then voilà! Dinner will be on the table in 25 minutes and you will have gotten a decompressing breather.
If you want to make every night easier, carve out a little time for simple meal prep. Because if you have time for Wordle, you have time for meal prep.
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