Meal Preparation Ideas
Presented by Executive Chef Kat Humphus

Join professional chef Kat Humphus as she shares some of her best tips and tricks for meal preparation. Kat is an award-winning chef and owner of “Kat’s Kitchen Collective”. She also recently appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games as well as Beat Bobby Flay on The Food Network. In this video, Kat goes over some of her tips for making meal preparation a little easier and some ideas on how to add more variety to your cooking.

Kat’s Tips For Meal Preparation:

Set up your prep station. Some items to have: 

Keep a well stocked pantry with a variety of ingredients to keep the flavors of your dishes drastically different. Example, have ingredients like sesame oil or curry paste to create Asian flavors or chipotle peppers in adobo for a Mexican twist.

Utilize kitchen tools and machines efficientlyExample, if you are making pesto in your blender, and then need to make salad dressing after, it won’t be an issue if you make salad dressing in the same blender without rinsing it out. In fact, it will add a nice herby flavor! Also, don’t be afraid to use the slow cooker in your down time… like when you’re asleep!

Have fun, experiment, and don’t be afraid to fail! Keep the variety interesting!

Experiment with different methods of cooking the same item to yield different results. For example, you can do a million things with a red onion! You can..

  • Slice it raw to add to a salad or sandwich.
  • Slice and then slowly caramelize to bring out the sweetness.
  • Slice and then pickle by simmering in vinegar for about 10 minutes. A great hit of acidity!
  • Cut into large cubes and slow roast in the oven with oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Cut in half and simply grill; serve alongside steak.

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Tools and Ingredients Mentioned In This Video:

Food Storage Bags

Masking Tape + Sharpies

Disposable Gloves

Silicone Cupcake Pans

Plastic Portioning Cups

Cutting Boards

Coconut Oil

Curry Paste

Sesame Oil

Soy Sauce


Liquid Smoke

Balsamic Vinegar

Chipotle Peppers in Adobo

Enchilada Sauce

For more ideas and recipes, visit Kat’s website at: