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18 Kitchen Tools That'll Make Meal Prepping So Much Easier

Everything you'll need to make Tasty's Make-Ahead Meal Plan a breeze.

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If you're following along with Tasty's Make-Ahead Meal Plan, you'll know that meal prepping is a great way to set yourself up for an easier week ahead.

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And while meal prepping isn't difficult, there are a handful of kitchen tools that make the job quicker and easier. Below are some of our favorites!

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1. A set of muffin tins for making easy, on-the-go breakfasts — like egg cups.

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Muffin tins are surprisingly helpful when meal prepping — useful for just about everything from portioning oatmeal to making grab-and-go egg cups. You can check out 18 creative ways to use them here.

Get a set for $13.33 at Walmart.

2. A set of three food storage containers that are both easy to clean and leakproof.

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Because nothing is worse than realizing your lunch burst open in your backpack on your way to work.

Get it for $15.99 on Amazon.

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3. A set of three tiny prep bowls to mix dressings, spice blends, and other small items in.

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Also great for storing pre-measured ingredients in to make the actual cooking so much easier.

Get them for $6.97 at Walmart.

4. A sturdy knife and cutting board that'll make cutting veggies so much easier.

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If you're going to spend an entire afternoon chopping veggies, you might as well invest in a decent knife and cutting board to make the job easier.

Get the knife for $25.75 and the cutting board for $19.64, both on Amazon.

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5. An 11-piece cookware set to batch cook grains, soups, and other tasty things.

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This set has pretty much everything you'll need for the actual cooking portion of meal prepping — and they're all non-stick so clean up will be a breeze.

Get the set for $99 at Walmart. Available in three colors.

6. A set of 20 mini to-go containers you can store dressings, dips, and other small-but-important condiments in.

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A must-have for anyone planning to bring salads to work — because nobody wants a pre-dressed, soggy salad.

Get them for $6.99 on Amazon.

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7. A set of 19 kitchen utensils to cover all of your basic cooking needs from straining pasta to measuring spices.

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Because if your cooking equipment is bright and colorful, your meal prepping day will be bright and colorful — right?

Get the set for $39.76 at Walmart.

8. A set of three baking sheets for roasting veggies, proteins, granola, and all of your sheet pan needs.

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So you can roast three different things at once like the meal prepping boss you are.

Get them for $9.97 at Walmart.

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9. A good food processor to make creamy homemade hummus and dips.

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Also great for making green smoothies in if you don't have a blender — just sayin'.

Get it for $36.85 on Amazon.

10. A set of three vegetable peelers to make quick work of your veg prep.

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Because having a good peeler makes all the difference.

Get them for $7.97 at Walmart.

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11. A set of 12 mason jars that are perfect for all kinds of things from making overnight oats in to storing cooked grains.

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Not only cute, but useful.

Get them for $18.95 on Amazon.

12. A colander set to drain pasta, canned beans, and rinse rice.

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Way better than trying to drain pasta by tipping the pot on its side while struggling to hold the lid on.

Get them for $12.44 at Walmart.

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13. A roll of parchment paper to keep things from sticking to your pan.

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This giant roll should last you practically forever and makes clean up a breeze.

Get it for $11.73 on Amazon.

14. A can opener because canned beans = a meal prepper's dream.

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A must-have for any kitchen.

Get it for $7.44 at Walmart.

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15. A three-piece set of glass mixing bowls for tossing salads, veggies, and basically everything else.

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Never underestimate the power of having a good mixing bowl.

Get them for $17.44 at Walmart.

16. A roll of tape and Sharpies so you can label all of your prepped food...

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To avoid having to guess if your mystery roasted veggies are carrots or sweet potato chunks.

Get a box of 12 Sharpies for $6.39, and masking tape for $5.17, both on Amazon.

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17. Or legit labels if you're feeling fancy.

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For the hardcore (and organized) meal preppers.

Get them for $1.63 on Amazon.

18. A sturdy to-go container for bringing smoothies and shakes to work without worrying about spillage.

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It even comes with a little ball so you can shake up your smoothies before drinking it.

Get it for $9.59 on Amazon.

Now that your kitchen is fully stocked for meal-prepping success, check out the full menu of our seven-day meal plan below (or start from the very beginning) and put these tools to use!

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