If you think meal prepping is just one more chore that you don’t want to add to your endless to-do list, think again. Taking the time to plan and prepare your meals ahead will save you money, improve your diet and make life much easier in the long run. According to a 2014 article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out, finds new research. Not having time available may be one of the most significant barriers to achieving a healthy diet.” And it’s not as hard as it seems. All you need are a few surefire meal prep ideas to get started on the path to a healthier, home-cooking life.