Need some help with Meal Prep and not sure which meal prep tools will help with meal planning? Meal planning on a budget can be tough and finding the right meal prep supplies and meal prep containers can add up. Knowing where to find meal planning tools and meal planning ideas will help make family meal planning easier. Keep reading to see these 42 Meal Prep Tools From The Dollar Tree Meal!
Meal prep for the week using these Dollar Store finds and Dollar Tree meal prep tools! The Dollar Tree even has supplies so you can make your own Meal Planning Binder and meal planning menu board! These Dollar Store meal planning tips will blow you away!
These cheap meal prep tools can help meal prep for the week for beginners and will save you money from buying meal prep containers at Walmart or Target meal prep containers
Meal Prep Tools From The Dollar Tree
Store your meals for the week in a fun $1 tote or lunch bag! These bags with a handle from the Dollar Tree are perfect to store snacks and lunch for the day.
The Dollar Tree also has totes with double handles if you prefer those and these can be personalized using a Cricut or Silhouette machine to add a cute quote or monogram!
Use this hot/cold insulating bag with your meal prep meals to keep items warm or cold. I love packing a meal on road trips so I’m not forced to eat fast-food. This insulated tote will help you eat healthy meal prep meals while on-the-go!
I found these plastic food containers at the Dollar Tree that are very similar to my favorite Lunch containers and I was shocked! They even come with a handy fork and knife!
These are perfect to pack a side salad with carrots and hummus or a sandwich and snack on the side!
I love making soup on Sunday and eat the leftovers throughout the week. These soup containers are perfect to store meal prep soup, chili, and more!
These dressing and sauce containers from the Dollar Tree are almost exactly like these! I use this version for salad dressing, hummus, guacamole, ketchup, & more! They fit perfectly into a large container so you can carry one packaged meal prepped item!
Use these larger food containers to store your meal prep items for the entire week. Add a label to the lid or the front and your meal prep is organized!
These snack containers are perfect to store sliced apples, baby carrots, almonds, and more for those hangry moments you need food but don’t want to resort to vending machine snacks.
–>>Get Dollar Tree Snack Containers here
Dry Goods Containers
Use these Dollar Tree dry food containers to store nuts, cereal, granola, crackers, and more! These containers will keep your dry good fresh so they don’t go stale!
The glass jars at the Dollar Tree are perfect to store mason jar salads to-go! Layer a salad starting with the wet ingredients on the bottom and store in your fridge for your weekly meal prep!
Freezer Meal Containers
If you love meal prepping freezer meals, you need to shop at the Dollar Tree for some aluminum containers to easily store your freezer meals. The Dollar Tree has all shapes and sizes whether you are making a casserole, lasagna, or roasted veggies! These containers are also perfect for meal prep food gifts!
Write the details of your meal prep containers and use these labels to keep your meal prep items organized in your fridge, freezer, and pantry!
Dollar Tree Dishes
If you need some extra dishes (plates, cups, mugs, silverware, etc) the Dollar Tree has it all for your meal-serving needs.
Zip Lock Bags
Ever make a salad in a bag? I have while on road trips! These ziplock bags are perfect to store snacks, salads, freezer meals, and more for your meal prep needs!
I use Plastic Wrap to wrap up half an avocado, other cut veggies/fruit, and to cover pre-made meals. Grab some plastic wrap from the Dollar Tree so you are ready for Meal prepping!
I use aluminum foil when roasting veggies and wrapping food to store in the fridge. Aluminum foil is an essential item for meal prep!
Portable Cutting Board
When you work in an office, you may not have access to basic kitchen meal prep supplies (like a cutting board). Keep these portable cutting mats at your desk when you need to slice a lemon (for your water or salad dressing), slice an apple or hardboiled eggs!
Bamboo Cutting Board
A good cutting board is hard to find. I have not used the Dollar Tree bamboo cutting board myself, but I’m sure it does the job when you need to meal prep and chop lots of veggies, fruit, and meat!
Use this handy Apple core slicer when you need sliced apple in minutes. Reduce your meal prep time with this handy kitchen gadget from the Dollar Tree!
This food chopper will speed up meal prep chopping! It’s also a scraper and scooper that you can use to quickly scoop food from a cutting board into containers.
This handheld food grater from the Dollar Tree is perfect for slicing veggies and cheese when recipes call for grated food!
Use a vegatable peeler in your meal prep to remove the skin from fruits and veggies easily. This handy tool is a must-have kitchen meal prep essential tool!
Another meal prep essential tool is a can opener. I personally prefer a hand-held can opener over an electric one because it’s portable! So if you’re at work and need a can opener for soup, etc, head to the Dollar Tree to find one for $1!
Use measuring cups from the Dollar Tree to measure ingredients in yoru meal prep recipes! These cups also double as a bowl in a pinch!
Silicone Spatulas, Spoons, & Turners
Silicone lasts longer than plastic and the Dollar Tree has this fun set of silicone spoons, spatuals, and more! Use these for all your meal prep tool needs!
A colander can be used to drain and wash veggies, boiled noodles, and doubles as a bowl in a pinch during meal prepping.
I use several mixing bowls during meal prep… some for storage and some for mixing ingredients. Mixing bowls are meal prep essential tools!
I use cookie sheets to roast veggies, make one-pan meals, and baked goods. Cookie sheets are an essential meal planning item in your kitchen!
Have you ever made egg muffins? I love making 21 Day Fix Egg Muffins in our muffin pan and we eat them during the week for a quick breakfast or snack. Add the muffin pans from the Dollar Tree to your meal prepping kitchen tools.
Meal Prep Knives
Sharp cutting knives are a meal prep essential tool and every kitchen should have at least one good chopping knife. The Dollar Tree has several knives to choose from to help you with meal prepping!
Citrus Juicer or Lemon Squeezer
I squeeze a lot of lemons to make salad dressing and more and these handy lemon squeezers and citrus squeezer is a life saver during meal prep!
Store your Blended shakes and smoothies in your fridge with these Dollar Tree pitchers!
Ice Cube Trays
Use ice cube trays to make ice cubes, homemade broth base, freeze fresh spices, freeze coffee to add to smoothies, make your own baby food, and more meal prep ideas!
Reusable Ice Packs
Store your meals for the week using a $1 ice pack and a fund lunch tote from the Dollar Tree!
Plastic Refrigerator Storage Bins
Organize your meal prep in these Dollar Tree plastic bins with a handle. These Dollar Tree bins are see-through and easy to pull out from your refrigerator with a convenient handle. Place all your meal prep items (snacks, shakes, etc) in bins and label them by each day or meal to keep your meal prep storage organized!
Plastic Pantry Storage Bins
Organize your pantry with Dollar Tree storage bins! Just add a label to organize your Pantry as I did in this post!
Various Food Spices/Seasonings
The Dollar Tree also carries various spices and seasonings (basics like salt, pepper, garlic, etc) that you can use in your meal prep recipes!
Coconut oil is a healthy alternative to cooking food instead of using margerine, etc and I’m happy to see the Dollar Tree carries Coconut Oil to help with recipe preparation!
These magnetic clips can be used to display a printed weekly meal plan on your fridge or used to keep bags (bread, snacks, etc) secure to keep them fresh.
Pot Holders/Oven Mitts
If you’re meal prepping and cooking items using an oven or Instant Pot, some oven mitts are a must-have meal prep essential tool!
Use Dollar Tree index cards to write down your favorite recipes and store them in your kitchen for convenience!
Dollar Tree Meal Planning Notebook
Grab my Free Printable Meal Planning cheat sheets, print on Dollar Tree copy paper, Place in a 3-Ring Binder, use Dollar Tree Plastic Dividers to make a Meal Planning/Recipe Notebook!
Dollar Tree Supplies needed to make a Meal Planning Notebook:
- Copy paper
- 3-Ring Binder
- Plastic Dividers
- Sheet Protectors (Use sheet protectors to instantly “laminate” meal planning forms and use dry-erase markers to write weekly meal plans)
- Dry-Erase Marker/Pens
- Favorite Recipes
- Monthly/Weekly Calendars
Dollar Tree Meal Planning Menu Board
Dollar Tree Supplies needed to make a Meal Planning Notebook:
- 8×10″ Frame
- Cookie Sheet
- Paper (wrapping paper, construction paper, card stock etc.)
- Dry-Erase Marker
- Double-Sided Tape
I hope you discovered some meal planning tools and learned where to find cheap meal planning essential tools after reading this post!
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- ONE (1) Dinner Only Menu Planner Form (Mon-Sun)
- ONE (1) Cheat Sheet with Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, and Snack Ideas (use as a reference when meal planning)
- ONE (1) Pantry Staples Cheat Sheet (use as Inventory Checklist when making your shopping list)
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Now you know what you need in the kitchen to make meal planning, prepping, and cooking so much easier!
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