How to Get Started It's important to remember not to get overwhelmed when you are a beginner. Too often people get bogged down in the details with complicated recipes. Don't try to incorporate too many things at once. I've been cooking professionally for over 25 years, but when it comes to meal prep even i try to dumb it down a notch. Start with recipes and cooking methods you are comfortable with. Pick a Day The first thing you should do is pick a day to prepare your meals.