Between cleaning, errands, family time, and everything else, weekends are often used to catch up on everything you didn’t get to during the week … including meal prep!
No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen making nutritious, delicious meals. But when you don’t prepare meals in advance, you’re often left with less healthy options, like ordering takeout or delivery.
Meal prep is a great way to stay on track with health goals, and it doesn’t have to be complicated! In this blog post, we’re sharing a few low effort, healthy recipes for meal prep, so you’ll be a meal prep pro in no time!
Quinoa is a fiber-rich grain that helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which results in a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease. It’s a great base for a ton of different recipes, such as a veggie quinoa bowl!
To make:Mix and match your favorite meats, veggies, and toppings. A few of our favorites are marinated chicken, grilled zucchini, bell peppers, chopped cilantro and green goddess dressing!
We get hungry just thinking about this turmeric curry with chickpeas and cauliflower recipe … and with good reason! Mouth-watering Daily Crunch Snacks almonds mix well with the creamy chickpeas, cauliflower, and coconut milk used in this dish.
To make: This gluten-free, vegan vegetable curry can be made ahead of time and put into airtight containers to grab throughout the week. As an added bonus, using only one pot makes for minimal clean up time!
For those who commute into an office, it’s tricky to find lunches that are portable, not too bulky, and healthy. That’s where mason jar salads come in! It’s easy to prepare several mason jar salads ahead of time to enjoy throughout the week!
To make: We love this list of mason jar salads from the blog,Girl on the Bloor. Ingredients that keep fresh for a long time are lettuce, quinoa, broccoli, shredded carrots, and onions. Start by including the dressing at the bottom of each mason jar, then layer the ingredients on top. Then when it comes time to eat, just dump the salad into a bowl, mix up, and enjoy!
When it comes to meal prep, the crock pot is your best friend! Soup is a perfect make-ahead meal because often, you just have to pour all of the ingredients in, cook, and are done. You have complete control over which ingredients are added, so you can tailor the recipe to be as healthy as you’d like or accommodate dietary needs and restrictions!
To make:Taste of Home compiled 27 healthy slow cooker soup recipes, and many of these soup recipes use anti-inflammatory ingredients, like ginger, plus heart-healthy vegetables. If you’re craving a little extra texture, try choppingDaily Crunch Snacks’ sprouted almonds to sprinkle on top! Our almonds pair particularly well with creamy soups, like butternut squash or pureed cauliflower.
You guessed it! Another great use for your crockpot is to make tacos. Any kind of meat becomes extraordinarily tender when cooked in the crockpot, including pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp. For vegetarians, meat-free fajitas are a flavorful option!
To make: Using just 7 ingredients, thesecrockpot chicken tacos can be made while running errands or at work and ready for the whole family to enjoy for dinner … and eat leftovers for days to come! A side of rice or guacamole pairs particularly well with these tacos.
For times when a grocery run is too much hassle, a frittata is an easy meal to prep for the coming week! A carton of eggs and milk serves as the base, and you can add whatever is in your fridge.
To make: Bacon? Mushrooms? Goat cheese? Basil? You bet! Just about any combination of ingredients tastes amazing and can be added to the frittata. Just preheat your oven to 400 degrees, combine eggs, milk, and desired ingredients in a cast iron skillet, and place the skillet into the oven for approximately 12-15 minutes until cooked.
While some people prefer to enjoy 3 big meals every day, others like to nibble on 5-6 smaller snacks. According to theCleveland Health Clinic, eating “mini-meals” can aid in satisfying your appetite, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and providing nutrients to the body throughout the day.
To make: When you’re on the go or simply prefer to snack throughout the day, these pumpkin spice date balls fit the bill … and don’t require any baking! Also, researchers have discovered thatcinnamon and nutmeg (which are used in this recipe) contain nutrients that sharpen memory, reduce stress, and improve sleep. Which makes these pumpkin spice date balls appetizing as well as excellent in promoting overall health!
Meal prep made simple, our favorite way to do it! We hope these meal prep recipe ideas give you the confidence to tackle your meal prep, and perhaps you even picked up a new favorite recipe, too!