If you’re on the prowl for healthy yet easy meal prep ideas you’re in for a treat.
No pun intended. Meal prepping can be a great way to save time and money and helps you get rid of the stress of deciding what to eat for any given meal. If you want to learn the ins and outs of meal prepping, here’s an awesome guide to help you get started on your meal prep journey.
You can meal prep for any part of the day, whether that is breakfast meal prep, lunch meal preps, or even dinner meal preps. But it’s helpful to learn some tricks and tips first, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your designated meal prep time.
Meal prep ideas can inspire you to take a step towards creating make ahead meals that will often save your dinner plans, keep you from eating junk foods, and save your wallet from overspending.
Here’s an overlook on tasty and healthy meal prep recipes you can use to have a successful meal prep session.
Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas
Super Food Instant Pot Oatmeal In A Jar
Image and Recipe: Cotter Crunch
Just looking at this breakfast bar makes you want to dig in and scarf it down in one gulp it looks absolutely delicious. One great way to meal prep for breakfast is to combine your favorite breakfast ingredients in one jar (in this case super foods like flax seed and chia).
Healthy Egg Muffin Cups
Via A Sassy Spoon
Make egg frittatas and keep them for later! You can add all kinds of breakfast ingredients in them and personalize them to your taste. Things like your favorite sausage, spinach, or even grated carrots are perfect for your frittatas.
Berry Almond Breakfast Quinoa
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Berry almond breakfast quinoa to balance out the holiday 🍪🍫🍬we're about to consume! PS- cannot believe its December 😱 . . BERRY ALMOND BREAKFAST QUINOA⠀ ——————————- 1 cup quinoa⠀ 2 cups almond milk (regular, not unsweetened)⠀ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon⠀ 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom⠀ 2 tablespoons maple syrup⠀ 4 cups mixed berries⠀ 4 tablespoons sliced almonds⠀ Instructions⠀ ⠀ In a medium pot, combine the quinoa, almond milk, cinnamon, and cardamom.⠀ Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 or so minutes, until the quinoa is cooked through.⠀ Cool quinoa. Stir in the maple syrup, and divide into four containers: ¾ cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup fruit, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds.⠀ .⠀ PRINTABLE recipe is on the blog @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/berry-almond-breakfast-quinoa-make-ahead/⠀
This berry quinoa pudding looks absolutely delicious and is yet another easy and healthy way to incorporate fruit into your meal preps.
Homemade Fruit Bottom Yogurt Cups
Image and Recipe: Flavor The Moment
Try these fruit bottom yogurt cups! Its a great way to enjoy your yogurt without having to go to the store and buy the processed stuff. You can always make sure that your ingredients are all organic to be extra healthy.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Meal Prep Bowls
Image and Recipe: Sweet Peas and Saffron
Here’s a healthy meal prep idea for the week: Sweet potatoes for breakfast. They are filled with vitamins and antioxidants and can be a great start to your day.
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Here's some snacks I made on Monday ❤ All gone now! I like to make chia snacks ready in the fridge, and just grab a healthy snack on the road ✌️❤ Sorry I've been missing in action lately, just started new school and job at the same time. So it's been a bit of a juggle to get things running smoothly in our life! You know 😘 I made these with chia seeds, oats, shredded coconut, wild blueberries, cardamom, ginger powder, soy yogurt and oat milk.
Here’s another chia seed idea! Mix your chia pudding with quinoa for an extra kick of super food goodness. Super tasty and healthy.
Meal Prep Ideas for Lunch
Cold Lunch Burritos
Image and Recipe: Fit Men Cook
Cold lunch burritos equals great meal prep ideas that are filling too. Not to mention it can be a great meal prep idea for weight loss.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Image and Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
This pasta looks like a satisfying meal for a hot and sunny lunch day. The cheese and the cucumber come together to make for a scrumptous meal you can prepare and divide into your favorite mason jars for a whole week of meal prep.
Summer Quinoa Salad Jars
Image and Recipe: Pinch of Yum
Salads and jars simply seem to have been made for each other. This quinoa salad jar idea is sure to put a bounce in your step after you eat it. Best of all it can last you in the fridge all week.
Easy Vegetarian Meal Prep
Image and Recipe: Savor And Savvy
Meal prep is for everyone, whether you’re a vegetarian or otherwise. This simple meal prep contains a grain, a legume, and a veggie. A pretty good way to make sure you’re getting all your nutritional value.
Healthy Salad Meal Prep
Image and Recipe: Jennifer Banz
Here’s a healthy salad that won’t taste like its healthy. It incorporates chicken in it. What’s not to love?
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
Image and Recipe: Spices In My DNA
Lettuce wraps make great weekly meal prep ideas because they are easy to make and are a healthy meal prep option. Lettuce is a great alternative to empty calorie breads that are filled with harmful sugars.
Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
Image and Recipe Via: Vegetarian Mamma
If you’re wanting to take your meal prep a different direction try the Mediterranean hummus bowl! Hummus is downright delicious and a pretty easy ingredient to make from home that you can combine with a lot of different foods.
Meal Prep Snacks Ideas
No-Bake Protein Brownie Bites
Image and Recipe: Show Me The Yummy
Weekly meal preps can’t be complete without some yummy meal prep snacks. Here is a cool brownie protein bomb that can help fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Spicy Garlic Parmesan Popcorn
Image and Recipe: The Girl On Bloor
Flavored popcorn is a great weight loss snack that can take you out of a food rut if you’re at a loss for what to make. You can either make your popcorn snack sweet or salty or combine them and make it a sweet and salty flavor combo!
Vanilla Cashew Butter Cups
Image and Recipe: The Endless Meal
At plain sight these butter cups might not look too healthy, but they totally are! They’re only made with 5 ingredients and can be a great alternative to processed butter cups for all the sugar lovers.
Chia Seed Pudding
Image and Recipe: Clean and Delicious
Can you tell chia seed is just a great option for meal prep snacks and breakfasts. You can simply buy a bag in bulk and prepare it weekly with your favorite coconut milk or almond milk for a healthy meal prep snack. Easy to make and even easier to eat.
No Bake PBJ Energy Bites
Image and Recipe: Minimalist Baker
Peanut butter lovers can have their snack and eat it too with these meal prep peanut butter balls. Skip the bread and roll these puppies up with some oats and raisins!
Meal Prep Ideas for Dinner
Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meat Loaf Muffins
Image and Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen
Meatloaf muffins are great because they can cut down the time it takes to bake a big old meatloaf and you’re still left with tasty meatloaf bites to eat (or combine with something else). Just top it with your favorite cheese! Make sure you check out the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.
Meal Prep Bolognese Zucchini Noodles
Image and Recipe: SkinnyFitalicious
Ditch the wheat noodles and make some zucchini noodles. This is a great healthy dinner alternative if you don’t quite want spaghetti noodles and want a good fix of veggies.
One Pan Healthy Italian Sausage and Veggies
Image and Recipe: Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Italian sausage and veggies over a bed of fluffy rice can be an awesome and tasty dinner that is pretty cheap to make too. You can definitely portion these pre-made meals out and have dinner success for the week whether you’re single or have a growing family to feed.
One-Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken + Rice
Image and Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen
This curry chicken looks like it’ll not only save you meal prep time in the kitchen but it’ll satisfy your taste buds while you’re at it too.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Image and Recipe: Number 2 Pencil
Try to make some sheet pan shrimp fajitas. After preparing them it can be as easy as popping it in the oven and making it a delicious dinner for the night.
The Meal Prep Ideas List is Endless
These are awesome meal prep ideas for the week that can help you plan your meals better, and even save your food budget. It pays off to take a few hours at the end of each week (Sunday is always good) to create your meal preps.
It also pays off to invest in some meal prep containers that will simply make your meal prep life easier. Are there any meal prep ideas you know of worth trying? Don’t forget to share them below!