In recent months Adam and I have really started to be serious about meal prepping on Sunday afternoons. It helps our week go so much more smoothly when we have figured out our breakfasts, snacks, and lunches for the work week. We stay on track with our diets, eat out less, and reduce stress in the mornings. It took awhile to find a system that works for us but now we have our favorites and know what we can get done quickly if we have a busy weekend. My 5 tips if you are just getting started with meal prepping:
- Start with a meal plan
- Make a grocery list from the meal plan
- Stick to the grocery list (do not go over board with healthy fruits and veggies that you can never eat before they go bad!)
- Start easy – don’t have 5 different recipes for every day of the week. Maybe start with two that have similar ingredients but different sauces. This does not have to mean boring but if it takes you all day to meal prep, it will not be sustainable in the long run.
- Enjoy the process – turn up the music while you cook and make it a fun part of your day, not a chore to get through!
Need some ideas on what to make? My favorite breakfasts are fruit bars or egg muffins with coffee and almond milk. Nothing too intense and often doesn’t require prep time. My favorite snacks are grapes, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, other fruit, or coffee and almond milk. Lunches are where I try to get creative. Pinterest has a ton of ideas and is always my first source when I want to mix things up. My favorite meal prep recipes are:
- Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
- Fajita Meal Prep Bowls
- Skinny Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers – here is just one recipe but there are a ton of different flavors available online. I use ground turkey instead of beef.
- Stuffed Acorn Squash – Adam’s specialty and he does not follow a recipe but this one looks amazing (I love anything curry!)
- Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets on the Grill or Baked – Our go-to meal prep options. You can essentially combine any veggies and sauces you want into a packet with chicken and you’re done! Less mess, amazing flavors, and very quick. Adam likes to make his asian-inspired. This recipe is for Italian flavors. I love a caprese style (cheese please!). Options are endless.
- Do you meal prep and what are your strategies?
- What recipes are your favorite?