Get organized for the week with these easy and healthy meal prep recipes! I’ll give you tips to strategize your meal plans, and help you choose which recipes to batch cook or freeze. And don’t forget my seasonal meal prep plans, which give you tasty ideas to enjoy year-round.
Let’s Make Meal Planning Easy
I know the thought of planning out a week’s worth of healthy meals can be daunting. But after years of perfecting my meal prep ideas and strategy, I can tell you this – it all starts with meal planning. So how does one do that? Well, the best way to approach this is to ask yourself a few questions…
How many people do I need to prep for? Are you just one person? A family of four? Keep in mind how many servings you’ll need to make of each recipe to get you through the week. Then jot that down.
What’s in season? Try to center your meals around in-season produce. Not only is it fresh and tasty, it’ll challenge you to be creative and add variety throughout the year. Bonus – seasonal produce is usually cheaper and often on sale!
What types of meals do I want to prep? There’s two ways to look at this. You can create building blocks (separate ingredients) to get creative throughout the week or make fully cooked meals that you can easily reheat. Your schedule for the week might lead you one way or the other. There’s no right or wrong choice, meal prep is meant to suit you and your schedule!
From there, you can jot down your grocery list (after double checking what’s already in your fridge, freezer, and pantry), and head to the market!
Do You Have Meal Prep Containers?
Now that your meal plan is out of the way, it’s time to think about how you’re going to organize all the food. I recommend keeping a selection of small, medium, and large containers, to accommodate everything from a large batch of zucchini lasagna to a small jar of lemon vinaigrette.
You can read all about my favorite meal prep containers, but here’s a quick glance at my top choices:
Weck Jars: These rounded glass jars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are 100% airtight and freezer-safe.
Le Parfait Jars: They’re very similar to Weck jars and are great for canning or preserving ingredients.
Glasslock Containers: These are your typical meal prep containers that’s great for larger food items. But the best part is that they’re durable in the fridge, freezer, and microwave.
Stasher Bags: For sustainable reusable ziplock bags, opt for these silicone ones!
Easy Breakfast Ideas to Have on Repeat
For those early mornings when you need something quick and easy, grab n’ go breakfasts will be your savior. Choose from a variety of sweet and savory options to keep you fueled throughout the week!
Paleo Pancakes: Did you know you can freeze these pancakes? Just pop them in a toaster, drizzle maple syrup and you’re done!
Paleo Banana Nut Muffins: Sometimes, a warm muffin is just what we need in the morning. This one’s perfectly sweet and freezes well.
Meal Prep Snacks and Munchies
Avoid buying processed snacks with these healthy snack ideas. These options are so easy to make, and will give you that extra boost of energy when you hit your mid-day slump.
Durable Salads that Stay Good for Days
The key to meal prep salads that last is avoiding lettuce and leafy greens. These salads are tossed with colorful vegetables, pantry staples, an array of proteins. But the best part? They last for about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Best Chicken Meal Prep Ideas
Chicken is a key ingredient for many meal prep lovers. But it’s time to look past those boring, dry chicken breasts which unfortunately appear way too often in meal prep. Give your chicken a little extra oomph with marinades and seasonings for a restaurant-quality experience right at home.
Big-Batch Cooking Recipes
Have a big crowd to feed or planning for leftovers? Say no more. These big batch recipes are quick and easy, and packed with layers of flavor.
Salmon Patties: A fun and delicious way to enjoy frozen salmon (or even tuna).
Zucchini Fritters: Summer calls for these crisp, golden patties. So make sure to cook up a second batch to save in your freezer.
Mix & Match Ingredient Meal Prep
Aside from making full meals, my seasonal meal prep ideas are always reader favorites. Why? Because prepping individual ingredients allows you to get creative with quick mix and match meals during the week. All you need to do is plan easy, adaptable, in-season ingredients that keep well in the fridge (think grains, sauces, veggies, and protein). Then make unique texture and flavor combinations everyday that will get you excited about meal time.
Below you’ll find each of my seasonal meal preps, along with a quick guideline to inspire your ingredient choices. Happy meal prepping!
Winter Meal Prep: Meals that are hearty and filling with shredded pulled pork, lentils, sweet potato noodles, and vibrant winter vegetables.
Spring Meal Prep: Fresh and light meals with shrimp spring rolls, shrimp salads, and a batch of chia pudding.
Summer Meal Prep: It’s all about incorporating fresh fruit, lettuce wraps, salads, zucchini bread, and sweet refreshing desserts into your meals.
Fall Meal Prep: Cozy meals with ingredients like roasted sweet potatoes and kale to create a hash, a versatile hummus spread, and paleo apple pancakes for breakfast.
Versatile Spreads And Sauces
Fresh and Roasted Vegetables
If you make any of these meal prep recipes, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.