Meal Prep Recipes, Freezer Meals, Jar Salads, Bento Boxes and more Make Ahead Recipes! Do your prep work once a week for easy weekly cooking!
If you don’t love to cook every night or just don’t have time, try using these Meal Prep Recipes. You’ll save so much time in the kitchen by doing all your cooking and cleaning up at once and you’ll free up time to do other things you enjoy! Meal Prep also helps you eat healthier because you won’t have to eat out as much if you have prepared your meals in advance.
15 of the Best Meal Prep Recipes
1.) Chicken Taco Mason Jar Salads from the Seasoned Mom
Make your own dressing with the recipe provided and start with it at the bottom of the jar then layer chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Put the lid on and chill until ready to eat!
2.) Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies from Stay Snatched
You’ll start by trimming any fat off your steaks and then marinating them overnight, but at least 30 minutes. You’ll boil the potatoes for a little bit and then place the steak, cooked potatoes and other veggies on the sheet pan to broil. I love one sheet dinners and then you’ll have tons of meat and veggies to put into containers for the week!
3.) Chipotle Chicken Meal Prep from My Food Story
With 4 different ways to prep these bowls you will keep from feeling like your meal is super boring because it doesn’t have to be the exact same each day. Chipotle chicken, vegetables, beans, rice, quinoa and lettuce are your main ingredients in these bowls.
4.) Easy Meal Prep Chicken Bowls Recipe from Ev’s Eats
Meal prep just helps take care of so many things! It cuts down on overall food prep for the week, dishes, and most of all helps you control the food you’re eating because you’re more prepared with your food choices. This recipe starts with chicken breasts baked on a pan with several seasonings, oil and vegetables.
5.) Pork Carnitas from Eazy Peazy Mealz
Begin by cooking pre-seasoned (or season your own) boneless pork shoulder carnitas in the crock pot or instant pot. While that’s cooking you can make your corn salad and brown rice with quinoa. Throw this all together for a great meal prep idea!
6.) Mix and Match Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe from Live, Eat, Learn
I love this idea because you aren’t eating the exact same meal each day. You can make 4 lunches but have a little variety by picking one or two items from the veggie, protein, fat and sauces. This will keep you from getting burnt out on healthy lunches!
7.) Easy Chicken Burrito Meal Prep Bowls from My Food Story
Five main elements make up this delicious meal – taco chicken, pico de gallo, cooked beans, corn, white rice and sour cream. If you’re looking to eliminate carbs you can also swap the rice out for lettuce to make a salad.
8.) Salsa Verde Taco Meal Prep Bowls from Eazy Peazy Mealz
To create this bowl start by cooking the rice. Then you’ll brown the ground beef and add the taco seasonings. The ground beef mixture will be split between the bowls along with the beans, corn, tomatoes and rice. It can be garnished with cilantro and/or lime. Super easy and delicious too!
9.) Easy Steak Fajitas Meal Prep Recipe from Life Made Sweeter
This low carb, paleo and keto friendly food is perfect for healthier meals! You can cook them in a foil packet and then just move the food from the foil to a lunch container for meal prepping!
10.) Chicken Chow Mein Noodles from Life Made Sweeter
Make a big batch of this recipe during the week and then place into 4 lunch containers for the week. You can always substitute the chicken for a different protein as well as any vegetables that you prefer. The main ingredients needed are chicken, noodles, veggies, spices, oils and sauces.
11.) Greek Chicken Bowls from Eazy Peazy Mealz
To put this meal prep together you’re going to cook chicken with seasonings for a Greek flavor, make up a cucumber salad to go with it and some Tzatziki sauce. You can also cook some brown rice in a rice cooker while you’re working on the other items to save time!
12.) One Pan Teriyaki Chicken with from Life Made Sweeter
This is another meal prep idea using one sheet pan! You’re going to cook your chicken first with the amazing homemade sauce recipe provided then add the veggies towards the end of the cooking time. Use your meat and veggies from the sheet pan dinner and then add rice or noodles to your meal prep containers to round out the meal.
13. Chicken Enchilada Meal Prep from Eazy Peazy Mealz
With just a few ingredients these enchiladas are easy to pull together! All you need is Tortillas, enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, taco seasoning, onion, bell pepper, diced tomatoes & green chilies, olive oil, salt & pepper, garlic and chicken! Assemble and then place two enchiladas in a container with the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. They can easily be reheated when you’re ready to eat!
14.)Mason Jar Turkey Cobb Salads from The Seasoned Mom
This make ahead salad is perfect for healthy lunches on the go, or for evenings that you’re trying to cut back on hefty meals! I always find when I have my meals prepped it’s so much easier to eat healthy! These salads take only about 15 minutes to prep 4 at a time and stay good for about 5 days in the refrigerator.
15.) Chicken Fajita with Quinoa Meal Prep from My Food Story
First you’ll make your fajita seasoning and then cook the chicken. Then you can cook your vegetables in the seasoning and also cook your quinoa. After everything is cooked divide the chicken, veggies and quinoa evenly into containers with lids for storage and then reheat individually.
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