As you guys already know, I’m a HUGE fan of meal prep. I truly cannot live without it and have no idea how I functioned before discovering its awesomeness. Ha! I typically grocery shop on Saturday afternoon or first thing on Sunday morning with the goal of meal prepping that afternoon. Those few hours save tons of time during the week and having all of that delicious food prepared and ready to go, gives me no excuse not to eat well. I mean, all I have to do is EAT it! With that, here are some of my favorite make-ahead meals to add to your prep day!
Crazy Easy Crockpot Steel-Cut Oatmeal – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
This recipe is only 3 ingredients, and I love how simple and versatile it is. Just throw the ingredients in your crockpot, set it, and forget it! I typically add all sorts of delicious ingredients to my oatmeal to jazz it up, so I’m not eating the same old thing more after morning.
Gluten-Free Breakfast Wraps 3 Ways – Cotter Crunch
Holy yum! These wraps are the best – portable, freezer-friendly, and filled with wholesome simple ingredients!
Paleo Morning Glory Muffins – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
In my 9.5 years of blogging, this recipe for Morning Glory Muffins is easily the best muffin I have ever created. They’re simple to make, loaded with nutritious ingredients, and, ooooh, so tasty! You’ve gotta try them! 🙂
Baked Breakfast Cookie – Fitnessista
These are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast! Mix up the ingredients and bake a batch ahead of time to have on-hand for your busy mornings.
Spicy Chicken Pitas – The Lean Green Bean
Cook the chicken, chop the veggies, and make the sauce ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble the pitas when it’s time to eat dinner or pack them for lunch!
Cucumber Dill Rotisserie Chicken Salad – Peanut Butter Fingers
This recipe for lightened-up Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Rotisserie Chicken Salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and tastes like summer in a bowl. Made with Greek yogurt, it’s a protein-packed salad that will fill you up without making you feel weighed down.
The Best Pasta Salad – Fitnessista
Made with sundried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, feta cheese, tomatoes, arugula, fresh basil, and penne, this pasta salad is loaded with flavor and deliciousness!
4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken – Running to the Kitchen
Meal prep doesn’t get easier than this! Just add these four ingredients to your crockpot, set it, forget it, and dinner is made with minimal effort!
Light & Creamy Chicken Broccoli Pesto Pasta – Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
This pesto sauce comes together incredibly fast – thanks to a food processor or blender. The recipe is lightened up from the usual oil-based pesto sauce with a creamy base mixed with cottage cheese.
Chicken Potato Casserole – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
This recipe is, for sure, a favorite in our house. It’s so darn tasty and couldn’t be easier to throw together. It also reheats well, so it’s great as leftovers, especially for busy weeks!
Cocoa Almond Protein Bars – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
You can easily throw all the ingredients into a blender or food processor & have your pre & post snacks done for the week!
Buffalo Hummus – Fitnessista
Looking to add some spice to your hummus? This buffalo hummus is sure to give it some kick – a savory, bold snack option for your next party! This vegan dip is naturally low in calories and absolutely delicious.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
These protein balls are totally customizable to your taste preferences– whether you like dark or milk chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips, or even dried cranberries or cherries. Plus, you can use just about any protein powder you like and really get creative with the flavors.
Questions of the Day
What are your favorite meals to prep for the week?
Have you tried any of these recipes before?
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