Life can feel overwhelming and planning out three meals a day can pile on the stress. The key to a smooth work week filled with delicious, healthy food is meal prep. A little planning ahead and you and your loved ones will be eating nutritious dishes at home and at work all while saving money. Here are some top easy recipes!
Grilled Chicken Salad
This bright, fresh salad is topped with seasoned chicken and a flavorful dressing of lemongrass, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and garlic. When packing as lunches, place chicken in the bottom of each container topped with the cucumbers and tomatoes, followed by the greens and herbs. Store the dressing separately and give it a good shake before pouring over the top. Double this recipe if you’re prepping for two people or making dinner for four.
Fat-Free Vegan Pasta Salad
For a low-fat, but still satisfying take on the pasta salad, load it up with fresh veggies and top with a fat-free Italian dressing. The filling salad has enough variety to qualify as a one-dish lunch. Raw broccoli, red onion, and bell pepper add crunch, with artichoke hearts, tomato, olives, and herbs adding flavor. Combine all of the ingredients and toss them with the dressing before storing it in the fridge for up to three days.
Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl
This beef and vegetable rice bowl only takes a few minutes to prepare and makes great leftovers. A simple Japanese-style sauce of mirin, soy sauce, sesame, and garlic adds lots of flavors. Feel free to use your favorite vegetables. The recipe serves two, so double it if needed.
Roasted Rainbow Veggie Bowl
This healthy, meat-free bowl takes some prep, but it’s a meal worth having multiple times a week. With roasted veggies, mushrooms, beans, greens, wild rice, and a creamy tahini dressing, it’s a nutritionally complete meal with lots of flavors and textures. Chop and roast the veggies, make the dressing and the rice, and let everything cool. Store in containers with the rice on the bottom, roasted veggies, and beans in the middle, and the greens on top. Top with avocado, pickled cabbage, and dressing just before serving.
Curry Flavor Bombs
Flavor bombs are a brilliant way to save time. This curry flavor bomb recipe is a great shortcut that will have a flavorful curry dinner on the table before you know it. A few basic spices are cooked with coconut oil, onion, ginger, garlic, and tomato paste, and frozen into individual servings. When you’re ready to cook, melt a bomb or two with chicken, chickpeas, tofu, or your favorite curry ingredients, and dinner is done!
The recipes above are all great ideas for meal prep and include advice for servings, storage, and dietary restrictions. Best of all, they’ll make your week healthier and easier. Sounds pretty good, right?