Whether you’re on-the-go, working from home, or distance learning, it’s always a good idea to meal prep for the week. If you pick up food once a week or more, making sure you have go-to meals is an easy way to help you save time and money every single day.
The average person spends nearly 40 minutes a day on meal prep. That time can increase to over an hour depending on the size of your household. Though it might seem faster to pick up a meal or snack, there are several factors to consider: commute time, cost of food purchased, and quality of food. Being able to make your own food ensures you know what goes in it. You can also customize it just the way you like it!
Meal prepping gives you the flexibility to make the best food choices and reduces the stress of deciding what to eat when you’re hungry. How you meal prep can also be flexible. For example, you can choose to eat out for lunch while saving time and money on breakfast, snacks, and dinner by planning and preparing them ahead of time.
Here are some go-to recipe ideas to fuel you throughout the day and help save you time and money.
Double these recipes and store them in sealable containers for easy, ready-to-go breakfast options you can enjoy for days ahead.
Mason jars are an easy way to build salads that can help you save space in the fridge. Get creative with ingredients!
- Eat the Rainbow Salad (recipe coming soon)
- Mix it up with these dressings:
Veggie wraps are also super customizable and great for on-the-go.
- Build your own wraps with pre-shredded veggies and your favorite protein.
- Check out the Meal Prepping FAQs to learn about the best veggies to shred, slice, and dice.
No-bake energy bites are the perfect make-ahead portable snack. You can mix and match nut butters, spices, dried fruits, chocolate chips, and crunchy nuts and seeds.
Making batch sauces and chopped, sliced, or shredded veggies ahead of time will cut down on meal prep. Throw together a quick meal in minutes.
- Grain Bowl
- Cook a big batch of your favorite grains, quinoa, rice, farro, or cauliflower rice, and stir fry your prepped veggies and proteins for an easy delicious dinner.
- Veggie Burgers
- Make your own veggie patties at home with the food chopper and store extra in the freezer to heat up when you’re ready to eat!
- Chicken Meatballs
- Double this recipe for meatballs that are easy to add to your pasta dishes all week.
No matter what recipes you choose, be sure to have enough storage containers to help keep your meals fresh throughout the week!
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