Whether you are cooking for two or five, your time is valuable. To help make the process a bit less stressful, we put together some of our favorite recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious!
Meal prepping is not just about healthy meals – it’s about a healthy mindset. Instead of running through the drive-thru on your way home, you’ll have dinner that is already prepared! Or, in the morning, you can easily grab your already-prepared lunch box and head out the door. No more vending machines snacks, TV dinners, or meal-skipping!
You’re eating for two now, so if you need to eat, eat! Eat those eggs, veggies, salads, fruits, meat, and potatoes. It’s been proven and is suggested to eat several small meals throughout the day in order to maintain your strength, keep your energy up, and stay healthy. If you are currently pregnant, you know that your growing bean needs all the nutrients. If you are nursing, you know that you don’t have the time to prepare meals every day for you and your family.
Please NOTE! It is important that you consult your doctor before making any dietary changes. You body is changing and needs nutrients now more than ever. Some women even find that vegan and vegetarian lifestyles fit them best during their pregnancy.
You don’t have to go and break the bank on containers. Some people prefer to use glass mason jars as glass typically keeps things fresher. We’re fans of these food storage containers and these glass containers.
Some stores offer coupons online for you to print – take advantage of those savings! Also check newspapers and ads so you can plan ahead and shop smarter.
Pay attention to what you are craving. Fruits? Chocolate? Meat? Get creative – adding spices can often satisfy cravings in the best ways! You can make two to three different meals for the week and alternate between them to keep from getting bored!
Start buying foods that have a long shelf life but that can be incorporated to make your meals fun. Quinoa, peanut butter, oats, potatoes, rice, beans, canned vegetables are all staples you will want to stock your pantry with. Also, have you met coconut oil? Your body will thank you!
For those who do not eat meat – whether for health, religious, or personal reasons – we included some tasty options for you too!
GARLIC BUTTER GROUND TURKEY WITH CAULIFLOWER SKILLET
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min
Simple, flavorful, healthy, and delicious! Turkey is leaner than hamburger and you can really play around with the spices. Check it out!
*note- if you need a lil’ something else, just add some sour cream or greek yogurt on top. You can also make tacos with this dish!
HAM, EGG AND CHEESE BREAKFAST QUESADILLAS
Prep time: 10 MINUTES Cook time: 20 MINUTES
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we also know that it can be hard to prepare a healthy and filling breakfast every morning. We get it, life is busy! Start your day energized with this yummy breakfast bowl!
Jerk Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 10 min
A family favorite, these bowls have everything: protein, fruit, grains, and beans! You can purchase jerk seasoning here.
Prep Time: 25 min Cook Time: 25 min
Whoever said salads were boring has never tried this amazing chickpea salad! Bursting with flavor and packed with nutritional goodness, this is going to be a favorite for sure! Check out this tangy dish here!
VEGAN SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN BOWL
Prep Time: 5 Min Cook Time: 45 Min
Holy goodness! This is one of the best bowls ever! You can substitute the kale for any other green, but kale is so so delicious and pairs perfectly with the sweet potatoes and quinoa. Add in black beans for more protein and BOOM – you’re full!
BREAKFAST MEAL PREP FRUIT AND YOGURT BISTRO BOX
Prep Time: 10 Min
Change up the fruits and yogurt combo with this sweet yummy breakfast. Pay attention to in-season fruits. Or, use frozen fruit. It’s a great way to start your day and get your body moving.
Prep time: 10 minutes
These easy no-bake snacks are perfect for breakfast or on the go! These fill you up while satisfying those sugar-cravings. And the best part? They’re full of protein, which will give you the energy you need to conquer the day! Check out these delicious snack bites here.