Unfortunately, they also go hand-in-hand. Working full-time has forced me to meal prep on the weekends if I want any sort of real food during the week. I not only have to prep nightly dinners, but also the lunches I take with me to work.
When you commit to living a healthier lifestyle, meal prep is a great way to stay on track. In general, doing so helps me make healthier choices for myself and my family. If you typically go out to eat or get take-out, you are more likely to eat something that is not the healthiest. Prepping meals is great for making healthy choices and also for portion control.
Sundays are my day to get organized for the week. I’ll be honest – I do not look forward to them! Shopping and washing and chopping and measuring and… However, it’s a necessary evil and makes life easier in the long run. For my weekly lunches, I usually make a large batch of something and portion it out for the whole week in Tupperware containers. When prepping for family dinners, I typically prepare two to three complete meals; plan one night doing breakfast for dinner and then usually also have enough leftovers for one night. Sometimes, I’ll make a double batch of a meal that’s easy to freeze for future use. Having meals on hand in the freezer is a huge time saver.
When looking for easy meals to prepare or freeze, there are several places I look. Pinterest has become my best “meal idea” friend and Innovative Health & Fitness has its own Pinterest page with lots of healthy recipes! A few of my favorite healthy recipe websites also include:
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are a few of my favorite go-to, weeknight recipes that are popular with my family:
With this recipe, I fill up muffin tins with the ingredients and freeze them. These work great for easy lunches because I can pop out the individual meatloaf muffins, throw them in a container and simply reheat them as needed.
I like this one because it is really easy to make, easy to double and can be frozen.
This is a super easy 30 minute meal you can grill or bake.