Ready to get started with meal prep but no clue where to start? I’ve compiled a list of twelve easy, healthy, and delicious recipes to get you started on your menu planning.
I like to plan two recipes for my weekday lunch meals, three days of one recipe, two day of another. This way I never get bored with eating the same thing every week. If you prefer to simplify, you can definitely stick to one recipe per week. In which case, here’s twelve weeks of menu planning all done for you.
Setting up a meal prep routine is a great way to save time and money during the week.
- Preparing your own food saves money. Pick your meals based on what’s on sale and in season to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
- Preparing your own meals means having total control over ingredients. This is important if you’re on a specialty diet. When you make it yourself, you know exactly what you’re eating and can feel good about what you’re putting into your body.
- Spending just an hour or two in the kitchen one day a week means not spending time preparing meals every day, freeing up your time for everything else you need to get done in a day. And who couldn’t use a little more time?
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First, plan your menu. I spent a little time, usually not more than 20 minutes picking out what I want for meals the following week. I use Pinterest and my cookbook library to plan out what I’m going to make. I use a two column document to create my shopping list on one side and my menu for the week on the other. Get your free printable right here on my blog (see the form above).
Next, I spent a little time on Sundays doing my cooking. Typically, I prep lunches, snacks, and any baked goods I’m planning to make. I like to leave dinners to be made fresh during the week. I find it a nice way to relax in the evenings after a busy day. But set your meal prep plan based on what works for your lifestyle.
When I’m done, I have a week’s work of healthy options ready to grab and go. I use glass food containers that are microwave and dishwasher safe for easy heating and clean up. I like containers with compartments so there is space for a main dish, sides, special condiments, etc. Here is a link to my favorites:
Ready to Get Started?
Here’s a list of twelve of my favorite lunch recipes to start you off:
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