It’s that time of year! You schedule get’s packed and your free time shrinks and the days of you lounging around thinking of what you’ll whip up from scratch for dinner that night are gone.
Whether you’re getting back into school, busier days at work, sports, hobbies, gym goals for the holidays, these meal prep recipes are a life-saver as your planner fills up all the empty spaces. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even some healthy snacks to have on hand, because you know I’m all about those treats!
Try making a few of these this weekend and give yourself some space next week to breathe, relax and enjoy the beauty of the season. It doesn’t last forever…
These are the greatest to make for meal prep. They make a delicious, healthy breakfast, leaving you feeling full but not heavy. They also fuel your beautiful bod with all the right things to give you energy and one of my favorites, mental energy. Try one of these or whip up you’re own. The possibilities are endless.
Bombshell Spell Metabolism Shot
This is my go to for great digestion, metabolism and over all glow. The apple cider vinegar is SO good for you but it’s kinda hard to stomach on it’s own. This is the best way to take it and I hardly ever go a day without it now. I usually keep two batches in a single mason jar (to split between me and Jeff in the morning) and whip up about 4 mason jars at a time. It’s good for up to about 4 days.
Recipe is for 1 serving (double to fill one mason jar)
-4oz pineapple juice (I’m loving the cans from Trader Joe’s)
-1 TBS apple cider vinegar
-1 tsp honey
-1/4 lime, juiced
-optional: add in 1 packet tropical emergenC
-shake everything in a mason jar (except emergenC) and leave in fridge till morning (then add emergenC… it can cause the pressure to build in the jar if shaken)
These are so simple it’s ridiculous. Mix up your eggs, add whatever veggies and spices suit you, and bake in muffin tins till done. Then enjoy heated up with a little siracha on top!
These are great for when you’re hitting the gym a lot, on a tight schedule or training for a race. They are super easy, quick to grab and fill your body up with everything it needs to get after it. I usually whip up a batch of these for the week when I know I’m going to be more active like training or hitting the gym more.
These are my obsession… Chocolate. Enough said. These smell like fresh made brownies when you take them out of the oven. I like to add in some semi sweet chocolate chips in the batter and usually eat one heated up with a little peanut butter on top. With the weather getting cooler, one of these with some morning coffee sure would be perfect. And did I mention they’re healthy!
I’m a snacker and these bad boys are perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up without the nasty crash from sugar. Keep them in the freezer and leave a few in the fridge to grab during the week.
This is a meal prepper’s dream! Easy peasy and you’re done. Dinner’s for the week or lunch for the office is ready to rock and roll. I love whipping up something like this on a Sunday night, making extra and storing them in the fridge for easy dinners or lunches during the week.
I’m not a huge freezer meal gal yet. I mean I want to be, but I’m still working my way into it. But these are one of the best ways to get your toes wet with the whole freezer meal craze. Bake these insanely delicious chicken meatballs (yes, I said bake) and then freezer for a variety of dinner options: meatball sandwiches, baked cheesy pastas with meatballs, barbecue meatballs, buffalo meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, meatballs and mashed potatoes… you get the picture. Make these, TONIGHT!
Yes, you read that title right. I think it’s safe to say that this recipe is gold when it comes to meal prep. And who else loves sweet potatoes as much as me? This is the time of year to get them in so have at it girl!
By far one of the easiest recipes ever! I love making this for company because it’s easy, relatively hands-free and so delicious. If you’re looking for something for you and your hubby but don’t want to make a huge batch, just cut a couple of chicken breasts in half thickness wise (or use meat hammer) and lay them in a baking dish and cover in your favorite BBQ sauce. Bake in the over at 425 for 25-35min depending on thickness of your chicken and voila! Perfectly tender BBQ chicken breast that you can have with anything.
Some great staples to make ahead of time for the week are rice, quinoa and frozen bananas (for protein smoothies). I also like having some pad thai noodles on hand in my pantry in case I want to mix any of the above chicken recipes with some noodles for a change.
So there you have it, meal prep ideas for the busy babe on a budget. I hope this helps you with your meal prepping endeavors and maybe enlightens you to a new favorite recipe two.
Do you have any go-to recipes for meal prepping? If so, let me know below! I love finding new recipes to try out and finding something new I love. Happy prepping!