Our 10 Favorite Meal Prep Recipes

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We love meal prepping and these are our 10 favorite meal prep recipes (read: the ones we come back to again and again).

Time well spent.

If you’re new around here (welcome!) you may have noticed that we talk a lot about meal prepping. And if you’ve been around for a while (thank you!) you also know that we talk a lot about meal prepping. And for good reason!

Taking the time to meal plan and prep each week can be one of the most effective tools for eating healthy, sticking to a budget, and reducing food waste. While the idea of spending 3-4 hours each week planning, shopping, chopping, and cooking each week may not initially light your fire, once you give it a go you’ll see that it’s often worth it.

Starting – or ending – the week with a fridge full of meals that are ready to be reheated or tossed in the oven, slow cooker, or Instant Pot to cook means you’ll spend less time in the kitchen each day and you’ll reduce the temptation to dine out, take out, or call for delivery thus saving you money while eating healthier.

Do we walk the talk? You bet we do. Each week we commit to carving out time for planning and prepping and these are our 10 Favorite  Meal Prep Recipes that we find ourselves making time and time again.

Stacie’s 5 Favorite Meal Prep Recipes

#1 Meal Prep Meatballs

These are by far one of the most versatile recipes for a meal prep thanks to the fact that you can make them with any ground meat and change up their flavor by using different types of dressing in the meat mixture. Try them on a salad, with a side of roasted veggies or a baked sweet potato, or tossed into a pot of your favorite marinara sauce. They’re also freezer-friendly so it never hurts to make a double batch so you always have an easy thaw-heat-eat protein option on hand.

Rectangular glass dish filled with meatballs (drizzled with dressing), squash, broccoli and green beans resting on striped napkin with fork and knife on the side
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

#2 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites have become a staple in the Hassing household. They’re the perfect sweet treat and easy to make using pantry staples. Try them right out of the freezer for an extra special treat.

Plate filled with peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls with chocolate chips and coarse salt on the side
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

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#3 One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

It hardly gets any easier than this One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables! It’s the ultimate prep-ahead meal for those times when you prefer a hot, fresh meal with next to no fuss. It’s also great for lunches when packed into our favorite glass meal prep containers for pre-portioned, grab-and-go convenience.

Sheet pan filled with baked chicken thighs and a rainbow of vegetables
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

#4 Sweet Potato Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

Start the day off right with a protein-packed meal that’s guaranteed to get you out the door fast and keep you satisfied for hours. One of the best things about an egg bake like this is that you can easily switch up the veggies and meat to make use of what you have on hand in the fridge and freezer. Serve with fresh fruit and/or sliced avocado for a hearty meal that’s ready in minutes.

Serving of sweet potato turkey sausage egg bake on plate with sides of avocado, orange and grapes with fork and an additional plate with egg bake in the background

#5 Waldorf Chicken Salad

Chicken salads are perfect for meal preps and come together quickly when you use leftover chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or our Instant Pot Whole Chicken recipe. This one is Whole30-friendly when served up as a delicious accompaniment to a salad or scooped up with cucumbers or bell pepper slices. For a heartier meal, you can enjoy it with your favorite crackers, as a sandwich, or in a wrap.

Plate filled with a bed of greens topped with chicken Waldorf salad garnished with cucumbers, grapes and lemon over a checkered napkin
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

 

Jess’s 5 Favorite Meal Prep Recipes

#1 Instant Pot Turkey Mushroom Bolognese

 

Bowl of turkey mushroom bolognese over noodles in a bowl with silverware in the bowl, two drinks in background
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

#2 Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Another freezer-friendly meal that you’ll find in Jess’s rotation is the White Chicken Chili. While it was originally written for the slow cooker, we’ve adapted it for the Instant Pot for near-instant gratification. Try adding a can of drained and rinsed white beans for a boost in fiber and protein and don’t forget the cilantro, lime, and sliced avocado for the full ‘experience’.

Bowl of white chicken chili with jalapeño and avocado garnish, resting on a wooden cutting board with a striped napkin surrounding it
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

#3 Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken

When the urge for takeout hits, try this Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken instead. Prepping all of the ingredients up to the point of cooking makes it easy to put a meal on the table that your whole family will love – in under 30 minutes. Try it served with rice or cauliflower rice for a side of steamed green beans for a meal that everyone can agree on. 
Skillet with wooden spoon scooping into sweet and sour chicken with pineapple and peppers

#4 Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

THIS. This is the meal most often requested by Jess’s hubby, Dean. He’d eat it every week if it were up to him! Packed with veggies and flavor it’s a great way to use up leftover or rotisserie chicken while getting all the flavor of Buffalo wings without the mess (or the fuss).

Two spaghetti squash halves stuffed with buffalo chicken, spaghetti squash and blue cheese crumbles on a sheet pan
Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

#5  Instant Pot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili

This is another freezer-friendly, Instant Pot go-to for Jess. Packed with protein, fiber, and veggies it’s hearty and filling and can be topped with a number of tasty toppings. Don’t have an Instant Pot? Get the Stovetop and Slow Cooker directions here. 
White bowl filled with veggie-loaded turkey chili topped with sour cream and cheese. Avocado, lime and crackers surround it.

There you have it, our 10 Favorite Meal Prep Recipes that show up in our own meal preps on the regular. We hope you’ll give them a try too.

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About Jessica Beacom

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Boulder, CO with her hubby and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them break free of the diet mentality and find their own food freedom. In her spare time she enjoys CrossFit, telemark skiing, mountain biking, teaching herself how to play the banjo and camping out under the stars.



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