How many times have you started the week with the intention of eating healthy, only to find yourself in line for a slice at the pizza joint down the street? No more! If you want to be productive in your endeavors you have to fuel your body with nutrient-dense, nourishing meals that won’t cause energy dips throughout the day. Sorry pizza, maybe next time.
The best way to set yourself up for success is to spend a few hours of your weekend prepping meals for the week. I know, I know, the idea of taking hours away from your work or your family might sound like the last thing you want to do on a weekend, but trust us, it’s worth it.
The recipes below are all easy to make, won’t take forever to prep, and will help you stay on track with healthy eating throughout the week.
Meal Prep Pro Tips:
Crock pots are essential for the busy entrepreneur because you can throw everything in there, set it and forget it while you get back to work.
Pre-chop veggies over the weekend to save you time during the week. There’s nothing worse than working all day and then having to complete a tedious task like chopping carrots!
Make recipes that can be repurposed. For instance, bake a whole chicken so you can put leftovers on a salad or in a soup recipe later in the week.
One pot meals are your friend.
Assemble your meals in to-go containers on Sunday. This prevents the excuse, “I was running late and couldn’t put the meal together before I ran out the door!”
Easy Crock Pot Roast Beef - Rooted in Healing Nutrition and Wellness
This mouthwatering roast beef is the perfect meal prep recipe. You can make it over the weekend and assemble it for meals throughout the week, or pre chop all your veggies and throw them in the crock pot with the roast beef before you leave for work. No matter when you decide to make it, prepare for your house to smell amazing as the dish slowly cooks.
Gluten Free Lasagna - Wendy Weeks Wellness
We love lasagna because it’s relatively easy to assemble and tastes better as the days go by. This recipe is made with gluten-free noodles but you can sub them for the glutenous kind, if that’s your thing.
This will store in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for six months.
Apple Sage Balsamic Meatballs - Wilder Nutrition
Meatballs are a meal-prep must. They’re quick to make, easy to store, and taste delicious on top of salads, paired with rice, or even on their own for a power snack. The combination of apple, sage and balsamic with the ground pork will leave your taste buds super satisfied.
The Best Roasted Chicken You’ve Ever Had - Rooted in Healing Nutrition and Wellness
You may look at this and think “um, I’m not a chef and there’s no way I can make a full chicken.” Stick with us here; roasted chicken is one of the easiest and most economical meal-prep recipes. All you have to do is give the chicken a good rub down with seasoning, pop it in the oven, and wait for it to hit 165 degrees.
Creamy Butternut Squash, Kale and Turkey Soup - Restoring Roots Wellness
Soups are your meal-prep friend because they’re easy to make and only require one pot. To make this recipe even faster, substitute fresh butternut squash for frozen and make sure you pre chop your veggies over the weekend.
Now head to the grocery store and get ready to cook! Happy meal prepping!