15 Not-so-boring, Healthy Meal Prep Recipes (Beginner Friendly!)

We are nearing the end of month 3 of 2019…how are y’alls new years resolutions coming along? *insert eye emoji* Clean eating/meal prepping on a consistent basis is one of the first things that a lot of people, myself included, tend to lose sight of throughout the year. Falling off track with your healthy eating habits can happen as a result of many things such as getting burnt out on cooking, having one ‘binge weekend’ or meal that just kind of never stopped, needing new ideas or just simply being bored of eating the staple baked chicken, rice and steamed veggies (no shade). None of us are perfect and the best part about a lifestyle change is the fact that every day is a new chance to bounce back and start again! Whether you’re looking into starting meal prep for the first time or you’re a veteran who just needs some new ideas to help recommit yourself back to the routine – fear not, I’ve got you covered!

Today, I am sharing FIFTEEN (not-so-boring) beginner friendly, healthy meal prep recipes!

So, why meal prep??

I’m going to be completely honest with you, I was 100% anti-meal prep when the whole fad began to gain popularity mainly because I couldn’t fathom the idea of eating the exact same thing 5 days in a row. Soon after, I realized that I was basically already doing that, just without each portion perfectly organized into containers. Now that I have been doing it for the better part of the last four years, I honestly cannot imagine my weekday schedule without it. Some of the main benefits of meal prepping are that it is convenient, cost effective and also helpful with portion control when you have healthy meals at your fingertips. As a busy graduate student with long days, one of the best parts about meal prepping is knowing that 1) I only have to cook once a week and; 2) After one day of prepping (usually Saturday or Sunday), for the rest of the week all I have to do is grab and go for lunch and come home and reheat for dinner. It’s that simple! Knowing this alone takes so much stress off of my already stressful load of weekly responsibilities. Another benefit of meal prepping, and just cooking in general, is that it makes it a lot easier to resist the temptation of eating out, when you can honestly be more excited about what you’ve cooked at home which is a win win for your waistline AND your wallet.

Every once in a while, I find myself becoming bored of meal prepping and when I’m bored, that’s when I’m most likely to mess up. While it’s okay to take breaks and indulge, it’s equally as important to get right back on track because real results come with consistency. I encourage you to switch it up in order to keep yourself motivated and excited about your healthy food choices! I hope this post shows all of the beginners that there’s sooo much more to the world of meal prepping than baked chicken, brown rice and broccoli. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this meal and I find that it is a popular, beginner friendly go-to that I even re-visit myself when I’m in the mood for it. However, rest assure that it is not your only option. I have compiled a list of 15 healthy meal prep recipes consisting of chicken, turkey & vegan/vegetarian friendly meals – so there’s something for everyone! Each recipe is linked, so just click on the title to be redirected.

One final, yet vital, key to meal prep success is making sure that you have good quality meal prep containers – preferably ones that are plastic free (e.g. glass). I purchased these glass meal prep containers from Amazon in 2017 and after consistent daily use, they’re still going strong! I recommend glass over plastic because they are more durable, have a longer life and thus are better for the environment. Unlike plastic, glass containers also do not contain harmful chemicals that may leach into your food when heating and they do not stain from colored sauces, dips, etc.

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Hopefully the ideas in this post will give you the jumpstart that you’ve been needing or wanting to spice things up in the kitchen! Enjoy!


CHICKEN RECIPES

1. Chicken and Hummus Plate | Project Meal Plan

Save your coins by just saying “no” to the overpriced Starbucks bistro box and try making your own instead. This deliciously portable lunch is only 357 calories per serving and packs a whopping 32g of protein!

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Image Source: Project Meal Plan

2. Buffalo Chicken Ranch Meal Prep | 40 Aprons

A great lunch option that is Whole 30, paleo and keto friendly! Only 287 calories per serving!

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Image Source: 40 Aprons

3. Italian Chicken Meal Prep Bowls | Eazy Peazy Mealz

This entire recipe comes together on a single sheet pan, making for a lunch/dinner that’s low in mess, but high in flavor!

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Image Source: Eazy Peazy Meals

4. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein Bowls | Life Made Sweeter

Skip the drive thru and opt for a healthier version of this take-out favorite.

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Image Source: Life Made Sweeter

5. Jerk Chicken Meal Prep Bowls | Food Lovin’ Family

Sweet, spicy and just all around delicious! Make a week’s worth of this meal in only 30 minutes!

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Image Source: Food Lovin’ Family


TURKEY RECIPES

6. Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs | Eat Yourself Skinny

The sweet and spicy flavors of the honey and Sriracha give a really nice twist to traditional meatballs. If you are a Sriracha fan, this is definitely a must try…only 295 calories and 26.9g of protein per five meatballs.

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Image Source: Eat Yourself Skinny

7. 30 Minute Thai Basil Turkey | Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

This flavorful, dairy free dish is packed with veggies and is also Whole 30 and paleo friendly.

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Image Source: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

8. Turkey Taco Bowls w/ Cauliflower Rice | Kirbie Cravings

Taco Tuesday, meal prep style!

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Image Source: Kirbie Cravings

9. Dirty Rice w/ Ground Turkey | My Body My Kitchen

A healthy spin on a classic creole dish. Enjoy this gluten-free dish on its own or accompanied by your favorite veggies.

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Image Source: My Body My Kitchen

10. Turkey Meatloaf and Veggies | My Body My Kitchen

Meatloaf tends to get a bad rep, but I beg to differ. The combination of BBQ sauce and fresh thyme makes this recipe a tad different, and better in my opinion, than your traditional meatloaf. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

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Image Source: My Body My Kitchen


VEGAN & VEGETARIAN RECIPES

11. Sweet Potato Fajitas Meal Prep | The Fit Kitchen

Sweet potatoes are extremely versatile and one of my favorite subs for meat in Mexican dishes, especially tacos. This recipe is must try for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!

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Image Source: The Fit Kitchen

12. Cold Sesame Noodle Meal Prep Bowls | Sweet Peas and Saffron

If you’re looking for a quick, grab-n-go, no heat lunch then this one’s for you! No microwave required (but you will need a spiralizer).

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Image Source: Sweet Peas and Saffron

13. Vegan Butternut Squash Casserole | Meal Prep on Fleek

Who doesn’t love a good casserole? This dish combines the delicious Mexican flavors of black beans, salsa, jalapeños and cilantro into a hearty meal made in only 20 minutes!

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Image Source: Meal Prep on Fleek

14. Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Quinoa Bowls | Always Nourished

Never underestimate the power of a good superfood bowl recipe! If you are a fan of Buddha bowls, I highly recommend that you try this.

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Image Source: Always Nourished

15. Meal Prep Veggie Stir Fry | Wholefully

A vegetarian friendly rendition of a classic dish. Stir fry is an easy meal to make meatless with minimal effort. Customize it to your liking and enjoy all week long!

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Image Source: Wholefully

Your turn: What are some of your go-to meal prep recipes?

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Until next time,

xoJ

**DISCLAIMER** Image source credit and ownership for all recipe photos used belong to the respective authors of the original linked recipe post.

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6 thoughts on “15 Not-so-boring, Healthy Meal Prep Recipes (Beginner Friendly!)

  1. Arika R. says:

    Love this compilation, I wanna bookmark it for later use! I meal prep on Sundays and am usually very lost on what to cook hahaha. Liking your blog, I’m gonna follow, looking forward to reading more 🙂 Please check out mine as well!

    Liked by 1 person

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