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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10 Cozy Crock Pot Recipes Perfect For Fall

Fall is officially in full swing and if you’re anything like me, this last quarter of the year is almost always the busiest and seems to go by the fastest. What’s even more unnerving is knowing that the hustle and bustle will only get worse as the holidays get closer. With busyness comes the urge to take shortcuts and incorporate time-savers into your daily routine as much as possible, food included.

When I get super busy, one of the first things to go is cooking. When I’m running 100mph, it’s so easy to just pick something up, rather than sit and plan out meals, make a grocery list, shop, then cook. Not only can buying fast food be damaging to your wallet over time, but it can also be damaging to your health as most grab n go options aren’t the most “clean”. Even if we’re in a time crunch, we should never compromise our health. For that reason, i have a solution — the crock pot. Crock pots, slow cookers whatever you like to call them, are the perfect solution to taking a shortcut in the interest of time without compromising your health. I don’t know about you, but every time I pull out my crock pot to use it, I’m reminded again and again how freakin’ amazing this thing is and always end up telling myself that I need use it more often. There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to a house filled with the wonderful aroma of your dinner already done & ready to eat. With that being said, for my very first recipe roundup blog post, I have compiled ten cozy crockpot recipes with minimal ingredients & little prep that will warm your soul without straying too far from your goals! To access the full recipe, just click on the title & enjoy!

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7 Can Crockpot Taco Soup | Passion For Savings 

A classic dump and go crock pot meal that’s light on calories, yet heavy on flavor (and fiber too!). This dish can easily be adapted for vegetarian and vegan diets.

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Slow Cooker Lo Mein | Damn Delicious 

Ditch the takeout + all of the calories and sodium that come with it and try making this healthier version of lo mein instead. Your body, and your wallet, will thank you.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies | Damn Delicious 

Slow cooked chicken and veggies in herbs come together for a flavorful, low maintenance meal — the perfect combination for a busy weeknight.

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Crockpot Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Soup | Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Just looking at this photo makes me want to curl up on a cold night with a good book in one hand and a bowl of this soup in the other lol It’s definitely a must try!

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Healthy Turkey Chili | Ambitious Kitchen

You can never go wrong with a good, healthy chili recipe. Low calorie, high protein & high fiber .. what more can one ask for?

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Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie | Skinny Mom

A healthy spin on a comfort food favorite. I can’t wait to try this one out myself!!

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Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna | Pinch of Yum

This savory dish will make for an effortless Meatless Monday meal.

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Slow Cooker White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup | The Chic Site

This light, healthy soup is chock full of nutrients & is definitely a great way to squeeze in an extra serving of leafy greens!

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Crockpot Stuffed Shells with Spinach | Everyday Good Thinking 

Another easy, yet filling meatless meal that can be whipped up & ready in no time!

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Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup | Gal On A Mission 

Tomato soup with a twist! This dish is such a fun way to add some substance to traditional tomato soup that will keep you fuller for longer.

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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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