Meal Prep Tips and Ideas
Stuffed peppers or zucchinis are delicious, easy to make, and perfectly portioned. Cut the tops off each pepper and remove the seeds. Fill them with a mixture of cooked whole grains and veggies, then bake until the peppers are soft, 20–30 minutes. For added protein, add cooked ground turkey, chopped hard-boiled egg, or crumbled seitan. These peppers from are stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, roasted eggplant, and rice pilaf. Yum!
The Time Saver
All of the foods in this time-saving meal prep can be cooked at the same time. While salmon seasoned with your favorite spice mixture bakes in one dish (12–15 minutes), chopped Brussels sprouts, squash, and baby carrots drizzled with olive oil can roast in another (20–30 minutes). Try other vegetables like peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli.
I like to take advantage of good weather on meal prep day by firing up the grill for these tasty kabobs that have bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and chicken. No grill? No problem. Kabobs can also be cooked in the oven.
Meatballs are a great choice for meal prep because you can make a large batch at once, and even have extra to freeze for future lunches and dinners. I made Autumn Calabrese’s recipe for Italian Meatballs with Grandma’s Tomato Sauce from the FIXATE cookbook. Try our recipe for saucy turkey meatballs. Serve them over zucchini noodles, roasted spaghetti squash, whole grain pasta, or on an open-faced meatball sandwich!
Hope this gives you some ideas as you go into meal prep day. Be sure to involve your kids, they love eating what they prepare and plus you’re bonding and showing them how fun it can be to make your own meals!