Prep-Ahead Meals for the Busiest (Healthiest) Bee

Are you resolving to better your eating habits this year? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. The New Year is a perfect time to take stock of what you’ve been digesting over the past year or so, create some concrete goals, and move into 2017 fresh.

We aren’t talking dieting here: perhaps you want to eat more fruits and vegetables (always good!); maybe you want to be more intentional at the dinner table and enjoy every bite; perhaps you want to ingest more protein to build more muscle; or maybe you want to absorb more omega-3’s for healthy skin and hair. Your eating goals should always reflect your individual priorities, and how your body and mind feel after eating certain things.

That being said, there’s one strategy we’ve found that practically guarantees healthier eating: Sunday night meal prep! How many times have you come home from a long workday during the week and felt too tired to cook up a nutritious meal? It happens to the best of us, and when it does, you end up eating salty take-out, a flash-frozen dinner from the freezer, or a mishmash of crackers, cookies, and the cereal that you find in your pantry. Not exactly ideal for healthy living!

When you prepare many of your weeknight meals ahead of time, however, you’re guaranteed to have at least a couple meals during the week ready for when you get home from a busy day. Simply throw your pre-made meal in the microwave or oven, warm it up, and there you have it: instant healthy, delicious dinner. This practice also helps you bring your lunch to work more often, saving money on expensive cafes and take-out mid-day when your stomach starts rumbling.

One way to do put this strategy into action is to make a family dinner on Sunday evenings and cook enough food so that there are leftovers you can eat for lunch at the beginning of the following week. You can also prep by multi-tasking: as you’re cooking a meal on Sunday for dinner, chop double the onions, throw another pot on the stove, and make a whole separate meal for the rest of the week. Store in Tupperware and enjoy come Monday!

How can you start implementing this practice? We’ve put together some fun, nutritious, scrumptious recipes that are easy to make in big batches on Sunday evening. With simple, customizable ingredients and a few spices, these recipes practically guarantee you’ll love each meal of the week, even if they were prepared a few days prior!

Try out a couple this month and let us know how it goes. We look forward to hearing about a healthier, happier you come February.

  1. Sweet Potato Chili from Cookie + Kate
  2. Chickpea Tomato Minestrone from Vegetarian Ventures
  3. Scrambled Egg Muffins from Fannetastic Food
  4. Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Blue Cheese from the Kitchn
  5. Roasted Chickpea Taco Salad from Two Peas and their Pod

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