Meal Prep Made Easy

I love finding ways to save time and money when it comes to eating healthy, and I’ve written a lot about that on here. Today, I’m going to put a lot of that information and a few new ideas into one post for you. Let’s get started!

Breakfast

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Egg cups– a great way to get in some veggies early in the day! Bake them at the beginning of the week.
Paleo breakfast cookies– these can be frozen and thaw well. Make enough for the whole month!
Quinoa flakes– can be cooked and portioned out. Add fruit, nuts and seeds or nut butters for variety.
Paleo blueberry muffins– make plenty and freeze extras.

Snacks

Chopped veggies- 1/2 cup is equal to 1 serving
Hard-boiled eggs
Paleo trail mix
Cookie dough snack balls
Homemade granola bars
Smoothie packs– portioned out so you can pull out of the freezer and blend

Lunch/Dinner

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Crockpot packs– prepare and freeze ahead, pull out when you need
Freezer soups
Roasted veggies- roast at the beginning of the week and portion out in containers for each day- sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini squash, butternut squash, bell peppers and carrots all work well
Salad mixes- the easiest way to get in a lot of nutrients! Pick a leafy green, 2 raw vegetables, a healthy fat like avocado or slivered almonds, and a dressing. Portion out 2C of greens and 1/4C of each vegetable. Add a few slices of avocado or 2 Tbsp of nuts. Portion these amounts into each container and use a smaller container for 1 serving of your dressing.
Meats- Chicken, turkey, bison and beef all freeze well. You can cook enough for weeks and portion out in your freezer. When you defrost, you can cook in with veggies and spices, or use with a crockpot meal or soup. You can freeze cooked fish as well, but it often doesn’t taste as good as freshly prepared fish.

Desserts

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Almond butter cups
Thin mint freezer fudge
Coconut macaroons
*You can freeze many desserts. Just be sure you aren’t tempted to overindulge while they’re sitting around!

Recommended Meal Prep Materials
If you’re going to be planning and prepping ahead, there are a few things that will make your life a little easier. Here’s a list to get you started.

  • Pyrex containers in 1C servings and higher. You can use larger containers for full meals.
  • Plastic baggies- snack, sandwich and freezer size. If you’re concerned about plastic, you can wrap food in parchment paper before putting in plastic.
  • A good knife for all that chopping you’ll be doing
  • Mason jars- great for storing perfect portions of soup and salad
  • Bento boxes–¬†great for portioning out meals! Use one compartment for proteins, one for carbs and one for fats. Wonderful way to get a well-rounded meal.
What do you do to help save time? Do you have a meal prep trick to share?

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