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    The 35 BEST Bodybuilding Meal Prep Ideas

    If you’re looking to get swole, we have you covered with thirty five great Bodybuilding Meal Prep Ideas that are sure to satisfy.

    Meal prepping for bodybuilding is about proper nutrition: portion control, macronutrients, eating frequency, and food quality.

    Not only will it help you stay on track with your diet plan but also make life easier as you don’t have to do the grocery shopping or cook each day anymore!

    But just because you want to eat healthy and easy doesn’t mean you can’t eat tasty. That’s why we put together this list of bodybuilding recipes.

    So cook your way through all, and get ready for some serious gains!

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    Bodybuilding Meal Prep Ideas:

    1. Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies

    sheet pan chicken and veggies

    Sheet Pan dinners, the perfect answer to fuss free weeknight meals! This Sheet Pan Chicken with colorful veggies not only looks very inviting, but every single bite is bursting with flavor.

    Here, chicken bites and veggies are seasoned well with a zesty, herby marinade and cook on a sheet pan in about 30 minutes.

    Pair with brown rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

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    2. Chicken Burrito Bowl

    chicken burrito bowl

    Skip the Chipotle, our Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is going to satisfy all your cravings!

    Just combine perfectly marinated chicken with rice and the fixings of your choice, and you have a hearty and nutritious one-bowl meal.

    This burrito bowl is super customizable, so you can easily make it your own. And it’s ideal for bodybuilding meal prep, so you can chow down all week long!

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    3. Ground Beef Stir Fry

    ground beef stir fry

    Does dinner in 20 minutes sound good? Then this Ground Beef Stir Fry recipe is a jackpot for you!

    Packed with hearty ground beef, an assortment of colorful veggies, and a stir fry sauce that’s an umami lover’s dream, this may be the easiest dinner you’ve ever cooked.

    So grab a wok, and get ready to whip up a super flavorful dinner in a flash!

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    4. Ground Turkey Chili

    ground turkey chili

    Ground Turkey Chili – When the temperatures start to dip, sometimes there’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili, loaded with your favorite toppings.

    This healthier version subs out the usual red meat in favor of ground turkey, and trust me, it’s just as delicious and satisfying.

    You can cook it on stovetop or the crockpot. Plus it makes a big batch, so you have lunches set for the week.

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    5. Superfood Bowl

    superfood bowl

    If you want a bodybuilding meal prep idea that’s packed with nutrition, here it is!

    Packed with light, yet nutrient dense foods, it’s a real zero-guilt meal. And it packs a variety of great flavors and textures.

    Whip up this quick, easy and versatile dinner tonight, and feel good about yourself.

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    6. Peruvian Chicken

    peruvian chicken

    This roasted chicken is a total flavor Bomb! Tender, juicy, beautifully crisped up chicken loaded with awesome bold, delicious flavors.

    This, my friends is Pollo a la Brasa, the famous Peruvian Chicken, the chicken the whole world slowly started swooning over. All because of the complex and contrasting combinations of tangy, savory, sweet, smoky, citrusy flavors in every single bite.

    Grill or roast it, either way it’s amazing.

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    7. One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice

    spanish chicken and rice

    Who loves one pan meals with meat, vegetables and starch all thrown together for busy weeknights? I sure do!

    This One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice gets inspiration from Spanish Arroz con Pollo, and turns into a very easy, delicious family friendly meal in no time.

    Here, chicken is tender and juicy with aromatic spices, cooked with a fragrant rice and vegetable mixture, all in one pan.

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    8. Egg Roll in a Bowl

    egg roll in a bowl

    This Egg Roll in a Bowl checks all the boxes. It’s an easy one skillet dinner that whips up in no time. It’s a healthy, low carb version of your favorite Chinese appetizer. And it tastes absolutely amazing!

    This lightning fast stir fry dish features tender ground meat, veggies, and a delightfully delicious sauce.

    The next time you crave Asian flavors on a hectic weeknight, skip the takeout, and throw together this 20 minute dinner in a flash.

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    9. Spicy Shrimp Bowls

    spicy shrimp bowl

    Get ready, this Spicy Shrimp Bowl is going to be you new weeknight addiction! Super easy and nutritious, it has a variety of flavors and textures that are just spot on.

    Plump, juicy shrimp, chewy quinoa, creamy avocado and cool Mango Salad all combine for bowl meal that can’t be beat.

    It’s one of our favorite bodybuilding meal prep recipes.

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    10. Baked Sockeye Salmon

    baked sockeye salmon

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner, or company meal!

    It’s brushed with a honey mustard glaze that perfectly compliments the natural flavor of the fish, then baked in foil to keep the flesh moist, and for easy cleanup.

    Packed with protein, this salmon will get you swole in no time!

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    11. Meal Prep Orange Chicken

    orange chicken

    How about juicy and tender chicken bites, cooked in a delicious sticky orange garlic teriyaki sauce? From this simple meal prep chicken, you can have your lunches so many ways.

    Pair this orange chicken with rice or noodles, along with different veggies, and you are set for a whole week.

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    12. Shrimp Foil Packets with Summer Veggies

    shrimp foil packs

    We’re giving you a great summer meal prep that is quick to prepare, with easy clean up later. Plus, it’s fun to eat with your friends and family.

    These Shrimp Foil Packets are a delicious healthy meal with all your favorite summer veggies. Ready in just 12 minutes on your grill, campfire or even in the oven.

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    13. Pollo Asado

    pollo asado

    This Pollo Asado recipe is a must try. Chicken is marinated in a blend of citrus juices and plenty of great Latin flavors, giving you tender, juicy, delicious results.

    It can be cooked on the grill, roasted, or pan seared. Whatever cooking method you choose, you’re in for a treat.

    The next time you have some chicken on hand, give this flavor bomb a try…

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    14. Korean Ground Chicken Bowls

    korean chicken bowl

    These Korean Ground Chicken Bowls are a hit! They’re loaded with umami flavor, a bit of spiciness, and plenty of great textures.

    And that egg on top… Please don’t skip it, because it goes oh so well here.

    Just 25 minutes is all you need to put together this rainbow colored bowl. Give it a try, it’s one of the tastiest ground chicken recipes you’ll ever come across!

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    15. Jamaican Pepper Steak

    jamaican pepper steak

    Everyone’s favorite Pepper Steak, cooked little differently – Jamaican style!

    Instead of flash cooking the meat, like a Chinese pepper steak, cook the meat low and slow until it melts in your mouth.

    This Jamaican style pepper steak ends up with tender strips of beef in a tasty, savory sauce, with colorful bell peppers cooked to sweet perfection.

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    16. Meatball Minestrone Soup

    meatball minestrone

    How do you make soup into a meal? Simple… you add meatballs into the pot. Everyone’s favorite Minestrone soup gets more wholesome and comforting by adding these plump chicken meatballs.

    This bowl of Meatball Minestrone Soup is a huge upgrade over the famous Olive Garden Minestrone soup.

    It retains the rich classic Italian flavors jam packed with veggies, beans and pasta in heavily seasoned tomato broth.

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    17. Harissa Chicken

    harissa chicken

    Harissa Chicken is a hugely flavorful dish using my new favorite flavor bomb, North African harissa.

    This recipe is a one pot wonder with chicken, potatoes, carrots and chickpeas, and it takes only a few minutes of your hands on time.

    If you love big flavors, put harissa chicken on this week’s menu!

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    18. Cajun Chicken Pasta

    cajun chicken pasta

    Looking for pasta recipe that is straight out of restaurant menu, and is a breeze to make on busy weeknights? This Cajun Chicken Pasta is your answer!

    Tender chicken pieces in a creamy, cheesy sauce with the right kind of Cajun smoky heat, along with any of your favorite pasta shapes.

    It’s going to be one of your go-to bodybuilding meal prep ideas.

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    19. Pork Stir Fry

    pork stir fry

    Are you ready to get woking? This easy Pork Stir Fry will have dinner on the table in a flash! It’s loaded with fresh veggies and has a great homemade stir fry sauce.

    This one is also customizable. You can use any cut of pork you have handy, plus any veggies you fancy that day.

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    20. Steak Pizzaiola

    steak pizzaiola

    Seasoned, Seared, Simmered and Smothered… That is Steak Pizzaiola!! Try your steak the old school Italian way. It’s absolutely delicious, and every bite you will make a nod or two to heavenly skies.

    Juicy and tender, your favorite steak cooked a little different. If you think salt and pepper, cooked in flash is only way to treat that piece of meat, try this once and I won’t be surprised if you come back to this rustic dish every now and then.

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    21. Ground Turkey Tacos

    ground turkey tacos

    Taco, taco and more tacos!! Why don’t we ever get enough of this fun, hand held meal, which is so easy to whip up in no time?

    Today our tacos get a tad bit healthier (but do we really care when it comes to tacos??), and a lot leaner. Why? Cos it gets loaded with leanest meat out there.

    These Ground Turkey Tacos are absolutely delicious, loaded with flavors.

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    22. Chicken Souvlaki

    chicken souvlaki

    Chicken Souvlaki – Sometimes, all you need is a few simple ingredients to create some amazing flavors. These Greek skewers are one of those recipes.

    Bite sized chunks of chicken are marinated with lemon juice, oregano and garlic and can be grilled, baked or cooked on the stovetop.

    And, all you need is about 20 minutes of hands on time for these delicious Greek flavors!

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    23. Caldo de Pollo

    caldo de pollo

    Caldo de Pollo, simply Chicken Soup in Spanish, is an ode to Homestyle Cooking.

    A big pot of Caldo simmering for hours, loaded with tons of veggies and chicken, literally creates magic.

    You don’t need fancy ingredients, no extravagant spices, and no complex cooking style. Just a regular soup pot and plenty of patience to make the tastiest, delicate chicken broth with plenty of veggies to munch on.

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    24. Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

    mediterranean stuffed zucchini

    Feast your eyes! This is Squash Satisfaction…

    These zucchini boats are the perfect low carb vehicles for any of your favorite protein stuffing. What if it has Mediterranean vibes? Today we are going light, fresh and flavorful.

    Healthy can be stunning and gorgeous, just take a look at my platter…

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    25. Ground Turkey Stir Fry

    ground turkey stir fry

    Ground Turkey Stir Fry – So, who is ready for the easiest weeknight dinner ever? It’s easy, super fast, sneaks in loads of veggies, and is made with leanest protein out there… You guessed it right.

    This is one of the healthiest and tastiest bodybuilding meal prep ideas! Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand, make a quick homemade sauce out of your pantry, and sizzle your wok in minutes to make this healthy stir fry… all this in under 25 minutes!

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    26. Maafe (Senegalese Peanut Stew)


    Do you know you can actually cook with peanut butter? Yes, you can… the African way! This West African maafe, or mafe, is one of the creamiest and yummiest stews you will ever make in your kitchen.

    Your pot is going to be a combination of peanut butter richness, tangy tomato, aromatics and spices, and your choice of protein and veggies.

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    27. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    salmon with mango salsa

    Treat yourself to this delicious meal today… What if I tell you it’s healthy and easy (“under 30 minutes meal” easy), yet it would make you feel like you are on a date night or celebrating in some fancy restaurant.

    This moist, tender salmon has so many different layers of flavors. Tangy, lemony, buttery salmon flakes with a slight kick from our spice mix rub, combined with vibrant refreshing mango salsa. Every single bite, a salmon bliss!

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    28. Jamaican Curry Chicken

    jamaican curry chicken

    Jamaican Curry Chicken… Just three words: Simple, Bold and Flavorful.

    Chicken and potatoes, everyone’s favorite comfort food… Curry it!! You will be amazed how much flavor you get in every single bite. Bring home these fresh and delicious Caribbean flavors, they are extremely straightforward and easy to cook.

    Jamaican curry chicken is distinctively bright yellow in color, and after cooking low and slow it ends up melt in your mouth tender, full of Caribbean fresh herbs and spices.

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    29. Mediterranean Fish with Tomato and Olive Tapenade

    mediterranean fish

    Your favorite fish, in a Mediterranean avatar! Imagine a nice chunk of white fish, pan seared and top up with the goodness of this bright delicious tapenade.

    This looks and tastes like a gourmet entrée, straight from some fine restaurant. But you will be amazed how quick it all comes together and how little effort it demands.

    Bonus point – There are very few tasty things healthier than this Mediterranean style fish!

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    30. Shish Tawook

    shish tawook

    We’re giving you an excellent, very flavorful and NEW chicken skewer recipe for the summer time. Shish Tawook, with its roots in Lebanese and Turkish cuisine, ready to be grilled in your backyard!

    Shish Tawook is tender pieces of chicken that have been marinated in a rich mixture of yogurt, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and a blend of earthy, exotic spices to get those amazing flavors going on.

    Then its grilled beautifully golden-brown, with a slightly crispy exterior, yet tender and juicy from within.

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    31. Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    hawaiian pineapple chicken

    This one is for those lazy days. Or busy days. Or clueless, don’t know what to cook days. All it takes is a few minutes of your time sometime in the morning.

    This Hawaiian pineapple chicken is easy, dump and run slow cooking at its finest!

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    32. Moo Goo Gai Pan

    moo goo gai pan

    Moo Goo Gai Pan is a restaurant favorite, where thinly sliced chicken stir frys with mushrooms and other veggies in a simple, yet flavorful sauce.

    The next time those Chinese cravings hit, skip the takeout and try this easy 30 minute dish in your own kitchen!

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    33. Mexican Picadillo


    Imagine tender ground beef simmered in Latin flavorings, along with tomatoes and a good dose of veggies… that’s Mexican Picadillo for you!

    This quick and easy recipe is perfect for those nights when you want a nutritious and flavor packed meal on the table with minimal efforts.

    We love this tasty and versatile dish, and we think you will too!

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    34. Peri Peri Chicken

    peri peri chicken

    Peri Peri Chicken – the bird that dared to be bold! Born from a love affair between Portuguese adventurers and African chilies, Peri Peri Chicken (also known as “Pepper-Pepper” Chicken) has become the life of the global food party.

    Grill it or roast it, either way you’re in for a protein packed feast.

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    35. Indian Chicken Masala

    bowl of chicken masala alongside roti

    If you like big, bold flavors, this Indian Masala curry is for you. Unlike the cream laden restaurant curries, this homestyle masala is healthy.

    Make a big batch, and chow down all week long!

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    So many great bodybuilding meal prep ideas to try. Whether you’re bulking or cutting, there’s something on this list for everyone.

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    35 BEST Bodybuilding Meal Prep Ideas

    This collection of healthy Bodybuilding Meal Prep Ideas will help you get swole without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.


    • 1¼ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cut into bite sized chunks
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced into chunks
    • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced into chunks
    • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced into chunks
    • 1 yellow squash, halved and sliced
    • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
    • 1 carrot, sliced
    • 2 cups broccoli florets
    • 1/2 red onion, diced in chunks
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped or 1 tsp dried parsley
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1½ tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • parmesan cheese, for garnish


    1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Place the rack in the center of the oven.
    2. Lightly coat the sheet pan with nonstick spray.
    3. In a small bowl mix olive oil with garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, fresh parsley, red chili flakes, salt and pepper.
    4. Toss the marinade well with chicken and veggie pieces in a big bowl. Mix well so it is coated all over.
    5. Spread chicken and veggie in a single layer on greased sheet pan, and bake it for 30 minutes (see note). Broil if needed for a few minutes.
    6. Garnish with grated parmesan and serve immediately.

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