Are you looking for ways to lose weight without sacrificing delicious meals? We have you covered with these 30 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas for Weight Loss!
Not only will you save time by getting your meals ready in advance, but having a filling and nutritious meal already prepared means no more snacking on unhealthy processed food!
With these great meal prep ideas, you’ll feel confident taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle and achieving your weight-loss goals.
Healthy Meal Prep Ideas:
1. Meal Prep Chicken (Orange Chicken)
We are beginning our stunning list with our all-time favorite Meal Prep Chicken recipe. It’s bursting with amazing flavors and can make you delicious dinners throughout the week.
This recipe uses basic pantry ingredients to make the sticky orange garlic teriyaki sauce that gives this chicken delicious flavor. It takes just 20 minutes to get onto your table.
You can serve this tasty dish with endless variations, making a new meal for your family every time. So make it in bulk, and enjoy!
2. Sheet Pan Chicken
Trying to eat healthily and need an effortlessly delicious recipe? Make this Sheet Pan Chicken recipe that’s loaded with colorful veggies and amazing flavors.
It’s super simple to make. Just season your chicken bites and veggies in the zesty herb marinade and cook on a sheet pan for 30 minutes, and you are good to go!
This low-carb recipe is super customizable and great for meal prepping with many options for future lunches.
2. Jerk Shrimp
Give your shrimp an amazing Jamaican twist with this Jerk Shrimp recipe! One bite, and you will experience perfectly smoky, zesty, spicy, sweet, and tangy flavors.
This recipe is super quick to make. Just marinate the shrimp using pantry-friendly ingredients, and cook it on the stove or grill.
There are many variations of this recipe, so make a huge batch and try them all to make this meal delicious every time!
3. Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Take a break from heavy meals and try these light and nutritious Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers! We are sure you will want to make them again and again.
These colorful bell peppers are filled with hearty wild rice, sweet cherry tomatoes, briny olives, pine nuts, and plenty of seasonings. They are bursting with Mediterranean flavors you will instantly become a fan of.
This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can easily be keto-friendly by swapping it with cauliflower rice. Be sure to try this healthy and flavorful dish!
4. Chicken Stir-Fry
Try this version of Chicken Stir-Fry when you crave Asian flavors. It’s more flavorful, colorful, and nutritious.
This super easy recipe is loaded with veggies and chicken bites tossed together in stir-fry sauce, making this it taste incredible. All of this is ready in just 20 minutes!
It’s a healthy, tasty, and protein-packed stir fry that’s a great contender for prepping meals in advance. It will satisfy all of your cravings without guilt!
5. Firecracker Salmon
This healthier Firecracker Salmon recipe is a classic restaurant-worthy dish that you can easily make at home.
This 20-minute recipe is amazingly easy to make and uses amazing Asian sauces to make the salmon super delicious.
Serve with carrots, broccoli, and rice on the side to make a hearty family meal. Everyone will devour this new favorite salmon dinner for sure!
6. Ground Turkey Stir-Fry
Looking for a new stir-fry recipe to your repertoire? Try this super healthy and tasty Ground Turkey Stir-Fry!
This fast and easy dish is loaded with veggies and lean protein, which are tossed in super flavorful homemade stir-fry sauce, making it taste amazing.
Make a large batch as it’s great for meal prepping, so you can easily plan your lunches with rice, noodles, or lettuce wraps to make a healthy meal. Enjoy!
7. Mediterranean Pasta
This Mediterranean Pasta will be your new favorite weeknight meatless meal. It’s loaded with great flavors and is ready in just 20 minutes!
Boil the pasta, chop a few ingredients, mix , and your pasta is ready! The simple combination of ingredients gives so much flavor to this healthy meal.
This light and refreshing dish is perfect for busy weeknights but is also fancy enough for special occasions. Try it!
Make this Caponata for a new favorite summer appetizer dish that will impress your crowd. This caponata is an explosion of flavors!
Eggplant is cooked with fresh summer veggies, sweet raisins, honey, briny capers, olives, and vinegar, making it an additive dish.
Served with crostini or crunchy bread, or you can serve with roasted meat, salads, sandwiches, and much more. Make it ahead of time and create different meal combinations!
9. Hibachi Chicken
Get the Japanese Steakhouse culinary experience at home with this awesome Hibachi Chicken recipe.
Bite-size chicken is coated in just two ingredients, butter and soy sauce, and then quickly seared over high heat, delivering the best flavors. It’s simple, delicious, and fast.
Follow these tips and tricks to make a crackling Hibachi-style meal. Serve hibachi-style with sautéed veggies and fried rice with yum yum sauce. You will love this Hibachi recipe!
10. Paneer Jalfrezi
Want to make a meatless meal? Try this popular dish from India, Paneer Jalfrezi.
It’s similar to stir-fry but with Indian flavors and spices. Easy stir-fry veggies and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) are tossed in spiced onion tomato gravy, turning it into a fantastic dish.
This flavorful dish is served with roti, paratha, and naan, but it tastes great with rice too. Leftovers pair well with pita pockets or stuffed in burritos. Make a huge batch to for many tasty meals throughout the week!
11. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These delicious Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a great weight-watcher-friendly recipe. They’re full of amazing flavors and are made at home quickly and easily.
Try this fantastic chicken and make a huge batch. It refrigerates and freezes well, so you can plan your meals ahead and make many healthy family meals.
12. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)
Looking for something a lighter comforting meal? Try this Greek dish, Fasolada, or White Bean Soup.
This robust white bean soup is simmered with everyday aromatics like onions, garlic, tomatoes, celery, and the magical ingredient, olive oil, which completely takes this soup to the next level of deliciousness.
You will love this velvety, creamy Greek soup. It’s super satisfying, especially on colder nights.
13. Pork Stir-Fry
This Pork Stir Fry is yet another delicious stir-fry dish to try. Follow this recipe to know the secret of making it perfectly restaurant worthy.
To make the pork melt-in-your-mouth tender, you need to use the velveting cooking method and then simply toss it with other veggies in super tasty stir-fry sauce, and it’s done!
It’s a quick and easy recipe perfect for busy weeknights.
14. Greek Chicken Souvlaki
This Greek Chicken Souvlaki is just the recipe for when you want something simple yet delicious. It’s a super healthy and flavorful dish.
Bite-size chicken chunks are marinated with lemon juice, oregano, and garlic, then grilled, baked, or cooked on the stovetop to juicy perfection.
You can make a big batch of this to make hearty meals for days. Enjoy this Mediterranean goodness!
15. Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup
This Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup recipe is a healthy and delicious makeover of the classic chicken noodle soup.
This soup is loaded with your favorite flavors and ingredients. It’s fun to make and super satisfying to savor.
Just give this winter delight or get-well-soon soup a try, and we’re sure you will always make this version of chicken noodle soup!
16. Hunan Shrimp
This Hunan Shrimp recipe is yet another wonderfully quick and easy weeknight family dinner.
These fiery, spicy, sticky, sweet, and savory flavors all come from Asian staple ingredients that make the shrimp and your favorite veggies outstanding.
Grab your chopsticks and savor this incredible, meal-prep-friendly Hunan Shrimp with your favorite side dish for a healthy meal.
17. Pinchos (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)
Add Puerto Rican flavors to your upcoming grilling season with this famous street food, popularly known as Pinchos, or Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers.
The flavorful marinade made with a few simple Latin ingredients makes these chicken cubes so delicious. Just grill the chicken to juicy perfection and slather it with BBQ sauce to make it extra scrumptious.
Nothing can beat these flavors and aromas! These skewers will be an instant hit with your family and friends.
18. Chicken Tacos (Mexican Street Style)
Food doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. Sometimes the simplest things have the best flavors, and this healthy Chicken Taco recipe is a great example.
These Mexican street tacos are made with simple marinated juicy chicken cooked to tender perfection. Topping them with chopped onions, cilantro, and lime makes these tacos even more amazing.
Make a huge batch of this marinated chicken so you can use it to make more classic Mexican dishes. Enjoy!
Make this classic French Ratatouille at home with the help of this simple yet stunning recipe.
The melt-in-your-mouth chunks of cooked eggplants, zucchini, and yellow squash in flavorful tomato sauce with fresh herbs and lots of olive oil make a delicious meal of your summer veggies.
It’s healthy, vegan, and fits most dietary lifestyles. Serve with crispy bread and a glass of wine. Everyone, even hard-core meat lovers, will love it.
20. Shrimp Foil Packets with Summer Veggies
Searching for easy camping meals or cookout meals? Try these Shrimp Foil Packets with Summer Veggies.
These packets consist of juicy shrimp and your favorite summer veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers, all seasoned generously and given a good splash of olive oil. Seal them and throw them into the campfire, grill, or oven.
They will come out so delicious that everyone will absolutely love them, and they’re super fun to make with your loved ones. Enjoy!
21. Ground Turkey Tacos
Add this Ground Turkey Tacos recipe to your Taco Tuesday collection. It’s a fun, hand-held treat that gets ready in no time!
This healthier, lighter version of tacos is loaded with amazingly delicious flavors of ground turkey and your favorite Mexican toppings, making a great family meal.
Once you make the ground turkey, you can make many other dishes to give your family something new and flavorful every night. So when you have lots of ground turkey, plan your meals with this recipe.
22. Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
These Teriyaki Chicken Skewers will make a great appetizer for future summer get-togethers, parties, or other outdoor events.
Just make the flavorful homemade Teriyaki marinade, and you can do everything else with ease. Grill or pan-sear the skewers however you like.
It’s an economical and convenient meal that can feed a large crowd and is amazing for meal prepping.
23. Vietnamese Chicken Salad
This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is a vibrant bowl that’s loaded with sweet and umami flavors and an amazing crunchy texture. Its also known as Gỏi Gà Bắp Cải.
In a large bowl, mix fresh veggies, herbs, and cooked shredded chicken and drizzle with sweet, spicy, and tangy Nuoc Cham dressing, which makes the salad delicious. Don’t forget to add peanuts!
It certainly is not your usual chicken salad recipe, but it’s packed with the goodness of Vietnamese flavors that you don’t want to miss.
24. Moroccan Lentil Soup
Spice up your boring lentil soup with this Moroccan Lentil Soup recipe, and introduce new flavors to your family.
This recipe will help you make the thickest, creamiest, and heartiest soup using veggies and pantry staple ingredients. The add-ons make this bowl simply epic.
Be sure to make a huge bowl of this healthy lentil soup. The leftovers taste just as delicious the next day, and it’s a great meal prep option. We’re sure you will love this cozy soup.
25. Cauliflower Peas Masala
This Cauliflower Peas Masala will be your new go-to recipe when you crave a vegetarian or vegan meal.
This amazingly easy recipe is full of simple and flavorful Indian spices, and the tangy sweet sauce gives your boring cauliflower and peas a delicious twist.
It’s great with roti, naan, paratha, or rice, or you can make a veggie wrap or add it to a Buddha bowl. Get ready to experiment with this superb dish!
26. Chicken Shawarma
Give your taste buds a treat with this easy recipe for Chicken Shawarma. The flavors and aromas from the perfect blend of Middle Eastern spices are amazing.
Marinate your chicken in a flavorful marinade made by mixing shawarma seasonings, olive oil, and lemon juice, and then grill it to juicy perfection. That’s it!
Serve with whatever toppings you like, and make this classic shawarma at home. Everyone will love it so much that you will have to make other delicious dishes with it.
27. Kung Pao Chicken
Ditch your takeout and make your own Chinese Kung Pao Chicken at home to impress everyone.
This classic has a perfect combination of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors. The dried chilies give an extra punch of flavor to the marinade for restaurant-style quality.
It’s a quick, easy, and delicious meal that everyone will enjoy!
28. Baked BBQ Chicken
Enjoy these classic barbeque flavors from the comfort of your kitchen with this Baked BBQ Chicken thigh recipe.
This perfectly tender, juicy chicken with a sticky barbeque glaze is simply irresistible, and you won’t be able to get enough of it.
There’s no need to fire up your grill. This baked version will satisfy all your BBQ cravings every time. Enjoy!
29. Coq au Vin
Coq au Vin is a gourmet French dish. Make it at home with this incredibly delicious and surprisingly easy recipe.
The chicken is braised in red wine gravy with herbs, veggies, and aromatics, making it especially outstanding.
It’s so flavorful and rich that it’s great to serve for any special occasion or holiday. People will rave about this French delight. It’s a must-try recipe if you are a fan of classy dishes.
30. Kofta Kebab
We are ending our ultimate list of Healthy Meal Prep Recipes with an exotic Kofta Kebab recipe. We guarantee everyone will devour this Kebab platter.
These juicy kebabs are full of bold, herby, and earthy spiced flavors that make them super delectable. Just follow this easy recipe to make these amazing kebabs.
They are a great contender for meal prepping ahead of time for future meals, and it’s an awesome crowd-pleasing dish. It’s a win-win recipe!
Try all our favorite recipes for make-ahead meals to impress your loved ones and make delicious meals at home. Enjoy!
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- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken 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
- Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Place the rack in the center of the oven.
- Lightly coat the sheet pan with nonstick spray.
- In a small bowl mix olive oil with garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, fresh parsley, red chili flakes, salt and pepper.
- Toss the marinade well with chicken and veggie pieces in a big bowl. Mix well so it is coated all over.
- 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.
- Garnish with grated parmesan and serve immediately.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 395Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 97mgSodium 1024mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 40g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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