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    The 40 BEST Meal Prep Recipes

    Looking for some great Meal Prep Recipes? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled this list of easy and healthy make ahead meals for you.

    Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have some great recipes for you. Make your life easier and healthier by prepping your meals ahead of time!

    How to Meal Prep

    1. Plan – Figure out which recipes you will be prepping and how many servings you will be making, then make a shopping list.
    2. Shop – One of the great things about meal prep is how much money you can save. No more buying a head of broccoli on impulse and letting it go bad in the fridge. Everything is bought for a specific purpose.
    3. Get containers – If you don’t already have them, you’ll need containers to store your individual portions in. We prefer glass containers, but plastic one will work as well.
    4. Prepare your meals – Cook your chosen healthy meal prep recipe and portion it into containers.
    The 40 BEST Meal Prep Recipes.

    1. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Lets start this Meal Prep Recipe list with this super simple pasta salad. You can make a huge batch of this colorful pasta and you are all set for all week’s light and healthy lunches. You can very easily customize this pasta salad with whatever veggies or pantry staples you can find.

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    2. Meal Prep Chicken

    This is simply brilliant! You can prep your chicken for the entire week. Use delicious orange chicken marinade like orange chicken and make this super simple meal prep chicken..

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    3. Sesame Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

    Meal Prep Sesame Chicken Bowls! This is your thing to look forward to when you want meals on the table without slaving too much on the stove. Great to take it in school lunch boxes too…

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    4. Kung Pao Chicken

    This is a perfect meal prep option if you feel like Chinese lunches or dinners. Make a huge batch of this sweet, savory and spicy Kung Pao Chicken and simply load it on some jasmine or basmati rice in your containers.

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    5. Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl

    Everything you need for a complete meal, all in a single bowl! It’s my Summer Detox Chicken Buddha Bowl!! This healthy meal has delicious chicken, sweet potatoes, chick peas, kale, brussels sprouts and quinoa all drizzled with tahini dressing. Tasty and healthy…

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    6. Korean Ground Beef Bowl

    This Korean Ground Beef Bowl has just the right combination of sweet, salty, umami and just a touch of spicy. Try it when you crave some Asian flavors, or just need something super quick! Great Asian meal prep idea.

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    7. 15-Minute Ground Turkey Stir Fry Meal Prep

    This Ground Turkey Stir Fry is excellent meal prep recipe and can be made super fast. You can pack them up either on cauliflower rice for a low carb meal prep option, or it’s great with regular rice too. Great in lettuce wraps too.. You have so many different meal ideas with this ground turkey meal prep.

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    8. Thai Cashew Chicken meal prep

    Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture. Make a huge batch and divide into meal prep containers with rice, fried rice or noodles for all future lunches.

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    9. Crock Pot Barbacoa Pork

    Super easy, Super tasty and Super versatile. Make a huge batch and you are all set for multiple meals for next few days. Try in tacos, burrito bowls, nachos or use your own creativity!

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    10. Moo Shu Chicken Meal Prep

    Moo Shu Chicken… All ready to get wrapped up or served on a bed of rice. This is one colorful Chinese stir fry loaded with bold sweet, savory and umami flavors. Make this Asian restaurant classic right in your kitchen in about 20 minute and prepped for the entire week!!!

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    11. Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

    Now these Sweet Chili Chicken Bowls really looks very inviting. They are packed with jasmine rice, bean sprouts, veggies and of course delicious sweet and a little spicy chicken. What a great make-ahead lunch idea!

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    12. Moroccan Lentil Soup

    Give your regular lentils an exotic makeover with this delectable soup. The warm and flavorful combination of Moroccan spices will forever change your idea of a bowl of lentils. Make a big batch so you can slurp it away for a few days.

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    13. The BEST Mongolian Beef

    Mongolian Beef – Melt in your mouth tender strips of beef stir fried in a silky velvety sauce. You can stir fry this in less time than a trip to the takeout place! Or for other options, try the crock pot or instant pot methods.

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    14. Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto

    This gorgeous Tortellini Pasta Salad is one dish that looks as great as it tastes. It’s so quick and easy, making it an ideal easy meal prep option. Some days it’s just mixing everything in a bowl…

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    15. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

    This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely Irresist-A-Bowl! Tender juicy chicken, glistening in tasty sauce, alongside Asian coleslaw and creamy avocado. All atop a bed of hot rice. Yum! This meal is ideal for your make ahead dinner options.

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    16. Flank Steak Fajitas

    These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy option when that Mexican food craving hits. Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for a fun meal with this one!

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    17. Meaty Cabbage Soup

    This hearty, meaty cabbage soup is the perfect one pot dinner. It’s loaded with protein and healthy veggies. Cook it in the crock pot, instant pot or on stove top, it’ll turn out great every time!

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    18. Beef Kheema (Indian Ground Beef with Peas)

    If you’re craving for some curry time, this Indian ground beef with peas is super simple to make with just few Indian staple ingredients. Make a big batch and pack it up over basmati rice for your next week’s dinner or lunches.

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    19. Mediterranean Pasta

    Looking for some meatless meal prep ideas? This Mediterranean Pasta is your answer. Super simple and easy and yet it looks gorgeous and taste awesome!

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    20. Ropa Vieja

    This Ropa Vieja, Cuba’s national dish, is slow cooked tender shredded beef in an amazingly flavorful sauce. So good! We have methods for stovetop, slow cooker and instant pot so you can cook it however you want!

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    21. Meal Prep Cajun Shrimp and Veggies

    This easy Meal Prep shrimp recipe with veggies is a spicy one-pan recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes and is perfect for meal prepping! It’s low carb and paleo too.

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    22. Egg Roll Soup

    This Egg Roll Soup is everything you dream about in your beloved egg roll, but in a cozy, delicious soupified way. You wouldn’t mind eating it for multiple days…

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    23. Chile Verde

    Chile Verde – Melt in your mouth tender pork chunks in a flavorful, spicy tomatillo sauce. It’s a great winter warmer, but it’s so good you’ll want it all year long! Make a huge batch and you can have it in so many ways… in your burritos, tacos, taco bowls or over rice!

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    24. Crack Chicken

    This addictingly delicious Crack Chicken is loaded with creamy cheesy goodness. And it’s topped with bacon! This easy recipe is equally great in the crockpot or instant pot.

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    25. Meal Prep Buffalo Chicken Wrap

    These Buffalo Chicken Wraps are a great lunch meal prep. This is ideal for all your kiddies’ lunch boxes, too. Easy and delicious!

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    26. 15-Minute Egg Roll in a Bowl

    If you try this one time, you will always come back to this easy meal prep idea for all your lunches or dinners. Simple ground pork with aromatics like ginger and garlic with veggies like carrots and cabbage and some Asian staple ingredients and BAM… great tasting meal in no time!

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    27. Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs

    These Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs are sweet, spicy and full of flavor! They also take less than 30 minutes to make and are perfect for weekly meal prep!

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    28. Italian Sausage and Veggie Bowls

    These Italian Sausage and Veggie Bowls are roasted with Italian herbs, served with Parmesan orzo, and perfect for easy meal prep for the week ahead. It can be customizable to any other veggies of your choice.

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    29. Breakfast Egg Muffins 3 Ways (Meal Prep)

    Breakfast egg muffins 3 ways are low carb, filling and perfect for meal prep. Spinach, tomato & mozzarella… bacon and cheddar… and garlic, mushroom & peppers. Make these mini frittata look-a-likes ahead of time and keep them refrigerated for that grab & go quick breaky.

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    30. Meal Prep Low Carb Big Mac Salad Jars

    Can be cheeseburgers be healthy? Sure they can! Binge on this Low carb Big Mac salads without any guilt. These mason jar hacks are great for meal prep and looks so inviting!

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    31. Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

    These chicken burrito bowls are healthy and delicious. You can make this chicken burrito bowl happen in just 1 hour. It’s loaded with meat, rice, beans, fajita veggies and even has toppings like guacamole, sour cream and salad. Sound good?

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    32. Sheet Pan Chicken Tinga Bowls

    These Chicken Tinga Bowls are the BEST! Made in just 15 minutes, all on a sheet pan. Make a huge batch and you can have them in tacos, burritos or taco bowls…

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    33. Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

    Greek chicken meal prep bowls with are loaded with beautifully flavored chicken, Greek salad, tzatziki and pita bread. A delicious meal prep option.

    Get the Recipe @ sweetpeasandsaffron

    34. Healthy Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

    This Healthy Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies recipe is full of colorful veggies like bell peppers, brussels sprouts and butternut squash. It’s easy, delicious and perfect for meal prep.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    35. Fiesta Chicken Rice Bowls

    Looking for a unique and delicious meal prep idea? Look no further than these fiesta chicken rice bowls. Made with chicken, rice, bell peppers, and Mexican spices, these fajita-inspired chicken rice bowls are just meant to cook in bulk and spread over the days.

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    36. 5 Make-Ahead Fruit & Greek Yogurt Parfait

    Greek yogurt layered with fruits and topped with granola, 5 WAYS!! Make it ahead of time and you have a quick grab and go breakfast ready in your refrigerator any time…

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    37. Freezer Breakfast Burritos

    Now this is another brilliant meal prep idea that you can whip up during the weekend for all your weekly breakfast needs. These breakfast burritos are loaded with eggs, beans, tater tots and cheese. They can be frozen a month ahead in individual servings, wrapped in aluminum foil. No more skipping breaky time anymore.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    38. Chicken Shawarma Bowl

    This bowl is full of juicy, perfectly spiced chicken, cauliflower tabbouleh and Kalamata olives all drizzled with delicious tahini sauce. So good!

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    39. Meal Prep Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs

    Meal Prep Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs are cheesy, juicy and so flavorful! These meal prep chicken meatballs are flavored with garlic, cheese, and spices and this meal is extremely easy to put together.

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    40. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

    Meal prep the easiest crock pot teriyaki chicken recipe with stir-fried veggies and white rice and you are all set with great tasting meal for days.

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    So many meal prep recipes! You’ll be all set for make ahead breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

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    40 BEST Ways to Meal Prep

    This great collection of make-ahead Meal Prep Recipes will help you eat healthier, cheaper and more convenient! We especially love this pasta salad:


    Pasta Salad

    • 1 lb pasta such as rotini, penne or farfalle
    • 1  green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 cup carrots, chopped
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
    • 1 cup garbanzo beans
    • 8 oz crumbled feta cheese


    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
    • 1 tsp pepper or to taste
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 Tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
    • 2 Tbsp oregano fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried oregano)
    • 2 Tbsp basil fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried basil)
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


    1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Add salt to your water, at least 2 tbsp of salt.  After draining your pasta add a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.
    2. In a small bowl or jar add all the dressing ingredients together and whisk well. If using a jar, put the lid on and close it, then shake well.
    3. Toss all salad ingredients together, mix in dressing. Chill before serving.


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