delicious healthy meal prep recipes that you’ll love!

Today we are going to make meal prep easier for you with these healthy meal prep recipes that you can make, store, and enjoy throughout the week.

For some people meal prep is the ideal way to get started with a new eating regime, whether that’s for general health, weight loss or even to gain lean muscle mass. The recipes we will share with you today are generally very healthy recipes that you can batch prepare/cook, making them ideal meal prep recipes.

You can use these recipes if you are making for just yourself or the entire family.

And guess what, you can meal prep for any meal of the day. From simple smoothie bags ready for blitzing in the mornings to a frozen main course meal for dinner. the possibilities are as they say, endless.

What is meal prep?

Meal prep can be anything from simply writing down what meals you plan to eat throughout the day or week, to going full-on batch cooking for the week and storing your meals in containers ready for consumption day by day, meal by meal.

The idea of meal prep is to help get you out of eating bad and into the habit of eating healthily.

Why meal prep at all?

Eating healthy does come hard to a lot of people, including myself and Demi at certain times throughout the year. It’s just so easy to not eat healthily, we fall victim to eating bad and falling out of routine. Guilty!

Preparing our meals ahead of time is a great way to get out of bad habits and into new healthy ones.

You always want to be one meal ahead, always knowing what you are going to eat next and know that you have the means to attain that meal, whether that means you have the ingredients (although that doesn’t always mean you’ll make the meal) or you’ve made the meal and it’s in the fridge ready. Know what meal is coming next in your day will help you to avoid falling off the rails and eating unhealthily.

Ways to meal prep

You can meal prep day by day, making just the meals you need or week by week, making and storing meals in the fridge and freezer, or a combination of both.

It’s likely that a combination of both will be best in the short term and as you get better at adhering to your new diet you will be better at balancing what you eat and how you prep it.

The option is yours. Find what works for you and go with it.

Your aim is to make this a habit so that you naturally do it, that way you’ll consistently hit your goals.

How to start

Here’s your quick start guide to meal prep.

Step 1 – find recipes

Begin by finding some delicious and healthy recipes for the meal you are prepping for, breakfast lunch, dinner and of course snacks if you are having snacks.

We love to use Pinterest and Google search for healthy recipes.

Once you have found your recipes you will need to narrow down the recipes just for this week.

You don’t want to be making too many recipes and find that you have a lot of food waste or overwhelming choice.

We suggest choosing 1 or 2 recipes for lunch and dinner, if you are meal prepping for breakfast then again chose 1-2 recipes to begin with.

Step 2 – buy the ingredients

Once you’ve narrowed down your recipes for the week it’s time to make a grocery list and purchase your ingredients.

Step 3 – storage

You’ll also need to consider what you will store your meals in. We use reusable containers that are dishwasher and microwave safe.

On that list, you may want different sized containers and sandwich bags depending on what you are prepping for each meal.

A trail mix, for example, would fit nicely in a small Ziploc bag and a chicken salad would be better suited to a food storage container with a lid on.

If you don’t want to go out buying up all of the Tupperware then make do with what you have, but be sure that anything that isn’t sealed will perish sooner and will not store very well.

Step 4 – make your meals

Now it’s time to cook or prepare your meals. That bit is down to you. Hopefully, the meals you chose for the week are within your realms of expertise. Otherwise, this could be a stressful start to meal prep.

Beginning with simple meals will help reduce cooking times and increase your chances of sticking to the plan long term.

Decide how many meals of each recipe you are making, are you prepping 3 days ahead or 7.

Step 5 – storing the food

Once all of your meals are cooked and placed into their individual containers its time to store them properly. Food stored in the fridge generally lasts a few days, food in the freezer will last significantly longer. You can check how long food lasts refrigerated or frozen at stillstay.com.

And that’s it, now let’s dive into some tasty healthy recipes that would be ideal for batch cooking for meal prep.

Healthy meal prep recipes

The following recipes have been placed into groups to help you find recipes faster based on their main protein ingredient. Use the links below to quickly jump down to the section you desire.

Poultry

Along with fish, Chicken and Turkey are two of the leanest sources of animal protein that make for the ideal protein source if you are trying to stay lean or lose weight. Find some delicious and simple recipes here made with chicken or turkey.

Chicken

Do you love chicken? Get ready for some tasty meal prep recipes that will blow your mind!

Thai peanut chicken meal prep bowls

Get creative and try something new with this Thai peanut chicken recipe. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Get the recipe at fromvalerieskitchen.com.

Easy Slow Cooker White Bean Soup Recipe

This meal is a great winter warmer when served hot and is an easy recipe, pop it in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

Teriyaki chicken bowls

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe will do a good job of making you feel full. It’s full of veggies and carbs as well as being high in protein.

Get the recipe at cleanfoodcrush.com.

honey sriracha chicken and broccoli meal prep bowls

If you like a little kick then this Sriracha Chicken recipe will deliver. Sriracha sauce is slightly less potent than Tabasco sauce and has a nice taste to it.

Get the recipe at skinnytaste.com

Chopped Thai chicken salad

Try this easy chopped Thai Chicken salad with skinny peanut dressing, it’s an ideal lunch meal prep recipe that’s light, healthy, and tastes yummy.

Get the recipe at littlespicejar.com.

skinny chicken caesar salad

This is one of my go to lunch recipes, it’s just so easy to make and takes no time at all. It’s just so simple, love it.

Get the recipe at kirbiecravings.com.

greek chicken pasta salad meal prep

Another one of my favorites, being a quarter cyprian, I love Mediterranean dishes. They are so light, fresh and bold. And they remind me of being on holiday (vacation).

It’s also a good low carb option.

Get the recipe at thefitchen.com.

salsa chicken meal prep bowls

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

sweet chili chicken meal prep

Get the recipe at thegirlonbloor.com.

Pizza chicken meal prep

This is one interesting chicken recipe idea, pizza chicken! I doubt it will feel like you are eating a pizza but still, it’s a fun way to enjoy a healthy meal high in protein.

Get the recipe at mealpreponfleek.com.

maple dijon chicken thigh meal prep

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

greek chicken salad

Yummy! We love this recipe, we are not a fan of feta so we remove it and its still delicious. This is a must try and makes for the ideal lunch to take to work or college.

Get the recipe at primaverakitchen.com.

chicken fajita salad

Get the recipe at withpeanutbutterontop.com.

Greek chicken gyro bowls

Get the recipe at lecremedelacrumb.com.

honey lime chicken sheet pan chicken

Get the recipe at lifemadesweeter.com.

Southwest chicken burrito bowls

Get the recipe at jaroflemons.com.

Chicken fajitas

Get the recipe at myfoodstory.com.

Southwestern chopped chicken salad

Get the recipe at sweetpeasandsaffron.com.

Glazed chicken meal prep

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

grilled chicken tenders & Hummus

get the recipe at ihatemealprep.com.

Turkey

Turkey taco salad

Get the recipe at damndelicious.net.

Turkey kabab

Get the recipe at flavcity.com.

zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs

Get the recipe at damndelicious.net.

Korean turkey meal prep

Get the recipe at sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Turkey loaf and veg

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

red eat

Red meat is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12 which helps maintain healthy blood cells and helps make DNA, Zinc which is good for your immune system. And of course, it very high in protein. Beef is also an excellent source of iron.

It should be noted that you should try to limit your red meat consumption to 2-3 times a week as it is a fatty meat, is harder for your body to digest, and increased consumption may be linked to an increased risk of cardiac disease.

beef

Skirt steak meal prep

Get the recipe at flavcity.com.

cheeseburger meatloaf meal prep

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

chipotle beef bowls

Get the recipe at tastythin.com.

Korean beef bowls

Get the recipe at asweetpeachef.com.

Taco lunch bowls

Get the recipe at kristineskitchenblog.com.

Korean beef bowls

Get the recipe at wholekitchensing.com

taco bowls

Get the recipe at chelseasmessyapron.com.

fajita bowls with cauliflower rice

Get the recipe at kirbiecravings.com.

pork

pork and peanuts dragon noodle meal prep

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

Smokey roasted sausage and vegetables

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

easy pork carnitas meal prep

Get the recipe at eazypeazymealz.com.

One pan healthy sausage and veggies

Get the recipe at cheleasmessyapron.com.

Fish and Shellfish Recipes

Get some tasty fish and shellfish recipes ideas that you can meal prep ahead of time. Fish meal prep recipes.

As protein sources go, fish is up there with the best sources you could choose from. Shrimp is naturally very low in fat and carbs with less than 1g per 85g of fat and carbs with the rest being water and protein. Other fish such as Tuna, Halibut and salmon also make great choices that are very high in protein and low in saturated fat.

Fish is also a great source of heart-friendly omega 3 fatty acids which also benefit your brain! Oily fish such as Salmon, Seabass, and Mackerel contains the highest amount.

Shrimp

Shrimp fried rice meal prep

Get the recipe at damndelicious.net.

Grilled shrimp meal prep

Get the recipe at fitfoodiefinds.com.

easy lemon butter fish

Get the recipe at chewoutloud.com.

skinny bang bang zucchini noodles

Get the recipe at kirbiecravings.com.

BBQ shrimp and limey avocado

Get the recipe at cleanfoodcrush.com.

Salmon Recipes

honey garlic salmon lo mein

Get the recipe at iamafoodblog.com.

Garlic lemon butter salmon and asparagus meal prep

Get the recipe at eatwell101.com.

grilled salmon cobb salad

get the recipe at delightfulemade.com

Salmon cauliflower rice

Get the recipe at flavcity.com.

Cauliflower rice salmon poke

Get the recipe at mealpreponfleek.com.

Tuna Recipes

Tuna is great with salads, perfect for a light lunch or dinner on a hot summer day. Here are a few tasty Tuna salad recipes to try out.

tuna Salad

Get the recipe at chelseasmessyapron.com.

Tuna and white bean salad recipe

Get the recipe at budgetbytes.com.

Tuna Salad meal Prep

Get the recipe here at peanutbutterandfitness.com.

Breakfast and Egg Recipes

Meal prep is a great way to help you make your meals ahead of time, try these breakfast meal prep recipes to get you off to a great day.

Start your day off with a healthy breakfast. Prepare your breakfasts ahead of time with these healthy and tasty meal prep recipes.

Breakfast fruit and yogurt bistro meal prep

its breakfast and I want this, doesn’t it look delicious.

Get the recipe at number-2-pencil.com.

Ham, egg, and cheese breakfast quesadillas

High in protein, this is a very well balanced breakfast that will keep you nice and full for a few hours.

Get the recipe at damndelicious.net.

Breakfast meal prep

For one of those busier days when you know you won’t get another chance to eat for was while this breakfast recipe will keep hunger at bay while being nutritionally balanced.

Get the recipe at damndelicious.net

Meal prep egg muffins

These little egg muffins are great on the go as a snack or quick breakfast. They are also freezable, which is always a bonus.

Get the recipe at greatist.com.

DIY breakfast protein box

Keep up your morning protein intake with these DIY protein boxes that will surely last the entire morning.

Get the recipe at number-2-pencil.com.

Veggie loaded breakfast skillet

Get the recipe at mealplanaddict.com.

Chia pudding meal prep

These little breakfast pots are incredible. If you haven’t tried overnight oats or overnight chia puddings then you need to have a play. They are a super quick way to make a lot of breakfasts with many flavors that you can just grab in the morning. ]

Get the recipe at downshiftology.com.

Meal prep breakfast bowls

Make these egg and sausage breakfast bowls a few days ahead and simply reheat in the microwave.

Get the recipe at feedingmywolfpack.com.

Freezer smoothie packs

Love a smoothie? We do, get a healthy kick from these smoothie packs. Make them up, pop them into separate bags, freeze them and then blitz them up into yummy smoothies when the time is right. ideal for breakfast or just when you fancy a smoothie!

Get the recipes at dontwastethecrumbs.com.

paleo breakfast bowls

Get the recipe here at paleorunningmomma.com.

Chickpea quinoa salad with eggs

Get the recipe at eatwell101.com.

vegan Meal Prep Recipes

Meal prep gone vegan, here are some tasty and simple vegan meal prep recipes to help you maintain a healthy balanced diet.

If you don’t eat meat or animal products and follow a plant-based diet then here are some tasty plant-based meal prep recipes to keep you going throughout the week.

vegan BBQ tempeh meal prep Bowls

Get the recipe at fitmittenkitchen.com.

meal-prep quinoa burrito bowls

Get the recipe at simplyquinoa.com.

grilled veggies and black bean bowls

Get the recipe at sweetpeasandsaffron.com.

sweet and sour mushrooms and rice

Get the recipe at mealpreponfleek.com.

Pineapple BBQ tofu bowls

Get the recipe here at sweetpeasandsaffron.com.

Vegan high protein meal prep

Get the recipes at avantgardevegan.com.

Med chickpea salad

Get the recipe at chelseasmessyapron.com.

cold sesame seed noodle meal prep

Get the recipe here at sweetpeasandsaffron.com.

sweet potato fajitas and rice

Get the recipe at thefitchen.com.

Health Snack Meal Prep Ideas

Cinnamon apple protein bites

Get the recipe at mealpreponfleek.com.

bacon jalapeno poppers

Get the recipe at mealonfleek.com.

meal prep veggie snack boxes

Get the recipe at ihatemealprep.com.

roasted red pepper hummus snack boxes

Get the recipe at mealpreponfleek.com.

on the go healthy protein packs

Get the recipe here.

healthy meal prep snake ideas

Get the recipe at quic-kandeasyrecipes.blogspot.com

Protein balls 5 ways

Get the recipe here at thegirlonbloor.com

So there you have it, enough healthy meal prep recipes to keep you busy in the kitchen for a long time. 

Remember to keep looking for new recipes to keep yourself inspired. 

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