Eating healthy at work or school can be hard. When you’re already busy it’s very easy to stop by your nearest drive through or spend money on yet another meal delivered to your workspace. Instead of feeling guilty and eating unhealthy, make the commitment to start meal prepping! These easy meal prep ideas will have you saying ‘hello’ to eating healthy and saving time as well as goodbye to spending extra money.
If you’ve never meal prepped before, you might think meal prepping is all about eating salads out of a mason jar and other similar recipes. While this works for some, it’s certainly not the only impression you should have of the process. Planning your lunch ahead of time is more than just putting salads in Tupperware. It’s about giving yourself a healthy lunch that will be filling and will also be easy to put together.
If you’re still not convinced, here are some excellent benefits of meal prepping:
After reading through the top benefits of meal prepping, are you ready to get started? Some people when first starting out opt to partake in a meal prep challenge to keep them motivated. There is a wide variety of meal prep challenges, most of them consisting of challenging yourself to make a set number of prepped meals for a certain amount of weeks. Whether you want to set a challenge for yourself or simply see what meal prepping is all about, the first step is sometimes the hardest. That’s why we’ve added some friendly tips to help get you on your way to becoming an expert at meal prepping.
Here are some quick tips for getting started with meal prepping:
Now that you’re excited and ready to begin, here’s one last tip - using a pressure cooker or slow cooker to meal prep will save you even more time along the way! Through batch cooking, simply add in all the ingredients, walk away to do the rest of your weekend errands and when you’re done, your lunch for the week will be ready! You can also use a pressure cooker to cook rice perfectly every time or make lots of healthy veggies quickly and easily.
Here are lunch recipes using a crock pot or pressure cooker that are perfect for meal prep lunches!
This might be one of the easiest one pot recipes around. You’re able to saute the onions and garlic and cook the chicken all in the pressure cooker. Simply throw everything in and then enjoy the tender and flavorful chicken. Serve over rice.
Making rice bowls is a quick and easy way to meal prep your lunches. Consider this vegetarian-friendly rice bowl featuring flavorful spices that easily makes multiples servings. While you can serve the curry over white or brown rice, consider switching things up and using cauliflower rice. Try this easy Cauliflower Rice recipe using a pressure cooker.
Chicken meal prep recipes are always a favorite as they provide a good source of protein to keep you full throughout the work day. Not to mention, making chicken in the slow cooker is a sinch. Consider adding black beans or brown rice to make this an even healthier meal!
Who said eating vegetables had to be hard? This healthy and hearty crockpot recipe combines quinoa and a number of vegetables into a tasty lunch that’s so easy, you’ll find it might become your go-to favorite!
When the weather cools down, sometimes all we want is a comforting bowl of soup. This veggie filled soup, featuring yummy sausage, will hit the spot every time. You can also choose turkey or chicken sausage if you’re looking for a healthier option.
When you’re in the mood for some chinese food, try this orange chicken recipe that delivers the sweet and tangy flavors of orange chicken that you love. While traditionally served over rice, consider making lettuce wraps for a low carb option.
With just 5 ingredients, you’ll be on your way to a tasty and cheesy pasta that you’re sure to enjoy. This slow cooker recipe will quickly become one of your favorites!
This effortless recipe serves up big flavors thanks to the soy sauce and other tasty ingredients. Mix and match whatever veggies you have lying around the house for added ease.
You’ll be amazed at the flavors this seemingly easy recipe offers. The secret is that the pressure cooker cooks the pasta quickly, but with the results of a slow cooker, making it incredibly tasty and tender!
With a prep time of just 15 minutes, this recipe is full of warm flavors that makes a number of servings as well. The recipe shows you how to make your own enchilada sauce but if you’re really pressed for time, a store bought can of sauce will perfectly suffice.
Maybe one of the easiest recipes to make with a pressure cooker is fried rice. With a versatile recipe you can add whichever fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand so you can always change it up. Here’s a quick recipe that will be done in just 20 minutes including prep time!