Do you always buy your lunch or grab take out on your way home? Try meal prepping! This is a great way to control portions, save money and time and reduce waste. These cold meal prep ideas and hot meal prep ideas will get you started and excited for your next meal.
All of these recipes either reheat well or are delicious cold, plus they last all week. These are the best meal prep ideas for the whole week!
What’s the benefit of meal prepping?
There are a few benefits to begin meal prepping. Meal prepping will save you time and money and get you excited for your next lunch. By meal prepping, you’ll only buy exactly what you need for your meals and you’ll save time by not having to search for a new recipe to try. Plus, it helps with a long work day when I know I have an awesome lunch to break up the day.
Meal Prep Tips and Tricks
After you check out these recipes, if you need some more tips to being successful check out my series on meal prep and how to get started.
Cold Lunch Meal Prep Ideas
These recipes are great if you have no access to a microwave or it’s too hot to cook! No heat meal prep recipes range from DIY adult lunchables to hearty salads.
DIY Adult Lunchables
DIY Adult Lunchables are quick and easy no heat work lunches. These fancy lunchables are perfect as a cold work lunch and are super easy to meal prep for the work week. A great unique meal prep idea to make you excited for lunch.
Tuscan Salad with Farro and Fig Tahini Dressing is hearty and flavourful, loaded with Mediterranean flavours, fibre and protein, and topped with a thick and creamy fig dressing! Add this salad to your meal prep routine for a filling lunch or dinner option.
This simple parfait breakfast meal prep is an easy and budget-friendly make ahead breakfast to get you through the week. Just a couple of ingredients and a couple of minutes gets you 4 days of breakfasts in a flash!
This chickpea quinoa mason jar salad is so fresh, delicious and filling! Chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, green onions, avocado, zucchini and lettuce, with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice – it just screams “Summer” and “Fresh”!
Italian sausage stuffed roasted eggplant is a low carb version of the traditional eggplant parmesan. Baked eggplant is stuffed with sauteed sausage and portobello mushrooms and topped with sauce and cheese to make a hearty and comforting dish for dinner or as a meal prep option without pasta.
Chicken Sausage Meal Prep Bowls is a great sheet tray recipe for meal prep! With minimal prep these chicken sausage, brussels sprouts and sweet potato bowls can be a quick and easy hot lunch meal prep for the whole week on a few sheet trays in the oven.
Freezer Friendly Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls for Meal Prep
Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls are a great way to use leftover pulled pork. This is an easy, freezer friendly meal prep for one or the whole family. Freeze the base and add fresh toppings right before eating for a delicious hot lunch or dinner meal prep option.
This easy Chinese chicken and broccoli stir fry recipe is perfect for meal prep for either lunch or dinner. Chicken and broccoli with oyster sauce goes great over rice; brown rice, cauliflower rice or quinoa.
Pressure cooker shredded buffalo chicken is paired with roasted cauliflower and a raw shredded brussel sprout salad to make an easy meal prep option. This low carb meal prep lunch idea has minimal active cooking and will last the whole week.