Real Whole Food Meal Prep: 13 Recipes to Make Ahead

Real Whole Food Meal Prep: 13 Recipes to Make Ahead

I am a huge fan of weekly meal prep.

Each week I set aside some time (usually Sunday/Wednesday) to meal prep the following days lunches. I also tend to choose week night meals that lend themselves well to freezing and eating as left overs. For example, I’ll make extra stew in the slow cooker and freeze the leftover to eat one night the following week.

I hate to spend too much time in the kitchen. Therefore most things I choose are simple and quick to prepare and almost always taste great as left overs!

If you’re new to meal prep start small and keep it simple. Develop some staples that you are happy to eat on a regular basis. Then keep it interesting by serving those staples with a variety of vegetables and salads each week.

Here are some of favourite go to meal prep recipes to get you inspired!

Lentil and Cashew Loaf by Healthy Home Cafe

Packed with seeds and nuts, this recipe provides healthy fats, fibre and protein. Great for vegan and meat eaters alike. I freeze meal size portions and then add some kale and before re-heating in the microwave at work.

Meal Prep: Lentil and Cashew Loaf by Healthy Home Cafe
Lentil and Cashew Loaf by Healthy Home Cafe

Kelp Noodle Pots by Deliciously Ella

This is one of my favs! Easy to create variety from day-to-day and keep it interesting. As my protein source I alternate between tempeh or marinated tofu, thinly sliced omelette or left over roast chicken or beef.

Kelp Noodle Pots by Deliciously Ella
Photo: Deliciously Ella

Sizzle & Spice Leek Chickpeas by Abel & Cole

This one is so easy and keeps refrigerated for a couple of days. Chickpeas provide fibre and protein and the spring onions and leeks are a great source of prebiotics. Add rocket, cherry tomatoes and goats feta for quick lunches or dinners.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Lentil Soup by Show Me The Yummy

I love my slow cooker and use it several times a week, even in summer! This soup freezes well and I like to add a few handfuls of spinach after re-heating for added greens.

Slow Cooker Chicken Lentil Soup
Photo: Show Me The Yummy

Overnight Oats by Wholefully

You really can’t go past overnight oats when you’re doing meal prep. Great for breakfasts on the run.

Overnight Oats by Wholefully
Photo: Wholefully

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks by Jules Food

I really love this one because it’s so simple and cooks while you’re at work – just add some steamed veg and mashed sweet potato when you get in the door.  You can also keep the left over broth for soups – add some greens and lentils and you’ve got a second meal sorted!

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks by Jules Food
Photo: Jules Food

Carnitas Burrito Bowls by Fit Foodie Finds

This a take on the popular Buddha Bowl concept – protein, veg, whole-grains and healthy fats. Well balanced, easy and tasty.

Cannellini Bean Stew by Deliciously Ella

A really quick, week night meal option which can be frozen into portions for meal prep and tastes great re-heated.

Cannellini Bean Stew by Deliciously Ella
Photo: Deliciously Ella

Easy Lamb Curry by The Roasted Root

Curry is another slow cooker favourite in my house. Packed full of anti-inflammatory spices – serve with a side of steamed greens to make sure you get your five a day.

Easy Lamb Curry by The Roasted Root
Photo: The Roasted Root

Asian Pork Meatballs by Every Last Bite

These meat balls are so quick and easy, great for mid-week food prep. Pair with Asian Slaw by Flour On My Face.

Asian Pork Meatballs by Every Last Bite
Photo: Every Last Bite

Asian Slaw by Flour On My Face

Asian Slaw by Flour On My Face
Photo: Flour On My Face

Quinoa Bread by The Whole Daily

If you’re looking for a healthier (and much tastier) alternative to the usual store bought gluten free bread options, this quinoa bread is so easy to make and is high in fibre and protein. Slice and then freeze in portions.

Quinoa Bread The Whole Daily
Photo: The Whole Daily

Muffin Tin Baked Eggs by Lauren Hefez

Great idea for breakfast on the go.

Muffin Tin Baked Eggs by Lauren Hefez
Photo: Lauren Hefez
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