Our Favorite Meal Prep Recipes 

Meal prepping is a great way to eat healthier and save some money. Plus, making everything on one day saves your future self some time and thought. Put in a few hours on the weekend and reap the benefits all week.

Here are four recipes that will yield 10 (!) healthy and delicious meals. These recipes are veggie-forward with different kinds of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs from a variety of foods! 

On the menu

  • Nourishing Roasted Veggie Salad (2 meals)
  • Burrito Bowls with Ground Turkey (3 meals)
  • Sesame Tempeh Bowls (2 meals)
  • Spinach & Chicken Sausage Stuffed Peppers (3 meals)

Meal Prep Tips

 

Prepare grains together

These recipes call for two grains: rice and quinoa (Technically, quinoa is a seed, but it cooks, tastes, and acts like a grain so we’re going to call it a grain for our purposes here). Two of the recipes call for 1/2 cup quinoa each. Instead of cooking them separately, cook 1 cup and divide in half after cooking. This saves time and pots! You can do the same for the rice in the other two recipes. 

Roast veggies at the same time 

All of these recipes require some vegetable roasting to happen in a 450 degree oven. Easy peasy! Do all of the chopping ahead of time and roast everything together. You may need 2-3 baking sheets for this as you don’t want to crowd the veggies (they will steam instead of roast). 

Pre-pack garnishes

All of these recipes are designed to be re-heated. To preserve the integrity of garnishes (a lime wedge and a sprinkle of cilantro take a regular ol’ Burrito Bowl to the next level), pack them in small food storage containers or compostable zip-top bags so they don’t get fried and weird in the microwave. We suggest doing this packing ahead of time so you don’t forget when you’re packing your work or school bag. 

Questions? 

Email Christine! Her email is cciganovich@davisfood.coop. She can help make substitutions or give kitchen juggling guidance.