Sometimes, the demands on our days can be pretty unreal – crazy work days, school related activities, family, friends, fitness – and these activities often spill over into the night, leaving very little to no time to cook! However, meal prepping is the perfect antidote to this, and its benefits span far more than just saving you time! Meal prepping helps you manage your money, be more mindful of calories and to be diligent in planning out your week in advance. Whats not to like about meal prepping? Below are 12 incredible dinner ideas that will make your week day meals easy breezy and delicious!

1. Honey Lime Chicken Sheet Pan With Asparagus + Video

This Easy Honey Lime Chicken Sheet Pan recipe is the perfect easy dinner for busy weeknights. Best part of all, made in just ONE sheet pan and full of tender asparagus and broccoli. Best of all, is great for weekly Sunday meal prep or leftovers are great for lunch bowls for work or school.Sourced from Life Made Sweeter

If you’re strapped for time, you’ll absolutely LOVE this delicious and healthy one-pan chicken dish. It literally only takes 10 mins to prep and can be accompanied by so many complementary sides such as pasta, rice or potatoes to add even more variety throughout the week!

2. Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan + Video

Sourced from Life Made Sweeter

Another winner from Life Made Sweeter, this Chinese inspired cashew chicken is the perfect alternative to takeout. This recipe is also great if you have kids who love cashews but hate vegetables, as the nuts will steal the show and make eating the veggies a no-brainer.

3. Slow Cooker Sweet And Sour Chicken + Video

Sweet and Sour Chicken is perfect for an easy weeknight mealSourced from Life Made Sweeter

Sweet and sour chicken is just one of those dishes that is so lovable whether you fall on the sweet or savory tooth side of the aisle. This mouthwatering and flavorful dish is much healthier than many takeout versions as there is no deep frying involved here but rather, the chicken is coated in cornstarch. Additionally, paleo-friendly alternatives are provided!

4. One Pan Healthy Chicken and Veggies

One Pan Healthy Chicken and Veggies - a great healthy way to meal prep for the week! I via chelseasmessyapron.comSourced from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Sheet pan meals are really the best because you can get a variety of items on there that would individually take ages to cook! Healthy meals don’t have to be expensive or hard to cook. This meal proves that.

One of the struggles that people looking to adopt a healthier food regimen sometimes point to is that they don’t have the time to do the healthy lifestyle. It can seem time consuming to blend, read labels, shop for bargains on healthy items but as Chelsea mentions here, the no1 way to succeed in eating healthy is to be prepared. Preparation is everything – make meals in advance, including snacks and you will no doubt avoid the urge to grab the next unhealthy item that’s within reach!

5. Skinny Bang Bang Zucchini Noodles

bang-bang-zucchini-noodles-meal-prep-6Sourced from Kirbie Cravings 

 

Zucchini noodles are such a great alternative out there to pasta. The secret to this recipe is in the sauce – the bang bang sauce, that really brings a great flavor to the dish with its unique mix of Sriracha sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce and lime juice.

6. One Pot Taco Zucchini Noodles

One Pot Taco Zucchini NoodlesSourced from Kirbie Cravings 

If you’re looking for a tasty, low carb, gluten free dinner option, this healthy one pot taco zucchini noodles dish is a sure win! An easy and quick meal to prepare, this dish cuts out excess carbs by replacing regular spaghetti with zucchini noodles and substitutes ground turkey for ground beef.

Zoodles are a great way to eat healthy and clean!

7. Best Fried Rice

Chinese Fried Rice makes the perfect easy weeknight dish. With the most authentic flavors! My father was the head chef at a top Hong Kong Chinese restaurant and this was his specialty! So delicious and way better than any takeout!Sourced from Life Made Sweeter

For all the rice fans out there, you’ll absolutely love this fried rice recipe! Simple, but packed with authentic flavors, this recipe will be a sure hit. Additionally, it’s a perfect recipe to include as part of your meal prep for the week as it can be made in bulk without any hassle!

8. One Pan Roasted Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus

ONE PAN Roasted Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus tossed with chili flakes and fresh parsley is not only bursting with flavor but on your table in 15 MINUTES!  No joke!  This recipe is the easiest, most satisfying meal that tastes totally gourmet.  Stock up on frozen shrimp and you can make this luxurious tasting meal at moment's notice.  Serve the (customizable heat) spicy lemon garlic butter shrimp plain or turn it into lemon garlic butter shrimp pasta!Sourced from Carl’s Bad Cravings

If you’re still wondering whether its possible to combine super quick + tasty + healthy + bulk then uo need to look no further than this mouth watering shrimp and asparagus dish tossed with chili flakes and fresh parsley. It will be ready in…. 15 MINUTES!! How’s that for a quick dinner?? Shrimp is seriously one of the quickest proteins to cook with. This can be served with rice, zoodles or pasta if you prefer!

9. Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Bowls

Spicy Chickpea and Quinoa Bowls perfect for meal prep! #vegan #glutenfree #mealprepSourced from Eat Yourself Skinny

This super flavorful recipe for chickpea quinoa bowls is perfect for meal prepping – just look at it! Gluten free, healthy and quick – perfect combination for anyone looking to watch their waist!

10. No Cook Meal Prep Burrito Bowls

No-Cook Meal Prep Burrito BowlsSourced from Everyday Meal Prep

Hate cooking? No problem! You still have options. Check out these really easy burrito bowls that will be ready in just 10 mins. For the protein, a delicious rotisserie chicken will set the foundation for the meals.

11. Red Lentil Curry – Vegan, One Pot

Sourced from Jessica In The Kitchen 

This dish looks incredibly satisfying on so many levels – and I’m not vegan but could surely make the change if it looked this good! Inspired by Indian flavors, this curry doubles easily and promises to be a real crowd pleaser! Added bonus, it only takes an hour to prepare!

12. Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers with Strawberry BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

Sourced from Jessica In The Kitchen 

Some days you just crave a burger and that’s totally OK! This recipe for vegan and gluten free black bean and quinoa burgers with strawberry bbq sauce will make you an absolute believer in veggie burgers – try it for yourself and see! They take 30 mins tops to prepare and you could always make them without the bun and instead wrap them in lettuce or serve them with sweet potato fries.


I hope these recipes give you a head start in planning out your meals for the week! It seriously saves so much time, money and keeps the calories down too! Preparation is everything so if you’ve gotten some inspiration, pin these meals so you can come back to them at any point and enjoy!

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