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Meal Prep Made Easy: 7 Quick-and-Easy Healthy Make-ahead Meals

Here are some easy, healthy, make-ahead meal ideas if you are "too busy to cook", or can't cook "well" or you simply think "meal prep" means spending all weekend in the kitchen and you're dreading it!

Below are 7 of my client's favorite options from my digital cookbooks to help you get started:

1. Grilled chicken or fish

These proteins can be cooked in bulk, and then used as the base for multiple meals. They are so versatile that they can be paired with roasted vegetables, quinoa, pasta, or rice for a complete meal.

You can even play with different sauces.

2. Mason jar meals

Have you ever been shocked by the nutrition labels on the ready-to-eat pasta pots or sandwiches at the grab-and-go section of the supermarket? 800 calories for a pot of pasta that doesn't even look that much?

Here's your easy swap! And by easy, I mean REALLY EASY!

Prep a bunch of mason jar salads with your favorite greens, veggies, and protein. Pasta also works exceptionally well as a mason jar meal.

When it's time for lunch, just grab a jar and shake it up for a quick and easy, ready-to-eat meal. No more takeaways needed!

3. Tacos

Another popular and versatile meal to play around with!

Here's one idea for you to try:

Cook up some sweet potatoes and black beans and use them as a filling for tacos throughout the week. Combine with some protein if you want."

Add some salsa and guacamole for extra flavor (again, there're lots in my "The Little Book of Healthy Sauces, Dips and Healthy Dressings" cookbook, which you can get as part of the Stress-Free Cooking Bundle)

4. Batch-cooked grains

Cook a large batch of quinoa, brown rice, or another grain at the beginning of the week. Use as a base for bowls, stir-fries, and salads.

5. Slow cooker soups and stews

These are a lifesaver, especially if you're always busy.

Simply add ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a hot and delicious meal at the end of the day.

6. Smoothie Lover?

Why not start your day with a veggie and protein-packed smoothie?

Blend up a smoothie with greens, fruit, and protein for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Save time by freezing ingredients in advance in zip-lock bags. Or buy frozen fruits and vegetables (they're cheaper too!)

Be more experimental with my "Ultimate Smoothies, Mocktails and Beverages" collection (also in the stress-free cooking bundle, what are you waiting for!)

7. Eggs

One of the most versatile proteins and is best absorbed...

Why not try egg muffins? Mix together eggs, veggies, and protein, and bake in muffin tins for a grab-and-go breakfast option.

Or boil half a dozen of eggs to be stored in the fridge? They can be made into deviled eggs easily, or eaten as a snack or for breakfast.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The key is to plan ahead and don't be afraid to experiment.

Excited about how meal prep can help you achieve your health goals more easily, but don't know where to start?

My exciting collection of 8 digital cookbooks will definitely keep you inspired.

You can enjoy desserts guilt-free with my "No added sugar desserts" collection

And save loads of calories and cut unnecessary sugars with the "The Little Book of Healthy Sauces, Dips and Dressings" without compromising on taste!

Happy meal prepping!


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