- avoid making bad food choices throughout the week.
- unwind and have some creative time in the kitchen before the weekend’s up.
Plus, meal prep helps me to prevent wasting food that I would otherwise never get around to cooking, saves tons of money on eating out, and enables me to have delicious, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Below, I’ve outlined some of my favorite Sunday meal prep foods that are simple to make, inexpensive, and great for pairing together. These are the foods that are in my regular rotation and can be put together with minimal cooking knowledge.
Grilled chicken is great for tossing in salads for lunch, or for pairing with a roasted veggie or sautéed spinach for dinner. I usually create my own seasoning, depending on my mood, but sprinkling the chicken with Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute is always delicious and done in two shakes.
Confession: I’m pretty obsessed with eating eggs and broccoli. Since I work from home, one of my favorite go-to lunches is either two scrambled or fried eggs served over a big bowl of broccoli. Best of all? Broccoli provides easily absorbed calcium and is known as a mood-booster when paired with eggs. I roast my broccoli with a little salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes.
Asparagus is my favorite spring vegetable. I roast several stalks with olive oil, salt, and pepper and enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I like to eat sweet potatoes on days that I run for a nice energy boost. I cut mine into small pieces and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and a little cayenne pepper for a nice kick. These taste great with ground turkey and roasted broccoli.
A hardboiled egg make a great grab-and-go breakfast or a good afternoon snack if you’re feeling hungry a few hours after lunch.
I often cook ground turkey seasoned with some version of a homemade spice mixture so that I can toss the meat into a taco salad at some point in the week. Ground turkey also goes great with sweet potatoes and broccoli, cooked ground or formed into mini-patties. Plus, it’s delicious when mixed with pasta sauce and zucchini noodles for a light, Italian-inspired dinner.
I prevent myself from snacking on not-so-healthy things by washing and/or cutting fruit for the week on Sunday. Strawberries, blueberries, and grapes are current favorites.