25 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes for the Week

When it comes to weekday meals, sometimes we just don't have the energy. That's where these easy meal prep recipes become your best friend. Just grab some tupperware containers and prepare lunch or dinner for the whole week.

Burrito Bowl in a Jar

"Great idea and they look really pretty as well! My fiancé loved taking these to work instead of his normal boring sandwich!"

-anniesnomsblog

Rotisserie Vinaigrette Chicken Salad

"Loved this salad. We enjoyed the combination of the vinaigrette and the nice rotisserie chicken, which always allows for a quick dinner with flavor options too!"

-Mommy Diva

Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

"These are easy to assemble and make-ahead, so they’re ideal for a grab-and-go healthy breakfast."

-Anonymous

Sweetgreen Corn Elote Bowl

"Charred corn meets smokey-sweet romesco dressing in this version of a deconstructed dish of elote."

-norasingley

Healthy Chicken Salad

"This is a super easy chicken salad recipe using canned chicken. It is simple, yet has a great flavor to it. The secret is in chilling it for a few hours before serving!"

-Violet789

Perfect Basic White Rice

Eat this simple recipe fresh or save it for fried rice later in the week—the choice is up to you.

Basic Vinaigrette with 8 Variations

"Bottled salad dressing can be convenient but its expensive and often full of salt, sugar, and chemical additives. Making your own is simple and allows you to customize the seasonings to suit whatever meal you are preparing. It can be made several days ahead and kept in the fridge."

-3KillerBs

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

"This was so delicious. I used sweet onion and red pepper flakes for contrast. My husband loved it too. Plan to make it weekly and pack for lunch."

-Ripalrock

Chia's Gazpacho

"Came looking for an easy gazpacho recipe and all I can say is wow! Love it! As good as this is after a couple of hours, it's even better the next day."

-CarolynB

White Bean & Tuna Salad

"I make this all the time to take to work for lunch. You can add so many variations. Roasted red peppers are a nice touch or a few chili flakes. Sometimes I add a bit of mustard into the dressing or use roasted garlic paste instead of raw garlic."

-Sackville

Palak Paneer

"This is one of the nicest spinach dishes I have ever eaten. I used baby spinach, so didn't bother to blend the cooked mixture. It took only minutes to prepare, and not much longer for the family to demolish it. I didn't have paneer on hand, so used haloumi, which worked well."

-Leggy Peggy

Coconut Chicken Curry

"This is a wonderful way to have curry for dinner on a weekday! I would have never thought to put it in the Crock Pot!"

-Chrissy 007

The Best Pasta Salad

"I just realized I've been making this all summer long and hadn't rated how good it is. If I want to turn it into lunch for the week ahead I just shred some chicken in as well, making a filling meal."

-McGelby

Chicken Tortilla Soup

"This soup is amazing, and even better the next day. I have been eating it for lunch as a leftover and it is fabulous after sitting and marinating further."

-Heather A.

Greek Quinoa Salad

"I've made this recipe countless times. Love the dressing. It's easy and it's my favorite thing to take for lunch."

-8nine

Crock Pot Ratatouille

"It makes the best sandwiches ever. I buttered up some Dutch crunch rolls and toasted them in the oven, then melted some mozzarella on one side and added the ratatouille. It was pretty messy because the ratatouille is so juicy, but it was amazing!"

-nicolepierce1989

Overnight Oats

Perfectly packable, all you need to do is mix the ingredients and put them in the fridge overnight. The next day, simply eat cold or warm up quickly in the microwave.

Italian Tomato Sauce

"Made this sauce with the meatballs recipe. Absolutely the best two recipes for Italian sauce and meatballs—ever! Delicious! And I've been making meatballs and sauce for 40 years!"

-eugeh20s

Healthy Turkey Chili

"So tasty and so easy! I would usually go crazy with the chili powder, but this recipe is perfect. It even tastes great after being frozen!"

-spicysultan

Homemade Chicken Stock

"I made this using a big bag of chicken legs bones. Nice and easy to do and it turned out great. Now I have broth to make some wonderful chicken soup."

-bigbadbrenda

Wild Rice Salad

"This is a five-star salad. I added some orange zest as one of the other reviewers suggested. I also brought the salad to room temperature prior to serving, as coldness tends to mask the flavors."

-Chef Regina V. Smith

Confetti Orzo Salad

"This recipe is awesome! It is easy to pull together. I can't wait to have it cold tomorrow for lunch. I think I'll add some leftover steak from tonight for protein."

-Luvs 2 Cook

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

"This was one of the most delicious things I've ever made! Make in advance to let the flavors build up!"

-Robert G.

Spicy Cold Soba Noodles

"I make this quite often; we love it. It has the right amount of spiciness, and you can adjust the spiciness to fit your tastes. We also use this sauce as a dip for spring rolls or egg rolls, or as a sauce for broccoli or other stir fried Asian vegetables."

-Spatchcock

Blackberry Breakfast Bars

"Holy cow, these were so delicious! I made the recipe with the ingredients listed and didn't change anything. I used fresh picked blackberries that were a little tart still but they tasted so sweet baked in to this!"

-DCKiki

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