No matter what your marital status is, single or married, got a family or already have kids, i know you are all busy. That’s why termmeal prep is like a lifesaver for you to ensure enough-nutrient meals while not taking much time of preparation. In fact, termmeal prep is a new term in cooking which is all about you spending only one or two days out of a week to prepare the whole meals for a full week, including morning meals, lunch, dinner and snack.
These 5 awesome meal preps I’ve got today will really help you get back on track with your eating. I personally love all of these meal prep ideas because you can put together a big batch on Sunday and enjoy them throughout the week.
Turkey Meatballs + Red Cabbage & Carrot Slaw + Brown rice
The very first lunchbox recipe that I’m so excited to share you now is this combination of brown rice, turkey meatballs and red cabbage plus carrot slaw.
Brown rice is a nutrient-rich grain that I highly recommend everyone should try, no matter you’re teenage or adult. Beside turkey and veggies are great to keep you feel delicious while enjoying the meal without getting fed up with.
Start up with meatball recipe, add some ground turkey into a mixing bowl, next, some pineapple, bread crumbs, finely chopped green onion and one egg. For more flavor, you can add some sriracha sauce for a little spiciness, some garlic and ginger and some hoisin sauce.
Now, stir this mixture up until everything is well combined and then, roll out your meatballs and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Into the oven, these go at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re cooked through.
I like to finish them off with a little more hoisin sauce as a glaze, and they are ready to rock.
Next, mix up a simple red cabbage slaw to go with my meatballs. In the bowl, adding some finely shredded red cabbage. To that, i’m going to add some julienne carrots and some finely diced red onion.
Now, dress my slaw simply with some oil, some vinegar, a little bit of honey and of course, some sauce and pepper. Give that a toss and this deliciousness is ready to be enjoyed.
This box is such a gorgeous combination of tasty flavors, textures, and colors. It will become a total hit for lunch, but of course, you could just as easily enjoy it for dinner
Fajita Chicken + Black Bean & Corn Salsa + Cilantro Lime Rice
Next up, i’ve got a really healthy Greek inspired lunchbox for you.
I like to start with a nice layer on quinoa at the base of my lunchbox. Then, i pile on some beautiful Greek inspired chicken, a cucumber and feta salad for some nice crunch and then serve it all with a little side of tzatziki sauce. Uber good!
Now, for my Greek chicken. I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but you could definitely use legs or thighs if you wanted to. Next, i added the zest and juice of one lemon, a little bit of garlic powder, some dried oregano, and some salt and pepper.
Then, we simply bakes things at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re cooked through.
This amazing salad is equally easy to prepare. It all starts with some chopped cucumbers in a bowl. To that, i’m adding some tomatoes, some feta, some freshly chopped dill, a little greek seasoning, some olive oil and some red wine vinegar.
Give that all a toss and what you need to end up with is this really flavorful, colorful salad that you will just devour.
This lunchbox is a truly great way to show lunch how much you care.
Greek Chicken + Cucumber & Tomatoes with Feta + Tzatziki + Cooked Quinoa
My next lunchbox features some really great Asian inspired flavors. It all starts with one of my all-time favorite recipes: my chinese fried quinoa as a base. Next, i like to pile on some steamed green beans and some tasty garlic shrimp.
Just start with a hot frying pan. To that, you are just going to add a little bit of oil to prevent things from sticking. Next, add some finely chopped onion, cook that for three or four minutes or until it becomes translucent. And then, you can add some minced garlic. Once that garlic is nice and fragrant, in goes our veggies.
Now, in this case, i’m using some frozen peas and carrots. What could be easier than that?
But of course, this recipe, you could actually use any types of veggies you want to. I’m going to sautee my veggies until they’re just cooked through. And then, i’m going to push them over to one side and scramble up a couple of eggs.
Once the eggs are ambly crambled. I’m going to stir eveything together and then toss in my cooked quinoa and a little bit of soya sauce. You just need to mix all this goodness up and cook it for another two to three minutes until it’s heated through and it’s ready to be revoured.
My garlic shrimp is just as simple to make and just as flavorful.
It once again starts with a little bit of oil in a frying pan. To that, i’m adding my peeled shrimp and seasoning it up with a little bit of salt and pepper. I’m going to cook my shrimp until it’s nice, pick and opaque.
And when it’s got just about another minute of cooking left on it, i’m going to add some minced garlic and some red chili flakes. Toss that all together and what you end up with is one of the fastest sources of protein you can think of.
This meal prep has beautiful, complementary flavors that i think you guys are going to love. And i can honestly say, you have never made Chinese fried quinoa, it’s seriously change your life.
Lemon Dill Salmon + White Rice with Parsley + Steamed Broccoli & Asparagus
For my next lunchbox, i have got some fun Mexican inspired flavor for you. It all starts with my lime cilantro rice. Next i like to pile in some fiber rich black bean and corn salsa. And finish all off with some awesome fajita chicken.
You just start with a nice hot skillet on the stove. To that, you’re just going to add a little bit of oil and then, pile in your veggies. I’m using some red onion here and some beautiful bell pepper. But you actually are welcome to use any kinds of veggies you want.
I’m going to also pile in some thinly sliced chicken. Once all that goodness is in the pan, it is time to get our fejita on with some classic fajita spices. Today, i’m going to use some garlic powder, some chili powder, some onion powder, a little bit of dried oregano, some paprika and some cumin.
Hit this with some with a little bit of salt and pepper and then, cook it all up untill our chicken is cooked through. If you find things are sticking a little bit, go ahead and add few splashed of water to the bottom of your pan. This will help to loosen everything up.
This beautifully spiced chicken mixture is really well complimented by my cool black bean and corn salsa. This starts with some canned black beans that i’ve washed and drained. To that, i like to add some frozen corn for sweetness, some red bell pepper for crunch, and of course, some red onion because we just love red onion around here.
We’re going to hit that all with a little bit of chili powder, some refreshing freshly chopped cilantro, and then, finish it off with the zest and juice of a lime. Give that a good toss and this salsa is ready to be devoured.
We’re going to repeat those same refreshing flavors in our rice dish.
In this case, i’m starting with some white rice. But of course, you can use brown if you wanted to. To that, i’m adding the zest and and juice of a lime and a little fresh cilantro for good measure.
This just adds a little pizazz to otherwise boring rice, and seriously rounds out all of the deliciousness in this dish. Guys, this is really a tasty way to get a ton of nutrition with a ton of flavor. I hope you will get this one a try.
Garlic Shrimp + Green Beans + Chinese Fried Quinoa
Last but not least is one of my favorite meal preps. It’s my lemon dill salmon. And what i love about using salmon in meal prep is that it tastes just as good consumed cold as it does hot. So you have both options here.
This lunchbox starts with a beautiful layer of my lemon parsley rice. I top that with some gorgeous steamed vegetables, some broccoli, some asparagus, and then, i finish it off with incredible lemon dill salmon.
I’m starting with some gorgeous salmon filets ona parchment lined baking sheet. I like to top them with a sprinkle of garlic powder, a little salt, a little pepper, some freshly chopped dill and then, a few slice of lemon.
I bake these at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until they are cooked through, let them cool, and then, they are ready to be packed up. For my parsley rice, i start with some cooked white rice. To that i add some freshly grated garlic, the zest and juice of a lemon. And of course, a ton of freshly chopped parsley.
This is a really refreshing way to enjoy your rice, and is really beautifully complemented by those gorgeous green veggies, and of course that amazing lemon dill salmon.
How to pack them to school?
First up, make sure that you avoid those foods that school might have in place, for example peanuts.
With mothers, if you intend to pack lunchbox for your children, or yourself, remember to other members of your family to save time in a long run. For example, if you are packing your kid’s lunchbox, also set aside for you and one more pack for your husband.
The size of the lunchbox is equivalent to whome you are packing for, adult or child. Obviously, a child’s lunchbox should come in smaller portion size than an adult’s.
Besides, consider the condition and temperature to keep each kind of food. Usually, many foods are kept in room temperature while some rare food require an ice pack to keep themselve cool. Dont ignore this feature becasue you know it, it’s better safe than sorry.
As far as i’m concerned, this is heart healthy lunch as it’s finest. I hope you will give all of these meal prep ideas a try. Keep in mind if you are interested in more meal prep inspiration, i have a ton of it on my blog.
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