Super Easy Meal Plans

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tips for Quick and Simple Meal Prep

How can preparing a week — or even a few days — worth of meals be quick or simple? We used shortcuts to create menus that require almost no cooking. You’ll notice that each of these meal plans combine a handful of quick-cooking ingredients, like a big batch of oatmeal, ground turkey sautéed in a pan, or a variety of vegetables roasted at the same time. The rest of the meals rely on combinations of raw ingredients, like salads, fruits and nuts, or prepared items like hummus and peanut butter. To mix things up, two of the menus incorporate one easy recipe that makes enough servings for several days.

Use these shortcuts and simple menus to inspire your own meal prep. You can easily swap in different fruits or vegetables, ground beef or tempeh instead of turkey, and starches like sweet potatoes or quinoa in place of rice or corn. Get creative! If you are comfortable in the kitchen, why not add one of these easy meal prep recipes, or a simple crockpot dinner?

Quick and Simple 21 Day Fix Meal Prep for the 1,200–1,499 Calorie Level

Even at our lowest calorie level, 21 Day Fixers get plenty of food: 3 green containers, 2 purple containers, 4 red containers, 2 yellow containers, 1 blue container, 1 orange container, and 2 tsp. per day. See how we divided that up to make six meals and snacks to keep you fueled from morning until night. In fact, this menu includes even more food than what is shown in the photos. Add two hard-boiled eggs or ¾ cup of low-fat plain Greek yogurt with breakfast, and drink a Shakeology smoothie blended with water and ½ cup blueberries with the second snack!

These are the daily meals for this meal prep menu:
Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal Cups with Blueberries with 2 hard-boiled eggs or ¾ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt (Not shown) (½ purple, 1 red, 1 yellow)
Snack 1: Whole-grain rice cake with 2 tsp. peanut butter (½ yellow, 2 tsp.)
Lunch: Mason jar salad with 2 Tbsp. vinegar-based dressing, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup bell peppers, ¼ cup onion, ¾ cup cooked chicken breast (about 4 oz.), ¾ cup baby spinach (2 green, 1 red, 1 orange)
Snack 2: 12 almonds and Shakeology blended with ½ cup blueberries, water, and ice (not shown) (½ purple, 1 red, 1 blue)
Dinner: ¾ cup seasoned ground turkey with 1 cup sautéed zucchini, and 1 cup strawberries (1 purple, 1 green, 1 red)
Snack 3: 1½ cups air-popped popcorn (½ yellow)


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