The benefits of meal prepping are bountiful, and range from saving money and time to actually reducing your household waste! For the busy worker or the bustling parent, meal prepping works to streamline the way you live.
This is why we’ve assembled 6 great meal prep ideas perfect for a working lunch or midweek meal. Without doubt, prepping these delicious meals in advance will have you ready to handle any food-related woes the week throws at you!
Plus, if there’s anything to know about meal prepping, it’s that microwaves will be your best friend! Many of the following meal prep ideas are completely microwave friendly, so you can dig in and enjoy them whenever you’d like.
The easiest yet most satisfying meal prep idea is a traditional pasta salad. Able to be eaten chilled or warmed up in the microwave, pasta salad can be refrigerated for up to 5 days at a time, making it great for your weekly office lunch!
We recommend throwing together some whole wheat pasta, vinaigrette, even some chicken or bacon, to create a pasta salad that only gets tastier the longer you leave it.
Tasty and quick, taco bowls are the perfect meal to prep in advance when you’ve got a busy week ahead.
Simply mix together some yummy brown rice, salsa, chili powder, oregano and ground beef in your favourite Tupperware container and you have a delicious taco bowl to enjoy all week round.
Veggie Stir Fry
Stir fries are a very easy meal to whip up in no time at all, which makes them ideal for meal prepping. Veggies, especially, are trouble-free to chop up and toss into a pan!
Prepping all of your vegetables in bulk, whether that’s your carrots, broccoli or bell peppers, saves you hours of cooking time during the week that can be devoted elsewhere – like to family, or work.
Big batches of soup are guaranteed to last you the whole week, and never lose their flavour or zest!
We advise making a bulk batch of soup on the Sunday, and then freezing some for the week ahead. This works with a whole range of different, scrumptious soups like butternut squash, vegetable, lentil, chorizo and the classic tomato.
Hearty, homecooked and nutritional, shepherd’s pie is an underappreciated meal prep idea that we feel should be enjoyed far more!
All you need is some crispy potatoes, veggies, lamb mince, a chunk of butter and beef stock, and before you know it, you’ll have several mouth wateringly good portions of shepherd’s pie that can be frozen and saved for later.
Stuffed peppers are low-calorie, delicious bites of sweetness. They’re also a super vegetarian-friendly dish!
By roasting your peppers in the oven and filling them with couscous, vegetables and sauce, you have a lovely meal to be savoured at the office, or eaten stress-free in the home.
Best of all, stuffed peppers can be reheated in the microwave without turning soggy, so you can prep this dish in advance without worry.