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Easy And Healthy Meal Prep Ideas

Here are 4 easy and healthy meal prep ideas to start your week off well! I’ll explain a little how I design my meal prep at the beginning of the post and how I actually did it at the end of the post! These recipes are all gluten free and everything except the oatmeal are also paleo options. I hope you find this helpful even if you are just starting to meal prep or have been doing it forever!

Meal Prep Info:

So we have two people in our house: myself and my husband. Normally, I make 2 meals for breakfasts/snacks and 2 meals lunches/dinners. I don’t make enough just on Sunday to have 15 x 2 meals for each of us (breakfast, lunch, dinner every day). I love cooking dinner in the evenings so normally I’ll still make dinner at night.

This is just what works for us! I normally make enough for each of us to have 3 breakfasts and 5 lunches or dinners. You can adjust these meals however you want to fit your needs! I like making toast or yogurt bowls some mornings so I don’t need 5 breakfasts prepped for myself.

4 easy healthy meal prep ideas

Breakfast #1:

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

I made this recipe x3. It takes hardly any extra time to double it! On the other mornings, I would eat something simple like a yogurt bowl or toast. I ate the oatmeal MWF so I didn’t get bored. You can also switch up the toppings so you have different flavors throughout the week!

Breakfast/Snack #2:

Blueberry Mini Muffins

Paleo Mini Blueberry Muffins on a white plate

These only take 15 minutes to bake and don’t require a ton of ingredients! The perfect thing to meal prep if you want a healthy snack or breakfast on hand. I made these for Eli and then he’d either take them on the go or eat them with yogurt and peanut butter!

Lunch/Dinner #1:

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup (paleo, gluten free, whole30 options)

Making a recipe in the instant pot is so easy which is why I love doing it for meal prep! I don’t want to be making a bunch of complicated things- that makes me less motivated to meal prep. Plus soup always reheats well and you can freeze extras!

Lunch/Dinner #2:

Maple Chipotle Sheet Pan Meal

Maple Chipotle Salmon One Pan Meal (paleo, gluten free)

This meal takes a little more effort than the buffalo chicken soup but you still don’t have a ton of dishes which is nice! I make the muffins first so then this sheet pan meal. It’s easier to get the oven hotter than to wait for it to cool down.

How I Meal Prepped These:

So I try to do 1 no bake, 1 stovetop/instant pot meal, and 1-2 oven things. I don’t want everything made in the oven because that just complicates things a lot!

I meal prepped in this order: muffins first, then instant pot, then sheet pan, and finally the no bake oats. Here’s why:

The muffins need to be cooked at a lower temp than the sheet pan meal so I didn’t want to have to wait for the oven to cool down before I could make the muffins.

Then while to muffins cooked and cooled, I had enough time to get the soup all set up!

Then the soup was able to cook while I got the sheet pan dinner ready to go.

Finally, while the sheet pan meal was cooking I was able to make my overnight oats.

This takes about 2 hours total to do. But it sets Eli and I both up for a week full of healthy meals and saves us money in the long run!

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you meal prep any of these meals!

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