I’ve been getting so many requests for meal prepping, that I’m doing my best to write down what we do from week to week, and share it. Meal prepping is a ‘more or less’ type of thing for us. Some weeks we prep ahead a lot of food for extra busy weeks. But other times, we only prep ahead a few things to tide us through certain days.
Today I’m sharing what we been loving lately with our last of the summer produce turning into fall. I’ve been making my Sheet Pan Fajita Salad Bowls and turning them into salad jars for the week. We’ve also been loving my latest recipe for Make Ahead Sausage Egg Muffins.
And as always, whatever the season may be, I’m always making my Maple Cinnamon Granola. For us it works really well to have 1-2 breakfast options, and a few lunches made ahead. I rarely make salad jars for the whole work week, because halfway through the week we start taking leftovers from dinner for lunch.
So the salad jars are usually for Monday and Tuesday, but these do keep for 5 days, so you can make them for a whole week if desired. We usually have granola once or twice a week. So when I make big batches, I usually put half of it in an airtight container in the freezer. This is a great time saving trick because a double batch of granola can easily last us a whole month. The idea to cook once and eat many, many times is always my favorite!
Egg muffins are also super easy to make, and they’re perfect for a portable breakfast. You can also make fritattas or egg bakes as well and cut them into the portion sizes you’d like. Egg muffins are the perfect size for me during the work week because I don’t need quite as much food. But on weekends, I tend to make egg bakes, and cut them into fairly large squares. Larger portions for breakfast keep me going for hours on our weekend adventures.
The other thing I do every week for meal prep, even if I don’t prep anything else, is to cut up fruit for green smoothies. This week I cut up 2 pineapples and a bunch of bananas to put into the freezer for 2 weeks worth of green smoothies. You can keep the pineapple fresh in the fridge for 3-5 days, but sometimes it’s easier just to freeze it straight off. With my fruit already to go, it’s super easy to squeeze in a mid-morning green smoothie most days of the week.
We really gravitate towards my Maple Cinnamon Granola because it’s so versatile, but here’s some extra granola inspiration:
- Double Pumpkin Pie Granola
- Paleo Granola Dust
- Chocolate Covered Almond Coconut Granola
- Banana Chai Granola
- Fruit and Yogurt Cups – these are a favorite for meal prep, they’re so delicious and keep all week long!
For more make ahead breakfast eggs options, try some of these favorites as well:
- Italian Sausage Egg Bake with Spinach and Tomatoes – I make this all year long without the tomatoes when they’re not in season.
- Asparagus Fontina Frittata
- Roasted Red Pepper Frittata with Feta and Spinach
And finally, for more meal prep inspiration:
- How I Meal Prep for the Week
- 5 Ways to Make Simple Healthy Lunches
- Make Your Own Freezer Smoothie Packs
- Mason Salad Jars 101
- Food Prepping 101
My biggest takeaway from adding meal prep to my life has been that a little preparation goes a long way. Figuring out exactly where I needed to make some changes was how I figured out how to meal prep for our particular schedule. We were often struggling with healthy breakfasts and lunches. We get up super early for work, and it was so stressful every morning trying to put together healthy options for the day.
Since I started prepping ahead, mornings have been a breeze, and there’s always options to take for lunch. Every night I either cook dinner or we eat leftovers from my recipe testing. So it’s rare that I make something ahead for dinners. But every night I do a little prep for the next day as well throughout the week to keep things flowing seamlessly. I either portion out some of dinner for lunches the next day, or cut up fruit and veggies for snacks.
With a small amount of prep on the weekends, and a few minutes each night, it’s completely changed the way we eat for the better!