These healthy dinner meal prep ideas cover a range of options including freezer meals, large batch proteins, ingredient prep and more. Get a head commence on your dinner to reduce your stress and eat healthier!
When it comes to meal prep, often we think of pre-cooked meals that we simply need to reheat. That is all well and good for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to dinner, my family and I like a freshly cooked dinner. These healthy dinner meal prep ideas will help you obtain a head commence on dinner.
Meal prep has revolutionized the way I cook. It reduces our meal time stress, saves us money, and helps us eat healthier.
When it comes to meal prepping dinner, it isn’t as clear cut as meal prepping lunch or breakfast. Cooking a full week of dinners ahead and reheating is a LOT of work, and Trendy of us don’t have the time to do that.
Here’s an alternative: by being strategic in pre-cooking or pre-chopping certain ingredients, we can save a ton of time during the week, and obtain a large let up on dinner.
I’m sharing meal prep dinner ideas that will help you obtain a head commence, while still eating ‘fresh’ food.
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Stocking up the freezer with dinner components or fully assembled meals is always a good idea. Sometimes even just having that one component waiting for you makes your dinner decisions so much easier. Here are some popular freezer meals from the website, but check out our full freezer category page here.
SEVEN simple stir fry sauce recipes you can make ahead and freeze. They’re each alert in just five minutes!
Sheet pan chicken fajitas with juicy strips of chicken, bell peppers and onions tossed in a delicious homemade fajita seasoning. Works great for meal prep or for a simple weeknight dinner.
The BEST baked turkey meatballs are juicy and delicious, made with simple everyday ingredients! Bake up classic turkey meatballs, or jazz them up with one of 7 different flavor options. Healthy, freezer-friendly and exactly delicious!
These freezer cauliflower rice black bean burritos are lighter but just as tasty as the original! Loaded with veggies, salsa, black beans and cheese, and so convenient to have stocked in your freezer.
Taco stuffed sweet potatoes are a delicious lunch or dinner recipe and great loaded up with your favorite toppings! Perfect for meal prep and freezer-friendly.
One pot black bean fajita pasta is creamy and delicious vegetarian pasta recipe. With bell peppers, onions, black beans and fajita seasonings, it’s great for weeknight dinners or for meal prep.
7 chicken marinade recipes to keep dinner exciting! Showing you how to prepare and marinate your chicken for the top flavor, and how to assemble ahead and freeze for simple dinners.
Prep meal components
Pre-chopping or cooking vegetables and shaking up sauces is another great way to save time on week nights. Here are some ideas to obtain a head commence on dinners:
7 simple vinaigrette recipes that will add so much flavor to your salads! These are alert in under 5 minutes and are so much tastier than the store-bought stuff!
How to cook quinoa and obtain it great and fluffy each time! Sharing three important steps for great quinoa, and how to store it.
Showing you how to cook spaghetti squash- the EASY way! Roast it whole, so you can avoid cutting through a rock difficult spaghetti squash, or mangling your hand while scooping the seeds out.
How to cook zucchini noodles- showing you an simple 5-minute method for cooking zucchini noodles, plus how to make them ahead and store for meal prep.
Cauliflower rice is a great low carb, veggie-heavy alternative to rice. This post shows you how to make, cook and store cauliflower rice, as well as seven different cauliflower rice recipes that are packed full of flavor!
Perfect Instant Pot sweet potatoes each and each time, with great, creamy insides. A time chart based on the width of your sweet potatoes ensures they are perfectly cooked each time.
Crockpot freezer meals
Crockpot freezer meals are assembled ahead and frozen. When you are alert to cook, thaw, add to the slow cooker, and cook it up! This saves you time chopping and measuring in the morning. Find more ideas on the freezer slow cooker page.
SEVEN simple slow cooker chicken recipes that have a lot of flavor for very small effort! Easy to prepare and made with wholesome ingredients, these crockpot chicken recipes are meal prep friendly and can be frozen as crockpot freezer meals!
This smoky slow cooker turkey chili is full of bold flavors with chili powder, cumin, and chipotle chilis. Easy to prep, and cooks all day for a hands off dinner.
An simple and delicious 8-10 hour slow cooker chilli packed with chickpeas and sweet potato, and flavored with chipotle and lime. Ready when you walk in the door from work!
Slow cooker butter chicken made with good for you ingredients and can be assembled ahead and frozen for simple weeknight dinners! Dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb and deeeelish!
Crock pot stuffed peppers recipe with only five ingredients! You can prep this ground turkey stuffed peppers recipe with less than 15 minutes of effort…you can even freeze it ahead and thaw when alert to cook for a freezer crock pot meal. Low carb and vegetarian options included.
Slow cooker peanut stew is vegan comfort food at it’s finest! With chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter, it’s inspired by the West African peanut stew maafe. You can assemble this ahead and freeze as a crockpot freezer meal.
Big batch protein
One of my favorite ways to obtain a head commence on dinner is to cook a large batch of protein and use it up in multiple meals. Here are some of my favorite proteins to prep ahead (some of these conclude a full meal prep plan and shopping list; find all of my meal prep plans here).
Instant Pot whole chicken is the Trendy hands off way to cook a chicken on meal prep Sunday. Showing you how to cook a fresh or frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot. This recipe is low carb, gluten-free and paleo.
How to make Instant Pot Chickpeas- no soaking required! Cooking your chickpeas from scratch will save you money and tastes so much better than canned.
This honey lime chicken is an simple and delicious base slow cooker recipe with only 6 ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to cast together. Use it on sandwiches, tacos, salads and more. Gluten-free, meal prep- and freezer-friendly.
This crock pot pulled pork is made with pork shoulder simmered in clean ingredients (no sodas or pre-packaged ingredients). Makes a great freezer crock pot recipe!
I love a good ‘large salad’. Often, salads taste better as they sit and the flavors meld together, and it can take care of the side dish for multiple meals. Here are some of my faves:
Wild rice and sweet potato salad is loaded with healthy veggies and tossed in a chili lime vinaigrette. Gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and great for lunch or a side salad!
This barley salad is full of whole grain, nutrient-wealthy ingredients that will nourish your body. Easy to prepare, vegetarian, and meal prep-friendly!
Healthy Greek chicken pasta salad recipe- whether you’re heading for a picnic, a potluck, or meal prepping your lunches ahead, this salad is great for you! Tastes even better after the flavors marinate together for a day or two.
Refreshing quinoa black bean salad is a large batch salad you can prep ahead. Perfect for a picnic, pot luck, or meal prep lunch! Gluten-free, vegetarian (vegan-friendly!), and clean eating.
Broccoli salad recipe gets a healthy makeover with almonds, quinoa and an apple cider poppy seed vinaigrette. Easy to prep for a barbecue or for meal prep!