Recently one of my Facebook friends posted asking desperately for any advice on starting to meal prep. She said it was just too overwhelming for her. I froze and didn’t respond. It’s not that I didn’t know her struggle or have a few favorite meal prep recipes…
I just didn’t know where to begin to try and be of help! I have so many ideas! But meal prep is such a personal thing!
So today I wanted to post a little “round up” of some of my favorite meal prep ideas. These are recipes that I have actually tried (probably more than once), and even better than that, they’re from some of my favorite, favorite people! My favorite people to get meal prep recipes from at least. With out further ado, here are some recipe ideas to add to your meal prep arsenal.
My Favorite Meal Prep Recipes
Has Kevin EVER let me down? I really don’t think so. He’s amazing, especially when it comes to spicing it up and getting in all different colored vegetables into his meals. I’ve actually never made this with the red cabbage, even though it looks so striking in this photo. Usually I make it with cauliflower rice, and it actually really filling.
I made this meal twice recently. The first time I actually filmed for YouTube in a questionable installment of Julie’s Kitchen. Spoiler alert: I set off the smoke detector, but I did NOT burn the house down! Anyways I love the caramelized pineapple in this and the marinade for the chicken makes it taste like something I would’ve ordered at Kona Cafe in Walt Disney World (you can take the girl out of Disney, but…)
This is NOT low in carbs, but it’s amazing. I never would have thought to make a black bean paste to put in stir fry. It is rich and excellent to make while it’s still chilly out in this part of the world (the east coast of the US for me!)
I’ve made this at least three times. I do get annoyed EVERY. TIME. I. MAKE. THIS. First because the recipe is not written out, just in video form. And also because I can never find baby corns at the store, and I love baby corns!
If you only follow up on one of this recipe resources, make it Bobby! I have made so many of his recipes already, and he’s probably my favorite resource for meal prep. There. I said it!
I’ve made this recipe at least three times, and it’s pure money, like everything I’ve made from his website/YouTube channel. This one is geared toward college students because it’s cheaper and keeps your brain fueled (like for exams… remember those?). This is a higher fat recipe, which might be why I like it so much, so watch out if you’re trying to keep your fat low.
Bonus: Protein Snacks!!
I found Chocolate Covered Katie before any of the other people on this list. I found her in high school and made her cookie dough and brownie batter dips on multiple occasions…. ahem.
I just recently started following her on Instagram, and I’m so excited for how successful she STILL is (get it girl!). I made her “Workout Brownies” for the first time last week, and they have been my pre-workout snack every day this week. They may even be one of my new favorite meal prep recipes, period! Once you’ve attempted one or two of her recipes you’ll first of all learn A LOT, but you also realize how easy all of her recipes are to cater to your own taste or your own dietary restrictions. So go ahead and indulge…. in some healthier chocolate treats!
Protein Peanut Butter Cups (just google it and pick one!)
I don’t remember the actual recipe I’ve used to make these. Once you’ve seen one recipe for them, you’ll know how to do it! You can use a mixture of peanut butter and peanut butter powder for something a little more indulgent. Or stick to this recipe to help keep the fat down. I have tried this recipe yet, but I think I will soon!
Let me know if this post was helpful for your meal prep journey! I feel like I’ve given away all my best secrets, so I’m going to be exploring all kinds of NEW meal preps this year. I’ll do my best to share what works along the way!