Meal prep is a great way to have all of your food ready for the week, enabling you to make healthy choices, and save money while you’re at it! Not only does it keep you on track with your fitness goals, but it saves a lot of time. Imagine coming home after a long day of work, your meal already planned and ready to assemble in mere minutes. Does it sound too good to be true? Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here to send you Weekly Meal Prep inspo every week to get you in the kitchen!
We’ll give you a set of ingredients to work with every week and include seasonal recommendations, when possible. The primary goal with our weekly meal prep guide below is to help you focus your meals predominately around a new set of ingredients or theme every week. We’ll give you a plethora of creative ways to prep these ingredients to create healthy, quick, easy and tasty recipes, so you’ll never be bored.
This week, we’re prepping winter produce like celeriac, parsnip, turnip and potatoes!
Image Source: Vegetable Rose Tart with Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling
As we head into the winter months, your body will likely be craving nutritious foods that will provide you with all of the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay warm and healthy as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter. Winter produce is full of ingredients that you should definitely take advantage, because not only are they full of all the goodness you’ll be craving, but they’re also delicious! Celeriac is a lesser used ingredient, but we encourage you to change that! It’s versatile and wonderfully tasty. Plus, it can make beautiful dishes like this Vegetable Rose Tart with Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling from Kirsten Kaminski, which makes a bunch of slices to take for lunches (and everyone will be impressed when you open up your lunchbox to this beauty)!
A great meal prep tool is making a giant pan of something like lasagna, that makes plenty of servings for later and is easy to make all at once. Try out Ashley Smyczek‘s Celeriac Lasagna with Acorn Squash Marinara for a dish that you’ll want to eat all week! For a dish that’s versatile and gives you plenty of options for meals throughout the week, try this Roasted Shiitake With Celeriac Potato Purée from Courtney West – while it would be great as a main course, it also makes a wonderful side that you could eat with anything your heart desires.
Image Source: Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew
Parnsips are another vegetable that you don’t hear about as often as some others, like beets or kale, but is an amazing hearty addition to any recipe. A meal prepper’s best friend is soups and stews, since they’re easy to make a large pot of and they tend to keep well in the fridge. Not to mention that during your lunch break or after a long day, nothing feels better than warming a nice pot of soup or stew and digging in. This Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew from Maria Llamas will be the ultimate hearty comfort recipe for you to make this week. If you prefer something with a creamier texture, Claire Ragozzino‘s Apple, Parsnip and Fennel Soup With Crispy Sage Brussels Sprouts takes parsnips as well as a bunch of other winter produce to make a dreamy soup with a great crunchy topping.
Another thing that comes in handy for meal prep is a slow cooker. Pop everything in it while you’re out for the day being your busy self, and then come home to a meal ready to go and a home that smells amazing. This Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash from Lindsay Cotter is an easy and satisfying addition to any menu. Pair parnsips and carrots together again in these Maple-Thyme Roasted Parsnips and Carrots by Lili Basic Capaccetti for an easy but delicious side.
Image Source: Chickpea Turnip Meatballs
Turnips are great for making hearty and and delicious meals to keep you happy all winter long. They can make many more things than you might think – they’re a super versatile winter vegetable that you can use in a variety of ways. For example, did you know that you can make meatballs from turnips? Don’t believe us? Try out these Chickpea Turnip Meatballs from Ashley Madden and have your world changed – eat them through the week on pasta, on sandwiches, over salads, or just by themselves!
Of course, turnips will make a great addition to a soup that you can prep for several days of lunches that are comforting and tasty. Try out this protein-packed Lemon Lentil Turnip Soup from Molly Patrick. For a simple salad that you can pair with anything else you feel like eating this week, whip up Natalie Yonan‘s Simple Turnip Salad.
Image Source: Pesto Gnocchi With Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Who doesn’t love potatoes? They are as delicious as they are filling, and can be eaten pretty much anyway you like them! This makes them ideal for meal prep, since you have so many options and can pair them with plenty of other ingredients. You can even make pasta from potatoes, and pasta is one of our all time favorite meal prep ideas since the leftovers are so packable. Make this Pesto Gnocchi With Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from Maria and Alyssa Tosoni! Another great pesto potato recipe for meal prep is this Lemony Mint Pesto Potato Salad from Jackie Newgent.
If you want to add some spice to your weekly meal plan, this curry is amazing because it’s also great on a sandwich! That’s right, Rinku Bhattacharya‘s Curried Potatoes and Bell Peppers can be eaten by themselves or on bread! And because you also need a meal plan for breakfast (it is the most important meal of the day), make a nice big batch of this Oil-Free Breakfast Casserole With Hash Brown Crust from The China Study Family Cookbook!
Hopefully with all of these ideas, you’re all set for your weekly meal prep this week! If you still need ideas or want to try other ingredients, check out our Meal Prep Archives for a variety of ingredients and awesome ways to utilize them for delicious and nutritious meals. For more meal inspiration, check out our Food Monster App. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Pesto Gnocchi With Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes