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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 breakfasts with oats, apples, zucchini, pumpkin and tofu!
1. Oats, Puddings, and Porridges
Image Source: Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding [Vegan]
Pumpkin, apple, zucchini, oats and tofu all can be great ways to get the most important meal of the day! Breakfast is essential to getting a good start to the day and getting your food on the right track. Fruit, vegetables, protein and healthy carbs all can combine to make a nourishing, filling and delicious meal – and we’ll show you how! We’ll start with oats, puddings and porridges, which you can prep the ingredients for the night before, and just throw them together in the morning. For some, you can even make it the night before, like this Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding from Caroline Ginolfi, which will satisfy your fall pumpkin space craving. For a warm and hearty breakfast, how about about some Semolina Porridge With Maple Baked Apples from Sarah Gory?
You may not think that zucchini has a place in breakfasts, but let this Earl Grey Zucchini Oatmeal with Chocolate Hazelnut Butter from Lauren Smith prove you wrong! Zucchini in oatmeal is actually amazing, and a great way to get some veggies in – maybe even before your morning coffee! You could also go with a chocolate fix with Sina‘s Breakfast Chocolate and Fruit “Zoats” (Zucchini Oatmeal!)
Image Source: Apple Muffins [Vegan]
Muffins are a well loved breakfast staple, and have been for quite some time. Fluffy, moist, delicious, and easy to grab when you’re running a little late and need a meal on the go. They can be made with a wide variety of flavors and ingredients to customize them any way you like. You can make a large batch of muffins on Sunday night and eat them all week. These Apple Muffins from Julie Zimmer just may be your new fall staple!
Zucchini makes another surprise experience in breakfast food with these Zucchini Banana Muffins from Robin Runner. You’ll never believe how great the flavor is. Or, you can try out her Spiced Pumpkin Muffins! Either way, you’ll be happy to have such a delicious breakfast when you wake up a couple minutes too late.
3. Savory Breakfasts
Image Source: Sun-Dried Tomato Olive and Veggie Quiche [Vegan]
Tofu makes a star appearance in savory breakfasts. Forget eggs – tofu can take it’s place in breakfast classics with ease. You can make many of these at the beginning of the week or the night before and have a fancy breakfast quick and easy in the morning – like with Logan Dunn‘s Sun-Dried Tomato Olive and Veggie Quiche. Another good one to make in a big batch is this Oil-Free Breakfast Casserole With Hash Brown Crust from The China Study Family Cookbook.
Who says that burritos can’t be for breakfast? Breakfast burritos are frankly an amazing invention – one of the best meals with one of the best foods. Try out this Spicy Tofu Scramble and Avocado Breakfast Burrito from Sara Hohn – just get your ingredients ready the night before, throw them all together in the morning. If you’re looking for a simple delicious meal, this Simple Squash Blossom, Zucchini, and Cashew Cheese Toast from Emma D’Alessandro. Just make your cashew cheese in advance, even slice your veggies in advance, and layer your toast when you wake up!
4. Pancakes and Waffles
Image Source: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes [Vegan, Gluten Free]
Waffles and pancakes may not seem like something that you can meal prep, but if you measure out your ingredients beforehand and just mix and cook in the morning, you’d be surprised at how quickly it can come together – like in these Pumpkin Oat Pancakes from Nicole Dunai.
Get your green on with Gunjan Dudani‘s Quinoa Flour, Zucchini, and Peas Pancakes in the most delicious way – you won’t even know you’re getting veggies in there. It’s the same thing with these Protein-Packed Cheesy Zucchini Cornbread Waffles from Ashley Smyczek. And finally, for something sweet, try these Pumpkin Waffles With Apple Cider Maple Syrup from Zsu Dever!
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: Earl Grey Zucchini Oatmeal with Chocolate Hazelnut Butter