Is your meal planning game on point? If you’re stuck in a Sunday rut, try batch making any of these meal prep ideas that’ll stay fresh until Friday.
We’ve all been there. Reaching into the fridge to find that the salad is brown and soggy, the avocados have browned, and that taco meat mixture is looking — and smelling — a bit questionable.
When it comes to successful meal prep, you have to know which foolproof ingredients will stay hearty, and won’t let you down come Thursday night. Cooked meat like roasted chicken or ground beef are a good base for meals to build during the week, and cooked eggs — especially hard boiled or frittatas — are sure to hold up for about seven days. Your go-to veggies should be solid picks that won’t get wilty, like cauliflower, carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
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If stored in the fridge properly in airtight, leak-proof containers, these recipes should all be fine to last you until Friday. We shouldn’t have to say this, but just in case — if it smells bad or has mold on it, do not eat it!
If you’re up for prepping actual meals rather than batch-cooking ingredients, we’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes and snacks, and even dessert. From blended soup and seasoned meatballs, to berry parfait and Paleo hummus, we’ve got your week on lockdown. Try picking a few from each category every week, and see what works best for you!
Almond Butter Berry Breakfast Bars
With a mixed berry sauce swirled inside, these gooey and sweet breakfast bars actually get better after a night or two in the fridge!
Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Almond Butter Berry Breakfast Bars
Also known as protein pellets, these Paleo-style scotch eggs are a lot easier to make than you think. Just hard boil some eggs, wrap them up in a seasoned pork mixture, and bake for a breakfast, appetizer or snack that’ll last all week.
Recipe: Well Fed | Scotch Eggs
No-Bake Turmeric Protein Donuts
You don’t even have to turn on the oven when you prep these raw protein donuts for the week. This chewy superfood will be your go-to morning fave!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Turmeric Protein Donuts
Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins
These light, airy bites of cinnamony carrot cake are a great way to start your on-the-go morning.
Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Carrot Cake Breakfast Muffins
Bubbly Hot Bacon Spinach Frittata
This classic spinach and bacon frittata is a favorite of ours — it’s light, fluffy and filling!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Bubbly Hot Bacon Spinach Frittata
Make a big stack of these five-ingredient pancakes for a super easy way to get ahead of your morning game. Just thinking about these sweet pancakes will get you right out of bed!
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Banana Pancakes
Seasoned Turkey Meatballs
When stored properly, cooked meat should last you all week. These turkey meatballs with peppers, onions and almond flour will definitely hold you until Friday!
Recipe: Amazing Paleo | Seasoned Turkey Meatballs
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
They look fancy, but these spicy, beef-stuffed bell peppers are actually very easy. Try underbaking them by about ten minutes to make sure they stay crisp when you reheat them in the oven.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Orange Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli
You’ll actually be excited about reheating your lunch when you have this crispy orange-glazed chicken with tamari sauce to look forward to.
Recipe: Deliciously Organic | Orange Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli
Dreamy Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Ginger
This silky, earthy soup strikes the right balance between sweet and savory — and only gets better as the flavors marry in the fridge.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dreamy Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Ginger
Sweet Potato and Bacon Paleo Soup
This hearty blended soup is easy to bring together. Just store the fried bacon separately, and crumble on demand!
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Sweet Potato and Bacon Paleo Soup
Spicy Rainbow Pasta with All-Veggie Noodles
Get your spiralizer ready! These lightly sautéed veggie noodles made from beets and summer squash, will stay fresh and crunchy all week long.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spicy Rainbow Pasta with All-Veggie Noodles
SIDE DISHES and SNACKS
Cauliflower Breadsticks with Garlic Butter and Hemp Seeds
These buttery low-carb garlic breadsticks will be the envy of every Italian food lover you know.
Recipe: Wholesome Yum | Cauliflower Breadsticks with Garlic Butter and Hemp Seeds
Spicy Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs
These creamy and spicy deviled eggs are great to snack on all week — the bacon and jalapeño filling will definitely hold up until Friday!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spicy Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs
Cinnamon Cumin Roasted Carrots
Carrots are a must-have for meal prep: They stay crunchy when raw, and they reheat well when roasted. These near-caramelized carrot sticks are warmly spiced for a healthy side dish that complements almost anything.
Recipe: Do You Even Paleo ? | Cinnamon Cumin Roasted Carrots
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes + Brussels Sprouts
Roasted sweet potatoes are about to become your new meal prep best friend — they last up to ten days! This sweet and crispy side dish can also double as breakfast hash if you have the time to fry up an egg or two.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes + Brussels Sprouts
Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto
Grill up a bunch of these puppies ahead of time, and enjoy all week! With only two ingredients, it’s as easy as firing up the grill.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto
The Best Waldorf Salad with Healthy Apple Cider Vinegar
The celery, apples, and walnuts will keep their delicious crunch all week with its powerful apple cider vinegar and mayo dressing. Add some diced chicken to make it a healthy lunch!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Best Waldorf Salad with Healthy Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic Red Pepper Cauliflower Hummus
Dip your favorite raw veggies in this spreadable Paleo hummus made from hearty cauliflower and creamy almond butter.
Recipe: Our Fifth House | Garlic Red Pepper Cauliflower Hummus
Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
Cauliflower is a great make-ahead veggie because it stays hearty all week. Jazz it up with this Middle Eastern style cauliflower rice pilaf with onions, golden raisins, chopped almonds and lots of turmeric.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
When stored properly, cooked meat can last about four days in the fridge, but we can pretty much guarantee all slices of this spicy chorizo and beef meatloaf will be gone by Thursday anyway.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Mexican Meatloaf
Easy Tandoori Chicken Recipe with a Coconut Marinade
Grill up this crazy flavorful tandoori chicken on Sunday for a versatile meat you can have with salads or wrapped in Paleo naan.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Tandoori Chicken Recipe with a Coconut Marinade
Veggie and Beef Soup
Robust veggies like onions, mushrooms and carrots, merge with marinated steak for a soup you definitely won’t mind reheating later this week.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Veggie and Beef Soup
Chicken with Creamy Coconut Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Try doubling up on this easy one-pan recipe on Sunday, so you can nosh on this heavenly creamy coconut chicken dish all week long.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chicken with Creamy Coconut Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Sweet Potato Cheeseburger Casserole
Hearty, spiralized sweet potato noodles with ground beef and tomatoes will deliver that cheeseburger flavor all week long.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Potato Cheeseburger Casserole
Red, White and Blue Berries and Cream
This fresh fruit trifle with whipped coconut cream will be just as good at the end of the week, as it is on Sunday… if you can actually make it last that long.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Red White and Blue Berries and Cream
Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies
Bank on the staying power of sweet potatoes by sneaking them into your next batch of ultra- chocolatey brownies!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies
Naked Paleo Carrot Cake
The secret to keeping this carrot cake from drying out? Your new favorite natural sweetener: pineapple slices (just trust us).
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Naked Paleo Carrot Cake
Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
These decadent cookies are bursting with chocolate chunks and hints of smoky bacon. Our recommendation: Triple the recipe!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe
This naturally sweetened, nut-free cake is reason alone to buy those mini bundt pans you’ve been eyeing.
Recipe: Paleo Spirit | Paleo Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe
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