15 Healthy Meal-Prep Recipes That Will Help You Fight Lunchtime Cravings All Week Long
1. Avocado Chicken Salad
While this recipe only makes enough for one serving, you can easily add a few portions to kick-start your week. Just store the chicken salad separate from the other sandwich ingredients until ready to serve.
Get the recipe: avocado chicken salad
2. Cucumber, Corn, Black Bean, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
What’s not to love about this fresh and flavorful salad? There are beans for protein, avocado for healthy fats, and corn, peppers, and cucumbers for that all-important crunch.
Get the recipe: cucumber, corn, black bean, tomato, and avocado salad
3. Red Pepper and Lentil Bake
This combo of red peppers and lentils bakes in one dish and is a good alternative to salad when you want something warm for lunch. It’s the perfect meal-prep dish for vegetarians.
Get the recipe: red pepper and lentil bake
4. Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad
Mason jar salads were made for meal prep. This one is made with quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, and a mango balsamic vinaigrette that’ll leave you feeling satisfied until dinner.
Get the recipe: roasted sweet potato and quinoa salad
5. Dandan Noodles Cups
Instant noodles can’t compete with this healthier version, made with zucchini noodles and a flavorful tahini-based sauce. The recipe includes instructions for prepping and storing enough food for four meals.
Get the recipe: dandan noodles cups
6. Black Bean Burrito Bowl Salad
To keep this (or any) salad crisp and fresh, store it in a mason jar with the dressing and other wet ingredients, like tomatoes, at the bottom and the lighter ingredients, like lettuce, on top.
Get the recipe: black bean burrito bowl salad
7. Red Pepper and Tomato Meatball Soup
Soups work well for meal prep because most recipes make at least six servings, and leftovers can easily be refrigerated or frozen for later. We especially love the turkey meatballs and parmesan cheese in this hearty soup.
Get the recipe: red pepper and tomato meatball soup
8. Mexican Cobb Salad
Some salads just don’t have enough staying power to get you through to dinner, but this is not one of them. To keep the ingredients fresh, try storing them in a compartmentalized container, where you can keep the veggies, lettuce, and protein separate, then add the avocado just before serving.
Get the recipe: Mexican Cobb salad
9. Italian Stuffed Peppers
Many dishes don’t work well for lunch because they aren’t easy to pack, but these Italian stuffed peppers are healthy, portable, and delicious. You can make as many as you need and reheat them in the microwave when hunger calls.
Get the recipe: Italian stuffed peppers
10. Harissa Roasted Sweet Potato Power Salad
We cannot get over the bright, fresh colors and flavors in this sweet potato, kale, and avocado salad. Kale is heartier than other greens, so things won’t get soggy even if you prep the whole thing ahead of time.
Get the recipe: harissa roasted sweet potato power salad
11. Vegan Burrito Bowls
It’s hard to believe, but the “meat” used in these burrito bowls is actually made with walnuts and cauliflower. Along with roasted veggies and rice, you’ve got yourself one tasty lunch.
Get the recipe: vegan burrito bowls
12. Mexican Avocado Egg Salad
We guarantee this will not be like any other egg salad you’ve eaten before. It’s spicy, nutritious, and gets all wrapped up in lightly steamed collard green leaves.
Get the recipe: Mexican avocado egg salad
13. Moroccan Carrot Soup With Chickpeas
This soup is thick, creamy, and loaded with warm Moroccan spices. The recipe makes six servings, but it’s pretty low in calories, so we suggest topping with yogurt or crunchy chickpeas (or both).
Get the recipe: Moroccan carrot soup with chickpeas
14. Veggie Burger Taco Salad
If you’re looking for a creative way to use frozen veggie burgers, look no further than this taco salad. Store prepped ingredients separately until ready to serve or layer in mason jars, pouring in the chipotle tahini dressing first.
Get the recipe: veggie burger taco salad
15. Beef Chili
This veggie-filled chili is made with ground beef, but you could just as easily swap in turkey or chicken, and with five servings, you’ll have lunches all week.
Get the recipe: beef chili