Meal Prep might sound like a daunting task that requires hours of your time, but during January I’ve found it to be one of the only ways to stay (reasonably) healthy even when my schedule has been hectic. Rather than cooking up a huge batch of main meals I’ve actually found that what works best for our family is to have a selection of ready chopped and prepped items on hand that we can reach for to use as sides and in salads. Here are five of the most simple and quick meal prep ideas that work well for us.
5 Simple Meal Prep Snacks And Sides
Hard boiled eggs – these can be boiled up in batches, peeled and stored in an airtight container. I usually make about 6 at the start of the week and see how we get on. They are great for eating in salads, or chopping up for a quick egg mayo sandwich.
Carrots and celery – perfect as a snack on the go or popping on the side of your main meal. Store these in airtight containers in cold water to keep them fresh and crispy!
Roasted broccoli, sprouts, red onion – this is super simple and quick to make. All you need to do is chop your veggies and pop them in a roasting tray. Add oil, one clove of garlic, a pinch of black pepper and some chilli flakes or fresh chillies. Roast for about 20 minutes on 200 and store in an airtight container.
I always eat these cold as a side dish with main meals and they taste amazing! I found a version of this recipe in a YouTube video from downshiftology and absolutely loved it. She has so many more tips and tricks for meal prep too so definitely take a look!
Frozen Greek yogurt bark – I’ve been using this recipe to make some tasty frozen yogurt bark to eat in the mornings. It would be perfect for summer!
You can tailor it to suit your likes and dislikes but the basic idea is to spread your Greek yogurt onto grease-proof paper, add a mix of your favourite fruits and granola and then freeze. Break into bite sized pieces to grab on the go.
Overnight oats – overnight oats are a simple breakfast option to meal prep the night before. Simply mix up some oats with Greek yogurt or milk, add your favourite fruits along with any optional extras such as honey, jam or syrups and leave in a sealed container or bowl overnight. In the morning you will have a perfectly chilled and ready to eat breakfast!
Don’t forget to make note of which day you’ve made everything so you know when it’s probably not good to eat anymore.
Hopefully these simple meal prep suggestions help inspire you a little. I will add some full meal ideas in another post soon but in the meantime do send me your ‘go-to’ meal prep inspo by commenting below or messaging me over on Instagram where I post regular videos, pic and stories.