11 Best Packaged Foods for Meal Prep
Meal prep is a great way to set yourself up for healthy eating throughout the week, and it can save you money (goodbye takeout lunch). But prepping all of your meals at once can be exhausting. That’s why I turn to pre-packaged foods that make meal prepping easier and less stressful.
Stock up on these 11 foods the next time you’re in the grocery store.
Frozen Fruits and Veggies
Haricot verts are basically just fancy French green beans, but they require no trimming (yay!! I hate trimming green beans) and cook super fast. They’re also great in a salad, or to munch on raw as a snack. You can find these fresh and frozen. Trader Joes typically stocks them year round.
Plain Greek Yogurt
I buy Greek yogurt by the quart each week. The reason? It’s versatile. I like that I can either go sweet and top it with frozen berries and nuts or savory and top it with a fried egg, some kind of grain and roasted vegetable for super last-minute late dinners. Check out all these recipes you can make with Greek Yogurt.
Sure, you could make a salad at home in minutes, but salad kits are so convenient (and often help us eat more veggies! Plus, there are some really tasty flavor combos and they can be easily doled out into tupperware containers for the week. When buying a salad kit make sure to check the ingredients, especially the dressing if its included, and make sure it has less than 8 grams of sugar. You can also create your own “salad kit” by hitting up your grocers Salad Bar and filling a container with all your favorite toppings that you know you won’t have time to prep during the week.
Pre-Cut Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Butternut Squash
Pre-cut vegetables are a game changer and major time-saver! Yes, you will pay a little more than buying the whole vegetable but you will be saving tons of time in the kitchen because all of these are ready to roast, saute, or be made into slaw.
Grains like farro, rice, or quinoa can take up to 40 minutes to make from scratch. Even though microwaveable packages of grains cost a little more, they save so much time that they’re definitely worth it for meal prep. 90 seconds for quinoa? Count me in!
Microwaveable Sweet Potatoes
Again, microwaveable sweet potatoes cost a little more, but they are worth it. They come in their own microwave-safe plastic wrap and are ready in under 8 minutes. Make them a meal by stuffing them with microwaveable lentils, your favorite veggies, and a dollop of Greek yogurt, salt and pepper.