Make a big batch of quinoa or rice (or both!) to use in your salads and breakfast recipes or to get a head start prepping for a couple of your weekly dinners, like burritos or a stir-fry. Cook one cup of each and store in glass containers in the fridge, or make bigger batches and freeze in smaller portions to use later.
If this is your new obsession, make this fast breakfast even quicker by making a week’s worth all at once.
If you prefer your oatmeal hot, save time by making and freezing steel-cut oats in these perfectly portioned little “pucks.” Then in the morning, just take out two or three and warm them in the microwave with your favorite toppings. Cook it traditionally on the stove or make a batch in the crockpot.
Keeping snacks on hand will prevent you from grabbing unhealthy nibbles. Make a batch of protein balls to keep in the fridge so you can grab them after a workout or in the afternoon to hold you until dinner.
Smoothie Freezer Packs
Make mornings stress-free by having a week of smoothie freezer packs on hand. Just grab one from the freezer, add liquid, and your smoothie will be done in two minutes.
Mason Jar Salads
The ultimate time saver, making a week of mason jar salads all at once takes about an hour to prepare, but you’ll be psyched that you don’t have to make lunch every singe day.
Cut Up Fruits and Veggies
Wash and dice veggies you’ll use for your recipes like roasted cauliflower, broccoli, and peppers for a stir-fry or butternut squash and onions for soup. It’s also a great idea to prep fruit like melon or grapes you can grab for breakfast or after dinner for dessert.
Beans are an excellent source of fiber and protein, and aside from rice and beans or burritos, you can also add them to smoothies, mash them into oatmeal, or use them in your salads. Making a big batch of beans in the crockpot encourages you to eat them, saves you money, and tastes much better than canned beans.