18 Easy Meal Prep Ideas That'll Give You One Less Thing To Worry About This Week

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If the term "meal prep" conjures up visions of spending an entire day cooking to exhaustion (and then eating the same boring meals every day for an entire work week), we've got good news for you: you're not alone!

Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of our favorite meal prep recipes that we promise you won't get tired of, and will ~actually~ make you excited for your Sunday meal prep session.

1.Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

No lie: in only four simple steps, you can make a week's worth of these succulent shredded chicken tacos.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos | Shop This Recipe

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2.20-Minute Beef And Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry

20-Minute Beef And Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry

With this super simple list of ingredients, you can whip up a week of protein-packed lunches with very little effort (and in only thirty minutes).

Recipe: 20-Minute Beef And Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry | Shop This Recipe

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3.Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry

Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry

This simple and delicious stir-fry is considered the "better, homemade version of Panda Express" by multiple commenters. Need we say more?

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry | Shop This Recipe

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4.Freezer-Prep French Toast Sticks

Freezer-Prep French Toast Sticks

There's a reason kids love these — they're totally delicious. Make a big batch on Sunday for virtually-instant breakfasts all week long.

Recipe: Freezer-Prep French Toast Sticks | Shop This Recipe

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5.Microwave Meal-Prep Lasagna

Microwave Meal-Prep Lasagna

Bring a container of this meal-prep lasagna to work, pop it in the microwave, and that tantalizing smell will make you the envy of every single one of your coworkers.

Recipe: Microwave Meal-Prep Lasagna | Shop This Recipe

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6.Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

To make this chicken burrito bowl totally grain-free, you can easily swap the rice for cauliflower rice or roasted veggies.

Recipe: Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls | Shop This Recipe

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7.Strawberry Banana Smoothie Meal Prep

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Meal Prep

If you're a breakfast-skipper due to a complete lack of time (we've been there), give this easy make-ahead smoothie a try.

Recipe: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

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8.Balsamic Chicken And Veggies Meal Prep

Balsamic Chicken And Veggies Meal Prep

Overcoming meal prep monotony looks like...well, this dish, starring sticky-sweet balsamic chicken that's anything but basic.

Recipe: Balsamic Chicken And Veggies Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

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9.Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Parmesan Crusted Salmon

This sheet pan salmon recipe is a great one to ensure that your baked salmon stays moist on the inside (with a crisp, cheesy crust).

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Salmon | Shop This Recipe

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10.Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

This vibrant dish can be whipped up in just 25 minutes and will be just as delicious at the end of the week as it was in the beginning.

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls | Shop This Recipe

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11.Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta

Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta

Miracles do happen — as one commenter put it: "this made sooo much that I actually got 6 days of meals out of it, so my husband gets to have some this week, too!"

Recipe: Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken And Veggie Pasta | Shop This Recipe

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12.Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pasta

Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pasta

Some readers recommend the addition of heavy cream if you prefer a creamier pasta, to which we would say...you should absolutely go for it.

Recipe: Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pasta | Shop This Recipe

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13.Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats

On busy mornings, you'll be grateful you prepped these blueberry overnight oats for a grab-and-go breakfast that's ready in seconds.

Recipe: Blueberry Overnight Oats | Shop This Recipe

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14.Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

You can easily store this veggie-packed meal in the refrigerator for up to four days, which is a major win.

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies | Shop This Recipe

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15.Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

For an extra punch of flavor and sharpness, one reader suggests adding crumbled feta cheese to this protein-packed three bean salad.

Recipe: Three Bean Salad | Shop This Recipe

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16.Eggplant Potato Tomato Stew

Eggplant Potato Tomato Stew

If you're craving a plant-based but filling stew, this eggplant potato tomato stew might just become your new meal prep go-to.

Recipe: Eggplant Potato Tomato Stew | Shop This Recipe

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17.One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep

One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep

You can't go wrong making this one-pan teriyaki chicken dish — it's super easy to make and you can customize each portion with the veggies of your choice.

Recipe: One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

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18.Make-Ahead Chicken & Rice Bake

Make-Ahead Chicken & Rice Bake

Besides being ridiculously satisfying and comforting, commenters love how well this chicken and rice bake freezes, so you can enjoy a warming meal whenever you need it most.

Recipe: Make-Ahead Chicken & Rice Bake | Shop This Recipe

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