39 Actually Exciting Packable Meals You Can Meal-Prep Now And Enjoy Later

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If you've been working or learning from home, you could probably use some more satisfying lunch or dinner recipes. These weekday meals are filling, customizable, and can all be prepared ahead of time so you can store them and enjoy as needed.

1.Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

Bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, and chicken breast roast all together on a sheet pan. Add some homemade (or store bought) tzatziki to the mix and you've got a delicious Greek-inspired lunch.

Recipe: Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

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2.Mason Jar Instant Noodle Cups

Mason jar noodle cups.

Way more nutritious and tasty than instant ramen, this mason jar soup can be prepared completely ahead of time with cooked chicken, veggies, and boullion cubes. When you're ready to eat, just add boiling water and enjoy.

Recipe: Mason Jar Instant Noodle Cups

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3.Sheet Pan Salmon Niçoise Salads

Ingredients for salmon niçoise salads.

This sheet pan recipe is so simple. Make enough salmon for a few days at once and enjoy it throughout the week. This recipe tastes just as delicious chilled as it does hot from the oven.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Salmon Niçoise Salads

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4.Red Thai Curry Meal Prep

Red curry chicken with vegetables.

This recipe calls for chicken, but you can customize your curry with whatever protein or veggies you like best. It will keep in the fridge for a few days, and it even tastes better as the flavors sit.

Recipe: Red Thai Curry Meal Prep

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5.Easy Meal Prep Cobb Salads

Easy Meal Prep Cobb Salad

You can make all the components of this salad — the bacon, the hard boiled eggs, and the grilled chicken — ahead of time. When you're ready to eat, just add lettuce, tomato, and cucumber and toss with your favorite store bought dressing.

Recipe: Easy Meal Prep Cobb Salads

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6.Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Salad

Making sun-dried chicken salad with mayo.

Pre-cooked, shredded or rotisserie chicken, sun-dried tomato pesto, and mayo is all you need to whip up this chicken salad. Eat it throughout the week for lunch in a sandwich, lettuce wraps, on a big salad, or with crackers.

Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Salad

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7.Meal Prep Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bowls

A chicken quinoa Caprese bowl.

You can use any grain like brown rice, farro, or quinoa as the base of this filling Caprese bowl.

Recipe: Meal Prep Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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8.Cauliflower Cashew Lunch Bowls

Ingredients for cauliflower cashew bowls.

This vegan-friendly lunch is made with roasted cauliflower, toasted cashews, barley and chickpeas, all tossed in honey-ginger vinaigrette. Go ahead and add some greens to turn it into a salad.

Recipe: Cauliflower Cashew Lunch Bowls

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9.Warm Farro Salad With Roasted Root Vegetables

Farro salad with roasted root vegetables.

Cook enough farro (or any grain) for a few day's worth of lunches and roast whatever vegetables you like best. At lunch time, just toss the ingredients with goat cheese, pistachios, dried cranberries, and drizzle with a mixture of lemon, olive oil, and vinegar.

Recipe: Warm Farro Salad With Roasted Root Vegetables

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10.Vegan Cold Sesame Noodle Bowls

4 cold sesame noodle bowls with chickpeas.

This recipe calls for chickpeas, but if you need more protein, go ahead and prepare these bowls with chicken, shrimp, tofu, or even smoked salmon.

Recipe: Vegan Cold Sesame Noodle Bowls

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11.Winter Vegetable Freezer Burritos

Ingredients for winter vegetable freezer burritos.

You can make these burritos ahead of time and store them in the freezer for an easy, on-the-go meal whenever you need one.

Recipe: Winter Vegetable Freezer Burritos

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12.Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Lunch Bowls

A close-up of a chicken fajita bowl.

In addition (or instead of) the cilantro lime quinoa, you can always pack some tortillas on the side to heat-up and enjoy with the fajita filling.

Recipe: Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Lunch Bowls

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13.Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Meal Prep

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Meal Prep

Let's forget about labels. Breakfast is delicious any damn time of day.

Recipe: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Meal Prep

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14.Sheet Pan Honey Sriracha Tofu

Sheet pan honey Sriracha tofu with broccoli and carrots.

When you prepare the sheet pan tofu and vegetables, boil enough rice to last the week. Boom: easy, meal-prep tofu bowls.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Honey Sriracha Tofu

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15.4-Ingredient Trader Joe's Ground Turkey Meal Prep Bowls

Asian-style vinaigrette, frozen rice, ground turkey, and broccolini.

Not only is this recipe so easy (hello, four simple ingredients), but it's also very affordable.

Recipe: 4-Ingredient Trader Joe's Ground Turkey Meal Prep Bowls

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16.Shrimp Fried Rice Bowls

Shrimp fired rice bowls with vegetables.

Forget about ordering takeout and instead, whip up these shrimp fried rice bowls at the beginning of the week.

Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice Bowls

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17.Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

A slow cooker full of turkey chili.

The best thing about chili, besides for the fact that it's super filling and comforting, is that it gets even more delicious as it sits in the fridge.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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18.Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese

Penne topped with lentil Bolgonese.

Make this lentil Bolognese in the Instant Pot and enjoy it throughout the week on pasta, rice, lettuce wraps, or even on a bun like a vegetarian sloppy Joe.

Recipe: Instant Pot Lentil Bolognese

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19.No-Mayo Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Tuna salad ingredients in a bowl.

Packed with marinated artichokes, cucumber, chickpeas, onion, red peppers, pepperocini, and tomatoes, this loaded tuna salad tastes amazing on a salad, in a wrap or sandwich, or even straight by the spoonful.

Recipe: No-Mayo Mediterranean Tuna Salad

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20.Instant Pot Dump-and-Go Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients for chicken noodle soup in the Instant Pot.

Make a big batch of this chicken noodle soup because it freezes perfectly, and you'll want to enjoy it all fall long.

Recipe: Instant Pot Dump-and-Go Chicken Noodle Soup

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21.One-Pot Tuscan White Bean Soup

Tuscan white bean soup with kale.

This hearty, vegetarian soup tastes even better with crusty bread for dunking.

Recipe: One-Pot Tuscan White Bean Soup

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22.Vegetarian Orzo Salad Meal Prep Bowls

Orzo bowls with mozzarella and hard boiled eggs.

You can whip up this pasta salad with pretty much whatever vegetables you have in the house. Add a soft or hard boiled egg to make it extra filling.

Recipe: Vegetarian Orzo Salad Meal Prep Bowls

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23.Vegan Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls

Roasted sheet pan sweet potatoes.

Start with your favorite grain at the base, add roasted sweet potato, kale, sliced avocado, and drizzle it all with creamy tahini.

Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Buddha Bowls

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24.Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad Meal Prep

Southwestern chicken salad in glass containers.

You can prepare this salad ahead of time and just leave off the dressing so it doesn't get soggy. When you're ready to eat, toss it with ranch dressing and tortilla strips.

Recipe: Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad Meal Prep

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25.Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

Pesto chicken, broccoli, and tomatoes on a sheet pan.

Start with store bought pesto, diced chicken breast, and whatever vegetables you have like zucchini and tomatoes. Roast everything in the oven and enjoy.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken Meal Prep Bowls

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26.Honey Garlic Salmon Lo Mein Meal Prep

Marinating honey garlic salmon.

It's hard to get sick of this sweet-and-savory salmon lo mein. The fish is marinated in honey, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil, then it's roasted until fork tender and tossed with noodles and veggies.

Recipe: Honey Garlic Salmon Lo Mein Meal Prep

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27.Make-Ahead Cauliflower Shawarma Grain Bowls

A grain bowl topped with cauliflower, veggies, and tahini.

A meatless meal anyone will love, cauliflower gets tossed in a blend or turmeric, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and olive oil, then it's roasted until charred and tender. Serve it over your favorite grain with chickpeas and veggies.

Recipe: Make-Ahead Cauliflower Shawarma Grain Bowls

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28.Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

Three teriyaki meatball and rice bowls.

Not only do these Asian-inspired meatballs stay great for a few days in the fridge, but they're also freezer-friendly so you can make an extra large batch and keep them on hand for a lazy day.

Recipe: Teriyaki Meatball Bowls

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29.Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken With Pineapple

Pouring sweet and sour sauce over chicken in a slow cooker.

Prepare this sweet and sour chicken in the slow cooker, then pack it for lunch with rice, salad, or noodles.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken With Pineapple

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30.Meal Prep Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Preparing buffalo chicken wraps.

Pro tip: envelope this buffalo chicken in a layer of crispy lettuce and it will prevent the wraps from getting soggy when you pack them for lunch.

Recipe: Meal Prep Buffalo Chicken Wraps

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31.Meal Prep Cajun Shrimp and Veggies

Cajun shrimp with vegetables meal prep.

This sheet pan recipe comes together in about 20 minutes with just a few ingredients. If you don't love shrimp, you can swap in chicken, salmon, sausage, or even tofu.

Recipe: Meal Prep Cajun Shrimp and Veggies

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32.Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Ingredients for minestrone soup.

This super filling and totally vegetarian soup is so satisfying once the temperature starts to drop. Plus, it's extremely portable. All you need is a microwave to heat it up.

Recipe: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

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33.Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala Meal Prep

Tikka masala vegetables in the slow cooker.

This plant-based lunch can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer. It's loaded with tofu, cauliflower, and peas in a delicious Indian-inspired tikka masala sauce.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala Meal Prep

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34.Korean Beef Meal Prep Bowls

Korean beef bowls over rice.

Ground beef (or turkey or chicken) is cooked in sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and scallions. Serve it over rice with some pickled cucumbers for a meal that rivals take-out.

Recipe: Korean Beef Meal Prep Bowls

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35.Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar pasta salad in a mixing bowl.

This simple pasta salad recipe is timeless. You can always dress it up with extra vegetables like mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, or even butternut squash for a fall flavor boost.

Recipe: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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36.Meal Prep Moroccan Chickpea, Sweet Potato, and Cauliflower Bowls

Chickpeas, sweet potato, and cauliflower on a sheet pan.

Chicken, couscous, chickpeas, avocado, and sweet potato make for a seriously satisfying lunch. Even if you don't eat meat, there's enough protein in here to keep you feeling full.

Recipe: Meal Prep Moroccan Chickpea, Sweet Potato, and Cauliflower Bowls

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37.One-Skillet Ground Turkey Thai Curry Meal Prep

Skillet ground turkey Thai curry with vegetables.

Made with ground turkey, vegetables, coconut milk, and yellow curry paste, this one skillet meal is a gift that keeps on giving. It tastes even better as leftovers.

Recipe: One-Skillet Ground Turkey Thai Curry Meal Prep

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38.Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

Mason jar antipasto.

Shake up your boring salad routine with this mason jar medley, loaded with olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cheese, romaine, and salami. The recipe calls for chicken breast, but adding sliced deli turkey is a simple and delicious way to save time and effort.

Recipe: Mason Jar Antipasto Salad

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39.Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Preparing the turkey lettuce wrap filling.

Make the Thai-inspired turkey filling on a Sunday and enjoy it throughout the week in crisp lettuce wraps. You'll want to make some extra peanut sauce for drizzling.

Recipe: Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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