Make-Ahead Meal & Snack Recipes
By Jackie Cartier
January 11, 2018
When the going gets tough, healthy eating often goes straight out the window. It’s all too familiar a routine or a lack thereof. The schedule gets busy and commitments pull you in many different directions, mostly away from the kitchen.
But then! The schedule clears (at least for a day) and you find yourself back in the kitchen motivated to make a healthy meal for yourself or your family. When the motivation strikes why not make that two meals, three or four? With the help of your freezer, and a good podcast or music to listen to as you cook, you can easily stockpile healthy food to pull out when time is again at a minimum.
Here are tons of easy make ahead and freeze meal options to take you from sun up to sun down, even on days when you’re too busy to even see the sun.
Crustless Spinach Quiche – Make on a weekend and heat up portions all week long to set you up for a good day. Serve with ½ cup of blueberries or sliced strawberries and two ounces of turkey breakfast sausages.
Breakfast Burrito – A balanced breakfast, delicious and tasty.
Lunch and/or Dinner
Wild Rice Meatballs – Pair with some roasted Brussel sprouts or broccoli with butter and ½ cup sweet potatoes and you’re set.
Chili – Add a dollop of full-fat sour cream and you’ve got a balanced meal! Freeze in ready to go lunch containers for true ease on busy days.
Shepard’s Pie – A perfect balanced dinner for cold winter nights, easy to pack for a lunch too!
Oatmeal Almond Balls – A balanced snack, nothing else needed!
Blueberry Oat Muffins – To balance the snack, serve with one hard-boiled egg or 1 ounce of meat.
Lil’ Dipper – Use up some vegetables in the fridge with this family favorite, we promise kiddos will consume more veggies than you think possible with the help of this dip.
For more healthy recipes and information on what we mean by “balanced” check out our Weight & Wellness Way Cookbook and Nutrition Guide. For even more meal inspiration check out our What a Nutritionist Eats series for easy and clever ideas to try in the kitchen.