Meal planning is all about being proactive about the meals you cook, and making sure you always have healthy and delicious recipes ready to go for the week. These ten easy recipes will make a great addition to your meal-planning cookbook!
1. Tortilla Soup
Soups are a great idea for meal planning because they’re incredibly easy to make, easy to store, and easy to re-heat! This tortilla soup recipe adds a little kick to your weekly meal plan, and it’s super easy to make. Jut make sure you own a slow cooker! You can spice up this recipe and make it hot, or keep it simple with some hearty ingredients for a filling and healthy soup that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
2. Cilantro And Lime Slow Cooker Chicken
Slow cookers are one of the best ways to prepare quick and easy meals that will last you the entire week. If you’re big into leftovers this slow cooker chicken recipe will be right up your alley! This meal is great to keep in your fridge and take to work with you for a healthy and tasty lunch that will keep you going through the rest of your day. The beauty of a slow cooker is that it basically does all the work for you. Just prepare all your ingredients, toss them in and let the slow cooker work its magic for a delicious and nutritious meal that requires next to nothing in the effort department!
3. Zuppa Toscana
When it comes to healthy soups, zuppa Toscana kinda takes the cake. This bad boy is loaded with beans, veggies and healthy carbs. This is one of those all-in-one meals that will fill you up and keep your tummy happy all day. Your tummy won’t be the only thing that’s happy, either! This soup is quick and was to make, and it stores really well, so you can bring it to lunch for the whole week. Make it on a Sunday night to have your lunch planned out and more time to focus on you (or just more time to lounge around) during your busy week.
4. Slow Cooker Chicken, Broccoli And Rice
Chicken and broccoli is an easy go-to when you’re in the mood for a quick comfort food meal but you don’t have time to run to the grocery store. Almost all of the ingredients in this recipe are most likely things you already have on hand, making it the perfect meal for those nights when you just don’t have the energy to go all out in your meal planing, but you still want a healthy and satisfying meal. Rice is always a great option for a quick and filling dinner, and because it pairs well with just about anything in your fridge it’s one of those items you should always make sure to stock up on!
5. Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is a fun meal for when you honestly just don’t feel like cooking at all. What’s great about chicken salad is that it utilizes that left over chicken breast that’s been sitting in your fridge since dinner last night that you know no one is likely to touch. Make an entirely new meal out of your leftovers with this easy chicken salad recipe! Make a sandwich out of it, or grab a fork and dig in. The flavors are fresh and summery, and you just saved yourself a couple extra bucks by re-using your chicken!
6. Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Pasta is another great meal for leftovers! But don’t just settle for the old spaghetti and sauce standby. Jazz it up a bit with this Tuscan chicken pasta recipe great for a quick weeknight meal that will make your tastebuds sing and your stomach full and happy. Pasta is great because if you portion correctly, you’ll have meals for the entire family for the next few days. Make a large serving and keep it in your freezer for lunch. You can even eat it cold as a super yummy pasta salad!
7. Honey Garlic Chicken
Fell-good, home-cooked meals make the best comfort foods, and honey garlic chicken is the jackpot for healthy, comforting, warm, delicious foods that are easy to make and quick to cook. This is another slow cooker all-inclusive meal, so just throw it in the pot and go about your day! In no time you will have super moist chicken and an array of colorful and tasty veggies to serve for dinner!
8. Cashew Salad
Salads are by far one of the healthier options for meal planning, but people tend to shy away because they don’t sound all that filling. Remember that meal planning is all about portions and planning ahead! This salad pairs really well with grilled chicken or turkey breasts, or even some sweet potato fries! This doesn’t have to be the main feature of your meal, but it makes for a great side and its quick and easy! AND it’s great to keep in the fridge for when those snack attacks strike and you need a healthy treat to munch on!
9. Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice is super simple to make, it’s absolutely delicious, and it’s way healthier than the fried rice you would get in a take-out container. It’s loaded with veggies and protein, and it’s a fun way to shake things up in your kitchen! The whole meal takes about a half-hour to make, and you’ll be left with tons of leftovers for the week.
10. Corn Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a great choice for lunch boxes because you can eat it cold! But this isn’t your typical pasta salad. It isn’t loaded up with mayo and it certainly isn’t weighed down with empty calories. This vegan alternative to pasta salad is a healthy and easy lunch menu item that tastes just as good as it looks!