4 Weeks of Meal Prep Ideas

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Ready to prep some meals? Here are 12 of our most popular recipes, primed for meal prep. Make 4 meals every Sunday and try all the combinations (or mix and match your favorites!). These are healthful, filling options that you’ll love.

4 Weeks of Meal Prep Ideas in glass food containers.


Meal prep is always great in theory: perfectly portioned, healthful meals ready and waiting for you to enjoy. The reality is fraught with issues: Hours of cooking and cleaning up after, recipes you don’t like, and ultimately food waste (and maybe even a secret trip to McDonalds?).

I think the best way to approach Meal Prep is to take recipes you already love and already make and just convert those recipes into your meal prep routine. And don’t make too much! Make whatever you can consume within 4 days so it doesn’t spoil and you don’t get sick of it.

And switch it up! Here are 4 of my most favorite combinations and some of the most popular recipes on Culinary Hill (and a few tweaks to consider when you get bored).

Week 1: Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are made with ground turkey, brushed with olive oil, and baked until tender and brown. They are so so good. Eat them with some quinoa and roasted broccoli.

Need a sauce? Chipotle mayonnaise is my favorite here (just add 1-2 tbsp. mayonnaise in a bowl and stir in adobo sauce from canned chipotles to taste).

4 meal prep containers of turkey meatballs, quinoa, and roasted broccoli.
Turkey meatballs in a white serving bowl.


Turkey Meatballs

Leaner than beef, these Turkey Meatballs are healthy, packed with flavor, and incredibly moist on the inside. A combination of fresh and dried herbs give these meatballs an Italian flare while also providing a balance of flavors.
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Cooked quinoa in a sliver bowl with someone spooning some out.


How to Cook Quinoa

Once you know how to cook quinoa to fluffy, tender perfection, you'll want to add this protein- and fiber-rich whole grain to your menu or meal prep every week.
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Roasted broccoli on a baking sheet with lemon garnish.


Roasted Broccoli

This easy Roasted Broccoli recipe turns boring broccoli into something crispy, caramelized, and delicious in 40 minutes or less. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and some Parmesan cheese for even more flavor.
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Week 1 tweaks

Week 2: Lemon Pepper Chicken

You can make 3-ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken on the grill, on the stove, or in the oven. Over-achievers can DIY the lemon pepper seasoning, too.

Add brown rice and roasted asparagus to the mix for a colorful, hearty meal prep option.

4 containers of lemon pepper chicken, brown rice, and roasted asparagus.
Lemon pepper chicken on a blue platter.


Lemon Pepper Chicken

This easy Lemon Pepper Chicken is great on the grill, on the stove, or in the oven. Dinner is solved in 30 minutes or less, and it's delicious!
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A metal saucepan with a spoon and brown rice in it.


How to Cook Brown Rice

Learn how to cook brown rice (short, medium, or long grain) perfectly every time. It's great for meal prep or freeze it for up to 2 months.
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A baking sheet full of roasted asparagus with lemons.


Roasted Asparagus Recipe

You'll love this easy Roasted Asparagus recipe with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The high oven temperature cooks it to tender-crisp perfection in 10 minutes or less making it a quick, easy, and healthy side dish.
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Week 2 tweaks

Week 3: Blackened Salmon

This blackened salmon has a delicious, spicy Cajun seasoning blend atop perfectly portioned pieces of salmon. Pair with roasted green beans and fluffy baked rice.

4 meal prep containers with blackened salmon, baked rice, and roasted green beans.
Salmon in a cast iron skillet with lemons for garnish.


Blackened Salmon

Ready in about 10 minutes, my easy Blackened Salmon is definitive proof that seafood recipes should not be reserved for restaurant meals alone. Discover how simple it is to make Blackened Salmon for dinner tonight.
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Baked rice in a bowl.


Baked Rice

Making Baked Rice in the oven is fast, foolproof, and fluffy. This easy 3-ingredient recipe is great for meal prep and freezer friendly, too.
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Roasted green beans on a baking sheet with lemon garnish.


Roasted Green Beans

These easy Roasted Green Beans are loaded with garlic and lemon and roasted to perfection. They are simple enough for busy weeknights but delicious enough for holidays too!
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Week 3 tweaks

Week 4: Chipotle Chicken

With so many Chipotle copycat recipes on the site, it’s hard to choose just 3! Chipotle chicken, cilantro-lime rice, and fajita veggies are always popular and always delicious.

For a vegan option, try Chipotle Sofritas. Add sides of salsa to complete your Chipotle bowl.

4 meal prep containers with Chipotle chicken, cilantro-lime rice, and fajita veggies.
Chipotle chicken in a white serving bowl.


Chipotle Chicken (Copycat)

Skip the restaurant and make your own copycat Chipotle Chicken recipe at home. The marinade is quick, easy, healthy, and tastes even better than the real thing! Make white meat or dark meat and follow my instructions for either baking or grilling. 
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A bowl of Cilantro-Lime Rice.


Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (Copycat)

Learn the secrets to making Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice in the comfort of your own kitchen. This copycat recipe starts with getting the right type of rice and cooking it in a non-traditional way. This rice is soft and fluffy with just the right amount of chew and no stickiness.
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Fajita veggies cooking in a silver skillet with a wooden utensil.


Fajita Veggies (Chipotle Copycat)

An easy recipe for grilled Fajita Veggies, just like they make at the Chipotle restaurant. Colorful, tender-crisp, and healthy, these grilled veggies are ready in minutes. And you can add in your other favorite vegetables, too!
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Week 4 tweaks

Happy Meal Prepping!

4 Weeks of Meal Prep Ideas in glass food containers.
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Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.

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