While meal prepping is great to do, it can be hard to come up with consistent healthy ideas on what to make, especially when you have to make it in advance. Below I go over some healthy dinner ideas I use while meal prepping for myself.
Easy Go-To Healthy Dinner Idea
Chicken and Veggies
Although this sounds simple and kind of boring, it is very easy to make chicken and vegetables in large quantities, then freeze them in individual portions for quick dinners or lunches.
You can do different variations of this simple but healthy meal prep just by using different seasonings. Try:
- Lemon pepper
- Jerk chicken
- Italian seasoning
- Buffalo style
- Garlic & parmesan (Garlic is great to help with high blood pressure, boost your immune system and much more.)
When I grew up my mother made chicken and vegetables at least two to three times a week.
Use white or dark meat – whatever you prefer. Yes, dark chicken meat is still healthy for you! I also use Cauliflower Rice instead of regular rice to stay away from those unhealthy, high-glycemic carbs.
Here’s an example below of what I make for my dinner meal preps using chicken and vegetables.
Easy & Healthy Chicken & Veggies Meal Prep Dinner
- 2 lbs of boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- Your preferred seasoning
- 4 carrots
- 1 bell pepper (green, red, yellow, or orange)
- 1 red onion
- 1 zucchini
- Any other veggies you like – mushrooms, broccoli, snap peas, etc.
- 1 lb frozen cauliflower rice – if desired
- Olive oil or coconut oil
Clean and chop all of your veggies and have them on hand. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place a small amount of oil in a non-stick pan and cook until cooked through. Add desired seasonings and set aside. (Make a variety of chicken by dividing the chicken into multiple bowls and season each one differently.)
Add another small amount of oil to your pan and cook veggies until just soft. Remember, some veggies cook longer than others, so add the harder veggies first (carrots etc.) and save the softer veggies (mushrooms etc.) for later.
Once you have cooked everything, combine chicken and veggies and divide into meal prep containers along with the cauliflower rice (if used). Label with the type of chicken and date. Place in refrigerator for use within the next 2 days or place in freezer for longer storage.
This meal is perfect if you’re on the Paleo Diet or add some extra grass-fed butter or even bacon for the Keto Diet!