Coming home after a long day at work can make cooking a healthy meal a real chore, especially when the weather is cold. Check out these tips for preparing a week of healthy meals and snacks.

  1. Cook a large portion of meat and put it in a covered container in the refrigerator. You can use chicken, lean beef, or turkey, and all you need to do is reheat and add to your favorite sides, stir-fries, or pastas.

  2. Cook a large box of pasta or quinoa and put it in a covered container in the refrigerator. Just add sauce for a quick meal!

  3. Hard boil eggs for a grab-and-go breakfast or salad topping.

  4. Give all your produce a thorough wash and start chopping. Grill a portion of the vegetables for meals, and then put the raw pieces into plastic containers for snacks.

  5. Make Mason jar salads. Put your dressing on the bottom, firmer vegetables in the middle (think cucumbers and carrots), then lettuce on top. As long as the lettuce and dressing do not touch, the salad will stay fresh for days!

  6. Cook a double portion of your favorite soup and set aside half to stash in your freezer for up to six months.

  7. Crock-pot meals cook while you are away and are an easy way to save time while making a delicious, warm meal. Prepare the ingredients needed to make your favorite dish, and set them aside in a container. Then, just put the ingredients in the crock-pot in the morning and head on with your day. By the time you get home, you’ll have a delicious, home-cooked meal waiting for you!

While you may want to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave and cuddle up on the couch, planning and preparing your meals ahead of time can ensure you are still getting the nutrients you need, while having a quick and easy prep.


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