Meal prep isn’t beyond your reach. Putting aside a little time every week can really make a difference to your schedule, diet and health.
Wellness gurus and weight-loss gurus love meal prep. And while seeing their social media posts flaunting rows of perfectly prepped Tupperware on a Sunday night can feel intimidating, it really isn’t out of reach.

You don’t just become a meal-planner overnight – you have to make it a habit. It’s a relatively simple concept – you set aside a day to prepare the bare bones of your lunches and dinners for the week ahead, then freeze or chill.

If you’re sick of scrabbling around for last-minute dinner ideas in the supermarket at 6pm, or forever binning unused, mouldy vegetables, these healthy meal prep ideas will save time, money and stress (and won’t go mushy on you midweek).

Meal prep ideas for the time-short and overwhelmed

Streamline your weeknight dinners, without sacrificing flavour or nutrition. Sunday is a perfect day to get organised: instead of sitting on the sofa, write a list, head to the market, the fishmonger, the butcher… then make an afternoon out of your dicing, slicing, chopping and boxing bulk-cooking bonanza. Try these for starters.

Roasted veggie bowl

You can’t beat Mediterranean staples when it comes to healthy meal prep. Simply roast diced sweet potatoes and green beans in the oven for 40 minutes (toss halfway through). Throw the roasted, cooled veg in with marinated artichoke hearts, chickpeas and rocket. Create a tahini sauce with half a cup of tahini, 2tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water and half a tsp garlic powder. Season, stir until smooth, then drizzle over the veggies.

Thai quinoa salad

This flavour-packed feast is meal-prep perfection. Cook your quinoa and leave to cool, then fold in carrots, red cabbage and red peppers. All you need to do after that is prep your sauce: heat peanut butter (¼ cup), 2 tsp grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce (gluten-free if coeliac or gluten intolerant), 1 tbsp honey (agave if vegan), 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp olive oil, water to thin (if needed). Top with cashews, green onions and a lime wedge, if you fancy.

Meal prep doesn’t need to be difficult. For many, it’s just a case of having the right support network – one that knows what they’re talking about. Holmes Place nutritionists are that expert helping hand – a member of our team will work with you to design a personal balanced meal plan based on your measurements, metabolic age, physical performance and goals. We make it easy and importantly, enjoyable for you. Just ask.

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