I do not actually have an understanding of why meal prepping turned this “extravaganza” the place you have to commit your complete Sunday to creating foodstuff for the next 7 days. Who has time for this?? I don’t. 

Moreover, I just do not want to! The most up-to-date Colleen Hoover reserve is calling my name on a Sunday. 

Let’s flip the script on “meal prep.”

Reminder: meal prepping DOES NOT have to be: 

  1. On a Sunday
  2. A enormous time commitment
  3. Everything fancy

When I talk about food prep with Metabolism Makeover peeps, I normally talk to them: what’s the 1 meal that you unquestionably need to prep or its most most likely going to be a sh*t display? Just start off there! Some foods really don’t require to be meal-prepped, so really do not anxiety about these. Cross these off the list.

And then I’ll question, what’s the one time a 7 days that you are presently in the kitchen area producing a meal? Can you double the batch? Triple? You really do not have to reinvent the wheel in get to believe in advance with your meals. Just acquire benefit of the time you are now in there whipping factors up. 

Incorporating a small excess get the job done to presently focused time creating foods can save you an astronomical quantity of time through the 7 days.

SO, down below are 7 of my preferred recipe suggestions that you can prepare dinner as soon as and eat. all. 7 days. extended. AMEN.

1. Crockpot Shredded Chicken

This may well not be revolutionary, but it Have to be provided in this post. Having shredded hen on hand is a lifesaver! Discuss about a fabulously adaptable protein. Increase some to a salad package, use in a wrap, make some rooster quesadillas, blend in some BBQ sauce for BBQ rooster – anything! Probably a small batch of rooster salad appears great on a random Tuesday. Sweet, the chicken is now made. 

So, how to make it? I frequently acquire a pack of chicken breasts in bulk and then put the total package (4 significant breasts) in the crockpot. I’ll insert 1 cup of hen broth or h2o and then use no matter what spices communicate to me. Normally, it is a good dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or significant for 4-6 hours. It need to be pretty easy to shred with a fork when accomplished! Keep in the fridge for 5-7 times or the freezer for more time!

Below is a different spin on this for a buffalo flavor: Gradual Cooker Buffalo Rooster

Here’s a way to use the shredded chicken for dinner: 2 times Baked Hen Stuffed Sweet Potato

2. Taco-seasoned floor beef or turkey

A video game-changer in my property is getting taco-seasoned ground beef or turkey in the freezer at all instances. It is picky-eater helpful and extremely adaptable. I’ll use it to make a taco salad or nachos, and my husband will make no matter what he wishes with it. Amazing.

Only acquire a person or two kilos of lean floor beef or turkey and brown in a pan. Drain excessive grease as needed. Add your favorite taco seasoning packet(s) according to the directions. Shop in the fridge and use all week!

Strategy: use your taco meat in these sweet potato taco bows

3. White Chicken Chili

I would hardly call this cooking, so if you’re in a lazy temper, it’s time for white chicken chili! Plus, it will effortlessly make 8+ servings.

This is one particular of our OG recipes for white rooster chili. It’s sooo fantastic. 

We also not long ago posted this spin on rooster chili to Instagram. Check out it out!

4. Cheesy Taco Pasta

This was a crowd favored in the MM community! This cheesy taco pasta is great for leftovers. You can even throw it in the freezer just after a 7 days if necessary (which I’m quite absolutely sure I at the moment have in my freezer however). 

I extremely recommend making use of a significant-fiber or higher-protein pasta like Banza for this recipe! Super simple way to make it more blood-sugar helpful and enjoyable!

5. Sheet Pan Evening meal

I’m seriously just on the lookout out for you right here in this publish with some of the most straightforward ways to cook meals and have *remarkable* leftovers. If you can toss things on a sheet pan and open up the oven, you will love these meal concepts:

Sheet Pan Pesto Rooster, Potatoes & Veggies

One Pan Steak & Taters

Personally, I enjoy to use chicken sausage one-way links from Trader Joe’s, slice into coins, and then combine with veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Really don’t fail to remember the toddler crimson potatoes! Toss in olive or avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 350 for about 30 minutes, and voila! You can make as large or little of a batch as you will need for the week. 

6. Higher-Protein Pasta

A further shortcut strategy to make rapid meals in the course of the week. 

Cook up your favored pasta (once again, love my Banza noodles). Warmth up a jar of your favourite pasta sauce (I appreciate Trader Joe’s Spicy Chunky Tomato & Pepper Pasta Sauce). Insert 2 cups or 1 large container of cottage cheese to the sauce and mix with each other making use of an immersion blender. You could also put sauce and cottage cheese in a blender. Mix your cheesy sauce with noodles when cooked and established apart to cool. 

Idea: add veggies to your sauce combination if preferred for far more nutrition and fiber! Spinach or cooked zucchini will be undetected the moment blended into the sauce.

Incorporate your protein of selection (you could insert that shredded hen from previously mentioned) and extra veggies on leading of your pasta for a well balanced, straightforward evening meal. During the week you can pull one more serving of your higher-protein pasta and try to eat basic or with far more of your cooked protein on major. This freezes wonderfully as nicely.

Idea: Trader Joe’s turkey burgers or hen sausages are a rapidly way to add protein to this with small time on a weeknight.

7. Enchilada Skillet

I just can’t go away out our most raved about recipe At any time. The Enchilada Skillet. 

Check out out the article here. I’ll place the recipe under as well.

Idea: Use shredded rooster OR taco-seasoned floor beef from higher than in this recipe!

Also can make this vegetarian by ditching the meat and introducing additional black beans and/or pinto beans.


  • 1 10-oz can of diced tomatoes w/ chiles
  • 1 ¼ cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 4-oz can chopped environmentally friendly chiles
  • 2 ½ cup shredded cooked chicken 
  • ½ cup Cotija cheese (optional)
  • 4 corn tortillas, slice into strips & baked (optional)
  • chopped cilantro
  • avocado


  1. Increase tomatoes, enchilada sauce, black beans, environmentally friendly chiles and rooster to a huge skillet over medium-high warmth and stir to mix
  2. Go on cooking, stirring once in a while, until mixture reaches simmer
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, and prime with tortilla chips, cilantro and avocado, if sought after

*to make the tortilla strips, cut the tortillas into strips and spray with olive or avocado oil cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Broil in the oven right up until crispy (just a handful of minutes!)

Will make 3-4 servings

Double if necessary!

I hope this aids to simplify your prepping AND reduce down your cook time all 7 days prolonged!

– Elle, MM Mentor