Anyone out there a bit scared of meal prep? Images of counter tops filled with perfectly organized tupperware containers packed, labeled, and ready for the week leave me feeling a bit intimidated and overwhelmed. As much as I love the idea, I definitely don't want (and quite honestly don't have time) to spend every Sunday holed away in the kitchen prepping meals. Between getting caught up with household chores, running errands, and hopefully having a minute to relax; there just isn't time for hours of meal prep as well.
Luckily meal prep doesn't have to be so hard! Today I am going to share a strategy for spending less than one hour of active time prepping five healthy lunches for the week. When your done, lunches will be packed for the whole week and you'll have a bit of variety as well.
The first step is to pick out a base slow cooker recipe that will serve as the protein source for your lunches all week. Then in the morning spend ten minutes getting everything into the slow cooker. Then walk away! That's the great thing about using a slow cooker - it does all the heavy lifting for you allowing you to accomplish other things.
Here are five of my favorites to use for lunches since they are incredibly versatile and it's easy to transform them into five healthy, easy, and delicious lunches.
Next, you are going to prep the other ingredients you need to round out your weekly lunches. Here's what's on the menu:
So here's what you need to prep and here's how to do it in 45 minutes or less.
Each week you can change up the protein you are using, veggies, canned soup, and grains to keep things interesting. Lunches prepped in under an hour. Want even more meal planning and prep help? Take a look at our meal plans which are full of easy lunch recipes that are prepared ahead of time or use leftovers for simple meal prep.
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