Meal Prep With Pep

September 08, 2017 in Category: Guides

Meal Prep. Short for “meal preparation.” It’s what kitchens were designed to accomplish, although most people will say kitchens were designed to provide a space for people to gather during parties.

When you aren’t hosting parties, consider using your kitchen to prepare meals. And we’re not talking just one meal. You can start small, by preparing meals for the week ahead. Eventually, you might even want to work your way up to meal prepping that’ll carry you through 2022. But that would involve upgrading to an industrial-type kitchen, complete with futuristic food-saving methods, not to mention a lot of groceries…

So, we’ll stick with the week-at-a-time-meal-prep. This is especially ideal for this time of year, when it’s "back-to-school, so-long-summer, is-vacation-really-over?" time.

Below you'll find three easy recipes to ease you back into this time of routine, all created with ingredients from your neighborhood Trader Joe's. Each one yields five filling servings, so you can spend more time enjoying your lunch—or breakfast, or dinner—and less time rushing to the vending machine or drive-thru window. 

So, roll up your sleeves and give these recipes a go. Who knows? It might even inspire you to someday attempt that 5-year meal prep…

Sausage & Veggies

Roasted Vegetables and Sausage with Rice
Veggies seem to be at their most craveable when roasted. Paired with Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Rice Medley, they make for a filling, fantastically prepped meal you can enjoy all week long.

Protein Box

recipe components aligned in grid
Pump up your protein intake by building a simple, pre-prepped snack box, consisting of fresh produce, Cage Free Hard-Cooked Egg, and Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. (And though it might not be “dessert” in the strictest sense, the cheese is, undoubtedly, a treat.)

Classic Cobb Salad

salad in bowl with salad tongs and dressing
A quick and uncomplicated salad that’s loaded with toppings—which is always the best part of a salad, anyway.


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