Time is one thing everyone seems to be lacking these days.
When it comes to weekly meal prep, time does not have to be an issue.
Meal prep can take some time over the weekend, but it helps me throughout the week to:
- save time because my meals are already packed and ready to go
- eat healthy by cooking whole foods, rather than buying processed
- save money because I’m not eating at restaurants or grabbing convenience foods
- feel less stress about having to cook healthy each weeknight after work
If you haven’t tried meal prep yet, then I suggest giving it a shot.
Start small by preparing some cooked protein for the week. Cook several chicken breasts/thighs or some lean hamburgers to keep in the refrigerator for lunches or dinners. Make a batch of overnight oats or even a large batch of stove-top oats!
You don’t have to prepare every meal and snack you are going to eat the next week. Start with a few simple things and work your way up to that point.
My meal prep sessions have become easier over the years, yet sometimes I still don’t have time to meal prep very much.
One trick for a quick meal prep session is to not actually cook anything!
What? You can skip cooking anything during meal prep?!
Sure you can. There are no rules!
Try my No Cook Meal Prep Chicken Cobb Salad.
This healthy salad recipe is perfect for weekends when you have very little time to prep food!
It literally took me 13 minutes to make from start to finish. How easy is that?
The key to this no cook meal prep chicken cobb salad is to buy the right ingredients – ones that have been cooked for you!
Sure, I prefer to cook my own ingredients to save money but sometimes the cost is worth it!
Again, you could cook all of these foods at your own house for this recipe, but for busy weekends these come in very handy!
The recipe does call for avocado. I suggest adding it just prior to eating, so that it doesn’t turn brown and form that crust if it sits in the fridge all week.
Make one serving, two servings or five servings of this healthy salad recipe during meal prep.
Each serving of this no cook meal prep chicken cobb salad has 340 calories and 31g protein! The healthy fats and protein will keep you full all afternoon too.
No Cook Meal Prep Chicken Cobb SaladPrint Recipe
- 1 cup mixed greens or lettuce of choice
- 3 oz shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 hard-boiled egg (pre-cooked)
- 1/4 avocado, diced
- 1/4 beefsteak tomato, cut into chunks
- 2 Tablespoons red onion, diced
- 1 Tablespoon crumbled bacon (pre-cooked)
- 1 Tablespoon bleu cheese dressing
Pour dressing into a small container with a lid. Combine the remaining ingredients* in a meal prep container and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
*Do not add avocado to the meal prep container until the day you are going to eat the salad. It will brown and form a crust on the fruit if stored too long.