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2 How to Meal Prep 5 Meals in 1 Hour

Are you looking for tips and tricks to make meal prep easier and save time during the week? In today’s video I’m going to show you how I take a weekly meal plan and prep some of the ingredients and meals ahead of time to make eating fresh meals all week long possible!

Meal Prep: How to prep 5 meals for the week in just 1 hour!

The hour of prep time today will save you about five or more hours of prep, cooking, and cleanup time throughout the week! I don’t know about you, but I rather do all the messy work at once.

As you saw in the video, I’ll be making a slow cooker chicken noodle soup, butternut squash and chickpea tacos, my family’s favorite skillet lasagna, pancakes + eggs + and fruit salad for breakfast night, and we are also having movie and pizza night for the kids Friday!

Tip #1: Print out your meal plan.

Having all the recipes on hand and ready will allow you to see where similar ingredients will be used so you can cook them at the same time. Reading every recipe through at least once and making any necessary notes on the side will save you lots of time. And, if you have limited counter space, tackle one or two similar recipes at once.

Tip #2: Freeze what you can.

Your freezer is your friend! You can prep meals for later on the week and simply freezing the ingredients in a ready-to-cook way. Cooked pasta, rice, slow cooker meals, soups, stock, stir-fry ingredients, breakfast items like pancakes and waffles can all be frozen for example.

Tip #3: Cook once, eat twice.

Whether you roast your own chicken or purchase it roasted from the grocery store, taking a single ingredient and incorporating it into several meals will save you lots of time.

This week, I used a roasted chicken for the slow cooker chicken noodle soup and the other half for healthy lunches.

If your meal plan includes pasta or rice dishes, cook them ahead of time and refrigerate them for up to 3 days. Otherwise, freeze them for later use as mentioned in tip #2.

Cooking pasta and rice will shave a good 20-40 minutes, and they also make a terrific base for quick and easy school and office lunches.

Other Ways I like to save time is by prepping lunches at once. Or, using a single ingredient and making 5 different lunches throughout the week. Creating a theme for the week is a terrific idea and also helps use up any ingredients you might have in the fridge.

Here is a playlist with quick videos on how I make 5 different lunches with hard-boiled eggs, hummus, turkey, chicken salad, egg salad & more.

For more recipe ideas and to check out a sample meal plan, submit your email below. We’ll send you some easy ideas to help you get started!

Meal Prep: How to prep 5 meals for the week in just 1 hour!

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8 Healthy Fall Dinner Recipes

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

It’s officially November! Which means if you weren’t already putting pumpkin in everything and dusting off your slow cooker, it’s time to start now.

Isn’t fall great? The weather is not too hot, not too cold, the trees are all changing colors, and cool nights are spent watching a movie with the family drinking hot chocolate. It’s the perfect time of year!

The best part, though, may be the food. Cooler weather means hearty comfort food. Think soups, chilis, roasted veggies, and all the squash. That doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy! All of these healthy fall dinner recipes are delicious and nutritious. They’re great for serving for a dinner party, or just to the family on a cozy weeknight. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

3. Easy Pumpkin Chili

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

4. One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

5. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries and Kale by Well Plated by Erin

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

6. Autumn Minestrone Soup by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

7. Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad by Little Broken

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing by The Seasoned Mom

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They’re also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

What is your kids’ favorite breakfast? Mine love scones, eggs & toast, and oatmeal, but nothing makes them happier in the mornings than a big stack of fluffy pancakes!

Usually we only get to enjoy pancakes on the weekends because they’re a bit time-consuming, but this recipe for gluten free blueberry pancakes couldn’t be simpler! They require just a handful of simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian, so the whole family can enjoy a stack!

Our favorite pancake toppings are fresh fruit, peanut butter, and (of course!) maple syrup. What does your family like on their pancakes?

I hope you enjoy this breakfast recipe. Let us know if you get to try them!

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes
 
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These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10-12 4" pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flax meal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sugar or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup milk (or non-dairy substitute)
  • ¾ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Grease a griddle, and preheat over medium heat. (Or you can use a pan on your stovetop.)
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Slowly pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously. Mix until you get the lumps out of the batter. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  4. On your griddle, begin to cook the pancakes, using about ¼ cup of the batter for each one.
  5. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they start to bubble around the edges and flip. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the griddle, and serve. Top with blueberries and maple syrup.
Notes
Not all gluten-free all purpose flours are the same. You may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of flour to get the right texture.

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Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

I understand how hard it is to pack lunch for picky eaters. There were times when I just packed a turkey sandwich every day because I was so frustrated! That’s one of the reasons I started MOMables – to help make meal time easier for you by creating recipes that kids will love! These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps are definitely one of those recipes.

The peanut butter and fruit combo is hard to beat, and it’s even better on a delicious tortilla. Of course, use gluten-free if you need to! You can also use a seed butter if your child is allergic to nuts. It’s totally customizable so everyone can enjoy these delicious wraps. Plus, they’re super easy to make with common ingredients you probably already have.

The best part? You get to sneak some veggies in! The carrots add a nice crunch and a little extra sweetness. The granola on top is the icing on the cake! My absolute favorite recipe is this grain-free vanilla granola, but you can use whatever you like. I hope your kids enjoy these delicious wraps!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
 
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This recipe is from Laura's cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet.
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Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole wheat or spinach tortillas
  • ¾ cup (90 g) finely chopped apple
  • ⅓ cup (37 g) shredded carrot
  • ⅓ cup (50 g ) granola (we love this grain-free recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ground flax
Instructions
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on one side of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle apple, carrot, granola and flax evenly over each tortilla. Roll up tightly, cut in half, and serve.
Notes
Make these wraps gluten free by using gluten free tortillas.
 

2 Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

8 Healthy Wraps for Lunch

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

If there’s one lunch item my kids get sick of really quick, it’s sandwiches. Sure, they love the classic turkey & cheese or PB&J every now and then, but then they want something else.

Wraps are the perfect way to add some variety to your lunches without spending a ton of time packing! They’re a great way to fill your kids up with veggies, healthy protein, and good fats. Simply grab your favorite wrap or wrap alternative and stuff it with your favorite fillings. If you need a grain free wrap, we always have a few packs of these coconut wraps around the house. They’re so good, you won’t even know it’s grain free!

If you need some inspiration for your lunch wraps, look no further. These 8 healthy wraps are easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that you and your kids will enjoy!

1. Falafel Stuffed Flatbread with Tzatziki Sauce from Laura Fuentes

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

2. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Wrap from The Creative Bite

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

3. Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps from Bravo for Paleo

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

4. Avocado and Tuna Salad Wrap from I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

5. Grain Free Lunchbox Wraps

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

6. Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps from So, How’s It Taste?

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

7. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps from Cooking Classy

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

8. Southwest Hummus Wraps from Chef In Training

Are your kids tired of having sandwiches? Shake things up with these 8 healthy wraps for lunch! Filling, nutritious, and super tasty.

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