Meal prepping for the week always sounds like a great idea, but when you get down to it, it seems to take a long time. Hours spent on the weekends just to have to reheat and serve meals throughout the week never seems worth it. But what if I gave you a 30 minutes meal prep tutorial, and helped you get a real jump start on the week’s worth of meals? Let’s do it.

In this 30 minutes meal prep session, we’re going to prep:

  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Spaghetti sauce with meat
  • Taco skillet
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes

After this quick meal prep session, you’ll have at least three meals done with sides that may last a week, depending on how many you’re feeding. If you do this on Sunday, you can have half of the work week ready to go. With a night for leftovers and a night of pizza, your week is set. 

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Ready? Let’s go.

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 400. Note, this may make the 30 minutes a little longer, depending on how long it takes your oven to reach the temperature.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes with their skins on, poke them a few times each to allow air to release. Then put them in your oven (no need to wait for it to preheat) or place them in your air fryer for 30 minutes at 400 or your Instant pot for 20 minutes.
  3. On a large sheet pan, put your roasted veggies. I like broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots for my vegetable mix. Drizzle your favorite oil on top and add some seasonings if you desire. Pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the carrots are fork-tender.
  4. Marinate or season your chicken.
  5. Brown your chosen spaghetti meat (ground turkey or ground beef works great), season and add the sauce. 
  6. Brown your taco meat and season accordingly. I like to sneak in extra veggies here in the form of zucchini or kale, but you do you. Just get it all ready to serve over pasta, salad, chips or tortillas.
  7. If you have time, and space, you can sautee your chicken, pop it in an instant pot, air fryer or bake it. If not, let it marinade until you cook it.
  8. When the sweet potato is done, scoop the insides out of the skins and store in the fridge.
  9. Transfer cooked vegetables to a container and store in the fridge.

Now you have the following ready for the week, all in this 30 minute meal prep session.

  • Taco meat
  • Spaghetti meat sauce
  • Chicken breasts
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Baked sweet potatoes

Dinner is served!

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