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    15 Make-Ahead Recipes That'll Keep You Full When You're Busy

    Freezer-friendly chicken marinades, tasty bistro boxes, and a nourishing pasta sauce you'll want to put on everything.


    1. Roasted Squash Pasta Sauce

    Roast the squash, puree it with veggie stock and dried sage, and you've got a creamy sauce that adds a bunch of flavor and vegetables to your pasta. Get the recipe here.

    2. Couscous Salad with Spring Vegetables and Agrodolce

    Even if you're eating straight out of the Tupperware, agrodolce — a sweet and sour Italian condiment — can make any meal feel decadent. It'll pair nicely with whatever vegetables you choose to mix into your couscous. Get the recipe here.

    3. Mushroom and Tofu Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed peppers are a meal prep staple. From rice and beans to meat and cheese, there are basically no limits to the variations you can make with this classic. Mushroom and tofu, however, is a high-protein vegan option that couldn't be easier to put together. Get the recipe here.

    4. Lentil Falafel

    Make and freeze a bunch of these lentil falafel balls so you always have a protein to throw into a salad or pair with whatever sides you've got planned for the week. Get the recipe here.

    5. Turkey Meatballs

    If lentil balls don't take your fancy, try rolling up, baking, and freezing a sheet of turkey meatballs. They'll go with anything from a bowl of roasted veggies to a bed of pasta (maybe with the squash sauce?!). Parmesan cheese and Dijon mustard make these meatballs incredibly flavorful. Get the recipe here.

    6. Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

    These teriyaki bowls are super simple to throw together on one of those Sundays where you don't have the energy for a full-fledged recipe. Just boil some rice, steam some broccoli, and sauté some chicken covered in cornstarch and teriyaki sauce. Get the recipe here.

    7. Sheet Pan Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

    Choose vegetables in the colors of the rainbow to turn your ordinary sheet pan roast into something festive. You'll get a better variety of nutrients than if you, say, solely eat green beans every day for a month (guilty). Get the recipe here.

    8. Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl

    There's no need to pay extra for guac. Store all the ingredients separately, and fill your bowl like you're working the Chipotle counter when it's time to leave the house in the morning. Get the recipe here.

    9. Bacon Cheddar Chive Egg Muffin

    These are an essential element of your prep if you have trouble getting yourself to eat breakfast every morning. Freeze a bunch so you can pop them in the toaster oven while you're getting dressed. Get the recipe here.

    10. Healthy Bistro Boxes

    If you're more of a grazer (me), use some cupcake liners to separate your hummus, nut butter, cheese, fruit, and veggies. Get the recipes here.

    11. Easy Chicken Marinades

    Chicken breasts can get a little boring if you don't mix up the flavors every once in a while. In the mood for something light and herby this week? Try out this rosemary citrus chicken. Want something a little more tangy? Grill up the Vietnamese chicken, and pair it with pickled carrots or rice and broccoli. Get the recipes here.

    12. Summer Quinoa Salad Jars

    With stacks of quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a lemony dressing, this salad is lovely any time of year. Pack your protein (grilled shrimp, chicken, chickpeas — you name it) separately and mix it in when you're ready to eat! Get the recipe here.

    13. Mediterranean Vegan Eggplant Rollups

    This is a more involved recipe than the others, but the payoff is totally worth it. Cauliflower rice sautéed with hummus, vegan parmesan, baby spinach, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning makes the perfect filling for these eggplant rollups. Get the recipe here.

    14. Easy Thai Red Curry

    Curry is a surprisingly simple meal to throw together, and it makes such good leftovers. Just mix chicken, curry paste, broccolini, and coconut milk in a stock pot and you'll have a delicious dinner ready in 15 minutes! Get the recipe here.

    15. No Bake Brownie Energy Bites

    Whether you want a simple breakfast, a light snack, or a sweet treat at the end of a meal, these brownie bites are wonderful. Just grind up some nuts, dates, cocoa powder, and coconut flakes, and mold them into balls. They'll last for up to three weeks! Get the recipe here.

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