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25 Easy Meal Prep Ideas For When You Have No Idea What To Cook

These are sure to make you feel like a proper ~adult~.


Ah, meal prepping. It's one of those ~adulting~ things you always aspire to do, but never end up actually doing. It always seems way too hard, complicated and tbh, a little bland.


Actual footage of me resigning myself to an extremely exxy lunch at work because I didn't meal prep.

But in reality, meal prepping is what you make it. You can choose to have the same old pasta day in, day out — which sounds boring AF — OR you can ~spice~ things up a bit and save some cashola while you're at it.

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It's a win-win — healthy, delish food and more money in the bank to spend on important purchases like those boots you were eyeing on ASOS.

So without further ado, here are some meal prep recipes that are the complete opposite of boring, bland and complicated.

1. This Mediterranean-inspired chickpea salad that's not only easy to make, but is packed FULL of flavour.

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2. This honey sriracha chicken with jasmine rice and broccoli that will keep your tastebuds from getting bored.

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3. This garlic butter salmon and asparagus that'll have you feeling like a master chef in no time at all.

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4. This chicken sausage pasta that's so easy to prep, you can do it while watching Netflix.

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5. This baked tilapia and veggies combo that only needs a single pan to prepare.

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6. This spiced chicken, beans and rice combo that's bound to make all your colleagues jealous.

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7. This jar of mocha-flavoured overnight oats that give you the perfect start to your morning.

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8. This teriyaki chicken meatball feast that's sure to be a favourite all week long.

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9. This crispy falafel salad featuring a tahini maple dressing that is sure to brighten your day.

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10. This garlic butter steak and zucchini noodle that doesn't compromise on taste or flavour.

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11. This insanely delicious fall harvest salad that takes your regular veg and chicken to a new level.

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12. This Korean chicken lunch bowl topped with slaw and jasmine rice.

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13. This vibrant chicken burrito bowl that's much healthier and delicious than its takeout counterpart.

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14. This Thai chicken salad with a skinny peanut dressing that will never not taste delicious.

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15. This chicken fajita loaded with roasted capsicums and onions that's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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16. This cold sesame noodle salad that's topped with chickpeas, spiralised veg and an insanely delicious almond dressing.

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17. This chipotle chicken lunch bowl that can be prepped four different ways so you don't get lunch time boredom.

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18. This simple but delicious cheesy broccoli and rice that just screams comfort food.

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19. This maple ginger chicken stir fry that features the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

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20. This banana, chocolate chip and walnut oatmeal cup that works a treat if you need to have breakfast on the go.

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21. This colourful vegetarian lo mein that's chock full of veggies and wholewheat spaghetti.

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22. This turkey meatball and zucchini noodle duo that will make you forget all about pasta.

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23. This hearty Moroccan-spiced chickpea bowl that's perfect for the cooler months.

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24. This chicken, kale and tomato pasta that has a heavenly garlic flavour to it.

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25. And finally, this curry spiced chicken that proves, once and for all, that meal prep doesn't have to be bland or boring AF.

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FYI if you attempt just one of these recipes, then congrats, because being an adult with a balanced lifestyle is NOT easy.


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