The best buy-one-get-one-free deal in the world is making a Sunday night dinner recipe for your family and having weekly meal prep done at the same time. This twofer is a total game changer, and all it takes is a little extra organization.
The first step in successful family meal planning is knowing what everyone likes to eat and picking your essential meal-prep ingredients accordingly. Rather than trying to force everyone into eating leftovers of spaghetti and meatballs — although that sounds delicious — for three days in a row, make something that can be repurposed in other ways or prep extra elements like vegetables (wash and chop) so it makes mealtimes faster the rest of the week. Below, we have three ideas for what you can make for Sunday night dinner that will save you some time and energy for the rest of the week!
Weekly meal-prep ideas: Greek and fiesta chicken bowls, chicken noodle soup, roasted vegetable salad, fried rice, and crab cakes
If you hit the farmers’ market and get a bounty of fresh seasonal produce, go ahead and wash, chop, and roast them immediately with just salt, pepper, and olive oil. It works as a simple side dish alongside Roasted Chicken — or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken — for Sunday night dinner, and any extras can be packed for lunches as a Roasted Vegetable Salad or incorporated into a chicken noodle or Classic Minestrone Soup later in the week. Making a big batch of rice or another grain as an additional side on Sunday will also help, since you can turn that into One-Pan Greek and Fiesta Chicken Meal-Prep Bowls or Easy Chicken Fried Rice that both reheat well.
Weekly meal-prep ideas: enchiladas, BBQ pork sandwiches, pork-and-bacon-topped salad
Ah, the one-pan dinner. What a dream. It takes only 40 minutes to make this easy bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, and you could also roast potatoes on the same sheet tray for a simple side dish. For meals later in the week, use shredded cooked pork instead of chicken for enchiladas, chop the pork and bacon and add to a salad with your favorite Kraft Dressing, or smother shredded pork with Kraft Barbecue Sauce on a roll for a quick BBQ sandwich.
Weekly meal-prep ideas: salmon cakes, butternut squash soup, macaroni and cheese with squash, and roasted garlic mashed butternut squash
Butternut squash (or any other Fall squash) takes on any flavors you add to it. So make a whole extra tray of roasted butternut squash when you make oven-roasted salmon, squash, and brussels sprouts! With that extra squash, you can make Curried Squash and Apple Soup, Macaroni & Cheese with Butternut Squash & Bacon, or Roasted Garlic Mashed Butternut Squash. Oh, and that leftover salmon? Make salmon cakes or top a Greek salad with pieces of cold salmon — you don’t want to be that person who microwaves fish at the office!