Meal Prep Dinner Ideas For Weight Loss

The right meal prep dinner ideas can help you lose weight by setting you up for success. Having a healthy eating plan in place makes it less likely you’ll grab takeout or processed foods on the run. We have compiled a list of easy-to-prepare healthy meals that are nutrient-loaded, full of fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, and protein that will help you lose weight quickly. We have included suggestions for meal prep dinner ideas that can be frozen as well as make-ahead recipes for your family. While suggesting meal prep dinner ideas, we also kept in mind a mom who is juggling work and home.

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  1. Reduce wastage
  2. Saves time
  3. Less grocery trips
  4. Our favorite: Fewer dishes to clean
  5. Ready on the go meals
  6. Easy freezer friendly meals

To help you meal prep for the upcoming workweek, try out these clean and simple dinner ideas.


#1 Mediterranean Pasta Salad

The Mediterranean diet sounds interesting, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s one of the most recommended diets according to doctors. Mediterranean pasta salad will become your favorite weeknight meal since it is so simple to prepare and can be made ahead of time.  As well as being less time-consuming, this salad also requires very few ingredients, which you may already have on hand. As always, feel free to add more vegetables to make it even more delicious. 

Because the recipe is so simple, you won’t need to worry about finding multiple ingredients. By using the Fish App, shopping for all the ingredients will be even more convenient.

#2 Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry

This recipe is quite healthy as our butter chicken with cauliflower rice below. Creamy, rich, healthy, and very easy to make, this lentil curry will definitely satisfy your palate. This coconut lentil curry cannot be missed if you have never tried lentil curry before! Vegan and gluten-free, this recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare. This is the perfect meal for a midweek dinner.

#3 Our Favorite Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls

Make-ahead meals like this one are so easy to prepare and only take about 30 minutes. To prepare this meal, you’ll only need to cook the shrimp and quinoa ahead of time. While these two are cooking, you can make the pesto dressing. Next, we will assemble which should take less than 3 minutes. Doesn’t that sound easy? Moreover, there will be leftovers to eat for lunch the following day. So in a way, you can prepare two meals with just meal preparation. Be sure to check out other shrimp recipes.

#4 Chicken with Cauliflower Rice – Superb Meal Prep Dinner Ideas

Make butter chicken healthier and heartier with nutrient-rich cauliflower! Just as creamy and delicious, if not better! Cauliflower is loaded with nutrients. Therefore, don’t feel guilty when you balance out the meal with butter chicken.

Easy Meal prep dinner ideas

#5 Black Bean Soup

Do you have a lot on your plate, but don’t have time to cook? Make freezer meals in advance and you’ll never run out again. Most importantly, it is one of the tastiest and easiest dishes to prepare, as well as looking absolutely mouthwatering. There’s no guarantee you won’t get an extra serving of this dish from your family when you’re enjoying it!

#6 Meal Prep Dinner Ideas For Weekend: Tuna Salad

Are you a tuna fan? How about Salad? Like quick and easy meals? In that case, you can get a delicious dinner on the table within 15 minutes with this easy meal prep dinner with tuna. Furthermore, it can be kept in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

#7 Thai Basil Fried Rice

Recently, Thai Basil Fried Rice has been my favorite recipe to make ahead of dinner. This is a vegetarian version. But I have to admit, Thai basil fried rice with shrimp is definitely a winner for me! This recipe is a simple and easy freezer recipe to make ahead. Firstly, you must start by pounding together garlic and Thai chilies in a mortar and pestle. In this way, the oil from chili and garlic will be released and will enhance the flavor of the fried rice. Alternatively, you can carefully smash with a knife and chop if you do not have a mortar and pestle. To view the full recipe, click the link below.

#8 Freezer Friendly Dessert: Apple Crisp

We saved the best suggestion as our last choice. Since apples are available all year, you can make this dessert any time of the year and freeze it for later. This recipe calls for simple ingredients which you will always have handy in your pantry. 

Don’t forget to tag thefishapp on Instagram if you try out these meal prep dinner ideas. We’d love to share them in our story. 

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