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The key to easy, healthy eating is learning how to meal prep—these books will help.
For many of us, success in the kitchen starts with meal prep. That said, it can be hard to know how to perfectly organize your kitchen and shopping list in a way that leads to smoothly making meals throughout the week. We’ve rounded up some cookbooks that focus on making your week more efficient by showing off methods that will help you meal prep like a total pro.
Stephanie Tornatore focuses on showing home cooks that their busy lives can still be conducive to making nutritious meals. She features step-by-step plans for each week, convenient shopping lists, and even tips on the perfect ways to store your items. She also shares 50 recipes that are as simple as they are delicious, like Chicken Fajita Bowls and Date and Nut Granola Bars. Buy Now
This book features 115 low-calorie recipes that are simple and tasty. Chungah Rhee (of Damn Delicious) believes that meal prep is the secret to eating and living healthfully, and has plenty of tips to help you stay on track while forming habits that will last. And how can you not be intrigued by the sound of Mason Jar Lasagna? Buy Now
Tony Amidor focuses on teaching people how to transform their lives through meal prep. He provides six weekly meal prep plans that cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also provides shopping lists, storage tips, and information about using leftovers so you never have to wonder what to eat. Buy Now
If your favorite way to cook is with your Instant Pot, look no further! Carrie Forrest lays out 75 recipes that are easy to prep and toss into your favorite multicooker—and that are healthy, too. Forrest also lays out the best option for storing and freezing leftovers for later so nothing goes to waste. Buy Now
Batch cooking is the name of the game in this cookbook by Cassy Joy Garcia. She focuses on gluten-free options and provides 26 weeks’ worth of meal prep options that will relieve the stress that can often come with cooking at the last minute—and are also affordable. You’ll learn how to turn basic ingredients into multiple meals (i.e., shredded pork, potatoes, and cabbage form the basis for Honey Mustard Pork Sheet Pan Dinner, Enchiladas Verde Casserole, and Sloppy Joe Stuffed Potatoes). Buy Now
If you subscribe to the Mediterranean Diet or have been curious to try it, this is the book for you. It features 21 days of recipes that are low in both sodium and carbs. The book is organized into breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features dozens of healthy recipes for each meal that you can prep ahead of time. Buy Now
It can be hard to avoid eating out—especially during the workday. In this book, Malia Dell focuses on meal prep to get you through a busy work week so that you don’t have to rely on less-than-healthy takeout when you come home (so it’s also helpful if your favorite places aren’t able to deliver right now). It walks readers through ways to prep realistically, and keep food they love in rotation throughout their week. Buy Now
Meal prep for a full 30 days at once with over 27 easy, healthy recipes. David R. Burton focuses on how prepping meals in advance is the first step in building a healthier diet overall. In addition to general meal prep, Burton debunks weight loss myths and provides tips to aid in your weight loss journey, but even if you’re not looking to shed pounds, you’ll appreciate streamlining your routine. Buy Now
Keto meal prep is in a league of its own, but this book aims to show you how to maximize flavor while sticking to your low-carb diet, and how to maximize time too. Each recipe can be at least partially prepped in advance, and you’ll see how to prep a full week’s worth of meals in one evening. With recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner (and even keto desserts), you’ll never need to wonder what to eat. Buy Now
Whether you’re fully vegan, simply want to eat less meat, or are having trouble finding meat at the store at the moment, plant-based meal prep is a breeze with this cookbook, which also emphasizes gluten-free recipes. You’ll find plenty of comfort food faves made healthier with whole ingredients, meal plans that take the guesswork out of the equation, and flexible build-a-meal strategies to help you tailor everything to your taste. Buy Now
Eating healthier (and sticking to any new habit, like meal prepping), is often easier when you enlist the help of a friend or loved one, but this meal prep cookbook for two is also handy if you simply need to cook smaller batches of food than larger families might. The weekly plans have fun themes like Mediterranean Staycation and Better Than Takeout, but you can also mix and match recipes as you like. Buy Now