Alright, guys, it’s time to clean up our acts, and meal prep is the easiest way to start. Summer seems to have gone by in an endless blur of cookouts, outdoor happy hours, and ice cream runs, so consider these next few months the power hour before winter sets in and all you want is a cup of hot cocoa. It’s all about the healthyish, you know?
These fall meal-prep lunches make things easy; cook ’em up on Sunday and you’ve got lunch (or dinner!) for the week. They’re so pretty, you won’t get bored of looking at them, and they can easily be tweaked just a little so you’re still happy to polish off meal five. Wins all around.
Butternut squash and cranberries are basically the food versions of PSLs. Add them to quinoa, red onion, and pumpkin seeds to make a warm, cozy meal you’ll be happy to eat all week. Pro tip: Keep the dressing on the side so leftovers don’t get soggy.
Is there anything better than this one-pan chicken? Doubtful. Get your stomach ready for Thanksgiving with these baked chicken thighs, coated in a maple syrup and balsamic marinade topped with cranberries and Italian herbs. Add some quick roasted veggies and sweet potatoes to your lunch box to round out your meal.
These southwestern chicken packets are so colorful, they’ll brighten any chilly fall day. Red peppers, black beans, cheese, and chicken are melt-in-your-mouth good but healthier than your average take-out burrito.
How pretty is this chili? It’s all about the presentation here, so take your avo slices and a sprinkle of cheese in a smaller container if you’re taking this soup to go. Bonus: It’s made in a Crock-Pot, so you know the required effort is minimal.
This meal-prep box is so simple but so pretty, thanks to a mix of colors—bright green broccoli, deep orange spicy sweet potatoes, red apples, and crispy chicken.
Sweater weather = soup weather. Skip the line at Panera and make your own, like this gorgeous carrot-apple. It’s made with a cashew base, fennel, carrots, apple, and ginger; if you need to bust a cold, this is your guy.
OK, so Chinese food isn’t exactly what you’d call “fall food,” but it is a comfort food that can be made much healthier at home. And you can make it with any seasonal veggies, so let’s roll with it. Serve the sweet and spicy chicken with brown rice, quinoa, or zoodles to make it even healthier.
If you haven’t made an apple cider vinaigrette, it’s honestly life-changing. It’s just the right amount of tangy and sweet, especially when mixed with a little olive oil and Dijon. Again, keep it on the side so your salad doesn’t get wimpy throughout the week.
Oh, turmeric, you’re a beaut. These power bowls are here to replace your summer salad. They’ve got yellow potatoes, chickpeas, kale, and avocado; if you still think vegan meals won’t fill you up, this bowl will change your mind.