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17 Healthy Dinner Meal Prep Ideas

By Sweetpeasandsaffron

17 Healthy Dinner Meal Prep Ideas

The ultimate dinner meal prep post.  Tons of recipe ideas, tips and tricks to help you get a head start on your weeknight dinners!

If you are looking for ways to get a head start on your weeknight dinners, but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place!  I’ve already rounded up 28 Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas, and 19 Healthy Lunch Meal Prep Ideas, and now it’s time…for 17 Healthy Dinner Meal Prep Ideas!

Unlike the two previous meal prep round-ups, I’m not necessarily talking about specific recipes in this dinner meal prep post…because there are infinite recipes you can prep ahead (or prep components of ahead).  Instead, I thought it would be useful to discuss the different types of recipes that can be prepped ahead, and specific meal components that can be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer.

Here’s my three favorite tips to help you get started with your dinner meal prep:

  1. You don’t have to prep entire meals: when you think dinner meal prep, do you picture frozen lasagnas, soups or casseroles?  You don’t have to ‘go big’ to make a big impact…start with meal components: cook a protein, some rice, or chop some veggies ahead of time.  Come 5pm, this will make a huge difference in getting dinner on your table.
  2. The crock pot is your friend: building off tip 1, the slow cooker is a huge help in getting your dinner prep going.  Cook a big batch of soup, a protein, some sweet potatoes…all you need to do is dump it in, push a button, and walk away.  It’s totally hands off, and makes a big difference during the week.
  3. Have a stock pile: I have a freezer stocked with stir fry sauces and frozen meat balls, and I can’t tell you how easy that makes those ‘what’s for dinner?’ nights.  Having options you can build off makes that decision so much easier to make!

Now, let’s have a look at these healthy dinner meal prep ideas!

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