We get it: Life’s busy, and meal prep isn’t always in the cards. But if you can find even just one hour at the start of the week to chop, dice, cook and portion ingredients, you’ll save yourself a lot more time (and stress) the rest of the week. Once everything is prepped, store ingredients in labeled containers in the fridge or pantry in groups according to recipe so you know which ingredients go to each meal.
Of course, if you can’t prep this way, these recipes are easy enough that they don’t need make-ahead steps to make dinner possible. Feel free to skip the meal prep or, if you have time, prep a few ingredients each night before for tomorrow’s meal. This is laidback meal prep, after all: The rules are yours to make! Here’s a rough guide on how to make meal prep work for you this week.
Cheesy Mexican Bubble-Up Bake
Sunday Prep Plan:
- Cook and drain beef; stir in taco seasoning mix, water and salsa
Day-Of Prep Plan:
- Prepare biscuits and stir into beef mixture in baking dish; bake as directed in recipe
Expert tip: Store beef mixture, covered, in a 13x9-inch baking dish so that on the day you plan to make the recipe, you can simply add the biscuits straight to the dish with the beef mixture.