Even if you love to cook, with after-school activities and other events taking up precious evening hours, making a healthy dinner some nights can feel like a chore. In this week's meal plan, we've chosen seven healthy dinners that are perfect for prepping ahead, so you can get most of the meal prep done and out of the way in about an hour on Sunday. With some light prep during the week, dinner will be on the table in a flash. This easy-to-follow plan will save you time and energy when weeknights get busy.
Sunday Meal-Prep Steps = 1 hour1. Make the Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup recipe (steps 1-2) and freeze. Start this recipe early in the day, as it needs 8 hours in the slow-cooker.
2. Make the marinade for the Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak and refrigerate.
3. Make the socca batter for the Tomato-Pesto Socca and refrigerate.
4. Prepare salad greens and refrigerate.
5. Make the Roasted Chickens for tonight's dinner. Carve the second chicken and reserve the meat for the Creamy Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe.
Sunday: Roasted Chickens
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Roasted Chickens: In this easy roast chicken recipe, two whole birds cook side-by-side on one pan, which means you only have to heat the oven once but you'll have enough leftover chicken for days. Enjoy this dish with the juicy roasted veggies that cook under the chicken and with a side of Easy Brown Rice. The prep-work for this recipe should only take about 20 minutes, plus 2 or so hours to cook.
Monday: Tomato-Pesto Socca
Remaining prep: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Tomato-Pesto Socca: Move over, pizza dough. Socca (pronounced SO-kah), the thin chickpea crêpe popular in Italy and France, makes a tasty gluten-free alternative crust that takes significantly less time to make than traditional pizza dough. Top with tomato, mozzarella and pesto, as we've done here, or get creative and use other types of cheese, vegetables and even meat, such as prosciutto.
Monday Night Meal Prep: Follow step 1 of the Slow-Cooker Dal Makhani recipe and soak the urad dal and kidney beans overnight. In the morning, add the remaining ingredients and turn the slow-cooker on low. You can pre-chop the onion, garlic, and ginger and combine the spices together tonight to save time tomorrow morning.
Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Dal Makhani
Remaining prep: 5 minutes
Wednesday: Creamy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Remaining prep: 20 minutes, if you didn't already make it on Sunday
Thursday: Thai Fried Rice
Remaining prep: 10 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Friday: Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak
Cook time: 17 minutes
Saturday: Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup
Remaining prep: 3 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Watch: How to Make Onion Soup in Your Slow Cooker