By Carolyn Hodges

Incorporating meal prep Sundays into your weekly routine is easier than you may think and doesn't require hours in the kitchen. Read on for our favorite meal prep tips for the week ahead, plus a 5-day dinner plan featuring easy recipes, complete with a shopping list and customizable plan.

Photo by C.P.

Two Tips for Easy Sunday Meal Prep

1. Get organized with a Sunday meal-prep plan.

  • Plan out a week's worth of easy dinners that can be prepped ahead. See our collection of weeknight-friendly recipes for inspiration.
  • Create your Sunday meal-prep plan, and write it down. A plan gives a sense of how much time you'll need to prep, helps you organize ingredients to buy or take out of the freezer, and keeps you motivated to get it done.

2. Focus on weeknight time-savers.

  • Make a multi-purpose whole grain. Cooked brown rice or quinoa can be turned into quick burrito bowls, fried rice, or chilled salads.
  • Chop vegetables to be cooked later in the week. Look for recipes that use the same ingredients so you can prep once and use twice.
  • Do some salad prep. Whisk up a salad dressing and wash lettuce for main or side salads that come together in minutes.
  • Prepare a protein. Hard-boiled eggs, roasted chicken breast, or baked tofu are versatile options that can be used in a variety of ways all week. Consider making enough for at least two meals.

A Week of Easy-to-Prep Weeknight Dinners

We've put together a delicious 5-day meal plan (to serve 4 people), complete with a shopping list and Sunday meal prep plan, to set you up for a week of quick, no-hassle dinners.

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Sunday meal prep plan:

This week's recipes:

Monday: A Good Easy Garlic Chicken and Steamed Broccoli and Carrots with Lemon

MAMAJUDD serves this chicken for her family weekly (yep, it's that good). After trying it, we think you will too! The vegetables will be ready in 5 minutes because you chopped them in advance. Serve alongside the brown rice you cooked on Sunday.

Watch: A Good Easy Garlic Chicken

2. Tuesday: Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sheet-pan meals are perfect for weeknights, and made even easier with ready-to-cook ingredients thanks to Sunday meal prep. Serve with warm flour tortillas or turn these into fajita bowls using the brown rice you prepped on Sunday. Beth suggests topping with cilantro, avocado, and chopped tomato. We're digging this Tex-Mex Tuesday!

Photo by LazyFoodieGirl

3. Wednesday: Pork Fried Rice

Cold leftover rice makes the best fried rice, which is why we're using the brown rice you cooked on Sunday in this fan-favorite recipe. Make it your own by adding any vegetables you have kicking around in the crisper drawer. You could also swap the pork chops with leftover chicken from Monday. We're suggesting you double the recipe to serve 4.

4. Thursday: Salads topped with leftover Good Garlic Chicken and Our Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Skip the cooking tonight and serve main dish salads that come together in minutes with the washed lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette you prepped on Sunday. Top with leftover Good Garlic Chicken from Monday and any other vegetables you may have in the fridge, like sliced carrots and green onions.

5. Friday: Chickpea Curry

Serve this better-than-take-out curry with any remaining brown rice. Because this recipe relies on canned beans for protein, you don't need to worry about a mid-week grocery run for fresh poultry or meat. And if plans change and you decide not to cook, nothing is wasted. Flavor note: We suggest swapping in ¼-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon for the whole crushed sticks (add more to taste).

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