Let’s be real: the last thing you want to do on a Sunday afternoon is meal prep for the week ahead. Cooking brown rice or mixing up homemade salad dressing for work lunches doesn’t make the Sunday scaries go away — if anything, it amplifies them.
However, there is a way to make meal prep short and sweet, so you have plenty of time to finish your reality TV binge. If you keep a few key ingredients on hand, you can throw together tasty, healthy meals in record time. All you have to do is shop for a few flavorful, healthy staples that you can remix into different meals all week long. Here’s what you need to keep on your weekly shopping list.
First things first: any healthy lunch or dinner needs some protein. While you could certainly grill a whole batch of chicken breasts every week, there’s a much easier option: StarKist Creations® pouches. These pantry-ready pouches come in tasty flavors like Tuna Creations® BOLD Jalapeño, Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style, and Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle, so they’re ready to tear open and eat. Plus, StarKist pouches don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can just toss one in your lunch bag or desk drawer until you’re ready to eat. They're perfect for pairing with fresh veggies, serving over greens for a simple salad, and can even be eaten straight from the pouch!
Even if you're not making a salad for lunch, you need some veggies. Head to the grocery store at the beginning of the week to stock up on fresh vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and spinach. Anything goes — but you'll thank yourself for choosing veggies that don’t require much prep. Just give them a quick wash, slice them up, sort them in individual sandwich bags, and you’re ready to mix and match when lunchtime rolls around!
Don’t forget healthy whole grains, either. If you keep a few options like pita bread, seeded crackers, and rice cakes on hand, you can easily mix and match them for quick lunches. Think pita pockets stuffed with Chicken Creations™ BOLD Buffalo Style, chopped celery, and blue cheese, or seeded crackers topped with Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle and cucumber rounds. The possibilities are endless!