20 Meal Prep Ideas For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain
Table of Contents for these 20 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain
Chicken Meal Prep Recipe Ideas For Weight Loss
Turkey Meal Prep Recipe Ideas For Weight Loss
Beef Meal Prep Recipe Ideas For Weight Loss
Lamb Weight Loss Meal Prep Recipe Ideas
Seafood Meal Prep Recipe Ideas for Weight Loss
1. Shredded Chicken Breast Recipe
Our shredded chicken breast meal prep recipe is ideal since it is easy to prepare and due to the poaching cooking method remains tender and moist. Making it at home is fairly easy, and you get to choose your freshest chicken, add seasonings to your taste, and even make your own mayonnaise if you so desire. After you’ve made this recipe that includes several ingredients known to lift flavor without fat, you can make it in advance and keep in the fridge for a quick and healthy snack or sandwich.
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2. Marinated Chicken Recipe
This Italian marinated chicken breast recipe uses savory herbs, some light salt and pepper and vinegar to give you a juicy and tender chicken breast that will keep your taste buds wanting for more. Not only is this a delectable protein option but it is a versatile dish that goes well with a plethora of sides from pasta dishes to mashed potatoes or as an “antipasti” with a toasted bruschetta or layered with a fresh basil pesto sauce. The possibilities are limitless.
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3. Rotisserie Chicken Recipe
This homemade herb crusted rotisserie chicken recipe is delicious and easy to make. With the savory herb seasoning on the outside it gives the skin a little bit of crunch while leaving the inside tender and juicy.
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4. Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe
This easy grilled lemon chicken recipe yields a tender, juicy chicken with slight zest and pick-me-up flavor. The fresh herbs give this lemon chicken recipe a deep, rounded flavor and aroma in every bite, making this a lemon chicken recipe you won’t want to miss.
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5. Low Calorie Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is a wonderful accompaniment to any plain green salad for lunch or dinner, but also especially wonderful on its own for a sandwich or with crackers. When you buy premade chicken salad at the store, it’s definitely difficult to control how much fat and other undesirable ingredients it contains. Making it at home is fairly easy, and you get to choose your freshest chicken, add seasonings to your taste, and even make your own mayonnaise if you so desire. After you’ve made this recipe that includes several ingredients known to lift flavor without fat, you can make it in advance and keep in the fridge for a quick and healthy snack or sandwich.
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6. Oven Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings Recipe
A garlic parmesan wing in American cuisine is an unbreaded chicken wing that is dipped in a sauce consisting of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and butter. Our easy garlic parmesan chicken wing recipe is a healthy spin to this classic recipe. It’s a delicious way to cook juicy and crispy better-than-restaurant quality wings.
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7. Turkey Ragù
This turkey ragù is a slow-cooked meat stew that is traditionally made with beef and vegetables — but we modified it to lean turkey as the protein used in this weight loss meal prep recipe idea.
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8. Turkey Chili
Unlike the traditional beef chili this meal prep idea for weight loss uses lean ground turkey. Plus, with the kidney beans you get some additional protein while adding the right amount of texture to give this chili recipe a little bit of punch.
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9. Turkey Lasagna
This turkey lasagna recipe meal prep idea for weight loss will make it feel like you are having an indulgence meal. Replacing the ground beef with lean turkey meat gives you the added benefits of the lean protein while still having something you will enjoy. Don’t expect the deep beefy bold flavor, but a light turkey which makes for a good meal prep recipe idea for weight loss diet.
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10. Turmeric Turkey
This turmeric turkey recipe uses lean ground turkey and turmeric seasonings to bring together a wonderful healthful protein, combined with peas, yellow squash and brown rice. The medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric seasoning make this a great meal prep recipe while also being delicious. When making this anti-inflammatory turmeric turkey recipe use 90%+ lena ground turkey from the store or grind your own meat from whole pieces of turkey.
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11. Pan Seared Tri-Tip Recipe with a Quick Pan Sauce
This easy tri-tip recipe is incredibly easy to make, and uses just one skillet – making it easier to clean up. Slice your tri-tip steak and have it in a pub style sandwich or over a salad. In summary, this tri-tip piece of meat is an great meal prep recipe idea for weight loss since it can be used over a salad or over a bed of cauliflower rice for a diet meal you won’t want to miss.
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12. Pub style steak sandwich recipe
This pub style steak sandwich is a good weight loss meal prep recipe idea since it can be made with leftover steak. Say you make steak or roast and opt to serve it over a salad. It can be an effective meal prep idea to purchase a larger sized roast or a larger piece of meat and you can get two days of meal prep out of it by making a steak sandwich using a sourdough or whole wheat toasted bun. Not only is this delicious but it is also portable and great to have on the go!
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13. Beef Shank Meal Prep Recipe
A great meal prep idea for weight loss and muscle gain is that of using a piece of meat that is both delicious and affordable. Since meal prep can take a toll on your food budget this is one for the books. Beef shank is a tougher cut of meat, however if you brine the product overnight it can inject moisture which keeps it nice and tender for when it is cooked. Another way to make this affordable meal prep recipe for weight loss is to cook it low and slow in a crockpot.
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14. Flank Steak Meal Prep Recipe
Flank steak was once known as the “buthers cut of meat”. With perfect marbling the butchers would keep this for themselves. Today, this cut of meat can be found at local markets and in can be quick and easy to prepare. This recipe is great when you want a hearty meal with big flavor but are short on time. The homemade chimichurri sauce acts almost like a dressing, removing the need for marination. Simply season the steak, sear, make the sauce and plate. Below, you will see how to prepare the easy flank steak recipe pan seared over a stove top.
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15. Herb Crusted Pan-Fried Lamb Chops Recipe
Lamb chops are so tasty, and this recipe is very simple. It comes out tender and juicy on the inside with just a little crispy deliciousness on the edges. I think people might be a little intimidated to make lamb at home but will order it at a quality restaurant. The grocery store price might be a factor in the hesitancy, but after trying this recipe, I believe you will feel very confident in splurging and add this to your occasional high-end meal at home list.
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16. Slow Cooker Lamb Shank Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic
Lamb shank is a great meal prep recipe idea for weight loss and muscle gain since it is an affordable source of protein. The drawback to meal prepping using lamb shank is that it can be a tough piece of meat. For this reason we cook the shank low and slow in a slow cooker. This braising technique makes the lamb shank delicious.
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17. Ten minute pan seared shrimp recipe
If you’ve never tried cooking a pan seared shrimp recipe, you’re in for a treat! It’s a quick, easy way to cook shrimp and give it amazing flavor.
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18. 500 Calorie Weight Loss Salmon Recipe
This 500 calorie weight loss salmon recipe is a delicious and satiating weight loss recipe that is also considered a low carb recipe since it does not have a starch pairing.The weight loss salmon recipe is made with whole ingredients, and a zero-calorie seasoning blend to be a delicious option for those on a weight loss diet. Starting with a great piece of fresh salmon is a big part of a successful dish. Line caught and wild would be ideal, but I know that it can be hard to find and more expensive. The brussels sprouts provide a good balance to this weight loss recipe when seasoned with simple herbs and a little caramelization with the avocado oil takes it to another level of rustic deliciousness!
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19. Branzino with Blistered Tomatoes
Branzino, or European Bass is a hot culinary item. Featured on many restaurant menus around the country, around the world as it is a wonderfully flaky white fish that’s easy to cook and delicious to eat while being full of lean protein and vitamin D. Its flavor is similar to sea bass or halibut and either one makes a fantastic substitution in this dish. Perfect for a healthy midweek stunner of a meal, this dish has few ingredients but packed with bold flavors. Blistered tomatoes are a fun preparation, the browner the better, and more like a side dish than a sauce. But spooned over the fish fillets they are a perfect visual and culinary accompaniment.
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20. Tuna Salad without Mayo for Weight Loss Meal Prep
Tuna is a star ingredient from your pantry. In a pinch, you can make a simple sandwich or salad topped with this yummy powerhouse of protein and taste. Tuna is not only a wonderful source of lean protein, but also omega 3s, iodine, selenium and vitamins D and B12. In spite of this, many times tuna salad gets a bad rap. Especially since many of the tuna brands on the market contain extra fats and a higher sodium content than is best for most people to consume. When choosing a tuna for making this tuna salad recipe without mayo reading tuna labels are very important to read. Ideally, look for a tuna that has been sustainably harvested and is lower in mercury counts. There are several brands that pride themselves on harvesting from smaller fish, which means a smaller amount of mercury per serving, and also usually a fish that is not in danger of being overfished. Other nutrition considerations to look for when purchasing tuna include sodium content and whether it’s packed in water or oil. As always, do the best you can to find a product that meets your specific nutritional needs and is affordable.
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