When it comes to light meal prep recipes, there are plenty of different options to choose from. Sticking to a meal plan or diet will be much easier if you plan ahead. You also need to find a plan that you can stick with and that will give you results you can keep up over the long term.

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One of the best things we recommend for people who want to start preparing their meals ahead of time is to learn a few recipes that can be paired up, or mixed and matched in different combinations. One of our favourite ingredients to work with is brown pasta.

Unfortunately many people do not appreciate the importance of carbohydrates. There are various diets, like Keto, that rely on restricting or removing carbohydrates to burn fat. While doing this can be great for weight loss, there is evidence that crash diets do not lead to sustainable weight loss and healthier eating.

Simply put, if you are looking to eat more healthily and keep to a sustainable training plan then you will need to include carbohydrates in the forms of pastas, grains and rice.

Versatile Pasta Salad

A basic pasta salad can be tweaked and paired with all sorts of different ingredients. Learning to prepare a good dish using cooked pasta and fresh produce will serve any meal prepper well. To make our favourite take on a pasta salad we use the following ingredients:

  • 200 grams of cooked wholewheat pasta
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved or 2 large salad tomato chopped
  • Half a medium sized red onion
  • Half a medium sized red or yellow pepper
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • Handful of Olives
  • Two sliced spring onions
  • One Tbsp of fresh basil pesto/ sundried tomato pesto
  • 100 grams of feta or mozzarella cheese
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Top tip – once the pasta has cooked through, remove from the heat and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevents the heat from sweating the fresh vegetables.

Get Creative In The Kitchen

The above pasta salad is a perfect lunch on the go, but it can equally be paired with a freshly cooked chicken breast to create a perfect evening meal.

If you would prefer not to eat pasta then it is very easy to swap out the pasta in this recipe for grains or pulses like quinoa or bulgar wheat. Similarly if you do not want to include all of the fresh salads and vegetables then experiment and choose things that you like.

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Prepare Meals In Advance

One of the best parts about preparing your meals in advance is the ability to have nutritious and healthy meals without needing to cook from scratch every time you want to eat. Being able to swap out ingredients is a great feature of recipes like this because eating the same meals all the time can become boring (which leads to cheat meals). When it comes to preparing your meals ahead of time it is all about being organised. Creating delicious food is simple when you know how. You can create this pasta salad with just a knife and a pan.

Many people do not have the time to cook meals during the week, so preparing food when you have free time is a really efficient move if you want to eat healthily during the week. If you do not have the time to get your meals sorted ahead of time then contact us to order a week’s worth of balanced, healthy and nutritious home cooked meals, delivered to your door.

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