Did you know make ahead meals can help you lose weight and stay on track to your goals? If you plan your meals in advance, you will find it easier to stay on track so that you can get in your best shape ever. Without having to worry ever again, just open your refrigerator and choose the meal that works for the day. Sounds easy peasy, right? Well, that is because it is! If you plan for success, you will succeed in all your weight loss and health goals. So get planning with these great make ahead meals for weight loss:
1. Vegan Cream of Broccoli
So how do you get started? Heat 2 T water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ¼ cup of onions, 2 leeks (white part only) and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until light brown, about 7 minutes. Continue to add a teaspoon of water so it does not stick to the pan. Add in ½ cup of chopped celery, 1 clove of smashed garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add a medium potato, 4 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Return the heat to medium, cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add 4 cups of broccoli, cover and cook until the broccoli is bright green, about 5 minutes, then pour all into a blender with ½ cup of almond milk, lightly blend and pour back into pot. This is one of the best healthy make ahead meals for just 120 calories. This makes 6 servings so you can enjoy it for several days to help you to lose weight and feel great!
2. Stir Fry
Prepare 4 servings of brown rice on the stove top, chop up a cup of diced carrots, ½ cup of celery, ½ cup of zucchini and dice one small onion. Heat up a skillet with 1 T of oil and add all veggies. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat and then transfer to a tupperware with the rice. Add salt and pepper for taste. Enjoy this healthy veggie stir fry for 4 days or with 3 friends to help you meet your weight loss goals!
3. Strawberry Fields Salad
Cut up 2 cups of romaine lettuce, 12 slice strawberries, chop up ½ cup of walnuts and 3 large tomatoes. Toss together, if you like you can add some oil and vinegar for dressing. Enjoy the salad for 4 days without having to worry about what your next meal will be. With preplanning, weight loss is that much easier!
4. Vegetarian Chili
Want to try a healthy, low calorie chili recipe? Then in a large crock pot, cook a ½ box of black beans, ½ box of kidney beans, 2 medium onions diced, ½ bulb of garlic (minced), 1 diced zucchini, 2 diced carrots, 3 diced baby bella mushrooms, 2 ears of corn, 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 box of low sodium vegetable broth, 32 oz tomatoes sauce, which you can make fresh or buy organic, 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce, 3 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin powder, 2 teaspoons of Himalayan pink salt and 2 teaspoons of All Purpose Seasoning. Cook for 4 hours on low heat or in crockpot. Enjoy the meal for a low fat lunch or dinner for 5 days.
5. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Cook 2 cups of quinoa on the stovetop for 25 minutes on low heat. Cook 6 hollowed out red peppers for 20 minutes in the oven. Add 2 T minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of oregano to quinoa. Now mix and spoon quinoa into the peppers for a tasty and healthy meal! Hope you enjoy!
6. Creamy Whole Wheat Pasta
Cook 1 pound of whole grain penne pasta on the stovetop. Now chop up a head of cauliflower and steam. Now add steamed cauliflower to the blender and blend, add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 2 teaspoons of salt; blend until creamy. Now mix blended sauce with pasta for a tasty, creamy sauce without all the fat. Hope you enjoy, as there are 6 servings, plenty to share or reheat for the week!
7. Lettuce Wraps
Slice up 8 portobello mushrooms, dice 1 eggplant, dice 1 onion and cook over low heat skillet with one teaspoon of olive oil. Cook for 8 minutes until browned. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now lay out bib lettuce or large romaine and pour veggie bog over lettuce. Roll lettuce and enjoy healthy wraps when you please. You can make ahead the ingredients and enjoy for several days. Doesn’t that make life easier?
With these make ahead meals, you will find it much easier to eat healthy and stay on track to your weight loss goals. Just open your refrigerator and choose your next meal without having to worry ever again. Here’s to planning for health success! Do you have any meals you like to make ahead of time?