By: Bea Racoma
Meal prep can be overwhelming, but you can ace it with these easy dishes!

Compact lunch boxes, reusable utensils, and the soothing scent of homemade food are the hallmarks of meal prepping.

Meal prepping lets you control what you eat and what you normally spend on outside foods. With proper planning, this practice will surely become part of your daily routine!

So, put your chef hat on, and start preparing your food in advance with these easy as pie recipes:

1. Banana, peanut butter, and chocolate overnight oats

Move aside, pancakes, waffles, and French toast — this oatmeal with a twist will be your next go-to sweet breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats, ½ cup milk or almond milk, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, ¾ cup chocolate chunks, and 1 banana
  • Mix rolled oats, milk or almond milk, chocolate chunks, smooth peanut butter, and bits of fresh banana in a jar.
  • Top with banana slices and chocolate shreds, and leave in the fridge overnight.
  • Enjoy your creamy, buttery oatmeal the next morning.

2. Chicken pesto pasta

Worried about being low on fuel during work? A plateful of pasta will keep you going.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast (sliced), 2 cups pasta of choice (penne or spaghetti), ½ cup store bought or homemade pesto, ½ cup tomatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Slice the tomatoes, then season, grill, and cut the chicken.
  • In the same pan, combine the pasta, pesto, chicken, and tomatoes. You’ll have an herb-colored dish in no time.

3. Egg and vegetable fried rice

Celebrate rice, a beloved Filipino staple, with this recipe! Its large serving size and freezer friendliness are worth the longer prep time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked rice, 2 bell peppers, 3 eggs, 1 cup onions, ¾ cup peas, ¾ cup carrots, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Scramble the eggs, and set aside.
  • Chop and cook the veggies.
  • Add in the rice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and eggs, and mix well.
  • Pack immediately or store in the freezer in air-tight containers.

4. Tokwa in oyster sauce

Here’s a delicious option for vegetarians and vegans. The adobo-brown, savory dish is a perfect work lunch or afternoon snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack tofu, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon onions, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Cut the tofu into cubes and fry until golden, then sauté the garlic and onions.
  • Pour the sauce into the pan and let it thicken, then mix in the garlic, onions, and tofu.
  • Store the meal in the fridge, and reheat in a microwave or pan when needed.

5. Grilled ham and cheese sandwich

Recreate your fave grilled cheese sandwich with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bread, 8 slices ham slices, 8 slices mozzarella cheese, 4 tablespoons butter, and 2 tablespoons honey
  • Lightly toast the bread, spread butter on the slices, and fill with ham and cheese. Fry until golden brown.
  • Cut the sandwich in half and pack it if you’re about to go; otherwise, store it in the fridge overnight.
  • Toast the cheesy sandwich again to keep it tasting fresh, and drizzle with honey for added sweetness.

Whether you want to make meals three days ahead or the night before, meal prepping helps you align your food with the lifestyle that you want. After all, good food is the way to your heart and a healthier, fulfilling life. Grab those ingredients and create yours now!

Sincerely,

The COHO Living Team.

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