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The Culinistas Meal Prep Hacks

The Culinistas dish Cauliflower Mac & Cheddar

Quick & Easy Tips To Maximize Your Meal Prep

by The Culinistas

When shopping and cooking for a week of family meals, repurpose ingredients across dishes not only to be efficient with the grocery shop, but also to diversify by way of flavor profiles and preparation techniques.  The following five dishes have baton-passing ingredients that will keep the grocery list slim and, bonus!, are also easy to make, versatile, and will last a few days in the fridge.

Meal Prep Menu

Zucchini Nuggets
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad
Meatballs Marinara
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Lentils & Quinoa

Sneak some leftover lentils and zucchini into the meatballs to introduce your kiddos to some legumes & subtle veggies.

Utilize cauliflower two ways- for a lighter Mac & Cheese and a hearty Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad- in order to use each part of the cauliflower.

Quinoa  chameleon: toss in the Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad, as well as the Lentils & Quinoa.

Mix & Match

Zucchini Nuggets + Meatballs Marinara
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad + Meatballs Marinara
Meatballs Marinara + Lentils & Quinoa
Cauli Mac & Cheese + Zucchini Nuggets
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad + Lentils & Quinoa

Utilizing Extra Ingredients

There will be leftover watercress from the cauliflower salad that can be used to make a simple salad to accompany the Mac & Cheese or Meatballs Marinara, or simply for a salad later on in the week.

There will be extra eggs from the Zucchini Nuggets for a couple hard boiled for the morning, or scrambled for the kids.

There is extra smoked mozzarella from the Lentils & Quinoa, so be sure to make a super deluxe grilled cheese for lunch on Saturday.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.