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August 14, 2019

6 Delicious Recipes to Meal Prep

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

It’s that time of year when we must return to our routines, whether it’s for school or work, or both! Taking some time to meal prep makes it easier to get back to meals on a regular basis, especially when time is tight. I love knowing that there is delicious food that’s ready to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. And, meal prep cuts down on your family’s convenience food consumption and take-out orders! 

Berry Breakfast Pizza is perfect for making on the weekend to eat later.  Kids, and adults, will surely love the idea of “pizza” for breakfast! Berry Breakfast Pizza is portable and ready to eat on the run, including as a snack.  Plus, a slice of this delicious homemade pie supplies 12 grams of protein and as much calcium as half a glass of milk!  

Here are some other recipes to simplify meal time: 

Protein Pancakes are exactly what the name implies: pancakes packed with protein to keep you fuller for longer. Prepare a double batch and freeze to reheat quickly in the microwave for a meal or a snack. Spread with peanut butter, top with raisins, and roll up! 

Spinach, Egg and Cheese Cups offer a simple way to include more vegetables at breakfast.  The egg cups can be reheated and paired with fruit and a piece or two of whole wheat toast to make a balanced breakfast. 

Broccoli and Cheese Calzone is one of my favorite go-to recipes. I prepare it for dinner and there’s always enough left over for everyone’s lunch the next day. Plus, it’s packed with bone-building calcium!  Make it with whole wheat crust for even more nutrition. 

When the temperature cools down, there is nothing like a warm bowl of chili topped with Hood Sour Cream! Prepare this dish a day or more in advance and serve with a large green salad, crusty rolls, and Hood Milk for an easy, satisfying meal. 

Turkey Meatballs are one of my all-time favorite meal prep recipes. I always make a double batch and freeze half. Hood Cottage Cheese adds protein and keeps the meatballs exceptionally moist. These meatballs are perfect over pasta, and also delicious in a sandwich!  

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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