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If You're Stuck In A Meal Prep Rut, These 18 Meal Prep Ideas Are Guaranteed To Shake Things Up

PSA: Meal prep can (and should) be better than bland chicken and veggies.

If the term "meal prep" conjures up visions of spending an entire day cooking to exhaustion (and then eating the same boring meals every day for an entire work week), we've got good news for you: You're not alone!

Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of our favorite meal prep recipes that we promise you won't get tired of, and will ~actually~ make you excited for your Sunday meal prep session.

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1. Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

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No lie: In only four simple steps, you can make a week's worth of these succulent shredded chicken tacos.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos | Shop This Recipe

2. 20-Minute Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry

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With this super-simple list of ingredients, you can whip up a week of protein-packed lunches with very little effort (and in only 30 minutes).

Recipe: 20-Minute Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir-Fry | Shop This Recipe

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3. Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry

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This simple and delicious stir-fry is considered the "better, homemade version of Panda Express" by multiple commenters. Need we say more?

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry | Shop This Recipe

4. Freezer-Prep French Toast Sticks

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There's a reason kids love these — they're totally delicious. Make a big batch on Sunday for virtually instant breakfasts all week long.

Recipe: Freezer-Prep French Toast Sticks | Shop This Recipe

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5. Microwave Meal-Prep Lasagna

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Bring a container of this meal-prep lasagna to work, pop it in the microwave, and that tantalizing smell will make you the envy of every single one of your coworkers.

Recipe: Microwave Meal-Prep Lasagna | Shop This Recipe

6. Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

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To make this chicken burrito bowl totally grain-free, you can easily swap the rice for cauliflower rice or roasted veggies.

Recipe: Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls | Shop This Recipe

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7. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Meal Prep

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If you're a breakfast-skipper due to a complete lack of time (we've been there), give this easy make-ahead smoothie a try.

Recipe: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

8. Balsamic Chicken and Veggies Meal Prep

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Overcoming meal prep monotony looks like...well, this dish, starring sticky-sweet balsamic chicken that's anything but basic.

Recipe: Balsamic Chicken and Veggies Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

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9. Parmesan Crusted Salmon

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This sheet pan salmon recipe is a great one to ensure that your baked salmon stays moist on the inside (with a crisp, cheesy crust).

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Salmon | Shop This Recipe

10. Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

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This vibrant dish can be whipped up in just 25 minutes and will be just as delicious at the end of the week as it was in the beginning.

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls | Shop This Recipe

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11. Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta

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Miracles do happen — as one commenter put it: "This made sooo much that I actually got six days of meals out of it, so my husband gets to have some this week, too!"

Recipe: Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta | Shop This Recipe

12. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Some readers recommend the addition of heavy cream if you prefer a creamier pasta, to which we would say...you should absolutely go for it.

Recipe: Meal Prep Pesto Chicken Pasta | Shop This Recipe

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13. Blueberry Overnight Oats

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On busy mornings, you'll be grateful you prepped these blueberry overnight oats for a grab-and-go breakfast that's ready in seconds.

Recipe: Blueberry Overnight Oats | Shop This Recipe

14. Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

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You can easily store this veggie-packed meal in the refrigerator for up to four days, which is a major win.

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies | Shop This Recipe

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15. Three Bean Salad

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For an extra punch of flavor and sharpness, one reader suggests adding crumbled feta cheese to this protein-packed three bean salad.

Recipe: Three Bean Salad | Shop This Recipe

16. Eggplant Potato Tomato Stew

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If you're craving a plant-based but filling stew, this eggplant potato tomato stew might just become your new meal prep go-to.

Recipe: Eggplant Potato Tomato Stew | Shop This Recipe

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17. One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep

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You can't go wrong making this one-pan teriyaki chicken dish — it's super easy to make, and you can customize each portion with the veggies of your choice.

Recipe: One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep | Shop This Recipe

18. Make-Ahead Chicken & Rice Bake

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Besides being ridiculously satisfying and comforting, commenters love how well this chicken and rice bake freezes, so you can enjoy a warming meal whenever you need it most.

Recipe: Make-Ahead Chicken & Rice Bake | Shop This Recipe

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