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Day 2 Of Tasty's 7-Day Make-Ahead Meal Plan

On today's menu: Fried rice and peanut butter cookies.

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It's day two of Tasty's Make-Ahead Meal Plan.

You made it through day one! And if you did all your prepping already, today will be a breeze. Breakfast is those creamy overnight oats you got started last night. Lunch is a fresh roasted veggie and spinach salad. Dinner is a hearty fried rice. And for a snack: easy and indulgent three-ingredient peanut butter cookies.

DAY TWO RECIPES: Find complete instructions below. For a printable doc with the entire week's recipes, click here.

Let's get cooking!

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Remember those oats you got soaking last night? Just top 'em with some sliced apples and granola and breakfast is good to go!

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

Cinnamon overnight oats (prepped the night before, see recipe)

Half an apple, diced

¼ cup honey-roasted granola (meal prepped, see recipe)

Honey, for garnish

Ground cinnamon, for garnish

Preparation:

1. Top oats with diced apples and granola and garnish with honey and cinnamon.

2. Enjoy!

Note: Make sure to save the second half of the apple for later in the week!

*Vegan Substitution: Omit the honey and replace with agave.

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Before you head to work or class, pack up this salad loaded with greens and the sheet pan veggies you roasted earlier this week. To prevent the salad from getting soggy, store the dressing on the side.

Roasted Veggie and Spinach Salad

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Ingredients:

1 cup roasted sheet tray veggies (meal prepped, see recipe)

2 cups spinach

½ cup rotisserie chicken

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation:

1. Toss veggies, spinach, and shredded chicken in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic, salt, and pepper. Before eating, pour mixture over salad and toss to coat.

3. Enjoy!

*Vegan/Vegetarian Substitution: Omit the shredded chicken and replace with ½ cup chickpeas.

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For dinner? A lightened-up take-out classic. This fried rice transforms those roasted veggies and brown rice you prepped into a hearty dinner that comes together in a flash.

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10-Minute Fried Rice

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Ingredients:

2 large eggs

Pinch of kosher salt

Pinch of ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

¾ cup cooked brown rice (meal prepped, see recipe)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 cup roasted sheet tray veggies, chopped (meal prepped, see recipe)

Preparation:

1. Crack eggs into a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat half of the olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add eggs and cook, stirring often, until scrambled. Remove from pan and set aside.

3. Increase heat to high and add remaining olive oil, rice, and soy sauce. Cook, stirring often, until rice begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add veggies and scrambled eggs and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

4. Enjoy!

*Vegan/Vegetarian Substitution: Omit the eggs and replace with ¾ cup chickpeas.

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Some might say these aren't technically cookies... but they're sweet, easy to make, and require no baking at all — so we'll take two! Feel free to drizzle them with dark chocolate and flaky sea salt to upgrade them even more.

Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Recipe yield: 4 cookies

Ingredients:

¼ cup smooth peanut butter

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon rolled oats

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of kosher salt, plus more

2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (optional)

Preparation:

1. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, oats, honey, and salt and stir until completely combined.

2. Form dough into four small cookies and place them on a plate. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.

3. If using chocolate, melt in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments and drizzle each cookie with it.

4. Enjoy two of them now, and save the other two in the freezer for the rest of the week.

*Vegan Substitution: Omit the honey and replace with agave.

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And day two is done!

Bravo

Ready for day three? Click here to get the recipes.

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* Note: These recipes are part of a week-long budget meal plan that includes meal prepping several items in advance — like cooking grains or roasting veggies. That way, you spend less time cooking and more time eating during the week. Vegan and vegetarian substitutions are not included in the shopping list.

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Overview | Prep Day | Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four | Day Five | Day Six | Day Seven

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Grocery List | Calendar | Printable Recipes | Money-Saving Tips | Things To Know

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