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32 Healthy Dinner Recipes That Are Perfect for Meal Prep

32 healthy dinner recipes that are perfect for meal prep! You’ll find plenty of one pan dinner recipes, slow cooker meals, cozy soups and chilis, and plenty of vegetarian options that make the perfect meal prep dinner recipes. These will be your new go-to’s during busy weeks!

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The new year is HERE and I’m ready to pack in all of the nourishing, veggie-packed recipes to kick off 2021. To start the new year I rounded up 32 (plus a few bonus) healthy dinner recipes that are perfect for meal prep anytime, anywhere.

I included some go-to stir-frys, sheet pan meals, and slow cooker soups and stews to keep your weeknight dinners fun and delicious. You’ll also find plenty of vegetarian options and lightened up comfort foods that you’re going to love.

Pro tips for meal prepping dinners

  • If you’re a visual person like me, make a calendar and write out what dinners you’ll be making for that week! That way you can easily create grocery lists and even write a little menu
  • Shop in the bulk section of the grocery store for things like beans, grains & dried fruit
  • Stock up on meal prep containers and reusable bags for easily storing leftovers & ingredients
  • Use your freezer! Freezing recipes and leftovers is a great way to stock up on meals if you have a busy few weeks coming up

Scroll through and pick some of your favorites! Feed the whole family with a few of them, or treat yourself to a couple of nourishing dinners this week.

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V: indicates vegan

Veg: indicates vegetarian

GF: indicates gluten free

Vegetarian Favorites

puerto rican rice and beans in a bowl

Mom’s Authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans V, GF

Actually, the Best Vegetarian Chili Ever V, GF

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema Veg., GF (use gf tortillas)

Vegan & Gluten Free Curry Chickpea Pot Pie with Sweet Potato ‘Crust’ V, GF

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew V, GF

Kung Pao Chickpea & Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry V, GF

One Pan Dinners

firecracker chicken meatballs and rice in a pan

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs with Cilantro Coconut Pineapple Rice GF

One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce GF

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato & Couscous

Sheet Pan Zucchini Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce GF

One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice GF

One Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Pineapple-Coconut Rice GF

Healthy Orange Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Cauliflower Rice GF

One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice GF

Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower GF

Sheet Pan Kickin’ Curry Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggies GF

30-Minute Sesame Chicken Green Bean Stir Fry GF

Goat Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Caramelized Onions + Mushrooms GF

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf GF

Slow Cooker Dinners

two bowls of tikka masala

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala GF

Slow Cooker Yellow Chicken Curry GF

Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala V, GF

Cozy Pasta & Hearty Quinoa

spinach garlic parmesan orzo in a pot and in two bowls

*feel free to use gluten free pasta in these recipes

Spinach Garlic Parmesan Orzo with Crispy Bacon GF

Incredible Caramelized Onion Spinach Chicken Pasta Bake GF

Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese GF

BBQ Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bowls GF

Tacos, Burritos & Enchiladas

green chile chicken burrito on a plate with avocado

Freezer-Friendly Green Chile Chicken Burritos GF (use gf tortillas)

Healthy Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers GF

Damn Good Salmon Taco Bowls For Two GF

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce GF (use gf tortillas)

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins GF

Hearty Soups, Stews & Chilis

chicken pot pie soup in a bowl

Healthy White Chicken Chili GF

Vegan Coconut Tomato Lentil Soup V, GF

The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat

Vegetarian Tofu Cashew Coconut Curry V, GF

The Best Minestrone Soup V, GF (use gf pasta)

Vegan Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup V, GF

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (whole 30, dairy free) GF

Easy Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup (using canned tomatoes) V, GF

Green Chile Chicken Pozole GF

If you make any of these recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it! You can also snap and picture and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen. 

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