We’re all trying to eat healthier and save money, but finding the time to do everything can be the biggest obstacle. A lot of people have turned to meal prep to create meals ahead of time, avoid eating out, and spend less money on food. Thankfully, the movement has come far past the days of rows and rows of boring baked chicken and steamed veggies. Here are ten of the best meal prep cookbooks to help you up your meal prep game.
Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women by Kevin Curry
With more than 100 meal prep recipes, this book could keep you eating delicious and healthy food all year. Fitness influencer Curry tells his personal story and provides his ten commandments of meal prep.
Skinnytaste One and Done by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones
Skinnytaste is my go-to site for recipes; probably 80% of what I make on the regular comes from this site. She has a knack for creating healthy recipes that don’t make you feel like anything is missing. With One & Done, Homolka gives us the gift of those delicious, healthier recipes with the added bonus of minimal cleanup.
Damn Delicious Meal Prep by Chungah Rhee
I’m a huge fan of Damn Delicious, so I’m thrilled to find she has a meal prep cookbook, and when I found out it features an under-500 calorie Mason Jar Lasagna—game over! Considering the source, you can be confident these recipes are going to be full of flavor and easy to prep.
Vegan Meal Prep by JL Fields
Even if you’re not a committed vegan, it’s still a good idea to work 100% plant-based meals into your rotation. If you are vegan, it’s very hard to eat out in most cities, so having meals ready to go is a must to add variety to your diet.
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
This cookbook isn’t billed as a meal prep (and definitely not as a “healthy”) cookbook, but it’s the only regular cookbook I’ve seen that offers storage and reheating tips for most of the recipes, and has definitely helped me in my meal planning efforts.
Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep by Cassy Joy Garcia
Batch-cooking is like next-level meal prep where you can get an entire week’s worth of meals ready in one day. Garcia includes approaches for gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, low carb diets, and more.
The Bodybuilder’s Kitchen by Erin Stern
Those looking to pack on muscle have different dietary needs from the rest of us, and this book breaks down the science of it. Erin Stern is a two-time Miss Figure Olympia, and she’s put together this book to help others burn fat, build muscle, and sculpt their bodies.
Mediterranean Diet Meal Prep by Brandon Hearn
The Mediterranean Diet, with its fresh flavors and simple techniques, lends itself well to both losing/maintaining weight and meal prep. This book offers sample meal plans as well as recipes for every meal of the day.
The Everything Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook by Tina Chow
This book offers both the ins and outs of meal prep plus 300 recipes and sample meal plans. She also provides tips on how long to keep things after preparing them.
Seriously Good Freezer Meals by Karrie Truman
Truman says once you get comfortable with this method, you can prepare up to 50 meals in one day! She provides info for scaling up the recipes to larger batches, thawing instructions and reheating info.