Week of Healthy Meal Prep: December 3-7
Monday: Winter Greens Pesto Pizza
Hearty collard greens pack this pesto with vitamin K, an essential nutrient for bone health. Buttery Castelvetrano olives make any extra pesto perfect for adding big flavor to pasta and grilled cheese sandwiches; substitute any green olive if you can’t find them.
Tuesday: Rosemary-Crusted Pork With Mushrooms
Feeding a crowd this season? This recipe’s a cinch to double—simply brown the pork in batches, then proceed as directed. If you can’t find instant polenta, regular is fine; start cooking it before you prep the pork so it’s ready on time.
Hearty Vegan Spiced Winter Squash Soup
Smooth and custardy, silken tofu blends perfectly with the butternut squash and pumpkin to create the ultimate velvety texture. And thanks to its protein and fiber, the dish is quite filling—your family won’t even know it’s 295 calories and completely vegan.
Thursday: Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner
It doesn't get much easier, or more satisfying: a complete chicken dinner in one pan in half an hour. Lemon brightens this cozy winter meal, but the classic flavors are sure to elicit cries for a second helping any time of the year. This one-pan chicken dish is a whole meal in one skillet, but serve with a simple side salad to sneak in another serving of veggies. We call for tender haricots verts because they're quick cooking; traditional green beans likely won't be tender enough after the brief cooking time at the end. If that's all you have on hand, steam them first, and then add them to the pan for the final step.
Friday: Italian Sunday Sauce Pasta
Known as “Sunday Gravy” to many, this meaty tomato sauce is like marinara but with a major upgrade. Short ribs and turkey sausage add flavor; whole-wheat pasta brings heart-healthy fiber to the table.
Treat Yourself: Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby
Make this impressive dessert in only half an hour with just a bowl and a cast-iron pan. Fresh apples and rich cinnamon combine for a baked good that will leave guests coming back for seconds.