No Time? Try This No-Cook Meal Prep
Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is turn on my stove or oven when it’s hot outside. (Or you know, all the time).
That’s when I had the most brilliant meal prep idea: a no-cook meal prep!
A no-cook meal-prep plan allowed me to assemble healthy meals with fresh, flavorful ingredients in record time.
Juicy berries in an oatmeal jar for breakfast, crunchy tuna lettuce cups for lunch, savory Asian chicken wraps for dinner… you get the idea.
This meal prep is ideal for a summer heat wave, if cooking isn’t one of your strengths, or if you don’t have a lot of time.
This no-cook meal prep follows the Portion Fix meal plan for the 1,200–1,500 calorie level.
It uses color-coded portion-control containers to measure out the amounts of foods you’ll eat each day so you’ll get the right combination of macronutrients and won’t have to count calories.
Green is veggies, purple is fruits, red is protein, yellow is carbs, blue is healthy fats, and orange is for seeds and dressings, and tsp. is for oils and nut butters.
Each day you get:
- 4 Green containers
- 2 Purple containers
- 4 Red containers
- 2 Yellow containers
- 1 Blue container
- 1 Orange container
- 2 teaspoons
Follow this guide to make your own no-cook meal prep, complete with step-by-step instructions and a grocery list.
Pro tip: If you’re a newbie prepper, learn how to meal prep here!
Here’s what your no-cook meal plan for the week will look like when you’re done:
No-Cook Meal-Prep Menu
Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt and Berries
Lunch (M/W/F): Tuna Niçoise Lettuce Cups
Lunch (T/Th): Roast Beef Salad
Snack (M/W/F): Shakeology, frozen fruit, and nut butter
Snack (T/Th): Shakeology, banana, and nut butter
Dinner (M/W/F): Asian Chicken Wraps
Dinner (T/Th): Turkey or Veggie Burger with vegetables and hummus
Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt and Berries
(¼ cup dry rolled oats, ¾ cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup fruit = (1 Purple, 1 Red, 1 Yellow)
M/W/F: Tuna Niçoise Lettuce Cups
(4 Bibb lettuce leaves; 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed; ½ cup cherry tomatoes; 1 (5 oz.) can tuna in water; 5 olives = 2½ Green, 1 Red, ½ Orange)
T/TH: Roast Beef Salad
(1½ cup lettuce, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup shredded carrots, 4 oz. deli roast beef, ½ cup beans of any kind, 2 Tbsp. dressing = 2½ Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange)
M/W/F: Shakeology with 1 cup frozen fruit and 3 tsp. nut butter =1 Purple, 1 Red, 3 tsp.
T/TH: Shakeology with ½ banana and 2 tsp. nut butter = 1 Purple, 1 Red, 3 tsp.
M/W/F: Asian Chicken Wrap
(4 oz. rotisserie chicken breast; 8 raw, unsalted cashews; 1 (6-inch) whole wheat tortilla; 1½ cup shredded cabbage; cilantro or parsley; green onion; 1 Tbsp. Peanut Lime Dressing = 1½ Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Blue, ½ Orange)
T/TH: Turkey or Veggie Burger with vegetables and hummus
Veggie Burger with vegetables and hummus(1 turkey burger or veggie burger patty [microwave or put in toaster oven to heat], lettuce leaf, tomato slice, mustard, 1 cup baby carrots or chopped bell peppers, ¼ cup hummus = 1½ Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue)
Your step-by-step plan to assemble the no-cook meal prep:
1. Make the Overnight Oats. Place ¼ cup oats and ¾ cup Greek yogurt in a Mason jar or food storage container. Top with 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit. Mix well and refrigerate overnight. (*Note: You’ll need to do this for 5 jars.)
2. Thaw the frozen green beans(*note: You’ll need to do this three times), then prepare the Tuna Niçoise Lettuce Cups. Between four lettuce leaves, divide 1 can of tuna, 1 cup thawed green beans, ½ cup chopped cherry tomatoes, and 5 chopped olives. Dress with a lemon wedge or balsamic vinegar.
3. Prepare the Roast Beef Salad (two times). Combine 1½ cups lettuce, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup shredded carrots, 4 oz. deli roast beef, ½ cup beans of any kind, and dressing. If you are using a Mason jar, place the dressing at the bottom and the lettuce on top. If you are using a food storage container, place the lettuce at the bottom. You can dress the salad during the meal prep, or wait until the day you eat it.
4. Make the Peanut Lime Dressing. Place 2 Tbsp. water, ¼ cup smooth peanut butter, 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar, 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger, 2 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 2 tsp. raw honey in a blender, and blend until smooth. (1 Tbsp. dressing counts as ½ Orange for Ultimate Portion Fix)
5. Prepare the Asian Chicken Wrap. Set out three food storage containers and place one 6-inch whole wheat tortilla in each. Chop 8 raw, unsalted cashews; chop cilantro or parsley (to taste); and chop green onion (to taste). On top of the tortilla, add 1½ cups shredded cabbage, 4 oz. rotisserie chicken breast, cashews, cilantro or parsley, and green onions. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. Peanut Lime Dressing.
6. Prepare the Turkey or Veggie Burger.Set out two food storage containers and place a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice in each. Serve with one veggie burger patty that has been microwaved or toasted and topped with mustard. For a side, serve with 1 cup baby carrots or chopped bell peppers and ¼ cup hummus.
No-Cook Meal-Prep Shopping List
3 (5 oz.) cans of tuna in water
12 oz. rotisserie chicken breast
8 oz. deli roast beef
2 frozen turkey burger or veggie burger patties
Greek yogurt (30 oz.)
8 cups frozen fruit (or 3 cups frozen fruit and 5 cups fresh fruit)
1 large banana
14 lettuce leaves
3 cups Bibb lettuce
3 cups frozen green beans
2½ cups cherry tomatoes
4½ cups shredded cabbage
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch green onion
1 knob fresh ginger
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups baby carrots (or chopped bell peppers)
Dry and Canned Goods
1¼ cups oats
1 jar peanut butter (smooth)
15 kalamata olives
3 (6-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
½ cup hummus
1 cup beans (any kind)
Low-sodium soy sauce
Photos by Hannah Rex