With these four cauliflower meal prep ideas, you cook just once and get a healthy meal for the entire week!
Each week, “healthy meal prep ideas” always turns out to be one of the most popular searches on my blog.
The search term is especially popular on Sundays, likely because everyone starts meal prepping on Sunday.
So before I launch the blog into holiday-recipe mode this coming Thursday (vegan gingerbread, chocolate fudge bars, lemon meltaway cookies…), I wanted to devote a post to answering some of the common questions readers ask regarding meal prep of my recipes.
(Above – Sticky Sesame Cauliflower)
CAN THE RECIPES BE DOUBLED?
The simple answer to this question: Yes. Each of the recipes listed in this post makes 3-4 servings, or you can easily double them – especially helpful if you’re meal prepping for more than one person or want twice the amount of food with just one mess to clean.
WHAT CONTAINERS SHOULD I USE?
For freshness, safety, and to be environmentally friendly, I own and recommend these BPA Free Glass Meal Prep Containers.
They’re reusable and freezer-safe, with smartlock leakproof lids, and the actual containers can be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher.
(Above – Cauliflower Mac And Cheese)
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SERVE WITH THEM?
Rice, quinoa, pasta, or another grain
Steamed or roasted vegetables
Baked tofu, beans, or another protein source
Or try the Homemade English Muffins from my Hello Breakfast ebook
HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
I do know some people who cook once a week and say they’ve never had a problem with leftovers going bad before day seven… but to be on the safe side, I personally will freeze whatever I’m not eating within four days.
If you plan to freeze the sesame or lemon cauliflower, it’s a good idea to cut the cauliflower into smaller florets so they thaw more evenly upon reheating. The mac and cheese is fine to freeze as-is.
I don’t really recommend freezing the buffalo version simply because the inevitable texture change of freezing cauliflower is especially apparent in a recipe like that where texture is so important. But technically it can be frozen as well, and multiple readers have commented that they do it all the time and are still fine with it. So it’s completely up to you!
MORE MEAL PREP IDEAS:
Breakfast Meal Prep – 20 Healthy Recipes
Overnight Oats – 15 Flavors