Is it just us, or is there something about back-to-school season that makes you crave a fresh start (whether or not you’re actually going back to school)?
While it can be tough to say goodbye to the sweet simplicity and carefree fun of summer, early fall does have its perks beyond the arrival of pumpkin spice everything. It’s the ideal time to tap into that back-to-school energy and, like opening a new notebook to its first empty page, start fresh with your healthy routine.
Whether your household is literally going back to school or you’re just getting back into your busy schedule after a summer of kicking back, we’re excited to share a new way to cook and eat healthily: the Healthy Reset Meal Plan. It’s a fresh take on meal prep that will nourish you in more ways than one.
If you hear “meal prep” and think of a fridge full of the same boring meal on repeat, allow us to introduce you to the Healthy Reset Meal Plan, a five-day menu of 15 healthy, delicious, make-ahead meals. That means:
Who’s this meal plan good for? Anyone who wants to eat more wholesome, home-cooked meals (and spend less on takeout), who’s bored of their go-to weekday recipe repertoire, or who’s fed up with groceries going to waste when the week gets too busy to cook.
It’s meal prep reimagined, to treat your taste buds, stretch your grocery budget, and cut down on food waste. And thanks to a few clever tips and hacks, you might just learn a thing or two about how to work smarter, not harder in the kitchen.
We took care of the recipe planning. All you have to do is follow a few steps:
Here’s what you’ll need to make the recipes included in the Healthy Reset Meal Plan. The plan is designed to minimize waste, and relies on a number of pantry staples that you likely already have in the cupboard (so take stock before you shop). Feel free to make substitutions as you see fit for your diet, tastes, or simply to use what you have.
You can find all the products you need that are available at Thrive Market (including pantry items, meat and seafood, and frozen foods) by clicking here.
Honey or maple syrup
Coconut milk, 1 can
Apple sauce (pouches or jar)
Chicken bone broth (or vegetable broth), 1 16-ounce carton
Red curry paste
White basmati rice
Short pasta of choice (penne, elbows, shells etc.), 1 8-ounce box
Toasted sesame oil
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
Avocado oil mayonnaise
Crushed red pepper
Flaky sea salt
Almond milk (or milk of choice)
Edamame, 1 bag
Strawberries, 1 bag
Bread of choice, 1 loaf (try Base Culture Keto Bread or Food for Life Ezekiel Bread)
Frozen potstickers, 1 package
Boneless skinless chicken breasts, 16 oz
Ground beef (or ground turkey or Beyond Beef Plant-Based Ground), 1 lb
Salmon, 1 ½ lb
Arugula, 5 oz
Baby spinach, 5 oz
Zucchini, 1 large
Cherry tomatoes, 10 oz
Broccoli, 4 small or 2 large heads
Fingerling potatoes, 24 oz
Fennel, 1 large or 2 small
Asparagus, 1 large bunch
Cucumber, 1 large or 4 Persian
Butternut squash, 1 large or 2 small
Garlic, 3 whole heads
Yellow onion, 1 large
Lemons, 4 to 5
Banana, 2 large
Fruit of choice (berries, stone fruit, etc. or use frozen)
Thyme, 1 bunch
Basil, 1 bunch
Parsley, 1 bunch
Mint, 1 bunch
Cilantro, 1 bunch
*Suggested. Get what you like!
Parmesan cheese, approx. 4 oz (optional, omit if dairy-free)
Yogurt of choice, at least ½ quart
There’s no getting around the “prep” part of meal prep, but with a few basic steps you’ll be stocked for five days of healthy meals.
Click here for the recipes you’ll need to prep ahead; they’re divided into vegetables and grains, dressings and seasonings, and mains.
Break time! Tidy up, walk the dog, have a snack, etc.
We worked with recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist extraordinaire Aubrey Devin to create a menu of meals that reuse ingredients and components in multiple, creative ways, ensuring you never get bored and nothing goes to waste.
A note about the menu: In order to make these recipes appeal to as many people as possible, they aren’t tailored to a specific diet. That said, we’ve designed them to be adaptable, so you can make adjustments as you see fit to suit your diet and preferences. You’ll find a few specific substitution ideas, but feel free to make these recipes your own—skip the meat and add an egg or a scoop of beans, swap in cauliflower rice or veggie pasta, or get creative to use the produce you have on hand.
Without further ado, here are your daily menus with links to each recipe:
We hope these recipes and tips make getting back into your healthy routine a little easier, a little more fun, and a lot more delicious.
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