Healthy Time-Saving Meal-Prep Food Finds

Nov 9 2022
For some people, meal prep means making a ton of recipes from scratch ahead of time. In our world, it often means stocking up on versatile prepared foods to cut down on the work! We're busy, people, and so are you…

Del Real Foods Tinga De Pollo Chipotle Chicken

2/3 cup, 5 oz.: 130 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat. fat), 380mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g total sugars (0g added sugars), 19g protein
WW Points® value 3*
We've shouted out Del Real's amazing prepared proteins before (the Barbacoa, Pollo Asado, etc.), and this is another winner! The tomato-sauced chicken is seasoned nicely with chipotle peppers but stays mild in the heat department—it tastes slow cooked and homemade. Stuff it into lettuce wraps, make a veggie-packed burrito bowl, top off a salad, or just make tacos! The Chipotle Chicken is only in select regions, but click to find this and more Del Real prepared foods near you.

StarKist Smart Bowls Tomato Basil Barley & Beans with Tuna

One 4.5-oz. pouch: 160 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat. fat), 550mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g total sugars (1g added sugars), 10g protein
WW Points® value 4*
Ready-to-eat finds like these shelf-stable options make meal prep easy! Smart Bowls pouches are full of protein & fiber, thanks to the combo of tuna and beans with grains, quinoa, or pasta. We tried this Tomato Basil version, and it's so good! Enjoy hot or cold (we had it at room temp)—top a salad, serve over a rice & veggie bowl, put it in a wrap... They're super versatile and so satisfying. Click here to see all the varieties. Then click the button on the product page to buy online or find local retailers.

Del Monte Veggieful Riced Cauliflower Southwest

3/4 cup: 70 calories, 2g total fat (0g sat. fat), 360mg sodium, 10g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g total sugars (0g added sugars), 3g protein
WW Points® value 1*
If plain cauliflower rice has you feeling a little snoozy, but you don't feel like taking the time to gussy it up yourself, this pre-gussied version might be what you're looking for! Seasoned and studded with black beans, corn, and red bell pepper, it's a perfect meal base or side dish. There are so many varieties: See them all here! Click the Find a Store button on the product page to track it down in a local freezer aisle.

All About Meal-Prep: More Finds & Tips in the HG Podcast!

Lisa, Jamie & Mikey tried a bunch of fun food products perfect for meal-prep shortcuts on the latest Hungry Girl podcast! Tune in as they taste-test...

⭑ low-carb chili with unconventional beans
⭑ Greek yogurt with a whole lotta protein that's light on sugar
⭑ a grain-bowl starter they fell for hard
… and so much more!

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