Easy & Healthy Make-Ahead Meals (A 5-Day Reset!)

If you ask me, one of the hardest parts about sticking to a healthy diet is all of the planning and preparation it can take. It can be overwhelming at times!

In fact, it may surprise you to hear this, but we don’t always eat perfectly in my home. After a busy work day or an evening that we spend taking our kids to the pool, it can be tempting to choose fast convenience foods, whether that means dining out or reaching for a packaged snack.

If you reach for convenience foods often enough, it can start to become a habit. That’s when I think a little whole foods “reset” can come in handy. It can be a great way to acclimate your taste buds and get your healthy eating momentum going again.

That’s why I created this 5-Day Make-Ahead Weekday Reset program. It’s my new go-to solution when I want to enjoy healthy meals on auto-pilot.

Half the battle when it comes to eating well is simply planning out your meals and preparing a few items ahead of time, so that healthy eating becomes the easiest option available to you. It would seem silly to dine out when a perfectly delicious meal is waiting for you in your fridge, right?

Easy Make-Ahead Meals

For the past several months, I’ve been developing a stash of make-ahead meals that I could prep on Sunday, and then enjoy all week long. For me, the meals I eat during the weekday have to be fast and delicious, because when I’m hungry, I’ll reach for the first thing I see in the fridge. When your fridge is already stocked with healthy meals and snacks, healthy eating is a no-brainer.

After testing dozens of recipes, I narrowed down the ones I wanted to eat over and over again, and compiled them into a 5-day meal plan that I could easily follow during the weekday to keep up my healthy eating momentum.

 

I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to make healthy choices during the week when I have a set work/school schedule, and then I like to have a little more flexibility over the weekend, so I can socialize and dine out with friends– without feeling like I’m “slipping up” on some diet plan.

The first week I followed this meal plan, I lost 4 pounds in just 5 days.

(Which I find shocking, considering how much food I was eating.)

Even after going to several parties over the weekend, where I wound up eating pizza and birthday cake, I still managed to maintain that weight loss, too. In my experience, when you keep yourself consistently nourished, your weight and your mood are less likely to fluctuate up and down, even with some indulgences. 

What I also love about this 5-day program is that you can repeat it weekly. It gives you flexibility on the weekend and fresh motivation each Monday morning, to help you create healthy habits that last.

Really, this is how I aim to eat on a regular basis, but somehow putting the intention out there and having an easy-to-follow plan makes it a little more doable. 

Here’s what is included in this digital PDF:

  • 16 exclusive make-ahead recipes (way more than you probably need for 5 days!)
  • Daily tips to help support detoxification and weight loss
  • A 5-Day Sample Meal Plan for One Person
  • A 5-Day Sample Meal Plan for Two or More People
  • Shopping lists for both meal plans
  • A Sample Daily Schedule
  • Weekend Meal Prep Guide (with a list of exactly what to chop and prepare)
  • Make-Ahead Tips for Each Recipe (so you can customize the plan)
  • Printable Food Journal

What started as a side-project quickly turned into a nearly 60-page digital e-book. There’s a photo for every recipe included, along with make-ahead and storage tips, substitution notes, and food combining tips.

A few of my favorite recipes in this e-book include the Chocolate Zucchini Shake, Southwestern Salad (a knock-off of the Trader Joe’s salad that I’m obsessed with!), Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles, Cauliflower Detox Tacos, and Make-Ahead Muesli, which I’m currently eating every single day.

The recipes in this e-book are all plant-based and vegan, however I’ve also included tips throughout the book if you’d prefer to include meat or take a paleo approach. (This is helpful if you have some family members who are vegetarian and others who eat meat.)

Other than physically coming to your house and cooking for you (wish I could!), I think I’ve done just about everything in my power to make this meal plan as easy as possible for you.

  • Your shopping list is done.
  • You’ll know exactly what you need to chop to assemble the recipes in your meal plan.
  • You’ll know exactly what you’re eating each day.
  • And then you get to eat whatever you want on the weekend– which may very well be more of the recipes in this guide. The choice is yours!

You can instantly download a copy of this Make-Ahead Reset program by clicking on the button below.

If the button doesn’t appear for you, click here to purchase the e-book for $14.99.
*Please note, this is a digital e-book that you can download to your computer. This is not a printed book, so nothing will be physically mailed to you. By purchasing this program, you are agreeing to my terms of service.

If you enjoy group support, be sure to join our free Facebook Support Community, where we can all follow along with this guide together. My hope is that, as a community, we can all keep each other feeling motivated and accountable, to feel great heading into Fall!

Reader Feedback: Do you meal prep every week? Any favorite recipes that you like to prepare ahead of time?

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Elizabeth Nesbitt

I FEEL LIKE i MUST BE BLIND BUT i CANNOT FIND THE BUTTON TO DOWNLOAD THE 5 DAY RESET PLAN? hELP!

Karen

Hi Megan! Not sure if I missed something, but where is the button for the digital ebook?

Sue

Hi Megan – cAN’T SEEM TO GET THE LINK. Am I missing something?

charlotte Robertson

hi There – I don’t see a button to download the e-book. Can you send me a link?

Brittany

Hi, I’m not seeing the link to download the e-book….am I missing something? 🙂 Thanks in advance for your help!

Maggie White

i don’t see the button to click to download a copy of the Make Ahead Reset Program. Can you advise? thanks!

Steffanie Finkiewicz

Hello! I’m not seeing the button to download this.

Maria

I tried to find the button also to see how much it was and I couldn’t get anything to come up except the terms of service.

Susan

Hi Megan! Not sure if I missed something, but couldn’t find the button for the digital ebook?

Sabrina

This looks great! Just wondering…can’t find the button to click. help?

    Megan Gilmore

    Sorry, I’m not sure why it’s showing up for some people and not others. I just updated the post with a direct link, so let me know if you still don’t see it!

Jenn

Is there a start date for this weekday reset or is it something you do on your own.

    Megan Gilmore

    You can start it anytime, but I think we’ll be starting as a group on Monday over in our Facebook Support community if you want to do it with others!

crystal

Megan,
I have purchased both of your books, plus another that you suggested from a friend of yours. Are all of the recipes in the 5 day reset in your books. I would love to purchase this 5 day reset, but on a teacher salary my income is limited. i have had success with your detox meals, but over the summer i have eaten horribly and have struggled getting back in the habit of eating healthy. i was excited about this 5 day reset, but not really wanting to purchase recipes that i may already have in your cookbooks.

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Crystal! I can totally relate with the summer struggle, which is why I decided to create this 5-day reset in the first place.

    I always try to make sure my recipes aren’t exact repeats from my cookbooks, so there are definitely different recipes in this reset. Because this program focuses on fast & easy make-ahead meals, there are some simpler ones that you don’t necessarily need a recipe for, like chia pudding, muesli, and my go-to weeknight stir fry, but the standout recipes to me in this particular guide are the Southwestern Salad, Asian Quinoa Salad, Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles, the Creamy Dill Dip, and the make-ahead smoothies, which were harder to make “taste good” than I expected. (Frozen ingredients are super-muted in flavor.) So, you won’t find those on my website or in the other cookbooks.

    That being said, I think you could totally make your own 5-day meal plan using the cookbooks of mine that you already own– there are plenty of meal plans and shopping lists in those already! So, the choice is totally up to you. 🙂

Shauna

Hi Megan,

Is paypal the only option for payment?

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I’m afraid I’m not tech-savvy enough to offer another option right now!

jENNIFER

JUST CURIOUS — wHAT KIND OF KITCHEN EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS MEAL PLAN?

    Megan Gilmore

    I recommend that you have a blender and a food processor. (Only one recipe calls for a food processor, but it can also come in handy for shredding vegetables for salads!) You may also want to have a spiralizer to make veggie “noodles” but you can make noodles using just a regular vegetable peeler, if you prefer, or you can skip the noodle shape and just chop or shred them for an alternative.

Sonja

I’m gluten free. Are most of the recipes GF?

Mother henn

This is so true of real life these days! I love the idea of starting this as my kids go back to school….seems like the perfect time to get back in a good routine. I appreciate your work to bring us these programs….it truly helps.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I feel the same way as we get into our school routine here! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

Berneda

What should we be eating after the 5-day reset? thank you.

    Megan Gilmore

    In the program I discuss how you can incorporate more of the foods you eliminated after the reset is over (if you want to) or how you can repeat the program every week. Personally, I’m trying to use this 5-day program as a guideline for my weekdays, and then I eat whatever I want to on the weekends. My son has LOTS of birthday parties to go to, so it’s nice to keep my options open.

Carol

I have a nut allergy. Will the receipes work for me?

    Megan Gilmore

    There are 2 recipes in this book that call for almond butter, but I think you could easily swap that for sunflower seed butter or tahini as a nut free option. There’s one more that calls for sliced almonds, but you could swap that for sunflower seeds, coconut, or any other nut-free option that you like. (Even rolled oats would work, I think.)

      Carol

      Thanks so much. Looking fotward to it.

Nathalie

What an amazing Ebook! STARTING on Monday. Really looking forward to trying all the recipes! Thank you – it’s amazing that you are able to put this together having two young children – truly inspiring!

TayloR

Purchased! I’m reading through this now and it’s so great! Amazing Job Megan!!

Penny oleary

Thanks for the e-book Megan! I’m happy to support you and your endeavors…you give so much energy & excellent eating options.

deliaann

I would love to purchase a copy, but I don’t see a way to pay with my credit card. Are you only using Pay Pal?

    Megan Gilmore

    PayPal allows you to use your credit card! I’m not tech-savvy enough to figure out another payment method, so I’m afraid PayPal is all I can offer at the moment.

Maria

¿Can you send a copy to Mexicocity?

    Megan Gilmore

    This is a digital download, so nothing is mailed. If you have computer access, you should be able to download it from anywhere.

Jen

Are some Of these recipes packaBle for lunches? Or stuff for quick prep at home? Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I intended many of these recipes to be packed for lunch! (Assuming you can use an insulated lunch box or have a fridge at work or school– many of them are chilled make-ahead salads that you can pack.)

Millie

I went through the Papal CHECKOUTbut i don’t know how to download.

    Megan Gilmore

    Did you check your email that is associated with your PayPal account? They instantly send a link to your email, and you can download it from there.

Katie Ray

Did your husband join you on 5 day reset? Wondering if it’s something we could do Together…

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, he did, but he did have some modifications– I added chicken to many of his salads, and he wanted his cauliflower taco filling in a “real” taco shell. His favorites were the Asian Quinoa Salad and Maple-Ginger Stir Fry, so I’d let him have those as leftovers the next day, while I’d eat one of the other salads.

lydia

this looks great, think I’m going to get it. I’d love to know, where did you get the glass containers pictured holding the chopped lettuce and spiralized veg? i love them.

Karen

Other than your freezer waffles… i make “monster muffins” a lot. My son is obsessed with them. Theyre green because of the Spinach. I use whole grain flour, but one could use practically any muffin recipe and turn them into “monster muffins”

http://www.superhealthykids.com/sweet-spinach-muffins/

Exciited about ur ebook!

Claire gAlvin

im woNdering how to get the download. ThanKs

    Megan Gilmore

    After you complete the purchase through PayPal, they instantly email you a download link. (To the email you used for your PayPal account.)

Claire galvin

Hi megan. The paypal email that i receIved was jUst a receipt since i donT haVe a paypal account. I tried the link that you sent to others It brought Me To the check out page asking for payment. Please tell me where i am missing this? Thank You!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Claire! I see your email in the system, so I’ll have them send you a new link to download. It should appear in your email shortly!

Rebekah Ellis

i purchased this and have been charged but did not receive any information on downloading the ebook?

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Rebekah! Can you email a copy of your receipt to detoxinista@gmail.com? (Or if you don’t have a receipt, send me the email address you used to checkout– the one you’re commenting with isn’t in the sales system.)

DAna Lawrence

Hi! I bought the make ahead reset program but Did not get to doWnload it into our computer before it expired. I Was so busy getting our son Ready and taking him to college I didnt get back to it until today…four days later. Is there anyway I can have access again?

DAna Lawrence

Hi! It is dana, aGain. I remebered I sent the download to my email so I have a copy. All is good now. Thanks!

wendy

Hi Megan! I just purchased your 5 day reset and I’m super excited to start. I have a question. Will it mess up the plan if I have 1 cup of coffee with a splash of Almond milk in the morning?I know you said no caffeine, but Ilove that one cup in the morning!

    Megan Gilmore

    I think enjoying 1 cup of coffee is still fine, especially during your first week of doing the reset. You might want to try challenging yourself to give it up in the future (maybe in your second or third round?), but if it makes you happy, I think this reset will still be effective with a small amount of caffeine.

claire galvin

Hi Megan:

I ordered the download book and I never received it. is it because I don’t have a paypal account and used my debit card on the paypal page as a guest?

when I follow the link that you have provided others, it takes me to the paypal check out page and is asking for my credit card info that I already provided on 8/23/17 and received an email, receipt from paypal its asking me to activate paypal which I really am not interested in please advise and thanks! Claire

    Megan Gilmore

    Hi Claire! I see your email in my sales system, so I just sent you a new link to download the book. Let me know if you don’t get it!

Alia

This looks great! Do the recipes contain gluten? I need to eat gluten-free, but I am very interested in purchasing this e-book!

Thanks!

Alicia

Interested in ordering, but wondering if it will fit in my curren Dr. Ordered dietary restrictions. Vegan, but no nuts,seeds,beans or soy. Please advise.

    Megan Gilmore

    Looking at the recipes, it looks like 9 of them would work for you, but the other ones would have to be modified. (Maybe replacing oats or quinoa for some of the seed-based porridges?) If you want to join in, we can always offer suggestions in the support community on Facebook.

Natalie

Hello. Interested in this book but just wanted to finding out if the recipes are gluten free? So difficult to find good vegan gluten free recipes. Thanks so much!

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, my recipes are always gluten-free, both on my website and in all of my cookbooks. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

gILBERT

Hello Megan,

when you say ‘exclusive’ recipes you mean they don’t appear in either of your recipe books? (I purchased both). Thanks!

Asa Forstorp

Hi,
I live in Czech Republic and I can’t check out and pay because the payment site doesn’t accept my mobile number? Any ideas how I can solve this?

Best regards Åsa Forstorp

Elaine

Do you have a y other method of payment as I do not use PayPal?!

Andrea

I’m a few days in and the recipes are great. I’m modifying to add more protein because it seems that, as written, most of these recipes would be really low protein. The first day I was super hungry by mid morning!! Would you be getting enough dietary protein if the recipes were followed as written?

    Megan Gilmore

    It depends on what you mean by getting enough protein, because everyone has different theories on that. I’ve read that when you eat less animal protein your body needs LESS protein in general, and some diets aim that you eat no more than 10% of your daily calories from protein, which you would easily get by only eating fruit and vegetables. So, yes, I think you can get sufficient protein from the meal plan as written, but if YOU feel better eating more protein, that is also totally fine! It’s impossible to write a meal plan that will work for every single person, so that’s why I offer the topping options so that people can customize it. (Oh, and if you don’t use the toppings I’d suggest you eat more than the servings listed– when I don’t add toppings to one of the salads or main entrees in the e-book, I usually end up eating half of the recipe on my own.)

      Andrea

      Got it. Thanks so much!

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