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Cook These Dishes On Sunday, Eat Healthier Throughout The Week

It's just that simple.

Healthy eating is a skill that not all of us have mastered. If it's not your forte, allow us to let you in on a little secret: it's all about the meal planning. Dedicating a little time to stocking your fridge with healthy foods that you like to eat makes it a no-brainer next time you need to make a smart choice when you're hungry.

As part of our month-long Eat Well, Feel Great challenge, we dare you to give this healthy meal planning a try. We've already done some of the work for you.

We've found five healthy and versatile recipes for you to prep on Sunday, that'll keep in the fridge for a while so you can grab them for quick dinners, packed lunches and on-the-go breakfasts. Oh, and we also made you a grocery list of all the ingredients you'll need to make these awesome recipes. (You can find that below.) Folks, you are welcome.

1
Super Chunky Coconut Granola
Minimalist Baker
Make a batch of this granola on Sunday and enjoy it all week long. It'll last for a long time and can be eaten in so many different ways. In a bowl with milk, topped on yogurt or just plain -- it's that good.

Get the Super Chunky Coconut Granola recipe from Minimalist Baker
2
Thai Quinoa Salad
Foodie Crush
Quinoa and lots of veggies make up this healthy salad. The quinoa and edamame ensure you'll get enough protein, too.

Get the Thai Quinoa Salad recipe from Foodie Crush
3
Spicy Red Pasta With Lentils
Minimalist Baker
Great for both dinner and lunch. And the good news is the protein in this dish comes from lentils, so it'll stay good in the fridge longer than a classic meat pasta recipe would.

Get the Spicy Red Pasta with Lentils recipe from Minimalist Baker
4
Shrimp In Thai Coconut Sauce
Foodie Crush
What we love about this dish is that it feels decadent thanks to the creamy coconut sauce, but with the use of light coconut milk it's one indulgence you can actually feel good about.

Get the Shrimp In Thai Coconut Sauce recipe from Foodie Crush
5
Mediterranean Lentil Dip
Minimalist Baker
This stuff is addictive. Luckily, it's good for you too. A nice break from our beloved hummus, use this dip for snacking with whole-grain crackers, to top an open-faced sandwich or to bulk up a salad.

Get the Mediterranean Lentil Dip recipe from Minimalist Baker

GROCERY LIST

Pantry items:

Green lentils
Red lentils
Rolled oats
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Slivered raw almonds
Pecan halves
Peanuts
Coconut sugar (optional, can use regular sugar)
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 can light coconut milk
1 box pasta
Peanut butter

Perishables:

2 shallots
1 onion
1 lemon
1 head garlic
1 cup quinoa
2 red bell peppers
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red jalapeno
2 carrots
1 cucumber
Frozen edamame
1 knob ginger
7 green onions
1 red cabbage
Fresh dill
4 limes
Small bunch basil
Small bunch cilantro
Hummus
1 pound jumbo shrimp, shell and tail on

Seasonings (you might already have some, so check your pantry):

Tahini
Fish sauce
Sesame oil
Maple syrup
Sugar
Coconut oil
Vanilla extract
Vegetable oil
Brown sugar
Red chili flakes
Oregano

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