Your Sunday Meal Prep: Cook These 5 Dishes, Eat Smarter All Week Long

Just a few hours out of your weekend can help you eat healthier, and feel better, for the next five days.

The last thing many of us want to do come Sunday is spend a few hours on our feet in the kitchen. But that's exactly what you should be doing, because the rewards far outweigh the effort. Once you see how many meals you can make in a few short hours -- and how much easier (and healthier) that prep will make your work week -- you'll ease into it.

With just five recipes, you can equip yourself with a week of healthy choices. There's a chia seed pudding for breakfast that can also double as a healthy dessert option when that sweet tooth kicks in. There's a recipe for perfect quinoa, a great side dish for the grilled chicken skewers at dinnertime; serve them together for dinner and then on top of a bed of lettuce for lunch. A pea pesto pasta dish makes a great dinner too, as well as awesome leftovers to bring to work. And the bean dip is the high-protein snack that will satisfy your four o'clock need to munch -- it can also be served with quinoa and chicken for a lunch bowl.

Just 5 recipes, and yet so many awesome combinations for meals throughout the week. Get to it:

PB&J Chia Pudding
Minimalist Baker
Get the PB&J Chia Pudding recipe from Minimalist Baker
Pea Pesto Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Minimalist Baker
Grilled Chicken, Tomato And Artichoke Skewers
How Sweet It Is
White Bean Dip With Roasted Garlic And Herbs
Naturally Ella
Perfect Quinoa
Cookie + Kate
Get the Perfect Quinoa recipe from Cookie + Kate