Prep-Ahead Summer Bowl Recipes + Printable Meal Planner

If there’s a season of simplicity and ease, this. is. it. Rosé, bbqs, friends + fam, and sunshine. Planning and structure? Grocery shopping and cooking? Those are September things, right? Well, yes. But here’s the thing: even in the summer, we still need to eat. And if you’re anything like me, life’s a lot better when we’re eating food that’s actually good for us. Hello, simple summer meal prep (…the magic word being simple).


Meal prep doesn’t have to mean a full day in the kitchen, slaving away with timers and scales and black plastic containers. Especially in the summer, when our primary goal in life is to spend less time indoors, not more. But here’s the truth: eating healthy, feel-good, delicious food takes a tiny bit of thought. Just a little planning and prep can mean the difference between enjoying a week of balanced meals, full of seasonal goodness (…outside, with a glass of wine and good company) and “f-it, we’re ordering pizza for dinner… again” (and the expense and side of stress that comes along with it).

My simple meal prep answer? Bowls. They’re perfect for summer (any season, really… but I'm biased) because bowl meals are easy-breezy, go-with-the-flow meals. Our bowl formula is like a little blueprint for your mind, giving you the structure to make satisfying prep-ahead meals, but also the freedom to easily change it up.


To make the whole summer meal prep thing actually happen, I made a little guide for you. Includes a printable meal planner, meal prep tips, and my five favorite prep-ahead summer bowl combos:

Shrimp Noodle Bowls with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Summer Taco Bowls with Cumin-Lime Dressing
Strawberry Feta Bowls with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Grilled Zucchini Bowls with Basil Yogurt Dressing
Greek Power Bowls with Greek Vinaigrette