Culinary Inspiration

Planning meals in advance can save money, time, and energy, and it doesn’t have to be overly complicated or take hours to complete! With a solid meal-prepping regimen and some go-to recipes, you won’t have to throw together lunch in the morning or scramble for a dinner plan after a jam-packed day.


We love a recipe where the only steps are simply to add ingredients together and mix. That’s why this Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats recipe is one of our favorite breakfast solutions for simplifying your morning! The decadent combination of oats, California walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla and milk meld so well together overnight. Top with fresh fruit in the morning for a flavorful breakfast everyone will go bananas over!


A staple for any meal prepping pro, bento boxes are a great way to organize a balanced meal or snack ahead of time. For a whimsical, kid-friendly snack, try Cinnamon Apples with Yogurt and Walnut Graham Dipper. Dunk the apples in the yogurt and then into a crunchy walnut graham topping for a treat that’s equal parts fun and tasty! For an ultra versatile make-ahead snack, whip up a big batch of Toasted Walnut Hummus to keep in the fridge. Add it to a bento lunch box for dipping veggies, apples, or pita chips, or have it ready for the kids to dive into when they’re done with their school work! It can be part of many lunch and dinner dishes for a time-saver all week long.


This easy-to-assemble Asian Walnut Noodle Jar features a grab-and-go prep vessel. That means fewer dishes, which is always a plus! A savory combination of California walnuts, bok choy, ginger, and sliced green onions gives you a hot and fresh soup to enjoy for lunch on a cool day. Just add water and your lunch is served.

Another way to maximize your meal-prepping time and efforts is to create a base that can be used in multiple ways. One of our favorites is this tuna salad. You can make a larger serving at the beginning of the week and make it into a Tuna Salad Sandwich with Apples and Walnuts for the kids’ lunch; or top it on a bed of lettuce for a quick and easy salad; or scoop it onto crackers for an afternoon snack!

One Pot, Lots of Servings

Slow cookers are the key to many busy people’s dinnertime success. And it’s easy to see why! You can’t go wrong with a one-pot cooking method that generates big portions to feed the whole family to enjoy throughout the week. One slow cooker recipe we love is this Asian Pulled Chicken. Create a crunchy slaw from California walnuts and cabbage to go with it, or pile both on buns for sliders at dinner, or place a scoop on lettuce for a lower carb salad option.

For the ultimate in comfort food, consider making a batch of chili as part of your weekly meal prep rotation. This California Walnut Firehouse Chili is full of plant-based proteins and just the right amount of spice, and is simple and easy to prepare. Enjoy with your favorite cornbread recipe for lunch or dinner and make sure to make more than enough for leftovers. This recipe always tastes great the next day.

Meal prep means freeing up your time to concentrate on other things. You don’t need to devote an entire Sunday to your week’s worth of meals. Instead, look at our easy-to-follow simple recipes and discover just how quick meal prepping for the week can be. When you remove the stress of daily food choices, you have more time to focus on the important things in life.

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