Meal prepping is a big trend for a good reason. It lets people practice their cooking skills and enjoy healthy, tasty meals at a fraction of restaurant prices. Lots of working families and busy professionals will spend an afternoon prepping for the working week. However, eating the same meals every day can get a little dull. That’s why it’s important to focus on versatile ingredients. Here are six kitchen staples to request from your local grocery delivery New York:


Eggs are protein-packed nutritional powerhouses that keep well in the fridge. Hard boiled eggs are great for sandwiches and topping salads. Watching your carbs? Fry an egg as a thin sheet and turn it into a high protein veggie wrapper.


Overnight oats have a lot of filling fiber and a surprising amount of protein. This is a fantastic breakfast food. Throw a scoop into your pancake mix to add hearty texture or drop some in a jar with fruit. You can leave these jars soaking in milk overnight, and they’ll be ready to go in the morning.


Most fruit is tasty and relatively low in calories with a high fiber content. Apples may edge to the top spot for a few reasons: they’re affordable, there’s a rainbow of varieties with different tastes, and they hold up well to cooking or being thrown into a lunch bag. You can use these as a snack, sliver them to jazz up salads, or bake them into a tasty, cinnamon-topped dessert.


Beans are fantastic for meal prepping, and lentils may lead the pack in terms of versatility. All five colors (brown, green, yellow, red, and black) cook quickly on a stovetop. No need to invest in a pressure cooker here! Crack an egg into the mix and you can fry up some veggie burger patties or puree lentils into creamy yet seriously filling soups.

Root Vegetables

All veggies are good for you, but root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions are especially well suited to meal prepping. Roast them at the start of the week, and they’ll still have that smoky taste and tender texture by Friday, but without mushiness. When ordering grocery delivery in New York, try to get seasonal crops for the freshest taste.

Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts are affordable, easy and quick to cook, and best of all: bland. If you’re wondering whether that’s a good thing, the answer is: Yes! Chicken will soak up the taste of whatever it’s cooked with (roasted garlic, anyone?) and works well with most seasoning mixes. Eat it sliced on sandwiches, cubed on salads, roasted with veggies, or baked into mini pot pies.