Great Weeknight Meals for Runners

Great Weeknight Meals for Runners

Holiday Meal Prepping for Runners

Meal planning can be tough, but without a plan, there’s not a lot of chances you’ll always eat healthily. So planning your meals is necessary if you want your family to be happy, save money, and also perform at your highest potential!

Meal Prepping Ideas for Runners
Meal Prepping Ideas for Runners

If we didn’t care as much about saving money or eating healthy, we would always order in sushi or shop the Whole Foods food bar. Am. I. Right?

This is especially true around the holidays. There are so many parties and gatherings this time of year, it’s even more important to plan ahead. A few months ago, we shared a few meal ideas and we decided to share a few more weeknight meals to help organize your week and grocery list.

5 weeknight meals to fuel your runs
5 weeknight meals to fuel your runs

What did you think of the last round of meals? Any faves? Any dislikes? Please share and let us know if these posts are helpful for you!

Tuesday Turkey Taco Night:


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Kidney beans (optional)
  • Onion, chopped
  • Low carb wraps
  • Taco seasoning
  • Optional: Cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado
  • Optional: Rice

Tofu Rice bowls

Marc’s fave right now!



  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds



  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (optional)

Recipe found here.

5 great recipes to fuel runners
5 great recipes to fuel runners

Winter Cobb Salad:


For the butternut squash:

  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

For the cinnamon maple chickpeas:

  • 1 can chickpeas drained, rinsed and dried (or 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • sea salt to taste
  • For the Dijon Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup pecans

Recipe found here.

5 recipes to warm your soul and fuel your running
5 recipes to warm your soul and fuel your running

Shrimp, Sausage, Beans, and Rice


  • 1/2 pound mild or hot Italian sausages, sliced 1/2 inch thick (turkey/pork)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 (15.25oz) can kidney beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1 (14.5oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 cups reduced sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 pound medium to large uncooked deveined shelled shrimp, thawed if frozen

Recipe found here.

5 healthy and delicious recipes for the winter season
5 healthy and delicious recipes for the winter season

Chicken Enchilada Crockpot:


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 large red onion diced
  • 1 cup carrot diced
  • 1 – 15.25 oz can black beans rinsed and drained {I used Kroger}
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 16 oz. mild Red Enchilada Sauce divided {2 cups}
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts I used Simple Truth Organic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • toppings: tortilla chips shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, green onion, lime wedges, etc.

Recipe found here.

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Dr. Jack Daniels VDOT & USATF Certified Running Coach
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9 thoughts on “Great Weeknight Meals for Runners

  1. I do roasted chick peas all the time but have not tried them with cinnamon. Great idea! Tofu and roasted veggie rice bowls are my go to weeknight meal when my hubs is not here. super easy!

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  2. Oh, yes, do try with cinnamon. The rice bowls are my absolute favorite meal right now. We basically use them as deconstructed sushi bowls. Salmon, tofu, tuna… all go amazing with the other ingredients.


  3. Thanks for the great meal ideas! You can never go wrong with a huge salad 🙂


  4. Mmmm, cinnamon maple chickpeas. 🙂


  5. Yes, so good! You’ll have to try it and let me know what you think.

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  6. True… I need some protein on my salads or I never feel completely full.


  7. So good! We love our rice bowls (we had them for dinner tonight), but they never make enough for leftover lunches 😦


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