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20 best meal prep containers of 2021 for fresh, productive planning

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20 best meal prep containers of 2021 for fresh, productive planning

If there’s any New Year’s resolution that sparks some productivity, creative thinking and ends in deliciousness, it’s meal prepping.

Made a worldwide phenomenon in recent years, meal prepping not only saves us time (especially for the 9-to-5ers — you know who you are) but automatically creates a fun weekend adventure with each new recipe added to your “to make” list.

Having prepared meals to take out for lunch means no more working until noon and wondering, “What’s for lunch?”

But, to champion your weekends and meal prep like a pro, you need the best meal prep containers for the job. Sure, you may be thinking, “They’re just containers!” However, once you devote yourself to grilling chicken, steaming broccoli (perhaps in the fan-favorite Always Pan we reviewed) and dicing up veggies, you’ll come to realize how important durable, quality containers are.

From budget options that come in bulk to glass meal prep containers with different colored lids to organize your meals from Monday to Friday, see the 20 best meal prep containers we rounded up below.

After detailing our favorites, we also included some sworn-in meal prep recipes we tried to give you some cooking inspiration.

Before browsing our top selections, check out some of the best places to shop for meal prep containers:

The best meal prep containers overall

If you’re looking to take your meal prep game to the next level next year, consider Prepdeck’s all-in-one meal prep container and workstation. It contains five large, two medium, two small and two miniature containers, plus a folding storage hub, clad with a garlic grater, juicer, vegetable peeler, zester and more.

Not only is it perfect for cooking but it’s just as convenient for taking your prepared foods on the go.


The best meal prep containers in bulk

NutriBox Meal Prep Plastic Food Storage Containers (20-Pack)

For $16, you can snag 20 food storage containers that do the job. If you would rather spend your money on the ingredients themselves than the containers, this set is for you.


The best meal prep containers with compartments

Bayco Glass Meal Prep Containers (8-Pack)

Hellooo durable meal prep containers. These glass dividers are perfect for including protein, fresh veggies and starch or snack. Plus, you have one for every day of the week with a bonus container, too.


The best meal prep containers for a five-day work week

Rubbermaid Brilliance Meal Prep Containers (5-Pack)

If you’re just prepping meals for a five-day workweek, all you need is five containers. This beautiful glass set is well-crafted, with slightly more room for your main dish and a separate compartment for a side salad or snack.

Not to mention, the five-pack is only $22.


The best meal prep containers without compartments

Pyrex Glass Meal Prep Set (5-Pack)

Pyrex is the powerhouse of meal prep containers. Its containers are slim enough to fit in your work tote or backpack.


The best disposable meal prep containers

Juvale Disposable Meal Prep Bento Lunch Box Containers (20-Pack)

Though not sustainable, these round meal prep containers are great if you’re traveling and don’t have time to wash anything or plan on meal prepping every once in a while. For $15, you can’t beat this 20-pack.


The best meal prep container for the minimalist

Zwilling Fresh & Save Plastic Airtight Meal Prep Container

Calling all minimal-minded folks. This modern white meal prep container is just the perfect size for a meal and matches any kitchen set. Plus, it has a durable seal and will become your new built-in BFF.


The best budget meal prep containers

Mainstays Tritan Food Storage Containers (9-Pack)

On a budget? How about purchasing this nine-pack of glass meal prep containers with locking lids? In a variety of shapes and sizes, it’s one of our favorite starter kits.


The best meal prep containers for families

Fullstar Meal Prep Tupperware (20-Pack)

Now, doesn’t this stack of colorful foods in Fullstar Meal Prep Tupperware make you want to get right into the kitchen? For $40, it’s a durable variety pack that even comes with personalized salad dressing containers.


The best meal prep containers for soups and sauces

Rubbermaid Flex and Seal Food Storage Containers (42-Pack)

If you’re keen on your favorite tomato basil soup and homemade marinara sauce, this 42-pack is for you. Particularly, the depth of these meal prep containers makes them stand out from the rest.


The best meal prep container for salads

Bentgo Glass Leakproof Salad Container

The Bentgo Glass Leakproof Salad Container is so well-designed. With ample room for leafy greens and a unique top tray to include croutons, veggies and dressings (perfect to avoid a soggy salad), this one is A+ and only $25.


The best colorful meal prep containers

Mealcon Meal Prep Containers (7-Pack)

With a rainbow lid for every day of the week, the Mealcon Meal Prep Containers are a compartmentalized option that’s worth the buy.


The best meal prep containers for snacks

BlenderBottle GoStak Food Storage Containers (4-Pack)

Uniquely structured, the BlenderBottle GoStak Food Storage Containers is an easy way to organize and transport all of your snacks for a quick bite throughout the day. Plus, you can carry each miniature container separately if desired.


The best meal prep containers for freezing and reheating

Bentgo Prep One-Compartment Meal Prep Containers (10-Pack)

Let’s talk about freezing and reheating. Some containers aren’t equipped for those two things, but the Bentgo Prep One-Compartment Meal Prep Containers are. They’re microwave-safe, durable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and ready for your freezer.


The best meal prep containers for commuters

Skinny Stacks Meal Prep Trays (2-Pack)

When you’re carrying your laptop, new pair of headphones and other essentials in your work bag, an oddly shaped meal prep container can be cumbersome. However, the Skinny Stacks are specially designed to be slim, whether for on-the-go use or to store before eating.


The best space-saving meal prep containers

Joseph Joseph Nest Plastic Food Storage Containers (12-Pack)

Meet the meal prep containers that not only work for your food but also work for your kitchen cabinets. The Joseph Joseph 12-pack won’t take up much real estate in your kitchen and come in various sizes to meal prep everything on your list.


The best meal prep containers for portion control

Lanfubiao Portion-Control Container Kit (14-Pack)

If portion control is your mission, the Lanfubiao containers are how to get there. With measurements marked on the lids (along with labels for veggies and protein, among others), it’s a set to have on hand for only $15.


The best meal prep containers for your side of fruit

Freshware Meal Prep Containers (36-Pack)

We can’t forget about our recommended daily fruit servings. These small containers do the job of holding all of your citrus fruits, apples and other favorites to ensure you meet your health goals and feel satiated.


The best meal prep container bowls

Anchor Hocking Round Food Storage Containers with Plastic Lids (13-Pack)

For some, meal prep container bowls may be preferred, likely for the maximized depth to store thicker cuts of meat and heftier soups or chili. This 13-pack is the best of both worlds: glass containers, plastic lids.


The most sought-after meal prep containers people are searching for

Good Cook BPA-Free Plastic Reusable Meal & Snack Prep Containers (30-Pack)

According to consumers, Good Cook is one of the most searched-for brands on Google for meal prep containers. That said, this 30-pack is pretty ideal for only $28, with the bundle coming in three color options.

The best meal prep recipes we tried

Below, find a list of some delicious, easy-to-make recipes for your new containers:


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Sports world reacts to John Madden’s death

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Bar raises dramatically for Zach Wilson in matchup with Tom Brady, Buccaneers

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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