Cooking at home requires budgeting your time and money. Without a plan, your veggies wilt, meat goes bad, and your goals quickly go out the window. In the Meal Prep Contest, we want you to start thinking ahead about what you cook and show us how you prepare meals in advance.

Prizes include a Vitamix blender, Wusthof chef’s and paring knife, and FoodSaver vacuum sealing system. All Instructables that are about saving time and cooking ahead are eligible. Whether you’re chopping and portioning veggies on Sunday night or making batches of breakfast burritos, if it helps you stick to your plan, we want to read about it!

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The Meal Prep Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron.

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jan 4, 2016 and Feb 15, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Meal Prep Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.