If you’ve never tried your hand at meal prepping, it’s time to start. The idea is that by prepping your meals ahead of time, you can save time and money. No getting home after a long day and having to ask yourself “what should I make?” because your next meal has already been taken care of. Plus, when you make your meals ahead of time, you save yourself from the temptation of buying lunch or dinner on the spot. Who could argue with saving some hard-earned money?
Of course, if you’re preparing large quantities of food ahead of time, you want to stick with recipes that are easy to make but don’t skimp on the flavor. Luckily, you don’t have to! That’s where we come in. Try these 15 easy vegan recipes that’ll make prepping meals for your week a breeze.
1. Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets With Creamy Avocado
Buffalo chickpeas are great on their own, but when you stuff them inside bread, they’re even better. Not only are these Buffalo Chickpea Pita Pockets With Creamy Avocado delicious, they’re downright easy to make, making them perfect for you. Chickpeas are tossed with a spicy Buffalo sauce and then stuffed in a pita pocket with kale and cucumber. A creamy avocado-lime dressing tops it all off. Try changing up the veggies in this recipe based on what you have on hand.
2. Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad
This Crunchy Fresh Broccoli Quinoa Salad is the perfect lunch! It’s also versatile, to meet all of your mealtime needs! It can be rolled up in a soft flour tortilla or sandwiched between rustic bread for a quick and portable lunch that’s light and delicious.
3. Easy Pressure Cooker Biryani
Need a quick, easy no-fuss meal? This Easy Pressure Cooker Biryani is the thing to make! You don’t need any pots or pants — all you need is your pressure cooker. Onion, garlic, turmeric, and other spices are sautéed and then cooked with brown rice until fragrant and fluffy. This biryani can be enjoyed as a meal on its own or you can serve it alongside whatever you want, like soup, curry, or steamed vegetables. If you make it for your work week, mix it with different veggies and proteins every day.
4. 10-Minute Mediterranean Pasta
Trade the tomato sauce for garlicky hummus and the black olives for green ones with this unique 10-Minute Mediterranean Pasta. Topped with cranberries and walnuts, it’s likely you’ve never seen spaghetti served quite like this. Best of all, it all comes together in just ten minutes and pasta keeps well throughout the week.
5. Smashed White Bean and Avocado Basil Sandwich
Instead of your typical chickpea salad, white beans are the star of this Smashed White Bean and Avocado Basil Sandwich. They’re mashed together with creamy avocado, whole grain mustard, lemon, and fresh basil. Leaving the beans slightly chunky gives them the perfect texture as a base for creamy avocado and crisp, fresh lettuce. Mixed with all those fresh flavors and tangy mustard, this easy sandwich is the perfect lunchtime staple for anybody. If you’re prepping for the week, simply smash the beans ahead of time and save the avocado for last.
6. Indian Quinoa and Chickpea Stir-Fry
Easy to make, filling, and full of flavor, this Indian Quinoa and Chickpea Stir-Fry is the perfect weekday lunch. Fluffy quinoa is cooked in a skillet with chickpeas, ginger, garlic, and Indian spices, along with the addition of peppers and savory tomatoes. This dish keeps well in the refrigerator, so it can be made in advance for easy lunches and dinners all week long.
7. Creamy Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup
The chilly weather season simply isn’t complete without a delicious and warming bowl of this Creamy Turmeric Butternut Squash Soup to comfort and nourish the body. This recipe is simple to make and packed full with beneficial ingredients like turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top this vibrant purée with toasted seeds, crushed walnuts, or garlicky croutons, for some added flavor and texture and pair it with grains to add bulk.
8. Sriracha Black Bean Burgers
Crispy and slightly golden on the outside, chewy on the inside with the perfect blend of spiciness, smokiness, and sweetness, these Sriracha Black Bean Burgers are love at first bite. While some healthy dishes may not be considered filling enough, this burger provides long-lasting, delicious energy, plus you can easily make them in bulk for your entire work week. Top them with a generous splash of chili sauce for an extra spicy kick or a dollop of vegan sour cream if you’d like to tune the heat down a bit instead.
9. Mexican Quinoa Wraps
These Mexican Quinoa Wraps are lovely fresh gems. There is no big secret here – all you need to make this on-the-go lunch or after-workout snack is gluten-free tortilla wraps, a bunch of vegetables, beans, and some cooked quinoa. One of the many great aspects of this recipe it is its versatility – it can also be used in veggie bowls and salads, so you’ll never get bored.
10. Curry Spice Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas
This recipe for Curry Spice Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas will be a staple as the days get shorter and colder. The roasted elements of the dish combine beautifully with regards to both texture and flavor when paired with warm cooked quinoa. This is the ultimate curry-spiced dish for anyone unfamiliar to spice, or any spice-lovers that appreciate simplicity.
11. Pesto Veggie Sandwiches
Life gets busy and sometimes, you just want to reach for the quickest eats. This Pesto Veggie Sandwich can be thrown together in no time. Zucchini and bell peppers are grilled to perfection and then stacked high between two fluffy buns with a creamy basil-avocado pesto. Any vegetables could be substituted for the zucchini and bell peppers, be it mushrooms or something a little more seasonal.
12. Broccoli Cashew Fried Rice
Even simple dishes like fried rice can be tough to get right. That’s where recipes like this Broccoli Cashew Fried Rice come into play. This is the best guide for fried rice that you’ll ever come across. Broccoli and cashews are an amazing addition to stir-frys, but you can substitute for any veggie. Depending on how heavy you like your sauce you’ll likely have some leftovers – store it in the fridge and use as a dressing for a soba noodle salad or stirred through a quinoa dish.
13. Avocado Pumpkin Panini
Better than grilled cheese, this ooey-gooey gluten-free Avocado Pumpkin Panini is filling and delicious. The pumpkin and avocado are so creamy and luscious together. The sweet and savory caramelized onions take this to a whole other level of deliciousness. The recipe is versatile, so you can enjoy it as a panini, eat it as a sandwich, or roll it up in a wrap. And get this — the recipe calls for canned pumpkin purée, so you don’t have to roast a thing! Just keep those onions ready.
14. Roasted Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Need a meal that encompasses both simplicity and big flavors? These Roasted Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Creamy Tahini Sauce will be your new favorite. Naturally loaded with vitamin A, fiber, potassium, B-vitamins, and powerful antioxidants, simple sweet potatoes make the perfect base for an easy, nourishing meal. Load them up with a nice source of protein (in this case, chickpeas) and your favorite flavorings, and you are good to go!
15. Baked Tofu Caesar Sandwich
Your favorite salad just got the best makeover ever. This Baked Tofu Caesar Sandwich is made with the most delicious oil-free baked tofu, avocado, homemade vegan Caesar dressing, and walnut Parmesan. It has all the makings for the best sandwich ever.
We hope these recipes will inspire you to get cooking. For more easy meal ideas, visit our quick vegan meals page.
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