Vegan Meal Prep Ideas
Over 20 simple recipes and tips for healthy meals & snacks you can prep ahead and take for lunch or enjoy for dinner. Vegan meal prep ideas to make your week a little bit healthier, easier, and more delicious.
With a fresh new year approaching, and possibly a little overindulging over the past few months, I know many of us are looking forward to eating better. One thing that really helps me is to get the junk out of the house and take a little time to prepare healthy meals and snacks. That way instead of reaching into the cookie jar when I’m in a hurry, it’s just as easy to grab something nourishing… like a cup of soup or a homemade superfood energy bar.
I’ll save meal prep breakfast ideas for another post and keep this one too lunches and snacks so it’s not too lengthy. Depending on the size of your family, these recipes work for dinner as well as lunch. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite vegan meal prep ideas!
Foods To Prep Ahead
- A soup and/or salad
- Quinoa, dried beans, or lentils
- A batch of muffins or energy bars/balls
- Wash and chop veggies and fruit to grab and go
- A homemade salad dressing like Lemon Tahini Dressing
Helpful Meal Prep Supplies
There are a few products that are musts for me when meal prepping. Please note these are Amazon affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission when you shop through them (thank you).
- Instant Pot: set and forget dried beans, quinoa, and soups.
- Glass jars to freeze individual soup portions and take salads to work in.
- Hot food containers for lunch boxes
- Divided glass meal prep containers
Vegan Meal Prep Bowls & Main Dishes
Pack this Easy Yellow Curry with Roasted Veggies in glass containers with rice and microwave for lunch.
Make-Ahead Bean and Rice Burritos are a family favorite!
Greek-Inspired Bowls are perfect to pack in glass meal prep containers for lunch and are delicious cold.
Sheet Pan Fajita Bowls can be packed in glass containers and reheated for lunch. Be sure to keep the guac separate!
Chana Masala is my very favorite Indian dish!
- 4 Tortilla Wrap Recipes
- Mediterranean Vegan Meal Prep Bowls from Salt and Lavender
- Veggie Quinoa Bahn Mi Bowls from The Kitchen Girl
- Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls from Making Thyme for Health
- Sheet Pan Ratatouille Gnocchi from Contentedness Cooking
Meal Prep Salads
Cold salads are a great option for meal prep, especially if you are taking lunch to work or school and don’t have access to a microwave. The trick is to keep your meal prep salads lettuce-free to avoid a sad wilted lunch. For recipes that do call for greens, don’t add them in during meal prep, but add them on top of the rest of the salad before heading out.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad is colorful, flavorful, and loaded with nutrition. This lettuce-free salad won’t get soggy quickly, but you can assemble the salad and bring dressing in a small jar to keep it fresh all week.
Asian Cabbage Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing is one of my favorite lunches ever! It’s good for a few days dressed, but you can make it last longer by bringing the dressing on the side. Bring an avocado on the side too.
This Chickpea Quinoa Salad is packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and veggies to keep you satisfied.
Chickpea Greek Salad is another lettuce-free, hearty, flavorful, colorful salad perfect for meal prep.
Easy Meal Prep Soups
I love to make a big pot of soup or chili to eat for lunch throughout the week. I have them at home and send them in hot containers with the girls in their lunch boxes. You can also freeze individual portions in mason jars, or freeze a whole batch for later. When freezing, don’t forget to leave some room at the top for expansion. Here are some of my favorites.
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili is so hearty and delicious, and takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Pack it in a thermos to go with an avocado on the side. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, try this slow cooker version.
Lemony Lentil Soup is a great freezer-friendly recipe made with healthy ingredients like turmeric and lemons.
Instant Pot Minestrone is a family favorite (omit the pasta as it can get mushy after a day or two).
- Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup takes just a few minutes to prepare.
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup is hearty, comforting and one of my favorite meals. Add the greens just before eating.
- Mexican Lentil Soup has just the right amount of spice. Bring an avocado to add on top.
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
- Chickpea Vegetable Soup
Energy Bars and Balls
I love when we have nutritious sweet treats around to grab after the gym or for Yummy Hubby to take to work.
Superfood Energy Bars are perfect for vegan meal prep days.
Did you know you can prep smoothies ahead to grab on your way out the door?
Find out how to freeze Smoothies and Acai Bowls here!
Get your greens in with these make-ahead Green & Glowing Smoothies!
Meal Prep Baked Goods
I like to add a batch of muffins to meal prep days if I have time. They are great for school snack and easy to freeze for later. These Banana Oat Muffins are super wholesome and get rave reviews. Vegan Banana Bread is another fun snack option.