This quick guide to vegan meal prep is sure to have a little something for everyone. From make-ahead breakfasts to packable lunches to vegan-friendly meal prep dinners - these are the vegan meal prep recipes that will save you time and energy all week long!
I've always loved the idea of meal prepping - essentially making a whole bunch of food in one session and eating it all week long. Can you imagine how much time it would save during the week?
But I've always struggled to find great vegan meal prep recipes. Despite the many awesome meal planning blogs out there, there aren't many (or any?) that have a plant-based focus.
So I’ve rounded up all my favorite meal-prep worthy vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts to get you started.
All of these vegan meal prep recipes are:
- 100% vegan and vegetarian friendly
- make-ahead meals that you can store for several days (or freeze!)
Most of these recipes don't require any special equipment, but there are a few that use the slow cooker or instant pot to make large batches more conveniently.
And check out the end of this post for a few of my favorite vegan meal prep tricks and tips. Let's get meal prepping!
Vegan Meal Prep Breakfast Recipes
Who has time for breakfast these days? I know I sure don’t.
But with these vegan meal prep breakfasts, I can have a little something delicious waiting for me when I open my eyes. Isn’t that the perfect way to start the day?
Vegan Meal Preps Soups & Chilis
Soups and chilis makes excellent vegan meal prep recipes. They tend to be simple to prepare in large batches, and easy to keep in the fridge or freezer so they’re ready when you are.
Vegan Meal Prep Main Dishes
Need something a bit more substantial? All of these recipes are 100% plant based and easy to make ahead. Perfect for all your vegan meal planning needs!
Vegan Meal Prep Desserts
Finish off your meal with these healthy, delectable, fuss-free vegan dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Vegan Meal Prep Tips
A few extra tips for successful vegan meal prep planning:
Choose staples that you can use to prep several different recipes.
For example, you can prep a big batch of instant pot black beans over the weekend and use them to make vegan buddha bowls, vegan burrito bowls, loaded sweet potatoes, and Mexican black bean salad during the week.
That's four different recipes from just on main ingredient!
Look for vegan meal prep recipes that freeze well.
If you're able to freeze your dishes, your meal prep time will become much more efficient. Instead of just cooking for the week, you can cook for a month or more!
In general, tomato-based sauces and stews will freeze much better than creamier dishes.
Invest in a slow cooker or an instant pot.
While definitely not a requirement, having one or both of these handy devices can make your vegan meal prep much easier
I like to use the slow cooker to make huge batches of black bean chili or pumpkin chili, and then freeze half for later. Look for a slow cooker with a built in timer, so you can set it and forget it all day long.
While I still love my slow cooker dearly, I'm also a pretty big fan of my new Instant Pot. This thing does everything the slow cooker can do and then some.
The pressure cooking feature can cook things incredibly fast - I cooked a butternut squash in six minutes the other night. So this is a surefire way to speed up the vegan meal prep process!
Portion the dishes as you meal prep.
If you know you're going to be taking a dish for lunch, go ahead and pack it right into those lunch containers as you prepare it. This will save you extra time when you're heading out the door in the morning.
I personally like these glass meal prep containers - they leave some space for packing a bit of fruit or nuts on the side of our main dish. And I like that they're more sustainable than the disposable food storage containers.