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A Collection of Meal Prep Ideas and Recipes

A Collection of Meal Prep Ideas and Recipes

Meal prep is no doubt my number one healthy habit that I share here on the blog.  It is a healthy that I have actually been able to develop and maintain over the years.  I am sharing meal prep ideas and recipes with you today because I know from personal experience that it works, and in my opinion, it is crucial to establishing healthy eating habits!!  Why? Simply because when you meal prep you always have a plan, items prepped and ingredients in the house that allow you to prepare healthy, nutritious meals.

There are a few simple things you can do to start meal prepping today!!  And if you need some ideas for recipes, below you will find 10 of my favorite recipes that are perfect for meal prep!

Decide what to cook

The first step in meal prep is deciding what to cook.  There are TONS of resources out there to help you find new and simple recipes to prepare.  One of them is right here on the blog!!!  If you want to read more about strategies I use to find new recipes, check out my post, Tips for using social media and the web for meal planning.

When deciding what to cook I like to think of things that are quick and easy, can be made ahead or will make a big batch that I can eat during the week.  My meal prep almost always includes a soup.  I like soups because they are easy to make plus I can portion them out and freeze it to use it as needed.

And, if you continue reading, you will find a list of some of my favorite recipes from the blog that are perfect for meal prep.  Most are ready in less than an hour and can either be used to carry to work or eat at home.

Keep a well-stocked pantry of healthy plant-based foods

I suggest having your pantry and freezer stocked with ingredients such as legumes, whole grains and frozen veggies so that even when you don’t have a plan you can easily toss together something quickly.  Some quick cook ingredients I always have on hand include:

  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Bulgur
  • Frozen varieties of my favorite veggies
  • Canned diced or crushed tomatoes

Spend an hour or two prepping on the weekend

It really doesn’t take that long if you choose the right recipes and have ingredients on hand.  When you first start meal prepping, you may want to start out by writing up a quick timeline of sorts to figure out what items you can cook at the same time.  For example, if you want to prep up a grain and some lentils to use during the week, you can actually cook these at the same time and save yourself half the time.  At the beginning, you may find at first it takes you longer but eventually you learn how to arrange your cooking list so that you can reduce the amount of time.

Meal prep ideas and strategies

Looking for other meal prep ideas and strategies for meal prep?  Check out these other posts I have written over the past year about this exact subject.

Mix and Match Meal Prep Made Easy

This post walks you through making meal prep bowls for the week step by step.  Starting with choosing your grain, protein, fruit and veggies, and of course the sauce that makes it all taste so great!   Find recommendations for each as well as links to some great tasting dressings and sauces.

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Cooking with my favorite timesaving kitchen tools

Meal prep is also about saving time.  And there are definitely some kitchen appliances and tools that will simply make your life easier and decrease the amount of time you spend in the kitchen. Check out my favorites and how I use them to make this amazing dish shown here.

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Tips for using social media and the web for meal planning

The first place you need to start meal prepping for the week is with an idea of the meals you want to cook.  Finding new recipes can be daunting and time consuming.  However, today there are so many places to find great new ideas along with recipes.  In this post, see my top recommendations on places to find new recipes and ideas.

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Healthy eating hacks to save you time in the kitchen

There are lots of different ways you can cut the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen!  Read about the ways I use to make the best use of my time in the kitchen. When you put these into place, you will find that you have more time to relax and do the things you love.

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Easy healthy snacking strategies

Looking for some strategies to prep up for healthy snacking? I’ve got you covered in this post with over 10 ideas for snacks that you can make ahead and carry with you!!

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My favorite meal prep recipes

I selected recipes that I feel work great for meal prep ideas because they meet at least one of these requirements:

  • Easy to make ahead
  • Quick and easy
  • Travel well
Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
A delicious and healthy baked oatmeal packed full of berries and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and banana. Quick and easy
Check out this recipe


Cinnamon Chili Cacao Chia Pudding
Creamy and delicious vegan chia pudding with the hint of spice from cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Delish!!
Check out this recipe
Cacao chia pudding is garnished with whole cinnamon sticks and cacao nibs on white and gray plate.


Green Smoothie Base
A blend of spinach, other vegetables and green tea.  Use as a base with fruit and other ingredients to create a delicious and nutrient packed smoothie.
Check out this recipe


Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bites
A tasty recipe for breakfast or snack on the go.
Check out this recipe


Chocolate Oats with Raspberries
Chocolate and raspberries are the perfect combination for healthy grain bowl
Check out this recipe


Vegan Black Bean Burger with Avocado Herb Sauce
Black bean, quinoa and oats are flavored with cilantro, tomato and cumin to create a great tasting veggie burger.
Check out this recipe
Vegan Black Bean Burger on white plate served with sliced tomato, avocado sauce and sweet potato fries.


Taco Inspired Vegan Lentil Soup
Lentils are cooked with tomatoes, corn and taco seasoning to create a hearty, delicious and healthy soup.  The soup goes together in less than an hour and also works well to prepare ahead.
Check out this recipe
Close up of bowl of vegan lentil soup. Garnished with lime wedges and tortilla strips.


Creamy Chickpea Salad
This delicious creamy chickpea salad is a great vegetarian option when you are craving chicken salad!!!  It's perfect with whole grain bread or wrap and also as a salad topping on a bed of your favorite greens.  Try one of the flavor variations to spice it up a bit!!!
Check out this recipe
Chickpea salad with different flavors, breads and veggie toppings


Chickpea Veggie Bake
Pan roasted veggies are a quick and easy way to meal prep.  This recipe combines sweet potatoes, crispy chickpeas and veggies all cooked together in less than an hour!!!  Served with a creamy eggplant and roasted red pepper sauce.
Check out this recipe


Asian Salad Bowls
This recipe makes two totally different bowls or salads with two totally different flavors!!! You can prep these ahead in jars or containers to take on the go or to throw together a quick and easy dinner at the end of a busy day. Don’t be daunted by the ingredient list!! It’s actually pretty fast and you end up with four complete jars so either lunch for one for four days or two meals for two people.
Check out this recipe
Meal prep made easy uses jars to easily transport salads


Vegetable Lasagna
Tofu replaces the ricotta cheese and lowers the calories and fat per serving. It tastes amazing and you won't even know the cheese is missing.
Check out this recipe
Lasagna final plate on blue linen


Sweet Potato Nachos
Delicious Tex-Mex style nachos on top of sweet potato rounds instead of tortilla chips!! Super delicious -- best eaten with a fork
Check out this recipe

Has meal prep inspiration arrived thanks to these meal prep ideas and recipes?  I sure hope so!!  Please tell me more about your experience with meal prep in the comments below.  Do love it or hate it?  What are your favorite foods to prep ahead?  What is the hardest obstacle you face when it comes to meal prep?

Here are a few other recipe collections to check out!

My Vegan Breakfast Recipe Collection

Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas and Recipes




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