These 50+ vegan meal prep ideas will give you loads of inspiration for make-ahead vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a few snacks and desserts. A little bit of planning goes a long way to making a hectic work week a little less stressful!
As I lurk around various plant-based Facebook groups, a request that I often see come up is for easy vegan meal prep ideas. Understandable; if you’re a vegan on a budget you’re definitely gonna want to have some healthy packed lunches to take to work with you, and who wants to spend an hour standing over the stove making dinner after a long day?
Spending a bit of time on Sunday to prep your meals can go a long way to helping you save money and eat great throughout the week with little to no effort. That’s why I put together this mega recipe collection from around the web featuring recipes that keep well in the fridge and are portable to take to work.
As you’ll see, vegan meal prepping isn’t all that difficult. It goes without saying that making a big pot of your favourite chili, curry, casserole or soup will leave you with tons of leftovers for the rest of the week.
Take advantage of your free time (on Sunday or whenever) to cook up a big pot of dry beans, lentils, rice, quinoa (or whatever your favourite grain is) to form the base of a meal prep bowl. Toss some fresh or roasted veggies on top and a mix up a killer sauce or two. That’s it; you’ve got packed lunches and simple dinners ready for the week!
I’ve started this recipe roundup off with the most important: lunch and dinner vegan meal prep ideas. If you’re the type to rush out of the house in the morning then you’ll also want to scroll down to the make-ahead vegan breakfast ideas. And of course if you’re looking for something to nibble on or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, then be sure to scroll all the way down to the vegan snack and dessert prep ideas!
In addition to this recipe collection, Buddha bowls usually make great packed lunches so be sure to check out my list of 50 Vegan Bowl Recipes.
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Lunch & Dinner Vegan Meal Prep Ideas
Easy Vegan Red Lentil Dal – Simply Quinoa (pictured)
Curried Chickpea Bowls – Eating Bird Food (pictured)
Vegetarian Meal Prep Idea Roasted Brussels Sprouts Polenta Bowls – Fit Foodie Finds (pictured)
Chickpea Quinoa Mason Jar Salad – Simply Quinoa
5 Vegan Mason Jar Salad Recipes – Emilie Eats (pictured)
Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls – Budget Bytes
Make Ahead Super Green Vegan Quinoa Burritos – 101 Cookbooks (pictured)
Make Ahead Vegan Lunch Bowls – Detoxinista
Pho Soup Made at Home in a Mason Jar – Veggie Balance (pictured)
Make Ahead Enchilada Lunch Bowls – She Likes Food
Meal Prep Balsamic Tempeh Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls – Simply Quinoa (pictured)
Tofu Burrito Bowl Meal Prep – The Fitchen
Vegan Asian Inspired Meal Prep Bowl – One Arab Vegan
Tempeh Taco Salad Meal Prep Bowls – Eating Bird Food (pictured)
Cheap Vegan Meal Prep for 5 Full Days – Rich Bitch Cooking (pictured)
Meal Prep: 3 Make Ahead Vegan Bowls (video) – Liv B.
Easy Roasted Meal Prep Bowls – Lean Clean and Brie (pictured)
Meal Prep Vegetarian Quinoa Burrito Bowls – Simply Quinoa (pictured)
Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls – This Savory Vegan
Meal Prep Monday: Vegan Green Rice – Sarah Cooks (pictured)
Breakfast Vegan Meal Prep Ideas
Make-Ahead Vegan Breakfast Tacos – The Stingy Vegan (pictured)
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cups 6 Ways – She Likes Food
4 Easy Meal Prep Smoothie Recipes – Simply Quinoa (pictured)
Meal Prep Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Bag – Fit Foodie Finds
No-Bake Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites – Cotter Crunch (pictured)
Vegan Apricot Walnut Energy Bars – Avocado Pesto (pictured)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Baked Oatmeal Cups – Hummusapien (pictured)
Raspberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Quinoa – Simply Quinoa
Healthy Steel Cut Oats Recipes – Sweet Peas and Saffron (pictured)
Make Ahead Vegan Breakfast Tacos without Tofu – Natural Comfort Kitchen
Gingerbread Granola – Cookie and Kate (pictured)
Healthy Make Ahead Breakfast Cookies 6 Ways – She Likes Food (pictured)
Vegan Breakfast Muffins – BBC Good Food
Instant Pot Make Ahead Breakfast Quinoa Bowls – Detoxinista (pictured)
Make Ahead Mason Jar Breakfast Recipes – Yummy Mummy Kitchen (pictured)
Snack and Dessert Vegan Meal Prep Ideas
Roasted Chickpea Trail Mix – Lauren Kelly Nutrition (pictured)
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites – The Nutty Scoop (pictured)
Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites – Ambitious Kitchen (pictured)
No-Bake Raspberry Protein Bars – Hummusapien (pictured)
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge – Spoon University
Trail Mix Granola Bars – Bakerita (pictured)
14 Delicious Ways to Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas – Oh My Veggies
Simple Vegan Brownies – Minimalist Baker (pictured)
Mango Date Energy Bites – Eating Well
Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – Hummusapien (pictured)
No-Bake Pistachio Cookies – The Nutty Scoop
1 Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Crackers – Minimalist Baker (pictured)
Best Basic Hummus Recipe – Jamie Oliver
Double Dipped Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas – Keeping It Kind (pictured)
Quinoa Brittle – Minimalist Baker