12 Best Vegan Meal Prep Recipes [Easy Plant-Based Ideas]

The best vegan meal prep ideas to get you through the week. Plant-based bulk lunches and dinners from teriyaki tofu to chickpea curry, these easy make-ahead recipes are perfect for busy meals.

12 Best Vegan Meal Prep Recipes [Easy Plant-Based Ideas]

If you’ve got a busy week ahead of you, then meal-prepping is the best way to get ahead of your to-do list and ensure that you have nutritious dinners ready, no matter what. These recipe ideas are quick, delicious, and all plant-based.

Mediterranean Bowls

Mediterranean Vegan Meal Prep Bowls

A bowl is a great way to prepare a nutritional meal ahead of time. Most bowls contain a grain or salad base, protein, and plenty of vegetables. This bowl is inspired by Mediterranean flavors.

To make these Mediterranean bowls, you will need quinoa, tomatoes, olives, red onions, chickpeas, hummus, and cucumber. Cook the quinoa according to the instructions. While the quinoa is cooking, slice the vegetables. Assemble the bowls and top with hummus and seasonings.

Jackfruit Birria Tacos

vegan jackfruit birria tacos

Tacos are proof that make-ahead meals can be fun. These jackfruit vegan birria tacos are an easy plant-based spin on Mexican quesabirrira, which traditionally have a goat filling. Not so with these beauties. Instead, we have a oyster mushroom and jackfruit filling soaked in ancho chili peppers and cumin to create a flavor-packed filling that never strays over into too spicy.

Make the filling ahead of time and simply heat the corn tortillas whenever you’re ready to eat. Easy to make in batch for the week, and the flavor only improves with time.

Teriyaki Tofu

Teriyaki Tofu

Make a large batch of this teriyaki tofu and you will have your protein ready for several meals throughout the week. This versatile food goes well with rice, vegan bowls, and even salad.

Besides tofu, you will need soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and a few aromatics to make the teriyaki sauce. Be sure to drain the tofu before you bake it to get rid of the excess moisture. Then make the sauce and toss the baked tofu into the sauce.

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Quinoa is a staple for vegan meal prep recipes. It is packed with protein, which makes it filling and nutritious. You can use it as the base for many bowls and salads, including this roasted vegetable recipe.

Besides quinoa, you will need vegetables such as cauliflower or brussels sprouts. To make the dressing, use tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Cook the quinoa while the seasoned vegetables roast in the oven, then separate into portions and cover with the dressing.

Creamy Vegan Pasta

creamy vegan pasta

Pasta is another great meal prep recipe because you can make a large portion at a time, and then reheat individual servings (or eat them cold as pasta salad). This recipe’s creamy sauce is so good you won’t believe that it’s vegan.

To make the pasta sauce, you will need cashews, tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Soak the cashews overnight, then roast the vegetables the next day. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a blender, then pour over cooked pasta noodles.

Roasted Veggie and Spanish Rice

Roasted Veggie and Spanish Rice

Many vegan meal prep recipes use rice as a base because it is healthy and filling. However, eating plain rice day after day can get boring. Add a bit of variety to your rotation with this Spanish rice recipe, packed with aromatics.

Besides rice, you will need vegetables for roasting, such as sweet potatoes and bell peppers. A cilantro-based dressing ties the whole meal together with its fresh, herby flavor. 

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

Tempeh is a fermented soybean block that is a popular vegan protein. It is versatile in many recipes, particularly Asian-inspired ones (it is a traditional Indonesian food after all). You can serve it with rice and vegetables, for example in this bowl.

To make the sesame dressing for the tempeh, you will need soy sauce, water, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, and cornstarch. Mix the sauce together, simmer the tempeh, then cover it with the sauce to finish.

Chickpea Curry

chickpea curry

South Asian cuisines have many vegan recipes that you can easily adapt to meal prep, such as this chickpea curry. Make a big batch, then reheat individual portions with rice or naan.

To make the curry, you will need coconut milk, curry paste, butternut squash, onions, and spinach in addition to chickpeas. Make the curry sauce by combining the milk and aromatics, then add the vegetables and simmer for up to 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Bowl

Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Meal Prep Bowls

This easy meal prep recipe comes together on one sheet pan, and then you can divide the vegetables into individual servings. Serve the veggies over rice, quinoa, or salad greens for a versatile lunch or dinner.

The main ingredients for this meal prep bowl are sweet potatoes and chickpeas. You will also need tahini, lemon juice, and water to make the dressing. Roast the vegetables in the oven and mix the dressing ingredients together. 

Vegan Cobb Salad

vegan cobb salad

Cobb salad is a popular, filling lunch, but it contains non-vegan ingredients such as eggs and bacon. This vegan version is just as tasty while using exclusively plant-based ingredients. You can make a big batch of this salad for a dinner party, or for a week’s worth of lunches.

The main ingredients are romaine lettuce, coconut, bacon, corn, tomatoes, red onion, roasted chickpeas, and radishes. Just chop the ingredients and mix together. Top with vegan ranch or your favorite vinaigrette.

Bibimbap

Vegan bibimbap

Bibimbap is a traditional Korean rice dish that features many vegetables and condiments. You can prep the different components ahead of time and use whatever you have in your pantry, making bibimbap the perfect meal prep recipe. Traditional recipes often add an egg, but this vegan version uses firm tofu as the main protein.

Besides tofu and rice, you will need vegetables such as spinach, pickled daikon, and gochujang, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce to make the dressing. Bake the tofu, sauté the vegetables, cook the rice, and stir it all together with the dressing.

Black Beans & Rice

vegan black bean rice meal prep bowl

Black beans and rice are a classic combination in Mexican food, but you don’t have to make it just for taco night—this is a great vegan lunch as well. Add some chopped-up veggies, such as tomatoes, to add a bit of freshness.

This meal prep recipe comes together with a green sauce made of herbs, lemon juice, and cashews that ties it all together with a zing.

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