These vegetarian meal prep recipes will get you pumped for mealtime!
Say goodbye to boring pre-made salads. Vegetarian meals can be so much more hearty and filling.
Nothing is lackluster about these recipes, from protein-packed power bowls to veggie lo mein and chili. They’re all satisfying, delicious, and colorful. And they come together in a flash.
Even meat-eaters will flip for these healthy and simple make-ahead ideas. Get ready to chop some veggies. It’s time to dive into these fantastic vegetarian meal prep recipes.
Burrito bowls are a great way to indulge in tasty burritos without the heavy tortilla shell.
These sweet potato burrito bowls are incredibly healthy and explode with bold Mexican seasoning. Sweet potatoes are the perfect backdrop for added spice, and black beans bring protein.
There’ll be no mid-afternoon snacking when these burrito bowls are on the lunch menu.
One of the easiest meal preps on the planet is soup. Dump the ingredients in a large pot, and you have lunch for the week.
And this taco soup isn’t your average soup. Think of it like a spicy Mexican chili. It combines so many veggies and beans in a spicy stock with bold spices.
Different toppings like avocado, sour cream, or fresh cilantro to change it up daily.
I love a good bento box. These classic Japanese lunches offer small compartments to keep food separated. And the presentation is part of their charm.
This recipe features a crisp salad with chickpeas, quinoa, and fruit as a sweet dessert.
Definitely pick up a bento box if you don’t have one! They’re perfect for portioning and make lunchtime a real treat.
You won’t miss the meat with these fantastic Mediterranean bowls. Every ingredient in this dish is so bright and flavorful. And it’s super filling. You won’t snack between meals after this satisfying bowl.
They have tasty marinated feta with the show’s real star: crunchy za’atar chickpeas. This recipe is cool, crunchy, spicy, and it’s easy to whip up a big batch in a jiffy.
These Asian noodle bowls are so easy to throw together when you’re short on time. They feature crunchy fresh veggies like red peppers, edamame, cucumbers, and cabbage to bring on the crunch. Add soft noodles and tofu, and pair it with a creamy, garlicky sauce.
The sauce in this recipe is so good, you’ll want to put it on everything.
On the hunt for an ultra-healthy vegetarian meal? Then look no further. Ancient grains make the ultimate base in this savory and crunchy Buddha bowl.
Since ancient grains are high in fiber, you won’t be hungry immediately after meal time. With plenty of hearty veggies, protein-packed tofu, and cilantro pesto, you have to try this recipe!
Bibimbap is just as fun to eat as it is to say. Go ahead, say it out loud. Bi-bim-bop!
Vegetarian bibimbop is equal parts sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s a meal that’s so incredibly satisfying and makes the perfect meal prep. All those colorful veggies bring so much flavor, but the sauce is the best part.
The bibimbop sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, too.
Spaghetti squash is one of those fantastic veggies I can’t believe grows on planet Earth. It’s a vegetable that cooks up as spaghetti. How amazing is that?
Magic happens when you combine tender spaghetti squash with roasted garlic, crisp kale, and tomato sauce. It’s a rare guilt-free Italian food because it delivers all the saucy feels with none of the carbs.
These spicy peanut tofu bowls are as flavorful as they are colorful. Much of the beauty of this meal lies in its simplicity. All you need is some veggies, tofu, and rice. That’s it!
Pair it with a simple peanut sauce, and it’s heaven in a bowl.
Want to celebrate the rich flavors of fall? Put down that pumpkin spice latte and check out these vegetarian harvest bowls. They’re full of wild rice, apples, feta, and tofu. The recipe also incorporates maple-glazed winter squash.
It’s the perfect packed lunch and will make your house smell amazing.
11. Veggie Lo Mein
What better than Chinese takeout lo mein? It checks all lunchtime boxes: noodles, veggies, and a salty lo mein sauce.
The great thing about this recipe is there are no rules about what veggies to use. You can use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge or freezer.
Serve it with a salty, sweet, and spicy lo mein sauce, and prepare for a week’s worth of tasty lunches!
Put away that Tupperware. Today, we’re using Mason jars! This dish is like a Mexican trifle for lunch.
A Mason jar lets you see each layer, and a simple toss evenly distributes that lovely chili lime dressing. These jars are crunchy and protein-packed thanks to black beans, and super filling.
They remind me of those old salad shakers at McDonald’s. Gone, but not forgotten.
You’ll love this recipe if you have a deep, profound love of egg rolls.
Sadly, egg rolls don’t work as a complete meal. But if you ditch the wrapper and pump up the veggies, they can be! This recipe combines a simple bag of coleslaw with tofu, Chinese spices, and cashews for added crunch.
Go ahead, have egg rolls as an entire meal!
I know I said there wouldn’t be many salads on this list, but this isn’t your average salad. Chickpeas (not lettuce) take center stage in this Greek salad. They’re combined with tasty additions like cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and couscous.
You can whip it together in just a few minutes and have a tasty meal for the entire week. The best part? It’s insanely affordable.
You’ll love this meal prep idea if you love hummus and veggies as a snack. The chickpea bites are easy to whip up in big batches and deliver massive flavor.
Serve them with fresh veggies, crunchy nuts on the side, and an avocado dip. It’s healthy, perfectly portioned, and a fun lunch idea that strays from the norm.
There are always leftovers when casseroles are on the menu. You can whip up this flavorful recipe on Sunday night and portion the leftovers for lunch.
This recipe features sweet corn and veggies with protein-packed black beans, white rice, and spicy Mexican seasoning.
And like any good casserole, it tastes even better the next day!
Teriyaki tofu is the perfect meal prep option. It’s quick, easy, and checks all the boxes for a balanced lunch. This recipe calls for silken tofu with plenty of crunchy veggies in a balanced homemade teriyaki sauce.
Eat it by itself, or serve it with white rice, quinoa, or couscous to make it even more filling.
For a super healthy burrito bowl option, ditch that white rice and use quinoa instead! It’s high in protein, making these vegetarian burrito bowls so filling.
With crispy veggies, black beans, and fresh guac, they come together in less than 30 minutes.
Let’s take a moment and admire the brightly colored vegetables in this dish. I don’t know about you, but it makes my mouth water.
It harmonizes the most colorful (and flavorful) veggies like red cabbage, yellow squash, and broccoli. Plus, it’s not sauce-heavy. A simple drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper is all you need.
Looking for something a little different? This one-pot butter beans and greens recipe is comfort food at its finest.
Butter beans are a woefully underrated bean. They’re so rich and meaty, and they pick up the flavors in this dish like a dream.
Pair butter beans with rich greens with bold spices, and say hello to your next favorite treat.
Quiche is one of my favorite meal prep options. It’s so easy to prepare quickly, and I get so excited to bust out a slice at lunchtime.
This vegetarian quiche is so fancy and conquers the food pyramid. Eggs and black means offer a good deal of protein. And veggies deliver a pop of freshness.
Since it bakes in a pie crust, it’s easy to portion out eight slices evenly. You can have one for every day of the week and a bonus slice!
22. Vegetarian Chili
Vegetarian chili is a super easy and delicious way to prepare for the week.
This recipe is perfect for days when it’s hard to drag your body out of the warmness of your home. But with a container of this chili waiting for you, it’s a little easier to brave the cold.
It incorporates so many tasty veggies in a blue ribbon-worthy sauce. Spoiler alert: the secret ingredient is BBQ sauce!
Have a craving for Chinese takeout? This vegetable stir-fry recipe will scratch that itch all week long.
What I love most about this recipe is that it’s so simple. Dump your veggies and sauce into a pan (or wok), and that’s it! They’re nice and crispy, and the homemade sauce balances sweet and salty.
This pesto orzo salad with chickpeas gives me serious summertime BBQ vibes.
I mean, you can’t go wrong with pesto. Just a little dash in this recipe delivers bright, earthy flavors that permeate every inch.
It’s the perfect lunchtime meal with creamy, salty feta, tender orzo, and chickpeas.
It’s time to bust out the handy dandy Instant Pot!
This simple bean soup recipe is perfect for chilly days. And your Instant Pot does all the heavy lifting. It features hearty winter veggies with mixed beans in a rich vegetable stock.
Top it with cheese and fresh herbs, and try and resist taking a little bite before mealtime.
These fajita bowls may not be sizzling hot, but they sizzle with flavor! This recipe captures the magic of flavorful fajitas, and they make the perfect meal prep.
They’re anything but boring with tender veggies in a bold Mexican spice blend.
Serve these bowls with your grain of choice (like brown rice) and gather up your favorite fajita toppings.
Curry is often even better on the second day, and that’s certainly true with this vegetarian lentil curry. It makes the perfect spicy meal prep because it only improves with time.
The spicy and sweet curry sauce oozes into every nook and cranny of tender lentils and spinach.
Trust me, you won’t tire of the same lunch every day when this curry is on the menu.
Too busy to make a hearty breakfast every morning? Give your morning breakfast bars a break, and try this recipe. Nothing will jumpstart your day quite like these vegetarian breakfast bowls. They’re full of protein-packed quinoa with kale, beets, and a citrusy-spicy sauce.
Don’t forget the poached egg on top!
Canned vegetable soups are great for a quick lunch, but they’re sodium-dense. How is it possible to cram that much sodium into a single can?
This low-sodium vegetable soup is the perfect option for those watching calories and sodium.
Besides, this flavor-packed homemade soup is so much better than anything you find in a can.
There are no words to describe how much I love roasted cauliflower. It adds a savory, meaty bite to these meatless burrito bowls. They’re incredibly filling and combine cauliflower with tasty additions like pico de gallo, black beans, and corn.
And it all comes together in a smoky chipotle dressing. Delicious!
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