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13 Vegan Meal Prep Ideas | Under 500 Calories

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Are you looking for delicious vegan meal prep ideas to add to your healthy living journey? Today we’re talking about easy vegan-friendly options you can incorporate into your meal plan, all for under 500 calories per serving! Meal prepping is the perfect food prep strategy to help you lose weight and get to your goals faster. With that being said, let’s get into it!

What Is Meal Prepping?

 
Meal prepping entails making meals ahead of time for you to have ready throughout the week. The easiest dishes for meal prepping are recipes like stir-fries, salads, and other grain-based meals. Usually, what you make is strategically placed in the bowl, so nothing gets soggy and is ready for you to eat when the day comes! If you like eating the same thing everyday meal, prepping is a MUST for your healthy living journey!
 
As you will see, most of the recipes below have a pattern of what’s included. First, there is usually a grain/ carb such as rice, couscous, or potato. Next, a protein is mostly chickpeas & tofu, which is the “main” part of the meal. Lastly, every dish is filled with different veggies to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need!

Meal Prep but Make It Vegan

When it comes to vegan meal prepping, you will need to be a bit more strategic with your recipes. Often, meal prep recipes contain meat; however, I’ve managed to find some great vegan-friendly options for you to try!
 
When it comes to vegan meal prep, chickpeas & tofu are going to be your best friend for protein. For sauces, you want to look for salsas, tahini, and coconut milk-based sauces. Finally, for a touch of sweetness, peanut butter & maple syrup are the way to go!
 
For grains & veggies, the sky is the limit for vegan recipes, so get creative & find your favourites.

How to Meal Prep for Beginners

If you’re new to the meal prepping scene, there are a few things you should be doing in order to make sure you stick to it.

 
  1. Plan Ahead: Make sure you know what you’re going to make before your meal prepping day comes along. I have a great meal prepping planner available on Etsy to help with this! Make sure you’re writing down what you’re going to have & all the ingredients you need.

  2. Stick to Easier Recipes: if you’re starting out, you don’t want to be starting to meal prep with 25 ingredient recipes! Instead, aim to choose recipes with 10-15 ingredients. The most straightforward recipes are often breakfast ones, so meal prepping your breakfast is a good starting point.

  3. Make Room & Get Storage Containers: If you’re going to be making all this food, you need to make sure there’s room in your fridge! First, create space ahead of time, so you’re good to go. Secondly, get yourself a set of reusable food storage containers so you’re ready to put your food away once it’s cooked!

  4. Cook What You Like, Not What You Think You Like: When it comes to weight loss, one of the biggest issues I see is people trying to trick themselves into eating foods they actually hate. Don’t do this. Find recipes you actually enjoy & want to eat over & over again!

Meal Prep for Weight Loss

You may be wondering why meal prepping is a good strategy for weight loss.

 

The main reason for this is portion control. First, everything is portioned out ahead of time, so there’s less opportunity to overeat. Secondly, meal prepping saves you later in the week for when you don’t know what to eat. So instead of having to rely on take-out, because nothing is done- you can enjoy your meal-prepped options instead!

 

Lastly, meal prep recipes tend to be filled with healthy ingredients like veggies, lean cut meats, and whole grains- making it the ideal option for weight loss!

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

By: Well Plated

Number of Servings: 5

Total Time: 70 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 188 Fat: 5g Carbs: 29g Protein: 9g

 

Vegan Meal-Prep Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

By: Jar of Lemons

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 266

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Meal Prep With Turmeric Tahini Sauce

By: Sweetpeas & Saffron

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 495 Fat: 16g Carbs: 72g Protein: 19g

 

Cold Sesame Noodles With Spiralized Vegetables

By: Sweetpeas & Saffron

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 452 Fat: 16g Carbs: 65g Protein: 19g

 

Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

By: Pinch of Yum

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 60 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 452 Fat: 27g Carbs: 38g Protein: 10g

 

Vegan Macadamia Coconut Tofu Bowls

By: Ambitious Kitchen

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 489 Fat: 23g Carbs: 56g Protein: 16g

 

Vibrant Collard Green Wraps with Green Curry Tahini Sauce

 
By: Minimalist Baker

Number of Servings: 1

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 338 Fat: 23g Carbs: 30g Protein: 8g

 

Vegan Meal Prep Curried Chickpea Cauliflower Bake

By: Cotter Crunch

Number of Servings: 4-6

Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 285 Fat: 4g Carbs: 53g Protein: 9g

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

By: Vegan Richa

Number of Servings: 3

Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 283 Fat: 11g Carbs: 42g Protein: 6g

Vegan Sweet & Sour Pork

By: Purely Kayley

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 315 Fat: 9g Carbs: 39g Protein: 24g

Vegan Veggie Wrap

By: Marissa’s Search for Happiness

Number of Servings: 6-8

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Not Specified

Squash & Almond Quinoa 

By: One Lovely Life

Number of Servings: 5

Total Time: Not Specified

Nutrition: Calories: 253 Fat: 9g Carbs: 39g Protein: 24g

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