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23 Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas | Under 500 Calories

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Are you looking for one of the easiest ways to stay on track with your healthy eating? Today we’re talking about 23+ vegetarian meal prep ideas you can add to your meal planner! All recipes today are meat-free and under 500 calories per serving. These recipes are perfect for beginners looking for delicious vegetarian-friendly options to try!

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 chicken, beef or protein-based protein, 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!

 

How to Meal Prep for Beginners

If you’re new to the meal prepping scene, there are a few things you should be doing 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, you don’t want to start 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 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!

The Best Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipes

When it comes to vegetarian meal prepping, meats are off-limits, making finding great recipes a little more challenging. When you’re looking for recipes to choose from, you want to find ones that still have a great source of protein.

Some vegetarian-friendly protein sources can be:

  • chickpeas

  • tofu

  • eggs

  • lentils

  • beans

Secondly, you want to look for good sources of carbs. You want to avoid white or refined carb options for the healthiest options. Instead, look for quinoa, whole grain rice/pasta, or sweet potatoes.

Greek Quinoa Salad Jars

3 Greek Quinoa Salad Jars

By: Little Spice Jar

Number of Servings: 4-7

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Not Specified

Spicy Chickpea & Quinoa Bowl

3 Spicy Chickpea & Quinoa Bowls

By: Eat Yourself Skinny

Number of Servings: 6

Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 343 Fat: 6g Carbs: 63g Protein: 12g

 

Veggie Rolls with Ginger Avocado Dressing

white dish with Veggie Rolls with Ginger Avocado Dressing

By: Eat Yourself Skinny

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 452 Fat: 24g Carbs: 38g Protein: 16g

Buffalo Chickpea Bowl

two bowls of buffalo chickpea meal prep bowl

By: Jar of Lemons

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 492 Fat: 20g Carbs: 67g Protein: 18g

 

Vegetarian Taco Bowl

Vegetarian Taco Salad in a white bowl
By: Jar of Lemons

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 470 Fat: 4g Carbs: 68g Protein: 42g

Sushi Meal Prep Bowl

4 Sushi Meal Prep BowlsBy: Sweetpeas & Saffron

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 330 Fat: 13g Carbs: 40g Protein: 11g

 

Buddha Bowl

4 Buddha Bowls

By: Sweetpeas & Saffron

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 496 Fat: 16g Carbs: 70g Protein: 19g

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu

3 Cauliflower Fried Rice with Crispy Tofu Meal Prep BowlsBy: Pinch of Yum

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 297 Fat: 15g Carbs: 21g Protein: 21g

 

Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt in a clear bowl

By: Delightful E Made

Number of Servings: 1

Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 399 Fat: 11g Carbs: 71g Protein: 10g

Baked Oatmeal Cups

various Baked Oatmeal Cups

By: Life Made Sweeter

Number of Servings: 12

Total Time: 22 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 176 Fat: 7g Carbs: 22g Protein: 3g

 

Vegan Mediterranean Meal Prep Bowl

4 Vegan Mediterranean Meal Prep Bowls

By: Salt & Lavender

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Not Specified

Lentil Balls with Spicy Rice

two white bowls of Lentil Balls with Spicy Rice

By: Jessica in the Kitchen

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 70 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 338 Fat: 20g Carbs: 35g Protein: 9g

 

Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad

3 Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad Meal Prep Bowls

By: The Clever Meal

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition: Not Specified

Meal Prep Mushroom Couscous

3 Meal Prep Mushroom Couscous Bowls

By: The Clever Meal

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition: Not Specified

Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwiches

3 Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwiches

By: Fork in the Kitchen

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 498 Fat: 30g Carbs: 32g Protein: 26g

 

Superfood Overnight Oats

2 Superfood Overnight Oats Meal Prep Bowl
By: Cotter Crunch

Number of Servings: 2

Total Time: 2 hours & 10 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 221 Fat: 7g Carbs: 32g Protein: 6g

Dandan Noodle Cups

3 Meal Prep Dandan Noodle Cups

By: Cotter Crunch

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 221 Fat: 18g Carbs: 11g Protein: 4g

Roasted Veggies Meal Prep Bowl

3 Roasted Veggies Meal Prep Bowls

By: Primavera Kitchen

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 254 Fat: 13g Carbs: 25g Protein: 13g

Healthy Meal Prep Breakfast Bowl

2 Healthy Meal Prep Breakfast Bowls

By: Primavera Kitchen

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 204 Fat: 10g Carbs: 19g Protein: 10g

 

Overnight Chia Pudding with Fruit

3 Cups of Overnight Chia Pudding with Fruit

By: Neighbour Food Blog

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 433 Fat: 6g Carbs: 24g Protein: 39g

 

Vegetarian Stuffed Buffalo Peppers

Vegetarian Stuffed Buffalo Peppers on a plate
By: Sailor Bailey

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 2 hours & 20 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 182 Fat: 5g Carbs: 26g Protein: 9g

 

Squash & Almond Quinoa

Squash & Almond Quinoa in white bowl

By: One Lovely Life

Number of Servings: 5

Total Time: Not Specified

Nutrition: Calories: 253 Fat: 10g Carbs: 36g Protein: 8g

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats in a white bowl

By: Healthy Fitness Meals

Number of Servings: 4

Total Time: 2 hours & 5 minutes

Nutrition: Calories: 272 Fat: 6g Carbs: 49g Protein: 7g

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