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21 Delish Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas

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More and more of us are eating vegetarian meals. And for a good reason- eating vegetarian meals has health benefits.

But we all live busy lives, me included. And the last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is cook dinner.

So, you end up ordering takeout for dinner. Or having cereal and milk for dinner.

I have a better option – vegetarian meal prep. By prepping your meals on the weekend, you don’t have to worry about your meals for the week- dinner included.

So, you can eat healthily and avoid expensive takeout.

Today, I’m sharing 21 delicious vegetarian meal preps. They taste yummy and will help fuel your body.

And to keep your food fresh longer, make sure you store it in airtight food storage containers. I recommend these ones here.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!

1. Peanut Crunch Salad In A Jar

Peanut Crunch Salad In A Jar


Salads In A Jar are all the rage right now. They’re a great grab-and-go meal option.

And this salad in a jar doesn’t disappoint. The green and red cabbage, carrots, and green onions add color and freshness.

While the fluffy quinoa and crunchy peanuts add texture and heartiness. And the homemade peanut dressing is amazing…you’ll want it on everything.

To make this salad, you’ll need some Mason jars. So, make sure you have some on hand, get some here.

Making them takes only 20 minutes. So, they’re great when you’re running short on time.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 414
  • Fats: 21g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Carbs: 41g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 11g

2. Vegan Meal Prep With Black Beans & Rice

Vegan Meal Prep With Black Beans


I’m a big fan of black beans, as I’m sure many of you are too. Not only are they budget-friendly, they’re also a great source of vegetarian protein.

They’re also packed with fiber and iron. So, bring on those beans!

This black beans and rice dish is pretty tasty. That’s because it’s packed with warm, aromatic spices like ground cumin and ground coriander.

And the green sauce makes a nice addition. It’s bursting with flavor from the herbs, capers, lemon, lemon juice, and spices.

It even has a nice heat from the serrano chili pepper. If you don’t like it hot, just leave out the pepper…it will still taste great.

Besides being tasty, this meal prep bowl is also pretty nutritious. For instance, it’s pretty rich in fiber.

In fact, one serving provides a whopping 56% of your daily fiber needs. Now, that’s a whole lot of fiber.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 460
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbs: 88g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Sugar: 4g

3. Quinoa Grain Bowl

Quinoa Grain Bowl


Looking for a meal prep bowl that will leave your coworkers drooling? This is it.

You have fluffy quinoa, caramelized sweet potatoes, fresh baby greens, and garbanzo beans. All topped with creamy avocado, crunchy sesame seeds, and a tasty dressing.

And it has all the bases covered. It’s packed with protein and heart-healthy fats.

And it even provides more than 60% of your daily fiber needs. So you can feel good about what you eat.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 601
  • Fats: 22.7g
  • Protein: 18.1g
  • Carbs: 84.5g
  • Fiber: 15.9g
  • Sugar: 5.8g

4. Vegetarian Burritos Recipe

Vegetarian Burritos


Craving some Mexican food? Give these burritos a try.

They’re super delicious. They’re brimming with black beans, sweet corn, sauteed veggies, and of course, ooey, gooey cheese.

And one batch makes 8 servings. So, you can have lunches/dinners ready for a couple of days.

To change them up a bit, you can make some with quinoa instead of brown rice. And you can use cheddar cheese instead of Mexican cheese.

Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole. Or all three! This is a nice lunch idea!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 485
  • Fats: 10.3g
  • Protein: 14.3g
  • Carbs: 85.1g
  • Fiber: 7.5g
  • Sugar: 3.2g

5. Mexican Red Bean Quinoa Casserole Meal Prep

Mexican Red Bean Quinoa Casserole


Time for some more Mexican eats. You can never have enough Mexican food, right?

This casserole is a Mexican take on your traditional casserole. You’ve got sweetness from the corn and tanginess from the tomatoes.

And the red kidney beans make it nice and hearty.

For this dish, you’ll be using quinoa instead of pasta. This makes the casserole even healthier.

Quinoa contains more protein than other grains. It’s also rich in manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, which you need for healthy bones.

It’s also gluten-free. So, it’s a great option if you have allergies or sensitivities to gluten.

You can get a pack of non-GMO quinoa here.

Check out more high protein meal prep ideas here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 560
  • Fats: 18g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 77g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Sugar: 15g

6. Crispy Sesame Tofu With Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Tofu With Zucchini Noodles


Not a fan of tofu? You’ll be one after eating this dish!

The tofu is crispy and packed with flavor. That’s because you’re sauteeing it in a tasty sesame peanut sauce.

The soy sauce adds umami, while the maple syrup adds sweetness. Meanwhile, the garlic adds savory notes, and the ginger adds some heat.

And the zucchini noodles add freshness and lightness.

Making zucchini noodles is pretty easy. Just cut off the ends of your zucchini and place your zucchini in a spiralizer. This spiralizer should do the trick.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 397
  • Fats: 31g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 10g

7. Summer Quinoa Salad Jars

Quinoa Salad Jars


Summer is the perfect time for sitting on the deck. And eating refreshing salads like this.

These quinoa salad jars are packed with Mediterranean flavors. From the fluffy quinoa to the sweet sun-dried tomatoes.

To the refreshing cucumbers and grape tomatoes. And what’s a Mediterranean-inspired salad without some feta cheese? Yum.

And the homemade lemon dill dressing compliments it nicely.

Besides being delicious, these salad jars are also nutritious. They’re packed with fiber.

They’re also packed with Vitamin C. So, they’re good for your immune system.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 432
  • Fats: 28g
  • Protein: 10.9g
  • Carbs: 38.4g
  • Fiber: 5.4g
  • Sugar: 6.7g

8. Black Bean Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 Black Bean Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


I love stuffed potatoes, as I’m sure many of you do too. After all, what’s not to love about a warm potato loaded with all your favorite ingredients?

But sometimes, you want a change. And these stuffed sweet potatoes provide exactly that.

They offer a Mexican twist on your traditional stuffed potatoes. You’ve got potatoes piled with sweet corn and red onions, Roma tomatoes, creamy avocado, and homemade salsa.

And instead of regular potatoes, you’re using sweet potatoes. So, you get an extra burst of sweetness and Vitamin A.

And they’re low in calories. So, you can have one (or two!) and not feel guilty.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 222
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 35g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 6g

9. Meal Prep Balsamic Tempeh & Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Tempeh & Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bowls


Let’s face it: meal prepping can be hard. Many times, the last thing you want to do on the weekend is meal prep.

But you do it anyway. Because you know it will make your weekdays easier.

Sheet pan meal preps make meal prep even easier. At the end of all that cooking and chopping, you don’t have a ton of pots and pans to wash.

This meal prep is as easy as they come. Toss your veggies and tempeh in your homemade dressing.

Place on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake. That’s it.

As an added bonus, one batch makes 6 servings… So you have a ton of food prepped for the week.

Don’t have tempeh? Not to worry… You can use tofu instead.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 269
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Carbs: 34g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 7g

10. Healthy Egg Salad Bowls

Egg Salad Bowls


Looking for a healthier alternative to egg salad sandwiches? Give these a try.

You have all the flavor of egg salad sandwiches. But without all the carbs.

The egg salad is nice and creamy. The celery adds some crunch, while the Dijon mustard adds heat.

And instead of bread, you serve your egg salad with veggies. Veggies like avocado, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. Yum!

To make these egg salad bowls, you’ll need some hard-boiled eggs. You can make these on your stovetop.

Or for extra convenience, you can use an egg maker like this.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 429
  • Fats: 31g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbs: 23g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 9.5g

11. Ginger Peanut Tofu Wraps

Ginger Peanut Tofu Wraps


Life can be pretty hectic. So, we often need to eat on the run.

These ginger peanut tofu wraps are perfect for that. They’re pretty portable.

And they’re full of flavor too. They’re packed with crispy tofu and veggies like carrots, red bell peppers, and green onions.

What really makes these wraps is the ginger peanut spread. It’s creamy, sweet, and tangy with some heat from the fresh ginger juice.

Besides being delicious, these tofu wraps are pretty filling. That’s because they’re packed with protein, fat, and fiber.

So, they’re sure to keep you full while you’re on the run.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 405
  • Fats: 22.7g
  • Protein: 22.4g
  • Carbs: 34.1g
  • Fiber: 8.9g
  • Sugar: 8.4g

12. Grilled Veggie & Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls

Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls


Summer is the perfect time for lazing on the deck. And firing up the grill.

And what better way to eat your veggies than by grilling them?

These meal prep bowls taste just as good as they look. The creaminess of the black beans is balanced by the freshness of the veggies.

And the barbecue vinaigrette ties everything together. It’s sweet, tangy, smoky, and has a hint of heat from the chili powder.

When grilling your veggies, be sure to use a vegetable grilling plate like this. This is so your veggies don’t fall through.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 365
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbs: 64g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 13g

13. Egg White Muffins

Egg White Muffins


Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. And for a good reason.

Having a good breakfast sets you up for the day.

But often, our mornings can be hectic. We barely have enough time to get ready, not to mention make a good breakfast.

That’s where meal prepping your breakfasts comes in handy.

These egg white muffins are yummy. And they’re packed with veggies like baby spinach, bell peppers, and baby tomatoes.

So, you can feel good eating them. They’re also pretty light.

One muffin contains only 34 calories. So, you can eat a couple and not feel guilty.

To keep them from sticking, make sure you oil your muffin tray with cooking spray. And to make clean up a breeze, you can use a silicone muffin pan like this.

Check out more high protein breakfast ideas like this here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 34
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

14. Greek Couscous Salad

Greek Couscous Salad


Love Greek flavors? Then you’re in for a treat.

This salad is bursting with Greek flavors. From the veggies to the feta cheese, couscous, and chickpeas.

And the homemade salad dressing is the icing on top of the cake, ahem, salad.

The lemon juice adds acidity, while the garlic and oregano add savory notes. Meanwhile, the Dijon mustard adds some heat.

Besides being delicious, this salad is also nutritious. It has tons of heart-healthy fat from the olive oil.

And it’s packed with fiber. So, it’s sure to keep you full. I highly suggest also checking out more chickpea recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 378
  • Fats: 25.9g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbs: 31.2g
  • Fiber: 10.3g
  • Sugar: 4.9g

15. Red Kidney Bean Burger Bowls

Red Kidney Bean Burger Bowls


Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill. But being vegetarian doesn’t mean having to just graze on salads… After all, we only live once, right?

These red kidney bean burger bowls are a great option. The kidney bean burgers are spicy, delicious, and really filling.

So, you don’t need the burger buns. Instead, they’re accompanied with a medley of fresh veggies.

These provide not only freshness but lightness. So, you don’t have a snooze fest.

Making the burgers is pretty easy. Just drain your canned red kidney beans and give them a good rinse.

Then dry them up as much as you can. Next, mash them up.

Then add the rest of your burger ingredients to a food processor, and pulse stepwise. This food processor should do the trick.

Finally, form your mixture into patties. Fry in a lightly oiled skillet.

Bon appetit!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 646
  • Fats: 25g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbs: 86g
  • Fiber: 34g
  • Sugar: 20g

16. Meal Prep Chickpeas & Grilled Veggies

Chickpeas & Grilled Veggies


Need to get your kids to eat more veggies? Then, give this meal prep a try.

On the menu are nicely grilled veggies. And you have a couple: yellow squash, zucchini, and red bell peppers.

And they’re lightly seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Nothing too fancy for your kids’ taste buds.

This is accompanied by crunchy, roasted chickpeas, and fluffy quinoa.

Grilling the veggies really brings out the sweetness of the veggies. Don’t be surprised if your kiddos ask for seconds.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 343
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbs: 49g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 6g

17. Meal Prep Chipotle Tofu Quinoa Bowls

Chipotle Tofu Quinoa Bowls


After a long workout, the last thing you want to do is cook. That’s why it’s great to have your post-workout meals prepped.

Just hit the shower and then sit down to a nice meal. Your body will thank you.

These tofu quinoa bowls taste amazing. The tofu is crunchy, spicy, and nicely caramelized.

The adobo sauce adds a nice heat. Meanwhile, the greens and cherry tomatoes add color and freshness.

Besides being tasty, these bowls are packed with protein. Just one bowl provides 25 grams of protein.

So, they’re the perfect meal to help your tired muscles recover.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 417
  • Fats: 17g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbs: 42g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 11g

18. Vegetarian Lentil Salad With Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Vegetarian Lentil Salad


Lentils are another good source of plant-based protein. They’re also full of manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, which you need for healthy bones. So, eat up those lentils.

And unlike beans, lentils are much quicker to cook. So, they’re perfect for those meal preps when you’re running short on time.

This meal prep salad takes only 25 minutes to make. And it’szzz packed with tons of flavor and texture.

The lentils and garbanzo beans add heartiness. At the same time, the sweet corn, red bell pepper, and red onion add sweetness.

Meanwhile, the feta cheese adds creaminess. While the hazelnuts add crunch.

And the honey mustard vinaigrette complements the salad perfectly. It’s sweet, tangy, and has some umami too.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 415
  • Fats: 21g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbs: 46g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Sugar: 14g

19. Moroccan Instant Pot Lentils

Moroccan Instant Pot Lentils


When it’s cold outside, all you want to do is sit by the fireplace. And eat some warm, delicious, comfort food.

These Moroccan Instant Pot Lentils fit the bill. They’re really flavorful.

And they’re cooked in a mixture of vegetable broth and diced tomatoes. So, you get a nice comforting stew.

What’s more- it takes only 15 minutes of cook time. That’s because you’re using an Instant Pot. If you’ve been meaning to get one, there’s a good deal for this high-quality Instant Pot.

Now, this meal is a complete meal because you’re adding sweet potatoes to your stew. But if you like, you can serve it with brown rice or quinoa.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 181
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 37g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 8g

20. Chickpea Quinoa Salad Meal Prep

Chickpea Quinoa Salad


Do you work long shifts? This meal prep is for you.

This isn’t your typical skimpy salad. That’s because it’s full of hearty ingredients.

Like hard-boiled eggs, chickpeas, and quinoa. The cucumber, pomegranate seeds, and red onion add freshness, balancing out the heaviness of the meal.

And it’s pretty heavy. That’s because it’s packed with fat and protein.

So, it’s sure to fill you up. And keep you away from the cookies that are calling your name.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 638.69
  • Fats: 39.27g
  • Protein: 16.6g
  • Carbs: 57.51g
  • Fiber: 8.72g
  • Sugar: 8.25g

21. Zucchini Noodle Mason Jar Salad

Zucchini Noodle Mason Jar Salad


Looking for a meal you can eat on the go? This is a great option.

It has all the tastes of summer. Like zucchini noodles, grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella.

And the nuttiness of the farro complements the salad perfectly. Besides adding texture, farro is good for you too.

It provides more fiber than a lot of other grains. So, it’s good for your digestion.

It’s also a good source of magnesium, which you need for healthy bones. If you need to stock up on some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 768
  • Fats: 37g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 80g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Sugar: 13g


Which one of these vegetarian meal prep is worth trying? Share it with your friends and family!