I am thinking about making this a weekly series – my vegan meal prep!
Sometimes i think the food i eat is so simple that it doesn’t require a recipe or post, but so many wanted me to write about how i made my meal prep, so i thought why not turn it into a weekly thing!
Not everyone likes to meal prep, but if you can – i highly recommend it. You may have to spend 1-2 hours preparing everything – depending on what you are making. But it is so worth it, because then for the rest of the days you don’t have to cook. It also saves money as you will buy the food and ingredients for your meal prep – nothing unnecessary, and then you won’t have to buy food out (unless you forget your lunch box! But because you have made such delicious food prep, that won’t happen, hahah!)
I don’t always meal prep. Usually i just make a big batch of quinoa, roasted potatoes and veggies, hummus and boil beans – or have canned beans. And then in the morning i just mix together the food and add some tofu, extra veggies and avocado or nuts. And sometimes i don’t meal prep at all and cook food daily – but then it is also alot of just quick meals like beans, veggies that i heat up and plain tofu that i eat to save time.
Onto my meal prep: I spent about 2 hours – but that was because i made so many different dishes and tried to get creative. But you can definitely lessen the time by sticking to just 1-2 recipes/meals.
The meal prep i made will last this whole week, or atleast 6-8 meals. I.e there was more than just what the picture shows. I also prepped snacks, but i would recommend you do overnight oats instead of actual oatmeal if you don’t plan to eat it straight away. Or make other snack options!
Quinoa (cooked in vegetable stock)
Potatoes & sweet potatoes
Cauliflower and broccoli (i used frozen – as it is cheaper)
Chickpeas – alot!
Avocado, sweet corn, tomatoes
& made a butternut squash and carrot soup (Recipe coming later today!) with tortilla chips
& Chia seed oatmeal with fried apple, peanut butter and alpro soya yoghurt
First off i began making the soup and tortilla chips – recipe coming later today. (Tortilla chips take about 5-8 minutes in the oven).
When the soup was boiling i began with the quinoa. I used about half the bag, c.a 250g dry weight, with enough water to cover the quinoa and a little extra. I added half a vegetable stock and let boil on medium heat for c.a 20-25 minutes until all the water was absorbed.
When the quinoa and soup was boiling, i began chopping and peeling the vegetables. (I used two trays). One for the potatoes and carrots as they take longer time, and one for the broccoli and cauliflower, chickpeas, onion. I drizzled over some oil and seasoning over the veggies, chickpeas and potatoes. And then into the oven at c.a 220 degrees celsius for 30 minutes.
While everything was cooking and in the oven i began with the hummus – recipe HERE
When the quinoa was done i placed half in a bowl, and in the other half i mixed in chopped up tomatoes, sweet corn and black beans – seasoned with some salt.
Then when everything was done/cooked, i let it cool down while i began making the oatmeal and fried apples.
I used about 3dl oatmeal, 2tbsp chia seeds, cinnamon and sweetener and enough water to cover the oatmeal, and allowed to boil on medium heat. And at the same time i fried apples in some vegan margarine with cinnamon, syrup and a little sweetener until soft.
Then i added everything into meal boxes, added tofu, avocado, hummus, nuts and tahini. As well as adding peanut butter and yoghurt to the oatmeal.
How long does all of the meal prep last?
As mentioned, in total it gave me about 6-8 meals, so it will last anything from 4-7 days, depending on if i cook more/different during the week or not. Also the lunch boxes are big… but i can eat atleast 2 for one meal, hahah. So if i am at home, maybe i will eat two! (Just being honest!)
Roasted potatoes don’t last so long in the fridge, so those will have to be eaten first. Hence why i don’t make huge batches of roasted veggies, because they need to be eaten within 48 hours. But things like quinoa, pasta salad, roasted veggies (not potatoes), salads often last longer 🙂
After this, there was ALOT of washing up to do, and it did take quite a while.
But you can of course stick to just one recipe such as make a huge batch of lentil chilli (recipe), or maybe a quinoa mix (recipe)! Etc It is also cheaper, and not as much washing of dishes if you stick to 1-2 different meals.
I will continue with this as a weekly series, so you can get more ideas for what to meal prep 🙂
If you have any questions, leave them down below!
*I had taken more photos – but apparently they were in the wrong format and i deleted the original pictures from my camera and can’t seem to format the pictures… but i guess it doesn’t really matter anyway*