Low Cost Vegan Meal Prep and Recipes

Although it takes extra time to get it all done, it’ll be out of the way for the next week, and helps you to eat healthy without the “I’m too tired to prep and cook anything” after work thoughts that lead to Chinese take-out.

Start with picking a day! For me, it’s Sunday, I’ll hit the gym and on my way home stop and get groceries with the plan of prepping already set in my mind when I get home… no excuses!

I’ll start with my typical grocery list (for one):

Veggies:

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 container spinach (organic)
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 lb bag of carrots
  • 1 lb bag of sweet potatoes
  • 3 avocados
  • 4 tomatoes on a vine

Fruit:

  • 1 bag of grapes
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries
  • 2 apples

Grains:

  • brown rice
  • whole wheat bread (low sugar)
  • cereal (8 grams of sugar or less)

Refrigerated/Cold:

  • almond milk (original/unsweetened)
  • 1 container hummus (I love red pepper hummus!!)
  • 1 container salsa

Canned:

  • 2 14oz can black beans
  • 2 14oz can chickpeas

Misc:

  • peanut butter

Total: $39.65

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*not pictured is the bread, soy milk, and cereal, I already had those!
** added cost would be $6.89

Meal Prep:

  1. Prepare 2 cups of dried rice according to package, store in a Tupperware.
  2. Cut the bell pepper into strips, store in a Ziploc or Tupperware.
  3. Rinse and peel half the bag of carrots, cut them into strips (cut in half long-ways, and cut those in half) and store in Z or T.
  4. Rinse half the bag of sweet potatoes, and dice into dime-sized pieces, store in a Z or T.
  5. Cut the broccoli into florets and store in Z or T.
  6. Cut the cauliflower into florets and store in Z or T.
  7. Rinse off grapes and put in a bowl.
  8. Rinse off apples (slice if you are going to eat one the next day)
  9. Grab two tomatoes and dice, store. Grab another two and cut into slices, store.
  10. Peanut sauce
  11. Chickpea mash

*onion is chopped right before cooking because the onion pulls in toxins after being cut open and isn’t as great compared to fresh!

You’re prepped!! Now you can just throw together easy meals when you get home, and there isn’t much prep needed.

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Some of my favorite recipes using these ingredients:

Banana, Blueberry, Spinach Smoothie

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Avocado Toast with Black Beans Mash

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Spiced Veggie and Rice Bowl

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Buddha Bowl

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Chickpea “Tuna” Sandwich

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Banana, Blueberry & Spinach Smoothie

This recipe is super simple and quick. It’s sooo good, all my friends love it so why not share the bomb-ness… hopefully you like peanut butter, if not you can omit it and it’ll still taste great, just a slightly different taste.

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Ingredients

  • 1 c blueberries, frozen
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

*if the blueberries and banana aren’t frozen, just add a half cup of ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14 g 22 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 10 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 115 mg 5 %
Potassium 910 mg 26 %
Total Carbohydrate 56 g 19 %
Dietary Fiber 11 g 45 %
Sugars 31 g
Protein 12 g 24 %
Vitamin A 66 %
Vitamin C 55 %
Calcium 21 %
Iron 17 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do, after a hard day at the gym you can throw in some protein powder also!

Spiced Veggie and Rice Bowl

A pretty simple recipe that is full of flavor! Honestly, one of my favorite creations, a blend of Mexican spices and bomb veggies, atop brown rice and topped with salsa and hummus. SO GOOD.

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This recipe is pretty easy to throw together once your veggies are prepped!

You’ll want to dice your sweet potatoes, cut your broccoli into florets and slice the bell pepper. In a medium sized bowl you’ll toss the broccoli and bell pepper with olive oil and the spices. place on half of the baking sheet, throw the sweet potatoes in the same bowl and add oil and spices to those as well. Throw on the other side of the baking sheet and pop that baby in the oven.

Once they are cooked up, pile on as much as you want on top of your rice, and throw on the salsa and hummus! I also added tapatio.

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 c brown rice, cooked
  • 1 head of broccoli florets
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 14oz can black beans
  • 1 tomato. diced
  • 3 tbsp hummus
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 tbsp salsa (store-bought or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Make sure you get your rice cooking, either prep beforehand or cook according to package before getting started.
  2. Set your oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
  3. Get a medium bowl, throw in your broccoli and bell peppers, and top with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp of the rest of the spices. Give it a toss to coat everything, adding more oil if necessary, spread this out on half of the baking sheet. Keep the bowl for the next step.
  4. In the medium bowl, add the sweet potatoes, and the rest of the oil and spices. Toss to coat, and if needed, add more oil. Place these on the other side of the baking sheet, and pop it into the oven for 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the broccoli and bell peppers, set aside, and put the sweet potatoes back in for another 12 minutes.
  6. Right before the sweet potato gets finished, you can get a bowl ready. For one serving, you’ll start with the base, 3/4 cups of rice, add 1/3 of the broccoli and bell peppers, 1/3 of black beans, 1/3 diced tomato, 1 tbsp hummus, 1/3 avocado and 2 tbsp salsa.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are ready, throw 1/3 of those into the bowl, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Servings 3.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22 g 34 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 16 %
Monounsaturated Fat 12 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 343 mg 14 %
Potassium 1450 mg 41 %
Total Carbohydrate 96 g 32 %
Dietary Fiber 21 g 82 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 17 g 35 %
Vitamin A 270 %
Vitamin C 111 %
Calcium 16 %
Iron 31 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.