The absolute best vegan meal prep recipes from quick breakfasts and portable lunches to tasty snacks and comforting dinners! These make-ahead ideas for busy times satisfy your cravings in the healthiest way.
Do you love preparing your meals in advance? From chopping raw veggies to preparing salad dressings for some quick vegan bowls at night, vegan meal prep can have many different faces.
This article shares the best vegan meal prep recipes from overnight oats and chia pudding to tasty cookies, cold lunch ideas like pasta salad or vegan wraps, hearty chilis and casseroles that will last you for days.
Following a specific diet or preparing meals for your family is so much easier when you can take some load off your shoulders and make healthy and delicious food ahead of time whenever it suits you.
Overnight oats are one of the classic vegan meal prep recipes! This healthy recipe doesn’t just feature whole grains and fruit, but also some shredded zucchini that bumps up the volume and nutrient content. Top with fresh fruit of your choice in the morning!
Feel satiated for hours on end with our meal prep-friendly berry smoothie! Thanks to the added cooked white beans, it offers a decent amount of protein and complex carbs and the frozen fruit ensures great texture.
Make a batch of vegan granola during your meal prep session and enjoy it for breakfast in the morning or as a crunchy snack! This cinnamon-infused date granola is lower in calories, oil-free, naturally sweetened and totally customizable.
These fruity breakfast bars are made with a sugar-free raspberry jam filling and crumble topping. Sweet, soft and chewy, they are perfect as a portable vegan breakfast or snack and store well for days on end.
Bake these gluten-free blueberry muffins that are as healthy as oatmeal and enjoy them alongside your morning coffee! Use any berries of your choice and spread your muffins with almond or cashew butter if you like. Super family-friendly, too!
If you want to focus on getting a good amount of plant-based protein in the morning, try these overnight oats made with protein powder that allow you to meal prep for the next 4 days! Really customizable with flavorful toppings, they offer 18 grams of protein per serving and are super delicious.
Feel like eating dessert for breakfast with these chocolatey meal prep-friendly chia puddings! So creamy and indulgent, they are made with only 5 ingredients and loaded with nutrients. Top with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, vegan granola or dairy-free yogurt in the morning!
Have you ever made overnight oatmeal with steel-cut oats? This tasty breakfast recipe requires only 10 minutes total and features almond milk, chia seeds and any seasonal fresh fruit you like. Enjoy warm and creamy oatmeal in the morning within minutes using this recipe!
Switch up your morning routine and make this creamy vegan millet porridge! This breakfast consisting of sweet gluten-free grains can be made in the slow cooker overnight so that is ready once you wake up. Spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, it’s the perfect base that can be topped with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.
This vegan meal prep recipe requires only 5 minutes of prep time and 5 everyday ingredients! Simply mix up your oats, chia seeds, milk of choice and a little sweetener the night before and you wake up to soft and gloriously creamy oats.
This colorful vegan Mediterranean pasta salad can be made within minutes if you cook the quinoa and pasta ahead of time during your meal prep! Simply chop some fresh veggies, get a few canned goods and mix everything in a large bowl with a flavorful vegan yogurt dressing. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Another easy vegan meal prep idea is to make bowls! Let’s start with this customizable quinoa veggie bowl that calls for pre-cooked quinoa, canned chickpeas and some fresh veggies. Top with sliced avocado, oranges, nuts or seeds and drizzle with your favorite dressing!
These millet-stuffed collard green wraps feature roasted veggies, a fruity sauce and make for the perfect grab-and-go lunch! Colorful, cozily spiced and really delicious, they can be prepped a day in advance or quickly assembled with pre-cooked grains and sauce.
Make pizza meal prep-friendly and portable by baking these veggie-stuffed vegan pizza rolls! They are undetectably healthy, made with whole-grain flour and vegetables that are pureed in the pizza sauce. Top with vegan ricotta if you like!
This creamy homemade potato salad is perfect for meal prep because it tastes even better over time! Cooked potatoes are mixed with finely chopped raw veggies and drowned in creamy vegan cashew mayo. Enjoy on its own or with some bread!
Get out your meal prep containers, we’re going to make this tasty Mediterranean lunch for the next few days! Brimming with healthy and fresh ingredients, these vegan meal prep bowls are made with grains, chickpeas, fresh veggies and olives, then topped with creamy hummus.
Perfect for healthy make-ahead lunches, these vegan chipotle bowls feature protein-packed quinoa and black beans, sautéed peppers and onion as well as creamy chipotle cashew cream. Top with sliced avocado and lime, then store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Packed with plant-based protein and lots of flavor, these burritos are great filling to-go lunches you can make ahead of time! Featuring crispy smoked tofu slices, scrambled tofu, black beans, pico de gallo and sliced avocado, they are stuffed with nutrients and texture.
Another great portable lunch idea is making hummus veggie wraps. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, they are really customizable to your preferences, filling and delicious year-round. Wrap them individually in foil and store in the fridge for up to 3 days!
These creamy vegan mini pies are made with juicy veggies, tofu and flaky pastry. Make them ahead of time for a portable lunch or enjoy them as a side as part of another meal prep-friendly meal like soups or stews (which you will find below)!
Make a colorful and filling salad during your vegan meal prep that you can enjoy as a portable lunch over a few days! This protein-packed blueberry, quinoa and avocado salad requires simple ingredients and makes for a flavorful plant-based meal.
All of the delicious sushi flavors without the hassle of rolling your sheets! This simple vegan sushi bowl features rice, edamame, baked tofu, fresh veggies and soy sauce. Easy to make in under 30 minutes and storable in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This hearty vegan salad is fresh, filling and perfect during summer! Ready in about 20 minutes total, it’s great for meal prep as it stores well in the fridge for a couple of days and can be enjoyed on its own.
Let’s get back to basics with this super simple but delicious tofu, broccoli and rice bowl! It’s easy to make, flavorful and keeps you full for hours on end. Feel free to swap the rice for any grain of your choice and use other veggies instead of broccoli!
Make your own vegan snack bars with staples like oats, fruit, nuts and seeds! They are chewy, soft and nutty, totally customizable and enjoyed by young and old alike. The bars store well for up to a week in the fridge and are freezer-friendly.
Try some matcha bliss balls for an afternoon pick-me-up! These protein-packed bliss balls are really healthy, perfect for meal prep and portable. Change up the coatings to offer more variety and make them a weekly staple!
Get some more greens into your diet the easy way! This creamy green apple broccoli smoothie features avocado, kale, pineapple, ginger, lemon juice and is liked even by picky eaters. You can make it within 5 minutes for breakfast or as a snack, then store lidded in the fridge for 2-3 days. Bonus tip: make smoothie freezer packs for a super quick snack!
This 4-ingredient silken tofu chocolate mousse is super chocolatey, fluffy and high in protein! Made from healthy vegan ingredients within just 15 minutes, it’s a delicious treat for the whole family. You can make it a day in advance to have a sweet snack on hand!
These 30-minute zucchini muffins are soft, fluffy and totally kid-approved. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and sugar, they are delicious any time of the day and the muffins can be stored for around 3 days.
Try these make-ahead chocolate peanut butter rice bars for your next vegan meal prep! They are perfectly crunchy and decadently gooey at the same time. Kids really love them, too as they are fun to make and don’t require any baking!
If you don’t want to buy pre-roasted nuts or trail mix, try this recipe for healthy homemade spiced nuts! They are easy to make, crunchy, salty and great to have on hand for when hunger hits. Take them with you when you’re out or on a road trip, they store well for a long time!
Make a batch of these vegan lemon poppyseed muffins and enjoy them for breakfast or as a quick snack all week long! Made with chia seeds, vegan yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, lemon and poppyseeds, they are so fluffy and delicious.
These 9-ingredient vegan carrot cake energy balls are great no-bake treats you can create during your weekly vegan meal prep! Sweetened with dates and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut, they are very nutritious and so tasty.
This hearty and super simple veggie chili needs to be part of your weekly vegan meal prep! Using only convenient staple foods, this meatless meal is whipped up in just 10 minutes and very nutrient-dense. Serve this family-friendly dinner over rice, with crusty bread or baked potatoes!
Smothered in creamy, protein-rich pesto sauce, this 30-minute vegan pasta dish can be stored for a quick lunch in the fridge and tastes great either reheated or cold as a pesto pasta salad! You can prep the bean pesto in advance to speed things up even further and use any veggies of your choice.
Bean burritos are some of the best make-ahead and portable plant-based lunches or dinners! They keep well for 3-4 days in the fridge, can be filled with any Mexican fixings of your liking and are really healthy and filling.
Try this creamy one-pot vegan potato curry that’s perfect as a convenient worknight dinner and to reheat over the next few days! It’s fragrant, mouthwatering, hearty and packs so much flavor and nutrients. Made with chickpeas, green peas and potatoes, it’s really satiating and high in fiber.
These beautiful vegan BBQ tofu bowls require only 6 everyday ingredients: tofu, BBQ sauce, brown rice, broccoli, pineapple and red onion. This tasty recipe works well for meal prep, is super flavorful and really healthy.
These southwest sweet potato vegan meal prep bowls are a healthy and efficient way to have 4 delicious meals ready in under 45 minutes! Featuring baked sweet potato, canned beans and corn, it doesn’t require much prep time and offers satiating and healthy main meals for the next few days.
This smoky vegan pasta bake is packed with all sorts of deliciously rich, melty and cheesy goodness. It is comforting, full of flavor and easy to assemble within minutes! The great part is that you can prep this dish ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to bake!
Easy to put together and endlessly customizable, this beautiful rainbow bowl is great for meal prep because you can chop the raw veggies and cook your grains ahead of time! This way, it’ll be assembled within minutes and only needs to be topped with your favorite vegan dressing.
Soups are awesome for meal prep because they are easily reheated and taste even better the next day! This curried cauliflower soup is flavorful, made with lots of veggies and ready in 30 minutes or less. You can cook a large batch ahead of time and enjoy this soup over a couple of days with a slice of crusty bread.
This tasty vegan butter “chicken” tastes even better when prepped in advance! Store the tofu and sauce separately, then reheat in a skillet just before serving. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days!
Try this crowd-pleasing and hearty vegan tortilla soup for dinner! It's full of flavor and can be customized with an array of delicious toppings. This soup takes just 15 minutes to prep and can be stored for 3-5 days in the fridge!
This creamy and veggie-loaded soup with bell peppers, carrots and spinach is a little sweet, smoky and savory. Make it a full meal by adding some grains or bread, top with crunchy seeds and reheat any leftovers the next few days!
Another 30-minute meal prep-friendly recipe is this protein-packed red lentil curry! Made with simple pantry staples, it is super satiating, flavorful and requires only one pan to cook with. Perfect for colder days and customizable to your needs, it can even be frozen if you want to prep a couple of months ahead of time.
Make these wholesome and fudgy vegan brownies with black beans, dates, oat flour and espresso during your next meal prep! Deep in flavor, protein-packed and super chocolatey, they can be stored in the fridge for a quick afternoon pick-me-up or late-night treat.
Remember bounty bars? These tasty coconut and chocolate bliss balls taste pretty much like the “original” but require only 4 simple ingredients to make. Intensely coconutty and decadently rich, they are crowd-pleasing bite-sized treats that taste best straight from the fridge.
These no-bake mini tarts are best made the day before enjoying to be able to set in the fridge which makes them perfect for your next meal prep! Made with an oats, almonds and dates crust, and filled with creamy low-fat vegan custard, they can be decorated to your liking with fresh fruit.
Undetectably high in protein and fully plant-based, this vegan chocolate mousse cake features a cookie crust (which can be kept raw and unbaked for a quicker cake!) and silken tofu-aquafaba topping. Requiring 30 minutes of prep time, it needs to be stored in the fridge for at least an hour, better longer, before serving.
Made with whole grain flour, applesauce, carrots, brown sugar, cozy spices and homemade vanilla cashew frosting, these carrot cake bites are wonderful vegan treats for the whole family! Eating your veggies has never been so delicious.
This creamy vegan banana pudding in glass jars is a healthier take on the classic recipe and great to prepare in advance! All you need is 8 simple ingredients like coconut milk, chia seeds, banana and maple syrup as well as 10 minutes of prep time.
Try this wonderfully cool and fruity treat for the whole family! This dairy- and gluten-free key lime cheesecake is a no-bake recipe that requires only 15 minutes to make. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours to let it firm up and enjoy it for a special occasion!
These moist and soft peanut butter chickpea cookies are a really great healthy snack or dessert to have on hand! Made from healthy foods like canned chickpeas, dates, peanut butter, oat flour and plant-based milk, they are tasty and nourishing and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
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The absolute best vegan meal prep recipes from quick breakfasts and portable lunches to tasty snacks and comforting dinners! These make-ahead ideas for busy times satisfy your cravings in the healthiest way. The following vegan mason jar recipe is great for assembling 1-4 days in advance, super versatile, healthy and delicious!
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.