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Vegan And Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas To Kickstart Your January Health Kick

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Too tired to cook after work? With these 18 delicious veggie and vegan meal prep recipes, you’ll never be stuck for a healthy midweek meal again.

When we finally collapse on the sofa at the day, cooking is the last thing we want to do. Exhausted from endless meetings, slightly tipsy after post-work drinks and sweaty after a cramped commute, it’s enough to make the Deliveroo app and a takeaway pizza on the sofa look real tempting. But it’s January and it’s 2020, and we’ve promised to ourselves that this year will be different - a year without regular takeaway apps, a year with healthier eating habits and a year of meal prep and make ahead. 

While a hungover Sunday spent chopping and frying may sound like a particularly cruel form of torture, in reality it saves a whole lot of stress and work later on in the week. Consider; a little efficiency on the weekend and an afternoon spent in the kitchen, singing along to your favourite playlist, and you’ll have a week’s worth of healthy, homemade stews, sauces, bakes and roasts ready and waiting. Plus, think about the money you’ll save - bye-bye Deliveroo!

With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a selection of the healthiest and tastiest dishes that you can cook en masse, including breakfasts, lunches and weekly dinners. 

It is important to note - if followed correctly, these following recipes should last three - five days if stored correctly, but please refer to each individual recipe for further guidance and always err on the side of caution if you're not sure about the smell or appearance of any of the ingredients used.

Healthy meal prep breakfasts

Vegan overnight oats

Overnight oats are healthy, easy to make and they last all week, plus you can add any kind of topping you fancy. Food blogger Yumna Jawad of Feel Good Foodie suggests peanut and strawberry ‘jelly’, apple, cinnamon and nuts and banana and nutella. All you need for this basic recipe (not including toppings) is oats, plant-based milk, chia seeds, vegan yoghurt and vanilla extract. Make sure you have plenty of containers such as empty jam jars and mason jars to store your oats.

Recipe via Feel Good Foodie.

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Vegetarian meal prep sandwiches

These cheesy egg sandwiches are not only packed with vegetables, they are also freezer friendly. A deep-set baking tray is key here for baking the egg mix.

Recipe via It’s A Veg World After All.

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Vegan tofu scramble and breakfast sweet potatoes

Once you try scrambled tofu, you won’t look back. This vegan breakfast will keep you full all morning thanks to the additional sweet potatoes. We love our wok for scrambling mass amounts of tofu at once.

Recipe via Sweet Peas and Saffron.

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Vegan baked oatmeal cups

From apple cinnamon and lemon poppyseed to pesto tomato and broccoli cheddar, these vegan baked oatmeal cups are a great way to fill up in the morning on the go and eat more fruit and veg. You’ll need a muffin tin to make these. 

Recipe via She Likes Food.

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Smoothie meal packs

Simply prep your fruit and greens and freeze them on the weekend, then simply blend up with water, milk or a milk substitute and your favourite dry ingredients (chia, hemp or flax seeds, coconut, unsweetened cocoa or protein powder) on weekday mornings. Invest in a good quality blender and it’ll serve you well - you can also whizz up homemade sauces and soups.

Recipe via How Sweet Eats.

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Vegetarian breakfast burritos

With hashbrowns, eggs and plenty of cheese even your non-veggie friends will want one of these breakfast burritos. You’ll need a large mixing bowl and whisk to prepare the eggs. 

Recipe via Cookie and Kate.

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Healthy meal prep lunches

Vegetarian crustless quiche

With eggs, bell peppers, mushrooms and kale this crustless quiche is naturally gluten free. You’ll need a casserole dish to cook this one.

Recipe via The Kitchen Girl.

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Veggie packed breakfast fried rice

We know this is called ‘breakfast rice’, but we also think it would make a great lunch option, especially if you have second day rice leftover. For veggies, just swap out the bacon for a veggie alternative. Again, you’ll need a large wok for this recipe.

Recipe via Project Meal Plan.

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Vegan roasted vegetable meal prep

Sheet pan meals are brilliant - all you need to do is chop up the veg, lay them out on the same baking tray, cover in oil and salt and pepper, and roast them. Pair with instant couscous or quinoa and your turmeric tahini sauce for a filling, tasty meal. 

Recipe via Sweet Pea and Saffron.

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Vegan ‘cheesy’ spaghetti squash meal prep

This is a grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free way to get your cheese fix for lunch. Make sure you have a mini casserole pot or two to make double of this recipe.

Recipe via Meal Prep On Fleek.

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Vegan crispy sesame tofu with courgette noodles

What’s better than crispy tofu and a delicious peanut sauce? Get yourself a spiralizer now - there is an endless variation of plant-based noodles and spaghetti dishes to try.

Recipe via My Food Story.

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Healthy meal prep dinners

Vegan sweet potato black bean and kale enchiladas

The perfect quick and easy weeknight comfort food. Plus, this dish only requires 9 ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to prepare. For veggies, add cheese as the final step; for vegans, dairy-free cheese.

Recipe via Minimalist Baker.

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Vegan ramen noodle soup

This soup is hearty and warming - perfect for chilly winter nights. You'll want large soup bowls that can hold a couple of ladles.

Recipe via Minimalist Baker

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Vegan deliciously rich lentil bolognese

Make a big batch of this lentil sauce at the weekend and you have plenty for spag bol, a veggie shepherd’s pie, lasagne, jacket potatoes and stuffed peppers later on.

Recipe via The Endless Meal.

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Vegetarian lasagne

Pasta, roasted veg and a whole lot of cheese, what more could you want?

Recipe via Recipe Tin Eats.

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Vegan tomato and roasted Mediterranean vegetable risotto

Full of vegetable goodness and naturally gluten free. A deep frying pan is essential for cooking up the risotto rice in the stock.

Recipe via Wallflower Kitchen.

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Vegetarian one pot enchilada orzo

A bowl of good comfort food. Eat this for evenings on the sofa watching Netflix. 

Recipe via Le Creme De La Crumb.

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Vegan meatballs

These vegan meatballs are super easy to make and super delicious. Make ahead (and make the tomato sauce ahead) so all you need to do is boil up some pasta, chop some fresh veg (red peppers and mushrooms) and grate some vegan cheese over the top.

Recipe via The Clever Meal.

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