Healthy Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas


Are you looking for healthy vegetarian meal prep ideas? Are you a college student who wants a quick and easy meal? Do you like to cut carbs to avoid weight gain? You’ve come to the right place.

Are you looking for some healthy vegetarian meal prep ideas? Are you a vegetarian but your family isn’t? Don’t worry, I’ve got the solution you need.

Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipes

These vegetarian meal prep recipes can help you eat healthier and reduce your meal time stress. Browse through the meal prep bowls, jar salads and friendly options.


Making vegetarian meal prep recipes, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, sets you up for healthy eating through the week. Not only that, but you will save yourself time, stress and even save some money!

One thing I love about vegetarian meal prep recipes is that the proteins are super easy to work with, often as simple as opening a can of beans! That makes prepping your meals even more efficient.

Meal Prep FAQ

How many days can I meal prep for at a time? 

That depends on whether you choose freezer-friendly meals or not. Most ingredients will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Check out these Freezer-Friendly Lunch Meal Prep Recipes for recipes that will keep longer!Is rice really safe to reheat?

Absolutely! The important thing with rice is that you don’t leave it at room temperature for long periods of time. Cool it quickly, refrigerate, and do not reheat more than once. RefWhich meal prep containers should I use? 

Meal Prep & Storage Tips

How to meal prep– Specific instructions are found on each individual recipe post. Stir fries, burritos, casseroles, pastas (etc) are cooked ahead. Salads- chop, portion out, and keep dressing separate until just before serving (unless otherwise stated). Soup- assemble in mason jars.

How to store– Some options for storing these meal prep recipes include:

  • 2 cup meal prep containers (my personal faves; I own 40 of these!)
  • 2 compartment meal prep containers  (great for keeping ingredients separate until just before serving)
  • 3 compartment meal prep containers (great for bento-style lunches)
  • condiment containers (great for salad dressings)
  • 1 pint mason jars (great for salads)

How to serve– rewarm until steaming hot (if recipe calls for it). Toss salad in dressings and enjoy cold. Pour hot water into mason jar soup.

QUESTION? Ask me below!

Meal Prep Bowls

Cauliflower Cashew Lunch BowlsMake these cauliflower cashew lunch bowls ahead of time and have work lunches ready for the week! Roasted cauliflower, toasted cashews, barley and chickpeas are all tossed in a delicious honey-ginger vinaigrette

cauliflower cashew meal prep

Southwestern Sweet Potato & Lentil Jar SaladsThese sweet potato & lentil jar salads have the most amazing chili lime vinaigrette! Make them ahead and enjoy throughout the week for an easy, healthy on-the-go lunch.

four mason jars filled with southwestern lentil sweet potato lunch bowls

Vegan Slow Cooker Tikka MasalaThis vegan slow cooker tikka masala is PERFECT for meal prep! It makes an easy freezer crockpot meal, and leftovers keep (and can be frozen) for healthy plant-based lunches.

overhead shot of three glass meal prep containers filled with vegan slow cooker tikka masala

Chickpea, Barley & Butternut Squash Jar SaladsMake ahead chickpea, barley and butternut squash jar salads will have you looking forward to lunch all morning! Vegetarian, ready in under 1 hour, and tastes amazing, even on day 4

Stack of four glass jars filled with chickpea barley and butternut squash salad

Buddha Bowl RecipeThis Buddha bowl recipe is full of healthy plant-based ingredients and works great for meal prep! Customize it using your favorite veggies and don’t forget to drizzle with the delicious tahini sauce

overhead shot of glass meal prep container filled with buddha bowls

Perfect Egg Fried Rice (+ Variations)Showing you how to cook perfect egg fried rice! Made with a simple ingredient list including rice, carrots, beans and eggs tossed in a simple soy and sesame oil sauce. It’s kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and perfect for using up what you have in your fridge and pantry.

Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipes

Plant-based meal prep doesn’t have to be boring or bland! Here are 13 of our favorite vegetarian meal prep recipes for making ahead for lunch or dinner.

Meal prep container with zucchini noodles on white background - This Zucchini Noodles Vegetarian Meal Prep is a low carb lunch solution that will have you looking forward to lunchtime! Packed with fresh veggies, avocado pesto, and crispy baked tofu.

Planning and prepping meals in advance is an incredibly efficient and budget-friendly way of eating (plus, it ensure you get a delicious, healthy meal on the table).

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The concept is simple: make 4 to 7 meals ahead of time, so when you need to eat you can simply grab a premade meal and enjoy. While we love it for vegetarian lunch, meal prep is also easy for vegetarian dinner and even plant-based breakfast.

But with so many meal prep ideas relying on meat, we wanted to create resource for vegetarians and vegans who also want to get into meal prepping.

Here are our favorite tried and true vegetarian meal prep recipes. You’ll find within each recipe specifics on how to best store and reheat the meals, along with printables for making your meal planning even easier.

Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipes


Stir Fry Meal Prep with Cauliflower Fried Rice and Tofu

This vegetarian stir fry meal prep idea is packed with flavorful cauliflower fried rice, soy-glazed tofu, steamed broccoli, and sriracha mayo!Get Recipe2

Meal Prep Snack Boxes

These Meal Prep Snack Boxes are a fun and healthy snack to prepare for the week, filled with fruits, veggies, and tasty Zucchini Cheddar Bites!Get Recipe3

Tempeh Chili Meal Prep

This vegan Tempeh Chili Meal Prep is ready in 30 minutes and takes care of lunch for the week (plus it’s like…really tasty).Get Recipe4

Butternut Bowl Meal Prep

This Butternut Bowl Meal Prep is packed with spiced roasted chickpeas and butternut, drizzled with lemony hummus sauce, and is totally vegan.Get Recipe5

Thai Red Curry Meal Prep

This Thai Red Curry Meal Prep is a vegan-friendly lunch idea that will have you so excited for lunch this week.Get Recipe

Easy vegan meal prep ideas

Have you switched to a vegan diet? Prep your lunches ahead of time with our simple, adaptable recipes full of nutritious ingredients, seasoning and spice.

Want to save yourself some time and money during a busy week? We’ve got an enticing range of vegan lunchbox ideas to keep you topped up with plant-based proteins, vibrant veggies and leafy greens – all of which you can make ahead of time. Be inspired by our creative wraps, salads and soups, then browse our complete vegan lunch recipe collection. For top storage solutions, see our review of the best meal prep containers.

Easy pasta salads

Pasta is the perfect vehicle for fabulous flavours and a variety of veggies. Box up tasty Italian-inspired treats like our healthy green bean & penne salad with tomato & olive dressing. It’s low-calorie and still manages to pack in three of your five-a-day.

Mix up your penne with garlicky mushrooms and a caramelised onion and hummus sauce that tastes indulgent and yet is also a healthy, low-fat, low-calorie lunch. Or, get a serious injection of colour and texture with our squash & spinach fusilli with crunchy pecans. All these recipes are nutritious, tasty and perfect for packing up the night before work.

Easy rice salads

Making a simple rice salad on a Sunday evening will take some of the stress out of Monday morning. Our green rice with beetroot & apple salsa is low-fat, healthy and has plenty of fresh flavours. The salsa adds some tang and texture to take your lunch to the next level.

You could also try a Latin American take, for instance our Mexican rice & bean salad with chunks of creamy avocado, or go for the perfect blend of zest and crunch with our zingy toasted cashew rice salad. Your Tupperware box will be a source of excitement!

Storecupboard salads

Storecupboard ingredients like beans and pulses make a great base for a filling salad. With just a few clever additions of fresh veggies and herbs you can create a budget lunch in a matter of minutes. Try our harissa-laced no-cook chickpea salad with a flatbread and easy falafel for a meze-style meal.

Turn a humble can of cannellini beans into a four-ingredient masterpiece in our bean, tomato & watercress salad. It’s quick to prepare and packs in three of your five-a-day. Alternatively, a trickle of tahini and coconut yogurt, chunks of grilled aubergine and minty couscous make a delicious summer tabbouleh. Pack up the dressing separately and drizzle when you’re ready to eat.

Simple soups

Dust off your flask and whip up a fresh soup full of seasonal veggies. Set aside some time at the weekend to batch cook your soups, portion them out and freeze for the week ahead. Then relax and be secure in the knowledge you’re saved from boring supermarket sandwiches.

Freezable vegan soups:

Moroccan spiced cauliflower & almond soup
Tomato soup
Minty pea & potato soup
Sweet potato & rosemary soup

Easy vegan chilli

If you’re looking for a hearty vegan one-pot, try a plant-based chilli that you can freeze in portions for simple, midweek meal solutions, like our veggie protein chilli. You can pair it with a pouch of ready-made cauli rice or grains of your choice. Likewise, with a couple of tins of mixed pulses, you can cook our bean & pepper chilli.

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