This week I cooked up two easy and delicious meal preps that I wanted to share with you all. One of them was inspired by some “Buddha bowls” that I’ve seen on Pinterest. The other is what I normally make for my meal preps. I tend to stick with 2-3 meals per prep because I get bored with the same lunch for a week. With that said, you are welcome to make your meal preps for an entire week, or just one day!
Instead of posting a recipe, I’ll show you the combinations I used. You can click on the item for how to cook it. (I’m not the best at following recipes or writing mine down :P)
I’m hoping this will be helpful to transitioning vegetarians or carnivores towards veganism. Or even if you just wanted to try something healthier for the week, this is for you! It’s a common misconception that vegans only eat vegetables, so I wanted to show you that your vegan meal can be colorful nutritional.
Here is what I usually make for a meal prep each week:
MEAL PREP 1
I used coconut oil for all the sautéing. I also typically season my veggies with Mrs. Dash products because they don’t have any salt and do not have MSG. I’m also really into chopping up some hot peppers and throwing them on top of my meals. See my post on cayenne peppers to read about some of the health benefits.
Meal Prep 2
- Roasted bell peppers and onion (literally just throw them in the oven at 400F and bake for 25 min, stirring halfway through)
- Sweet potatoes (this recipe tells you to cook with butter, but all I used was oil and seasoning)
- Canned chickpeas (thrown into my pan after the potatoes, cooks in 3 minutes with added spices)
This meal is inspired by the popular Buddha bowls I keep seeing all over Pinterest! The quinoa and chickpea combination is divine. This is the first time I tried cooking sweet potatoes on a cast iron skillet, and let me tell you…. there is no other way now.
Don’t overthink your seasoning. Sometimes just a little salt and pepper is all you need. I typically use cumin, Italian herbs like thyme, and Mrs. Dash’s lemon seasoning.
So there you have it! Two ideas for vegan meals that I hope you try. You can cook the veggies any way you like, whether it be roasting, boiling, sautéing… it’s up to you!