12 Healthy and Vegan Meals to Make Weekly Food Prep a Breeze
Food is the biggest factor in how we feel on a day to day basis. On weekends I used to wake up and my husband would make me eggs, bacon, hash browns…..the works! I also noticed I always felt like crap during the weekends and had headaches and just felt very sluggish. I started to realize it is because I am eating this terrible, heavy meal in the morning that isn’t giving my body anything it needs to keep it energized for the whole day. That is when I started realizing how much the food I put in my body effects how I feel. I started eating more foods that I found in the produce section and less foods in the meat and dairy section and found myself having a lot more energy during the day.
Now, I usually start my day off with a smoothie or some avocado toast. It is important I have a protein and some sort of leafy vegetable in my breakfast. Both of those meals do that for me. Within this post I have put a smoothie and toast recipe to help keep breakfast light, energizing, and healthy.
For lunch, I still like to keep it somewhat light. I eat lunch pretty early (once 11:00 hits I feel like it is an acceptable lunch hour and I therefore start eating immediately). Again, adding in those leafy greens into most of my lunches makes me feeling great and ready to continue on with an energy filled day. I can’t stress enough, the food you eat directly impacts how you feel. I am at a point now where if I were to eat a hamburger at McDonalds, I would probably not be able to move from the couch for the rest of the day. I used to eat a McDouble Every.Single.Day during my senior year of college. I never thought I would see the day where I wouldn’t be hitting up McDonalds on a weekly basis. Now the thought of that place seriously repulses me. I am not saying don’t ever go to the places you love, but if you treat your body well eventually you won’t be craving those types of foods, you will be craving what makes you feel good. Surprisingly, it really doesn’t take that long for your body to make that automatic switch.
For dinner, I like to choose meals that make me feel really satisfied so I am good for the night. Usually I don’t like to eat an hour or two before I go to bed or else I’ll feel weird (this could very well be all in my head). I eat a meal that is filling, and doesn’t make me want to snack later on. The meals I put under the dinner heading of this post give me what I need to feel full during the night.
I don’t want to go and buy a whole bunch of random ingredients that I am going to use once. Most of these meals include items I already have at home or will use a lot so they are worth buying. Below you will find great meals to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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This Recipe comes from the Savory Tooth blog. I like this recipe because it has very few ingredients and is pretty easy to whip together when you are trying to get out of the house in the morning. It also has everything you need to feel full and energized until you get to lunch time.
Vegan Avocado toast fulfills all of the breakfast dreams I have. If you browse through my own recipe’s you will see that I throw chickpeas on just about anything. I LOVE them, they are just so perfect. They have a great taste and add a great amount of protein to keep you full for a while. I found this recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen. If you roast the chickpeas ahead of time this will make this meal pretty quick and easy in the morning too!
Making noodles out of squash has become more common lately with many companies coming out with low-cost, easy to use Spiralizer’s. Many stores are also pre-spiralizing noodles for added simplicity. I have found that zucchini noodles are my favorite and they are easy to cook with. This meal is simple to make and is loaded with vegetables that make you feel great.
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Kale adds a little bit of freshness to this meal. The Roasted Chickpea Taco Salad is so easy and quick to make and will keep you full. The ingredients combined will give your tastebuds the flavor they are looking for. I have recently started buying my rice in bulk to save money. It has taken me a while to make my rice the right amount of softness with the help of this rice cooker.
Thankful for Neurotic Mommy for this easy go-to for weekday lunches. How easy is it to put these ingredients on a baked pita? Why did I not think of this myself?! This is full of protein and good for you foods that will satisfy your hunger until dinner.
The Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato comes from the blog of Kara Lydon, a foodie dietician, and wonderful at taking food photos. This is delightful when it is fresh baked and also great when reheated the next day. The sweet potato flavors blend so well with the flavors from the kale and black beans.
Rachl Mansfield has mastered the art of creating a meal that is easy to make but also tastes great. I used to get scared off by the thought of these types of wraps because I thought it would take forever and the wraps themselves would be expensive. Come to find out, they are pretty cheap and easy to wrap with. Add this to your list of easy go-to’s for lunches.
This is for the ramen lovers out there. In the past few years a couple of Ramen shops have opened up in Kansas City and helped me to begin my obsession with Ramen. In order to save a little cash I tried to make my own and it was a success!
It doesn’t get any easier than this. If you are really pushing for time for dinner this is the perfect meal! One pan baked in the oven and done in no time!
This meal is one of my husband and I’s favorite meals to eat during a busy week. It is so easy to make and it is jammed packed with protein and other good for you foods. This recipe is vegetarian friendly and easily vegan friendly by using an egg free veggie burger. For this recipe I decided to go with a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger to keep with the simplicity theme of this amazing dish. One of these days I will come up with my own veggie burger recipe.
After a long day of work the last thing I want to do is get home and cook for hours. The beauty of this recipe is you don’t have to! It takes less than a half hour to make. Although, I will admit I despise cutting broccoli so there is that added pain but usually I can talk my husband into doing that part :)!
This pizza is definitely in my top 5 favorite recipe’s. It feels so good to put these healthy ingredients in my body AND I end up feeling full and satisfied. The beauty of this recipe too, is that you can give or take a couple of ingredients based on your own preferences!
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Let me know which recipe’s you have tried or other awesome easy recipe’s you have made or found. I would love to hear about more easy, healthy weeknight meals for busy people!