These vegetarian meal prep recipes will help you create quick and easy, meatless meals to last you all week long! We’ve got you covered with ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
You should know that this post is sponsored by the great people at Eggland’s Best. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to keep churning out new recipes for you!
Hey Friends! Hope you had a good weekend and long weekend if you’re celebrating Labor Day! Well, I think we can officially call it end of summer. Right? It’s back to school, back to routine, back to needing structure and meal plans! Which is why I have another meal prep meal plan for you today. And as I mentioned in my last post, these next few weeks are very much vegetarian focus! Let’s utilize all those veggies.
Before we dive into these fantastic vegetarian meal prep recipes, I want to address a few questions that come up a LOT when I discuss vegetarian meals.
Can vegetarians eat eggs?
The answer to this question varies, depending on what type of vegetarian lifestyle you follow. This is because there are six different categories of vegetarians, which include:
- Vegetarian – The traditional vegetarian diet avoids foods that are a product or byproduct of an animal. This includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and even gelatin and rennet.
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat plant-based foods, dairy products, and eggs, and exclude meat, poultry, and fish.
- Lacto-vegetarians eat plant-based foods and dairy products, and exclude meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarians eat plant-based foods and eggs, and exclude meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.
- Pesco-vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet, but also include fish and sometimes seafood.
- Vegans only eat plant-based foods.
Technically, there is a 7th classification of vegetarian known as a partial vegetarian. These folks eat plant-based foods, but they also eat eggs, dairy, fish/seafood, and poultry as well.
Some vegetarians struggle with getting enough protein into their diet, which is why ovo, lacto-ovo, and partial vegetarians consume eggs. They probably also eat eggs because they are delicious. 😉
In my paleo breakfast egg wraps post, I mention that eggs, particularly Eggland’s Best organic eggs, are higher in vital nutrients like vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, and lutein. Just to name a few! But did you also know that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, that is means it is best absorbed when eaten with a healthy fat (like Omega -3s). Another powerhouse nutrition combo in Eggland’s Best Eggs! And one of many reasons that I think they are an EGGcellent addition to this vegetarian meal plan!
Does Eating a Vegetarian Diet help lower Cholesterol?
Many people opt for a vegetarian diet to reduce cholesterol, which is great! But this is where eggs get a bad rap, the fear of the yolk and cholesterol! Well friends, have no fear because each Eggland’s Best egg has 175 mg of cholesterol.
“Clinical tests have been shown that people on a low-fat diet who ate 12 Eggland’s Best eggs a week actually DID NOT did not increase their serum cholesterol level!” – Eggland’s Best
Eggland’s best quality assurance laboratory regularly tests their eggs from each of their farms across the country to ensure that Eggland’s Best eggs have a lower level of cholesterol. Bam! Eggs are back in the picture!
Are eggs meat or dairy products?
Because eggs are sold in the dairy section of many grocery stores, some people believe that eggs are dairy products. Actually, eggs are not dairy products. By definition, dairy products are those made from the milk of mammals. So, cheese and milk, and even ice cream are dairy products.
Also, eggs are not meat, but they are a protein. According to the USDA:
“All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.”
Alright, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s dive into the recipes!
Just so you know —> Printable grocery list and PDF of recipes is at the end. Capeesh?
10 Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipes to Get You Through the Week!
Now that we know eggs are healthy, nutritious, delicious, AND acceptable for some vegetarians, here are 9 vegetarian meal prep recipes to get you through the week!
These breakfast muffins have NO added sugar – the muffins are naturally sweetened with dates. Perfect for a grab ‘n go breakfast or an afternoon snack. Freezer friendly for meal prep too!
Vegetarian meal prep doesn’t get much easier than 3-ingredient waffles, am I right? Make them, freeze them, and when you want to eat them, pop them into the toaster to warm them up.
Mexican Avocado Egg Salad Wraps (Whole30)
Avocado egg salad isn’t just a healthier vegetarian lunch, it is packed with protein, healthy fats, and completely portable for lunch on the go!
This creamy Zanzibar carrot-tomato soup is an African Inspired type of dairy free bisque. Made with simple wholesome ingredients such as peeled tomatoes, yellow carrots, spices, herbs, coconut milk, and a curry or chili paste. It’s quick to make and naturally paleo and vegan. A soup for any season! Good chilled or hot!
Paleo Breakfast Egg Wraps (whole30 + keto)
These paleo breakfast egg wraps are rich in choline and vitamin D (plus a complete protein with essential amino acids), thanks to Eggland’s Best organic eggs! A customizable, easy vegetarian meal prep recipe with just 2 ingredients.
Baked Eggs with Roasted Vegetables is an easy sheet pan meal for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. The goodness of veggies with a boost of protein from organic eggs!
Instant pot Lentil gumbo (vegan)
This vegan lentil gumbo recipe is made quick and easy in the Instant Pot! A wholesome vegetarian meal prep recipe that feeds a crowd.
8. Easy Dinner Casserole
Roasted Hatch Green Chile Egg Casserole makes for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner! With layers of green chiles, creamy cheese, spinach, and eggs, it’s wholesome yet light and delicious!
9. Easy Dinner Casserole
5 ingredient Mexican Veggie Egg Casserole (Low carb)
A spicy cheesy veggie casserole that’s low carb and high protein. It’s a vegetarian meal prep recipe that only needs 5 ingredients to make!
Southwest Black Beans Polenta Casserole (vegan option)
This casserole is a wholesome, gluten-free, vegetarian meal. Made with southwest black beans, polenta, roasted peppers, and more. Super easy to make ahead, healthy, and it feeds a crowd!