Got a busy week ahead? One of the best ways to support your future self is by meal prepping.
Meal prep looks different for all of us. Some love it and find it therapeutic, others may still be trying to get into a “batch cooking” groove. If you’re looking for something beyond chopping up vegetables in advance yet not as in-depth as preparing a complete entree, consider putting together certain ingredients that can be added to a variety of dishes throughout the week. That way, you still have flexibility but save time making each meal from scratch.
Below we compiled four plant-based recipes that can be easily integrated to a number of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Happy prepping!
For your breakfasts: Nut/Seed 'Milk'
Once you make your own homemade nut milk, you’ll notice it’s very different from store-bought options. (Spoiler: it’s way better!) It’s super easy to whip up in a blender with cashews, almonds, or hemp seeds. And it’s a great staple to have on hand for oatmeal, pancakes, or a warm and delicious Masala Chai.
Try the recipe: Nut/Seed 'Milk.'
Great for wraps (lunch), as a topping for salads or rice: Mushroom & Nut Ground "Beef”
You can use this flavorful plant-based mixture as filling for wraps, cabbage rolls, or a topping for salads or chili. It complements nearly any dish that could use a little extra protein, which is why it’s a recipe you can make it advance and feel good knowing it won’t go to waste.
Try the recipe: Mushroom & Nut Ground "Beef.”
For your mid-afternoon snack: Curried Cashews
Curried Cashews make for a delicious raw snack that’s super easy to put together. They also are extremely versatile and make for great additions to Asian- or Indian-inspired dishes, such as salads, like our Quinoa Confetti Salad, stir-fries or noodle dishes.
Try the recipe: Curried Cashews.
For energy to fuel your workout: Moist & Chewy Granola Bars
Combine dates, almond butter, maple syrup, oats, and almonds to make these delicious gluten-free granola bars. You can make them your own by adding ingredients like cranberries, figs, chocolate and/or a pinch or two of fleur de sel. A perfect salty/sweet combination. Grab them before a workout or a quick snack in between meals. Either way, they’ll fill you up and satisfy a sweet tooth.
Try the recipe: Moist & Chewy Granola Bars.
Do you have any meal prep tips? Or go-to meals you love to make in advance? Let us know in the comments!
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