Healthy Byte: 20 Vegetarian Recipes for Meatless Mondays

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The best part about vegetarian meal-prep recipes is…where do we even begin? Easy to whip up and inexpensive (like, sometimes $1.50 a serving), they’ll wait in the fridge for you all week long. Here, 20 options so tasty that even non-vegetarians will swoon.

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Meal-Prep Vegetarian Quinoa Burrito Bowls

You’ll have five days’ worth of food in less than 20 minutes.

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Make-Ahead Aloo Gobi

Tender and flavorful, it keeps in the fridge for up to four days.

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Lo Mein Meal Prep

Kick takeout to the curb.

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Crispy Sesame Tofu with Zucchini Noodles

Low-carb, vegan and gluten-free.

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Tofu Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

It’s anything but bland.

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Cold Sesame Noodle Meal Prep Bowls

You’ll want to drizzle the spicy almond butter dressing on everything.

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Spring Vegetable Bowls and Meatless Meatball Bowls with Pesto

Everything we want in a lunch bowl.

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Quinoa and Kale Quesadillas

Tip: Layer the cheese first, and it’ll prevent the tortillas from getting soggy.

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Maple Miso Roasted Carrot Meal Prep

It’s pretty hard to beat $1.50 a serving.

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Kale and Greek Salad Meal Prep

Feta + creamy hummus = magical.

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Healthy Meal Prep Bowls

We give you permission to use canned chickpeas.

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Meal Prep Veggie Stir-Fry

Whip up rice, quinoa and farro so you don’t get bored.

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Vegan Quinoa Fajita Bowls

Charred pepperoncini amps up the flavor.

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Vegan Arugula Pesto Pasta Meal Prep

Bonus: It’s tasty chilled or heated.

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Summer Quinoa Salad Jars with Lemon Dill Dressing

Instead of tossing your salad, you can shake it up. Jars are fun like that.
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Red Pepper Cashew Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

Dairy-free has never tasted so creamy.

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Mediterranean Chickpea and Egg Salad Jars

Sad lunch salad? No can do.

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Meal Prep Chickpeas and Grilled Veggies

Even meat lovers will dig this hearty combo.

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Vegan Mediterranean Meal Prep Bowls

The secret ingredient? Marinated artichoke hearts.

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Mix-and-Match Meal Prep

Totally foolproof.

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Healthy Byte: Fast Food Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Hitting the Drive Thru

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When you need a meal but don’t have time to cook, what do you grab? It can be a delicious dish filled with good nutrition. Simply pick one day a week that you have 20 minutes or so to spare – perhaps Sunday evening – and whip up a meal (or more!) that can be frozen for later. It’s ideal if you need to cook for just one or two; you’ll be able to take the exact serving of what you need out of the freezer. If you’re cooking for four, you’ll also find family-style recipes here. The best part is that all you need to do is put the frozen meal into the oven or microwave, set the timer and go about your business until it’s ready. Then, of course, enjoy!

1. Egg, Spinach and Portobello Breakfast Sandwich
You don’t need to go to a fast-food drive-through window to get a speedy breakfast sandwich. You can head over to your freezer, take out one of these savory goodies and pop it into the microwave for two minutes. Wow, that’s faster than going the fast-food route! Better yet, it’s packed with great taste, balanced nutrition and natural ingredients. Each whole-grain English muffin is spread with goat cheese and stuffed with a scrambled mixture of eggs, portobello mushrooms and baby spinach. It’s an easy way to get veggies in the morning – or any time! CALORIES: 272. Get the recipe here.

2. Cincinnati-Style Veggie Chili Bake (Family-Style)
Every region in the United Sates has its own preferred chili. In Ohio, Cincinnati chili is popular. It’s basically a uniquely spiced, meaty chili served over spaghetti, then topped as you like with Cheddar cheese, beans and onions. This recipe is a better-for-you version. It’s baked with layers of whole-grain penne, Cheddar cheese, red onion and vegetarian chili that’s “spiked” with red wine vinegar, cinnamon, cocoa powder and allspice. It’s an antioxidant winner! And it’s a winner for dinner on any given day because all you need to do is take the dish out of the freezer and bake it. That’s it! CALORIES: 471. Get the recipe here.

3. Vegetarian Stir-Fry Rice Bowl
You can pick up the phone and order Chinese takeout, or you can pull this rice bowl out of the freezer and have a delicious mealtime fix – fast. Instead of greasiness, this colorful vegan bowl is loaded with plant-based delightfulness. Brown rice is combined with orange zest and fresh cilantro. Organic tofu is stir-fried with baby bella mushrooms, red bell peppers and scallions. A savory sauce of tamari and toasted sesame oil scrumptiously brings everything together. Each bowl takes less than five minutes total from freezer to microwave to table! CALORIES: 528. Get the recipe here.

4. Tropical Black Bean, Cheese and Papaya Burrito
This is not your run-of-the-mill burrito. It has a taste of the tropics by way of vitamin C-rich papaya. Each sprouted whole-grain tortilla is also stuffed with baby spinach, black beans, spicy salsa, scallions and fresh cilantro. To bring it all together in a mouthwatering way, don’t leave out the Monterey Jack cheese! From the freezer, each burrito takes only three-and-a-half minutes to heat in the microwave. That’s downright fast! But then it’s time to slow down and savor every bite with a fork and knife. CALORIES: 296. Get the recipe here.

 

5. Power Pasta Bowl With Turkey-Kale Meatballs
Spaghetti with meatballs is a classic. This pasta bowl takes that classic and kicks it into a trendier place. The meatballs are based on turkey, kale and hemp seeds. The pasta is whole grain. It all goes together to make one great-tasting, nutrient-rich bowl of goodness – and a fun way to get lutein (from kale) and lycopene (from marinara). To prepare, you’ll bake the meatballs while you cook the pasta, toss it all together with a quality marinara sauce, transfer to bowls and freeze. Each bowl will be ready to eat after four minutes in the microwave! CALORIES: 563. Get the recipe here.

 

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