There are no two ways about it — when you eat mostly whole foods, you spend more time preparing meals than you would spend reheating frozen dinners. The good news is that the extra time in the kitchen is a great investment in your health, and you can save time by prepping and cooking ahead. Many of these recipes make several servings, so you can portion out leftovers for to-go lunches or easy dinners on busy days.
Plan for Friday to be a big shopping day and Sunday a prepping/cooking day. I’ve organized a few recipes to help you get your week off to a great start, and if you make these on the weekend, you’ll spend less time cooking throughout the week.
Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or a confirmed omnivore, this week’s worth of plant-centric meals and snacks will delight and satisfy. From Spicy Tofu Chili to Stuffed shiitake Mushroom Burgers, these recipes celebrate versatile vegetables beyond the salad bowl! Each day offers meals, snacks and a few desserts plus I give detailed prep tips and re-use leftovers when possible to make it that much easier to eat healthfully all week!
Ready to get prepping/cooking and eating? Check out the overview below.
- Prep Ahead Tip: Vegetables can be chopped ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days until ready to use.
- Up to 3 days of Juicing ingredients can be chopped, bagged and stored ready to use.
- Pre-pack 7 smoothie bags to store in freezer to quickly dump, blend and pour for quick grab and go ease. (my kiddos do this)
- Cook all of your grains, proteins and hardboiled eggs while you chop the veggies.
- Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Use gluten-free flour tortillas or Non-Gmo corn tortillas to make a recipe gluten-free. Use vegan store-bought grated cheese to make the recipe vegan.
- Soak any nuts needed for the next 3 days to use in recipes calling for nut pates’ like cauliflower walnut meat tacos or neat balls oh and this delicious nutmeat loaf.
- Clean out the fridge of leftover fruits and blend into a smoothie to make homemade fruit leather or popsicles. (add chia seeds to help thicken)
Hungry Yet? Look no further than these recipes built on my Core Four of Healthy Eating and supporting your unique Bio-Individuality. So simple. So good.
Live a Juicy Life, Jackie