5 Tips To Becoming A Vegan Meal-Prepping Wizard

by Danny Cullen

Life’s daily uncertainties and changing schedules make trying to maintain a consistent vegan diet feel like an impossible task. That’s where meal prepping comes in.  Charting out meals at the beginning of the week can relieve so many of the difficult obstacles that come with living a vegan lifestyle. Here are some important tips to help you become a vegan meal prep wizard:

Plan, Plan, Plan.

Planning is number one. Without a good plan, you’re destined to fall back into old habits and find yourself deep on Google trying to find decent vegan restaurants s in your neighborhood. 

Set a specific day of the week you’re going to devote to preparing your meals. Most people prefer a Sunday, as it’s the ideal time to get situated for the work week. Create your own cookbook full of favorite recipes.  When you have your options ready, the actual process of cooking becomes a breeze. 

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Arm Yourself With The Right Tools

While you can meal prep with just about anything  lying around the kitchen, ensuring that you have the right cookware will make your life so much easier. For example, a crockpot can make vegan tofu masala effortlessly. Or perhaps you like making healthy vegan cookies as a snack—a quality blender would be a must. Sure, these things might cost a little bit of cash, but the right tools to cook with will decrease the amount of time and effort you have to put into cooking.

Buy Foods With A Lot of “Crossover”

One thing that will really make your meal prep days a lot easier, is to buy foods that have a lot of “crossover.” These ingredients can be used in several different dishes.  For example, onions are a staple of so many different regional cuisines for a reason—they’re extremely flexible and are integral to so many different dishes. 

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“Cheat Days” Are Essential

Sometimes you just have to eat out. It’s tempting to think that we can make our own meals every day of the week, but excessive meal planning can also take a mental toll.

Plan to allow yourself at least one day of eating out. It’ll save you some time in the kitchen on your meal-prep day, and your mind and body will thank you for allowing it to gorge on some delicious restaurant fare.

Have “Fallback Foods” on Standby

Ask any seasoned vegan meal-prepper and they’ll tell you that they always have a nice vegan pizza in the freezer. Why? Because sometimes, even if you plan perfectly, things don’t go as you’d like.

Sometimes you eat too much of your allotted lunch, leaving nothing left for lunch the next day, or maybe you didn’t put the lid on your Thursday dinner as tightly as you thought. Having some healthy vegan options in the fridge to fall back on if something goes haywire is an essential part of making sure your new meal-prepping habit doesn’t go out the window.

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