Meal Prep for a week Under $20

Being a vegetarian creates dilemmas for food ideas. This also can get quite expensive, being unsure of what to eat. I curated this list of healthy meal preps that cost under 20 bucks.

I usually meal prep the night before. Kudos to the people who can do it all in one day. The refrigerator is a small shared space in this house. There’s not much room for stacked Tupperware for a whole week.

I meal prep based on what vegetables and fruits I want to eat that week. All meals contain similar items. This helps lessen cost as well as mind boggles.

For breakfast, I usually have a smoothie instead of food. I hate eating breakfast, during breakfast. Its something about eating early in the morning that makes me gag… literally.

Lunch and dinner are the times where I focus on creating meals. My meals for lunch are heavier than dinner. Eating more for dinner makes me lethargic the next morning.

This week I tried a green smoothie for breakfast. No. It wasn’t bad.  I used bananas, yogurt, water, and spinach. The flavoring of the banana and yogurt gave it a very sweet taste. I consumed this same smoothie for the entire week. I seriously could not get enough. 

For lunch, I kept it simple with the variations of food. I had a vegetarian soup, fajita quesadillas, tuna, and more vegetables! shocker…

Dinner was similar I started the week with my all time favorite, red cabbage. I refer to it as purple cabbage because of the color, not sure where they see red.

If I am hungry in between meals instead of potato chips I’ll eat cheese, broccoli, or zucchini chips.

To keep the meal prep under $20, using raw ingredients is the key. At many local stores, they are offering the option to buy in bulk now. You buy as little or as much as you need. This prevents wasteful shopping. More money in your wallet. 

Cooking dry ingredients takes longer than buy boxed.

Below I listed the meal plan and recipes.

Day 1

Monday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Monday Lunch Vegetarian Soup, Apples and Peanut Butter

Monday Dinner Purple cabbage and veggies

Day 2

Tuesday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Tuesday Lunch Fajita Quesadillas & Grapefruit

Tuesday Dinner Vegetarian Chilli

Day 3

Wednesday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Wednesday Lunch Tuna Pita, Apples and Peanut Butter

Wednesday Dinner Lentil Tacos

Day 4

Thursday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Thursday Lunch Beans and Rice Bowl, Grapefruit

Thursday Dinner Purple Cabbage Salad

Day 5

Friday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Friday Lunch Vegetable salad, Grapefruit

Friday Dinner Leftovers

Day 6

Saturday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Saturday Lunch Vegetable Soup, Apples and Peanut Butter

Saturday Dinner Leftovers

Day 7

Sunday Breakfast Green Smoothie

Sunday Lunch Lentil Wrap, Grapefruit

Sunday Dinner Leftovers


Green Fat Burning Smoothie

2 Bananas

2 handfuls of spinach

1 Cup of plain yogurt

1 cup of filtered water


Fajita Quesadillas with fruit

1 red onion                 1 red pepper             1 green pepper        tortillas     cheese

Tuna Pita

2 can tuna                   1 avocado                   1 pita bread

Beans and rice veggie bowl served over lettuce with fruit

2 cans red kidney beans      spinach leaves         3 cups cooked brown rice

1 green pepper     1 red pepper

Vegetable salad with fruit

3 zucchinis                  3 cauliflower              3 carrots  2 green peppers      1 red onion             Italian dressing                    feta cheese

Vegetarian soup

3 cans black beans    2 carrots          ¼ cilantro          1 red bell pepper     1 red onion            1 can corn        4 cups vegetable broth

Lentil wrap

1 small onion             2 cups cooked lentils                  4 carrots grated             2 avocados          lettuce


Purple cabbage and veggies

½ head cabbage       1 small onion             1 green bell pepper cilantro

Vegetarian Chili

1 can pinto, black, red kidney (beans)    1 small onion    1 green pepper     1 red pepper      1 can corn

Lentil Tacos

1 cup lentils       1 small onion        8 lettuce leaves        ½ green peppers      ½ red pepper

Purple cabbage salad

½ head cabbage       4 carrots grated       sesame seeds       2 tbs fresh cilantro      lime juice   honey

My snacks consist of items on the grocery list and things I had at home.


Apple slices with peanut butter

Fruit salad

Sliced veggies with hummus

Broccoli and Ranch

Dark chocolate

Oatmeal with fruit

Orange slices


Carrot Sticks



Olives & Pickles

String Cheese

Baked Zucchini chips

If you have any ideas for meal plans be sure to comment them below 🙂