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.
Monday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Monday Lunch Vegetarian Soup, Apples and Peanut Butter
Monday Dinner Purple cabbage and veggies
Tuesday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Tuesday Lunch Fajita Quesadillas & Grapefruit
Tuesday Dinner Vegetarian Chilli
Wednesday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Wednesday Lunch Tuna Pita, Apples and Peanut Butter
Wednesday Dinner Lentil Tacos
Thursday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Thursday Lunch Beans and Rice Bowl, Grapefruit
Thursday Dinner Purple Cabbage Salad
Friday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Friday Lunch Vegetable salad, Grapefruit
Friday Dinner Leftovers
Saturday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Saturday Lunch Vegetable Soup, Apples and Peanut Butter
Saturday Dinner Leftovers
Sunday Breakfast Green Smoothie
Sunday Lunch Lentil Wrap, Grapefruit
Sunday Dinner Leftovers
Green Fat Burning Smoothie
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
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
3 cans black beans 2 carrots ¼ cilantro 1 red bell pepper 1 red onion 1 can corn 4 cups vegetable broth
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
1 can pinto, black, red kidney (beans) 1 small onion 1 green pepper 1 red pepper 1 can corn
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
Sliced veggies with hummus
Broccoli and Ranch
Oatmeal with fruit
Olives & Pickles
Baked Zucchini chips
If you have any ideas for meal plans be sure to comment them below 🙂