Meal Prep Monday in Under 30 Minutes.
You work full time, you go to school, or you have kids. Chances are a good 90% of us just don’t have time to meal prep. Being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy menu for the week. When your hungry, or “hangry” it is so easy to grab something you wouldn’t usually eat, then feel guilty later.
But you are in luck. Meal prep does not have to be something to stress over & you can make these two easy plant-based meal preps in under 30 minutes!
Meal #1 Buddha bowl!
Buddha bowls are hearty and filling dishes that consist of a wide range of raw or roasted vegetables, grains, beans, and nutritious dressings or sauces.
With whole grains, plant proteins, and vegetables… this is the ideal vegan one-bowl dish + a quick and easy meal prep, that’s for sure! Buddha bowls are more of a general formula than a specific recipe because with them the possibilities are endless. So where do you start?
How to build the perfect Buddha Bowl with 5 simple steps:
1. Start with the grain: brown rice, barley, millet, quinoa, or sweet potatoes. Ideally, they would take up 1/4 of the bowl.
2. Add your protein: Chickpeas, beans, edamame, hemp seeds, egg if not vegan, etc. This should also take up 1/4 of your bowl.
3. Assemble your veggies & leafy greens, raw or cooked: I like to shoot for 3-4 different colors. This should take up 1/2 of your bowl.
4. Sauce it up: Create a homemade dressing, use your favorite paleo dressing, or side it with hummus. This is optional and will act as a “topping” — You can also add some fresh herbs, kimchi, sesame seeds, avocado, or nuts.
5. Mix it up!