It is Christmas after all!
Vegan meal prep does not have to be complicated.
Here are some super simple, nutritious plant-based options from Balance Meals for you to feast your eyes on, AND the health benefits that come with them.
Peanut Butter Bagel with dried berries and chia seeds
A super simple, vegan favourite with a little bit of a twist.
Peanut butter bagels are super easy to prepare in advance and can be topped with whatever you fancy, from nuts to banana slices.
Peanut butter is a great shout if you’re looking for a nutritious topping for your bagels.
Not only is it packed with vitamin E, which is a powerful anti-oxidant, it also includes magnesium and potassium – great for building and maintaining bone and muscle strength.
Balance Meals top their bagels with dried berries and chia seeds, which are loaded with fibre and anti-oxidants that can help to fight inflammation.
Banana Pancakes with fresh berries, maple syrup and desiccated coconut
Banana pancakes are a great alternative and are packed with fibre, which has been shown to improve digestion and control blood pressure.
Again, Balance Meals top theirs with berries and a drizzle of maple syrup – the perfect Sunday morning brekkie.
Tofu and Mediterranean Skewers with rice and a mint yoghurt dressing
Tofu makes for the perfect meal prep protein as it keeps really well.
Not only is it packed with all nine essential amino acids, but it is also an excellent sort of calcium, magnesium and vitamin B1, making it an excellent option for vegans looking for a protein source.
BBQ pulled jackfruit and rice
Until recently, you would have been forgiven for having absolutely no idea what jackfruit was.
However, since more and more people have adopted a plant-based diet, this tropical fruit has seriously grown in popularity.
Apart from being delicious, jackfruit comes with a load of health benefits.
Although it is predominantly made up of carbohydrates, it has a relatively low glycaemic index so does not result in a spike in blood pressure.
Beetroot and chickpea roasted falafel, sweet mash and spicy Piri sauce
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like falafel?
Balance Meals recipe puts a slight twist on the original and is made from chickpeas and beetroot.
Not only does this mean they’re a pretty pink colour (worthy of the gram? We think so), but it also means they come with a load of different health benefits.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein and are packed full of iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium. While beetroot has loads of dietary fibre and has been linked with improved digestion and the lowering of blood pressure.
Coconut Thai Green Curry
Coconut Thai Green curry is the perfect vegan meal prep. It can be made in bulk and freezes well.
It also has loads of health benefits.
Coconut has been linked with helping to support immune health, improving digestion and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Balance Meals serve theirs with sweet potatoes and basmati rice – the perfect dinner for cold evenings.
Butternut Steak with quinoa, hummus and root veggies
Another perfect cold weather dinner – Balance Meals butternut steak is packed full of vitamin C, E and B6.
This steak alternative is served with quinoa, a so-called ‘superfood’ that is high in fibre and has a low glycaemic index, which we already know is good for blood sugar control.
Last but not least, it’s time for the snacks – arguably the best bit of the day, right?
Sweet potato brownies
Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, sweet potato brownies are packed full of vitamin A, C and B6.
Balance Meals also include dates in their recipe, which are great for bone health and blood sugar control.
What is your favourite meal prep recipe?
Let us know in the comments below.