Lazy Vegan Meal Prep for the Week

by Jill Dalton

Lazy Vegan Meal Prep for the Week

Jill Dalton
When you make the switch to a whole food plant-based lifestyle it can seem like a daunting task to suddenly feel like you need to cook three fancy meals from scratch each day. I'll show you what I call my LAZY MEAL PREP HACKS for the week that take the heavy lifting out of plant-based living.
Batch cooking "base" foods like grains, beans, sweet potatoes, tofu, and greens to use for multiple meals and then accenting them with simple salad dressings and sauces is the key.
I also share WHAT I EAT IN A DAY showing you how I easily incorporate the base dishes into my daily routine. Say goodbye to complicated recipes and hello to delicious simplicity. Get ready to revolutionize your meal prep routine!
Be sure to check out all our easy salad dressings and all our tasty mains & sauces!
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8
Prep 1 hour
Total 1 hour

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Grain Mix

Chopped Greens


Baked Tofu


Grain Mix

  • Add grains and water to Instant Pot.
  • Program Instant Pot to pressure cook for 20 minutes.
  • Once finished, let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Chopped Greens

  • Chop all greens into small pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Add dry beans to a large bowl, add water until beans are covered by about 2 inches.
  • Drain and rinse.
  • Add beans and water enough to cover by 1-2 inches to Instant Pot.
  • Program Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10-20 minutes. If using Rancho Gordo beans, 10 minutes but if you are using store bought beans, 20 minutes.
  • Once finished cooking, let cool and then store in an airtight container in fridge.

Baked Tofu

  • Drain and pat tofu dry.
  • Slice into 5 slabs and place on a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once finished, let cool and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 30gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 76mgPotassium: 1185mgFiber: 21gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3330IUVitamin C: 58mgCalcium: 219mgIron: 8mg

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Debbie Cancino May 22, 2023 - 11:04 am

Which variety of Rancho Gordo Beans do you typically uy?

Jill Dalton May 23, 2023 - 8:47 pm

Rio Zape which are the ones I used in this video but our other favorites are the Christmas Lima beans, Ayacotoe Negro bean and the Yellow Eye bean.

housks2 May 22, 2023 - 11:28 am

The Meal Prep video is wonderful! I’ve been cooking plant based for almost 6 years, and have never really had a mindful approach to prepping in advance. It is about time I added his to my routine. Thanks so much for planting the seed!

Bill Graybill May 30, 2023 - 11:17 am

Great help. Six years and I’m still working on meal prep. My question is on the Insta pot. Are you using instant release or natural release? Thanks for all your help

Jill Dalton May 30, 2023 - 3:52 pm

I usually use the natural release because I am usually busy doing other things and then I can just forget about it.

Zeina Nehme June 5, 2023 - 4:09 pm

The nutrition info you have on this post, is that for each of the meals or one specific? Thanks!

Debbie M June 26, 2023 - 6:45 pm

Zeina, Apparently, it must be a website default setup providing the nutritional info. It’s not coming from Jill.

Colleen Arabian June 10, 2023 - 3:15 pm

How do you cook the grain mixture on the stovetop. I have no insta. thanks

Jill Dalton June 11, 2023 - 11:25 am

I haven’t cooked it on the stove top so I’m not quite sure how it would work but I would try using the same amount of the ingredients ad water and bring it to a boil, cover it with a lid, turn down the temp to a low simmer and cook until tender. I would guess about 40 minutes.

Kelly Powers June 14, 2023 - 2:15 am

Love a good meal prep!

Renate June 15, 2023 - 8:14 pm

I see an Instant Pot Cookbook in your future! 🙂

Renate June 15, 2023 - 8:36 pm

It does not appear that Rancho Gordo beans are organic. 🙁

Michele July 2, 2023 - 7:55 am

Are you eating everything cold for starch resistance?

Jill Dalton July 2, 2023 - 2:15 pm


Cynthia July 11, 2023 - 9:35 am

I LOVE meal prep! This is SO helpful. My Husband is a big eater, and usually I spend so much of my time ‘preparing’ the meals, he eats them up and I have to prepare more food the next day. Thank you Jill.
Please do more.

Surrey July 29, 2023 - 6:38 am

Hi. I’ve just found your website. It looks fantastic. Can I ask – did you heat the dinner in this video before you ate it? And if not, can you tell me why not? Thanks!


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