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Plant Based Spring Recipes, Weekly Vegan Meal Plan Week 15

These plant based spring recipes are part of my seasonal vegan meal plan. These bright and fresh recipes will help you prep seasonal meals for your family’s busy weeks.  These are simple, everyday, plant-based recipes you’ll love!  For this second week of April we have some fantastic recipes like a sweet basil smoothie, spring vegetable minestrone soup, peanut curry noodles, and oat milk bubble tea. AND I have a fun surprise this week: I’ve included an amazing dessert recipe from one of my favorite food blogger gals: Girl Next Door– check out her healthy edible cookie dough recipes in “Desserts” below!

I wanted to try something fun this year, so I decided to make a  list of recipes for a weekly vegan meal plan everyone can enjoy – this week’s is dedicated to all recipes SPRING!  These plant based spring recipes are ones that we eat regularly on the homestead (tried & true!), and are simple and totally recreatable for cooks of any skill level. Check out all of my Weekly Vegan Meal Plans here!

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Spring Into Plant-Based Meal Prep!

I’m a meal prepper all year, but find it really fun in the spring.  To prep: I choose 2 breakfasts for the week, 1 snack, 2 weekly lunches, 4 dinners, and 1 dessert.  Batch cooking is a lifesaver,  so I make multiple portions of everything and prep them out for the week – I made a list of some of my favorite meal prep products on Amazon here that also help me out.  I never get tired of eating the same thing for lunch every day because I switch up the flavors each week.  If you like variety, then you can make 3 different lunches instead of just 2 recipes.  Because my husband and I work Monday-Friday 9-5 schedules, Sunday is the best meal prep day for us – but choose whatever day works best for you!  By having a few hours of prep and cooking during the week (and a few handy meal prep tools) you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen on crazy weeknights when your family is the busiest.

Vegan Spring Breakfast Recipes

I start by preparing 2 different breakfasts with 5 portions each. I divide the portions into individual containers (for overnight oatmeal) or bags (for muffins or oatmeal bars) so they are ready to go. Just heat and eat, and you have a week of meal prepped breakfasts ready.

Meal Prep Work from Home Lunches!

Similarly, I cook 2 large batches of my lunch recipes for that week.  Lunches are usually soups, so I divide them into individual meal prep containers or mason jars. I line them up in the refrigerator, so we can heat and eat during our busy work weeks!

 Vegan Spring Dinner Recipes

I always cook more than 1 portion of food for my family for the week. That way we can enjoy a meal one night, and reheat leftovers the next day!  I try to cook dinner 3 times a week, so I prep as much as I can on the weekend, but keep in mind things like salads which are better made fresh.

Kelly, Do You Just Spend All Your Time Cooking?

No, haha! I actually spend way less time cooking if I prep as much as possible on the weekend. I utilize fresh ingredients when I can, and head to the pantry for everything else. That way, we have homemade meals 3 times a day, with very little cooking time on my end. It probably takes me 3 hours total to cook 3 meals a day, for 2 people, 7 days a week! Thanks to a few of my favorite meal prep products, long-term food storage is safe and easy!

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Weekly Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Each week, I like prepping one breakfast for me, and one for my husband.  I try to prep about 5 servings of each so we have ready-made brekkies that we can just heat and eat. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore where you can find simple healthy breakfast recipes.  Click the links below the images to see this week’s full recipes!  These amazing sweet or savory breakfasts are great for the whole family. Some can even be enjoyed on-the-go for a quick bite if you are running out the door to school or the office.

Lemon Basil Smoothie Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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This sweet lemon basil smoothie recipe is vibrant and fresh, and is loaded with a sweet hint of lemon basil. This fruity tropical smoothie will let you rise and SHINE!  This 5 minute blender breakfast recipe is a great on-the-go breakfast option, and can be made high protein with an extra scoop of protein powder.
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Sourdough Pretzel Buns Recipe (Vegan, Egg Free, Dairy Free)

These sourdough pretzel buns make a fantastic breakfast sandwich!  They are great with a little hummus + sprouts, or just topped with some nut butter and jam.  We ate these for weekend brunch last weekend and they were SO good!

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Sourdough pretzel buns are an easy sourdough discard recipe: no knead and overnight rise - great for sliders, sandwiches, or burgers! These vegan pretzel rolls are great for your next BBQ or brunch, everyone will want seconds!
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Weekday Vegan Work or School Lunches

Lunches for us are usually soups – but the occasional sandwich, wrap, or salad gets thrown in the rotation. I normally like cooking 2 large pots of soup on Sunday nights and divide them into jars for the week.  That way, when noon rolls around we can just heat + eat!  You can also check out my full collection of lunch recipes here.  The summer months are full of lunches made with fresh produce from the garden, and the winters we use a lot of pantry staple ingredients for satisfying flavors.

Spring Minestrone with Pesto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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Spring Minestrone with Pesto (Vegan, GF)
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Spring minestrone with pesto is a vibrant vegan and gluten free soup recipe for spring! This spring green minestrone soup is packed with veggies, pasta, and a bright pesto broth.  Enjoy with a thick slice of homemade sourdough bread, stir in an extra scoop of pesto, and enjoy!
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Spring Pea Soup with Butternut Squash Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole30)

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Split Pea Soup with Butternut Squash (Vegan, Gluten Free, Whole30)
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This Whole30 Vegan split pea soup recipe has butternut squash, pantry staple split peas, hearty vegetables, and warm spices. It's a great light meal prep soup recipe to make for lunch or dinner, and can be made in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or stove top!
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Vegan Dinner Recipes For Spring

Dinners for us rotate around some great pantry staple ingredients: rice, pastas, grains, and potatoes.  I try to mix it up with the carb, protein, and vegetable selections every week.  I usually make 3 or 4 different plant-based dinners per week, and we enjoy them for a few nights in a row. Below is what is on our menu for this week, but if you are looking to browse through some other dinner options, click here for all my dinner recipes. I love mixing up the ingredients each night, and also the cuisines!  We love cycling through some great vegan Italian pastas, Indian curries, Asian baked tofu and stir fries, and good ol’ potatoes.

Peanut Curry Noodles Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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These peanut curry noodles are vegan, gluten free, and a flavorful easy weeknight dinner. A peanut noodle bowl made with vegetables, spices, and rice noodles.  A simple and easy meal that is ready faster than takeout!  Add your favorite protein to make these a full main dish.
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The Best Vegan Tacos (Gluten Free, Meatless, Vegetarian)

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These TVP tacos recipe is SO GOOD we make it weekly! We use Textured Vegetable Protein TVP for the filling, add spices and toppings and its ready in about 20 minutes!
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One-Pot Pho Recipe (Vegan, Vegetarian, GF)

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This 15-minute one-pot vegan pho recipe is easy, vegetarian, and so simple to make! Loaded with rice noodles, crisp veggies, in a savory broth. A fantastic light lunch or dinner option, fresh, bright,  and full of flavor!
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Veggie Naan Pizza Recipe (Vegetarian, Vegan Option)

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Veggie Naan Pizza Recipe (Vegan Option)
This Veggie Naan Pizza recipe is a 15 minute delight- great for an easy weekend brunch, lunch, or dinner. Use naan as pizza crust and add toppings!  Transform you leftover naan bread into a pizza crust and top away with your favorites.
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Lemon Balm Pesto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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This lemon balm pesto recipe is bright, fresh, and loaded with the sweet basil flavor of lemon balm. Lemon balm recipes for summer or spring, everyone will love. Serve this pesto over freshly cooked pasta, slathered on garlic bread, or added to a fresh vegetable soup.
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Vegan Spring Dessert Recipe of the Week

I really don’t make dessert often enough, so I’m featuring some of my favorite bloggers each week who make amazing, healthy, and totally recreatable desserts instead!  This week one of my favorite bloggers Girl Next Door get my dessert spot – Katie’s healthy cookie dough is #extra!

Katie’s Edible Cookie Dough (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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As soon as I saw Katie’s vegan & gluten free cookie dough recipe, I knew I had to include it in a round-up. I love this low sugar and high protein snack from Katie aka Girl Next Door – it’s the perfect way to satisfy those afternoon cravings with a healthy treat. Read the full recipe here, & follow Girl Next Door on Instagram for some amazing recipes & lifestyle inspo, and also check out Katie’s new 20 Minute Gluten & Dairy Free recipe book here!  I love this gal’s non-stop hustle, she’s fab!

Vegan Spring Snack Recipes

I love simple weekend snacks that I can whip up when I have some extra time on the weekend, and these snacks are great vegan recipes for spring!  I love baking bread, making brunches, simple dip or hummus recipes, muffins, or snack bars.  This weekend’s snack is below, but make sure to check out my other snack recipes on The Herbeevore here. This week’s snack is a fun drink/snack combo… bubble tea!

Oat Milk Bubble Tea Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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This oat milk bubble tea is a cool refreshing vegan boba tea recipe that is made with homemade 2 ingredient oat milk, tapioca pearls, and natural sweetener.  Add any tea of your choice for a fun drink that is also a snack!  
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Easy Vegan Pantry Staple Recipes

These recipes are fantastic and pantry-staple friendly!  They use almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards.  You probably already have a lot of these ingredients on hand already. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate.  I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep on hand. And you can browse through all my favorite pantry staple ingredients on Amazon.  By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!

 A Few Meal Prep Products That Make Life SO Much Easier!

As a meal prepper and planner, I rely on having durable realiable equipment in my kitchen to make my life easier. Airtight food storage containers and mason jars are great ways to keep food fresh longer. I also love my Instant Pot (I swear by it!) for prepping healhty and simple meals in no time!  Here are a few of my favorite products that I use almost everyday! You can also browse a list of some of my favorite products that help me meal prep and organize for the week!

 

As always, if you make any recipes from this weekly vegan meal plan,  be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me on Instagram so I can feature you. I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!

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