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15 Vegan Recipes For Summer – Plant Based Meal Plan #21

These vegan recipes for summer are bright, fresh, and ready for warm days ahead! Make healthy meal prepping easy for your busy weeks.  These are simple, everyday, plant-based recipes you’ll love!  For this third week of May we have some fantastic recipes like clean green smoothies, tofu mac and cheese, beet hummus, and sticky garlic noodles!

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 meal plan is dedicated to easy summer meal prep and warm nights!  These plant based summer recipes are ones that we eat regularly on the homestead (tried & true!), and are simple and totally repeatable for cooks of any skill level. Check out all of my Weekly Vegan Meal Plans here!

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Summer Recipes for Plant-Based Meal Prep!

I’m a meal prepper all year, but find it essential in the summer months when I don’t want to spend every day cooking.  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 Summer 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 salads or 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 Summer 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.

How To Spend Less Time Cooking

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!

 

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.

Clean Green Energy Smoothie (Raw Vegan, Antioxidant Rich, Gluten Free)

A full glass of vibrant raw vegan power right here!  Apple, banana, OJ, kale, parsley, and celery are blended to perfection, breakfast is served.
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Tomato Basil Chickpea Muffins (Vegan, GF)

These Tomato Basil Chickpea Muffins are a healthy vegan and gluten free breakfast or brunch recipe. These savory muffins are healthy and satisfying.  Perfect for meal prepping breakfast or making ahead for the week.  These muffins are great to take on-the-go or bring to school or the office.
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Oat Milk Pancakes (Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free)

These vegan oat milk pancakes are light and fluffy, and are so amazing with pure maple syrup drizzled over them and served with fresh fruit. Gluten free option in the recipe below!
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 Vegan Peach  Baked Oatmeal

Vegan Peach Baked Oatmeal is a healthy way to rise & shine! Fresh fruit, warm spices, and hearty oatmeal make this a healthy gluten free breakfast.
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Weekday Vegan Work or School Lunches

Lunches for us are usually soups, sandwich, wrap, or salads for a quick bite. 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.

Balsamic Roasted Peach Salad Recipe (Vegan, GF)

Sweet and savory, this roasted salad combines peaches, asparagus & summer squash with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette! Serve over fresh mixed greens for the perfect bite of summer.
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Chickpea Breakfast Sandwich (Vegan, GF)

Eat chickpeas for breakfast with this amazing chickpea breakfast sandwich recipe! This vegan bagel sandwich is high protein, and loaded with flavor.  Enjoy with some sliced fruit or fresh squeezed orange juice, and start your day with this hearty and satisfying breakfast.
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Mason Jar Ramen Noodle Soup (Vegan, Low Sodium, Gluten-Free)

This healthy ramen soup is an easy and satisfying lunch!  Better and more flavorful than Instant Ramen, this soup will fill you up with healthy vegetables without the salt.
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Vegan Dinner Recipes For Spring & Summer

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.

Tofu Mac and Cheese (Vegan, GF)

This tofu mac and cheese recipe is a creamy vegan pasta with a thick and flavorful sauce made from silken tofu and roasted vegetables.  A high protein low calorie mac and cheese recipe that is plant based, vegetarian, dairy free, and SO yummy!
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Vegan Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough Recipe

This vegan garlic herb pizza dough recipe is a simple and quick base for any of your favorite pizza sauces and toppings! Made with crushed garlic, Italian herbs, and flour, this dough is great for pizzas, calzones, or just to bake up as breadsticks.  
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Creamy Vegan Summer Vegetable Stew (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This creamy vegan summer vegetable stew is light, flavorful, and loaded with the best fresh garden produce the summer has to offer.  Naturally plant-based and gluten free, this is one healthy summer dish everyone at your table will absolutely love.
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Sticky Garlic Noodles with Tofu (Vegan, GF)

These sticky garlic noodles with tofu are a healthy high protein vegan dinner! Crispy tofu, rice noodles, and a sticky sweet garlic sauce make the perfect meal.  This recipe is super versatile, and can be made with any of your favorite veggies that you have on hand.
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Vegan Snacks, Desserts, and Spreads 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 summer!  I love baking bread, making brunches, simple dip or hummus recipes, muffins, or snack bars.  This weekend’s snacks, sides, and desserts are below!  Make sure to check out my other snack recipes on The Herbeevore here.

Beet Powder Hummus (V, GF)

This beet powder hummus is a bright, healthy, and good-for-you snack! Hummus made with beet powder, chickpeas, garlic, and spices.  This is one vegan, gluten free, and heart healthy snack you can feel good about eating.
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch-y Granola (Vegan, GF)

This cinnamon toast crunch-y granola is a sweet and satisfying addition to your breakfast! Add over yogurt, fruit, or top oatmeal!  An adult take on the classic kid's cereal.
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Tofu Mayo Recipe (Vegan, GF)

This tofu mayo recipe is vegan, gluten free, and ready in 5 minutes! Blend silken tofu with a few spices for this creamy spread.  I love adding this vegan mayonnaise to sandwiches, creamy salads, or dressings. A light and healthy version of mayo that is egg free, dairy free, and SO flavorful!
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White Fence Farm Pickled Beets (Copy Cat Recipe!)

These copycat White Fence Farm Pickled Beets are exactly how I remember them from the restaurant: bright, fresh, and flavorful!
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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 reliable 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 healthy 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 of these vegan recipes for summer,  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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