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No Cook Meals for Summer: Weekly Recipe Plan To Beat the Heat!

These no cook meals and summer recipes are bright, fresh, and ready for warm days ahead! Keep the heat out of your kitchen with these easy prep meals.  These are simple, everyday, plant-based recipes you’ll love!  These no cook recipes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A few featured in this post are: healthy beet hummus, ramen noodle salad, pesto chickpea sandwiches, and even a chocolaty decadent dessert!

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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No Cool 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 No Cool 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 grab a spoon and eat, and you have a week of meal prepped breakfasts ready.

Meal Prep Work from Home Lunches!

Similarly, I make 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 grab one 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!


Summer No-Cook 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 any time. 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.

Orange Avocado Salad
This Orange Avocado Salad is a vibrant and fresh summer fruit salad that is loaded with flavor, healthy fats, and sweet citrus fruit. The dressing has a secret ingredient to make this breakfast salad recipe absolutely pop. This is one fantastic way to eat avocado for breakfast that's not avocado toast!  Vegan, Whole30 approved, paleo, and gluten free... perfect for anyone!
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Apple Mango Overnight Oats Recipe (Vegan, GF)
These vegan apple mango overnight oats are a bright and healthy breakfast! Made with dairy-free yogurt and almond milk, fresh fruit, and healthy whole grains- easy to make ahead, meal prep, or batch cook ahead of time.
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Mango Protein Smoothie
This mango protein smoothie is loaded with fresh or frozen fruit, plant based protein, and is a vibrant way to rise and shine!  This smoothie is made with healthy fruits like mango, orange, and banana, and a healthy plant based protein to keep you satisfied until lunch.
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Weekday No Cook 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.

Pesto Chickpea Salad
This pesto chickpea salad sandwich is a fresh, crunchy, and flavorful lunch! Heaps of smashed chickpeas mixed with creamy pesto & topped with sprouts.  Serve with chips & a pickle for a bright and refreshing lunch that is ready in about 10 minutes!
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White Bean and Veggie Salad
This summer white bean salad is a protein packed recipe for fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers! Easy no cook summer lunch.  Great for an easy no-cook lunch or dinner. Vegan, gluten free summer side salad dishes, high fiber recipes with beans.
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No-Cook 3 Bean Salad Side Dish
This 3 Bean Salad is one of the best no cook sides with loads of flavor. Canned beans, jarred vegetables, and simple dressing - this easy bean salad appetizer is ready in 5 minutes, but tastes like it took hours!  A great last minute bbq side dish to bring to a party that everyone will love!
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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.

Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad
This vegan ramen noodle salad is light and crunchy, loaded with vegetables, and so easy to meal prep and make ahead.  It was so good, I made it 2 weeks in a row for my lunch!  I can't get enough of this crunchy, tasty salad.
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Focaccia Sandwich
This focaccia sandwich has fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach from the garden. Loaded with bright and creamy herby hummus. 
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Green Goddess Pesto (V, GF)
This delicious green goddess pesto recipe combines loads of fresh herbs, greens, and spices! A fantastic addition to pastas, pizzas, or garlic bread.  This batch of pesto is bright, flavorful, and versatile - and also vegan and gluten free so everyone at the table can enjoy.
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Lemon Caper Vinaigrette
This lemon caper vinaigrette is a light and flavorful salad dressing recipe. Great for salads, pastas, or roasted vegetables for an extra tang!  This dressing can be used as a sauce for anything that needs a pop of flavor.
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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.

Chickpea Brownie Batter (Vegan, GF)
This healthy edible chickpea brownie batter recipe is sweet, flavorful, and high in plant based protein! Easy 5-Minute vegan and gluten free dessert!  Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender, and you have a healthy satisfying chocolate snack ready in 5 minutes.
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Beet Powder Hummus
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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Kale Tzatziki Sauce
This Kale Tzatziki Sauce Recipe is a great tzatziki without cucumber, can be made vegan and gluten free for pitas, shawarmas, or a dip. A great addition to pitas, shawarma, or falafel!  This blender tzatziki sauce is ready in 5 minutes and is made with simple and fresh ingredients.  No cucumber needed!
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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 no cook summer recipes,  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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