How to Become a Vegan Meal Prepper: 3 Steps to Getting Started

Hi aspiring vegan meal preppers! In this post I’ll be sharing how to become a vegan meal prepper. You will learn how to start meal prepping for the week in three simple steps.

In the beginning, meal prep can feel a tad overwhelming –  I’ve been there. But, you are not alone! With these simple steps you’ll be on your way to nailing your first weekly meal prep.

Step 1: Make a meal plan

As the quote goes “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. Same goes for meal prep! To successfully meal prep, you start with a meal plan! Once you’ve downloaded the free printable VMPS weekly meal planner template you will be on your way to planning your meals for the week ahead.

Even if you don’t cook and store all your meals ahead of time, planning your meals will still help you save time and money.

To make an achievable meal plan, keep it simple. Choose meals that you are familiar with or that are easy to prep, such as this sheet pan recipe or this Thai green curry with jasmine rice for lunch and/or dinner.

Step 2: Make a shopping list

The Vegan Meal Prep Sunday weekly meal planner, includes a shopping list template. This shopping list is divided in columns, according to the isles of the supermarket. This to make your shopping experience extra convenient!

Once you have completed your shopping list, get shopping! If you are avoiding physical shops during Covid-19, and live in South Africa, I suggest ordering  your groceries online through the Checkers Sixty60 app. It offers an amazing online shopping experience.

Step 3: Start your meal prep party!

Once you establish your meal plan and you have your groceries on hand, all you have to do is put on your favourite music or stream a Netflix show and get the meal prep party started.

There are plenty of meal prep strategies to follow, but I’m a passionate advocate for prepping full meals for lunches. 

Personally, I always prioritise prepping lunches, because I consider it the most important meal of the day. Lunch comes at a time where I have the least time to prepare a meal, but when I need the energy the most. Also, if I don’t eat a proper lunch meal, I get hangry by dinner time. A time where I prefer to eat light, to prepare for the night. 

When I have more time to meal prep after having prepped lunches, I will meal prep breakfasts, dinners, and snacks. Depending on how much prep time I have, I choose to prep full meals or batch cook.

I usually make my meal plan on Fridays, shop on Saturdays, and prep on Sundays and Wednesdays for three days at a time. My total prepping time per week is about 3 hours, which saves me a whole lot of time out of the kitchen.

If you have any questions about getting started, please feel free to ask me in the comment section of this post or complete the contact form in the contact us section of the website.

3 thoughts on “How to Become a Vegan Meal Prepper: 3 Steps to Getting Started

    1. Hi Janine! Thank you for your comment. I’m likewise excited for you to get started. Let me know how it goes. Best of luck.

  1. Thank you so much for your site. I want to try vegan meal prepping for 1. Can you speak, please, to the nutritional adequacy of small vegan meals for post-bariatric surgery patients? I am trying to be vegan but my surgeon’s nutritionist is old-school–it’s all about protein, protein, protein–and she will not give me a vegan plan. I am in perfect health; I just have a tiny pouch for a stomach. Perhaps as a dietitian you are familiar with this issue? It’s very hard to find info about it. Best wishes, regardless!

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