Meal-prepping ideas for back to school: plant based + healthy

Hey beautiful people!

Summer is officially over, and back to school season is finally here! How is it treating you? I’m happy to announce that after a short break, The Gypsy Soul is finally back! To be completely honest, it has taken me some time (more than I anticipated) to set up a new routine and adjust myself to all the new changes happening in my life. Regardless, I am back with loads of new content!

In today’s post I wanted to share a very popular and requested topic on my blog: healthy and affordable meal-prepping ideas for back to school.

I’ve put together a couple of different ideas that are super healthy and also plant-based. By all means, if you’re not following a plant-based diet you can totally swap my choice of protein for a different one.

I have also put together some healthier options for snacks that are ideal to carry with you. Let’s jump right into it:

SNACKS

Here are some healthy snack ideas to carry with you:

Option 1

Homemade protein bars

Packed with nuts, which are a natural source of plant based protein and healthy fats!

These bars are high in protein, low in sugars, easy to make and completely guilt free!! I have provided the recipe in a previous post. Check out this direct link to find out more.

Option 2

Nuts + Dark Chocolate

All you have to do is pick you favourite nuts (mines are usually almonds, which I buy from Lidl) and add some slices of dark chocolate. Voila! Chocolate craving sorted.

Option 3

Chocolate and oats cookies

I have shared the recipe for this chocolate and guilt-free cookies in a previous post. In this post you’ll also be able to find more healthy meal-prepping ideas. Here’s the direct link.

Option 4

Yogurt + Fruits + Nuts

My favourite dairy free brand is Alpro! Have you tried their new flavours? I’m obsesses! This is the perfect snack to have in between meals! I usually have it between lunch and dinner when I’m craving something sweet.

Option 5

Fruits + Nuts

Usually plums, oranges, bananas or grapes. I must admit I am not a huge fan of fruits (crazy, I know). I rather prefer having vegetables or nuts! However, to make myself eat them I just pack them with me so I have no other choice.

MEALS

Option 1

Sweet chilli chow mein with tofu

The recipe for this delicious sweet chilli noodles is on a previous post I’ve published! Check this direct link to find out more.

In that blog post I also show you how I make tofu and what’s my favourite brand (which is perfect for beginners!) Check out!

Option 2

Vegan chilli con carne

Ingredients:

5 Servings

-A can of lentils

-A can of black beans/kidney beans

-A can of sweetcorn

-Peppers

-250 gr of mince soya (I used half a pack)

-A can of tomato sauce

-Wholegrain pasta/rice

-Seasoning: Paprika, Chilli powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper

Preparation:

-Fry the “meat-free soya” in a pan with olive oil for 5-10 minutes until it goldens up.

-Add the chopped peppers and sweetcorn in the pan. Fry for 5 minutes until these soften up.

-Add the lentils and beans to the mixture (make sure you wash them beforehand).

-Straight away add the tomato sauce and the spices and stir for 15 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, feel free to add a mug of water.

This sauce can be served with rice or pasta.

Option 3

Chickpea curry with coconut milk

Ingredients:

4 Servings

-2 Cans of chickpeas

-3 Peppers

-A large sweet potato

-A can of coconut milk

-Wholegrain rice (or any rice of your choice)

-An onion

-Seasoning: Paprika, Salt, Pepper.

Preparation:

-Chop the sweet potato in small cubes and boil for 30 minutes until it softens up (I personally peeled the skin off first, but it’s totally up to you).

-Chop the onion and fry it in a pan with some olive oil.

-Wash the chickpeas and fry for 5 minutes.

-Add a mug of water to the mixture and boil for 7-10 minutes.

-Add the chopped peppers and sweet potato cubes.

-Add the can of coconut milk + a mug of water and stir until everything mixes up. At this point, the sweet potato should melt.

-Let it cook for 20 minutes.

This curry can be served with rice or quinoa.

This is all for this post guys! If you make any of these recipes at home I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Thank you for reading,

Until next time,

Aby

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