For a cheap budget meal prep that won’t break the bank, check out this Trader Joes meal prep for the week! An easy meal prep that cost me LESS THAN $40 and can be prepped in just 1 HOUR.
Healthy meal prep does NOT have to be hard or expensive! In this vegetarian meal prep I’ll show you how to meal prep on a budget, while also keeping meal prep EASY and sustainable for your lifestyle.
For breakfast, I’ve got make ahead smoothies that you can store for the week. For lunch, a simple homemade salad & premade soup combo. And I’ve got two vegetarian meal prep dinner ideas to share, using my new 3-2-1 meal prep system: a fajita tofu pita and an Asian-inspired tofu bowl!
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#1 FAJITA PITA:
1 block (14 oz) firm tofu, pressed & cut into strips
drizzle of oil
1½ Tbsp fajita seasoning
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
drizzle of oil
1-2 tsp hot sauce
½ lime, juiced
1 tsp Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
4 whole wheat pitas
½ cup sour cream
4 cups greens1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Per serving, yields 4:
585 calories | 28g fat | 62g carbs | 12g fiber | 6g sugars | 29g protein
#2 TOFU BOWL:
1 block (14 oz) firm tofu, pressed & cut into cubes
drizzle of oil
1-2 Tbsp Gyoza sauce
2 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
drizzle of sesame oil
1 tsp Trader Joe’s Umami Seasoning
½ tsp salt
4 cups cooked brown rice
option: 4 tortillas
Per serving (with rice), yields 4:
386 calories | 14g fat | 54g carbs | 5g fiber | 3g sugars | 16g protein
Place tofu blocks on paper towels and press between cutting boards for 1-2 hours. Slice one block into strips and the other block into cubes. (Thinner strips/smaller pieces will be crispier!)
Once chopped, press tofu pieces again for 30 mins.
For fajita tofu, combine cornstarch and fajita seasoning in a bowl. In a separate bowl, toss tofu strips with oil and coat with cornstarch mixture.
For Asian tofu, combine cornstarch with garlic and onion powder. In a separate bowl, toss tofu cubes with oil and gyoza sauce, then coat with cornstarch mixture.
BELL PEPPERS PREP:
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Line two large baking sheets with foil, creating a divider in the middle so each pan has 2 sections. (Or, line four smaller pans with parchment/foil.)
Transfer seasoned tofu to prepared baking sheet(s).
To your other baking sheet(s), add sliced bell peppers.
Toss half of peppers with oil, hot sauce, lime juice, and Chili Lime seasoning. Toss the other half of peppers with sesame oil, Umami Seasoning, and salt.
Bake both trays 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway.
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How do get pitas that don't break? I get them from Trader Joe's, and they break. Love your video and suggestions.
will the tofu stay crunchy?
Omigosh. A REAL meal prep that's actually realistic!!!!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
How can i make the rice taste good? Because I dont like it plain
Wow this video was great and ur great you have a new fan in me thanks alot
That looks ahhmaaziiinggg!!!
loved the video. thank you again Alyssa. shared on facebook and to friends feeds. still looking for that soups and stews. any chance of making 3 categories of soups and stews? regular, vegetarian, and vegan? thanks again for all your hard work. i am trying that peanut butter banana smoothie tomorrow. looks REALLY REALLY good.
I'm looking into being a vegetarian in the future and for now I'm cutting down on animal protein and eating healthier. This is super helpful!
Can’t believe I never thought of using the same ingredients in two different tasting meals??? I feel dumb now
Pros: high energy and good pace. Downside: I feel like I'm being talked at, instead of to. But overall I like the meal ideas.
Needed this video… I will be taking notes
Not only you deliver as always, your hair is dang good! And I so agree with the points you made in this video.
I toss my pressed tofu cubes with garlic salt, pepper and a tin spray of olive oil and place in the air fryer. Then I can toss the crispy cubes with any sauce I like. This has been life changing for me. Budget, vegetarian and user friendly.
Lemon makes the nutrients in kahler more bioavailable
Wow. I really should find a trader joes then thats cheap.
i need to get a min fridge for my room so I can prep my food for the week and don't have to fight for the communal kitchen or end up eating badly what they eat.
Parmesan is not vegetarian
Literally love this
I made this menu today and it is good! I did add eggplant and 1/2c of rice to dinner with the Asian style tofu. I will absolutely be making these meals again.
This is great! Does your tofu come out mushy if you microwave it to heat it up, or do you use a different reheating method?
Making the PB banana smoothies for my teenage boys. Who tend to always eat on the run!! I think they’ll be a hit
Just made that fruit salad. Can’t wait to see if it lasts
I ❤️ your channel. I’ve learned so much and have used this to prep for the week! I tweaked the smoothie – instead of peanut butter, I used Nutzo butter and also used Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk. Lastly, I air fried my tofu. Super delish! Can’t wait to enroll in your course when it opens up again!
I love the already premade smoothies! Like I e tried freezer bags but for me it take so much time to set up, blend and stuff! But I love this idea. Why hadn’t I thought of it before!! Plus I get up so early in the morning I didn’t want to be running the blender and disturb my roommates!!
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This is super super helpful. I have adhd and the pace of this video kept me engaged the whole time.
The link that you provided for the Best & Worst Meal Prep Guide is broken. In your website when we click sub to the newsletter also has a broken link and we can't sub.
If you add quick oats to your smoothie it will be a lot more filling, you just need to add a bit more liquid on the day you're going to drink it as the oats will of course thicken your mixture over time or eat with a spoon like overnight oats.
This is really well made, I love the idea of budget friendly food and multiple meals from the same ingredients!
You aren’t skinny enough to have a lifestyle blog and you need to talk less. Byw
Great video context! Side note, you’re looking amazing!! Been socially stalking you for years now and you keep getting better!!
Good GOD, that’s so expensive. No thank you. I spend NOTHING each week on food.
Great video! Fantastic tips. You just took out the overwhelm of meal prep. Love this.
Instead of tofu can I use chic peas? Or some beans? If so how would I fix it?
You look fabulous
Used to love all your meal prep videos. Enjoyed this 🙂 I’ve been getting back on track with having meals at home.
Ah! Cornstarch is the key to tofu! Gotta give it a shot, I usually just pour the sauce over haha
Funnily enough, green peppers are always more expensive than coloured peppers where I'm from lol. I've always wondered why! Sadly green peppers are my fave too. Thanks for a good meal prep 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve watched one of your videos and I just wanted to say your red hair looks really good!
I love this and it is super easy to veganize! Xo Davita