Easy Plant-Based Meal Prep With Groceries From Whole Foods Market 365

I absolutely love meal prepping. If you’re new to it, it may seem a bit overwhelming and like a lot of cooking but with just a little bit of planning at the beginning of the week, you will be able to set yourself up for success.

Here are some of my key kitchen staples I like having stocked in my fridge and pantry to set me up for the week, as well as a quick plant-based recipe you can use for your next meal prep adventure.

Easy snacks – Fruit is such a quick and easy snack and also vital in my smoothies. It’s berry season now so I always have some blueberries and strawberries in stock. I also love having snacks that are easy to transport or munch on when I’m at home, so either chips or popcorn are always in my pantry.

Pasta Basics – Pasta is so easy to turn to for meal prep or a quick on-the-fly dinner. I always have some whole grain spaghetti and canned tomatoes on hand. All you have to do is add in some herbs and your favorite veggies and just a few minutes later, you’ve got a masterpiece waiting for you. 🙂

Grains – I like buying my grains from the bulk bin. It reduces waste (you can purchase exactly how much you need!) and it saves you money!

Protein – My go-to protein source lately has been seafood and tofu, so I always have them stocked in my fridge. When buying seafood I try to make sure it is sustainably caught!

All of these products can be found at Whole Foods Market 365 (they just opened up a new Upland location for my Southern Californians!). 365 only sources organically grown, non-GMO products. Absolutely none of their products contain any artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners! 365 is awesome because not only is the sourcing of their products a top priority, but they think about the price at which they sell the items. They want to ensure that healthy living is provided at an affordable price and it’s a convenient experience so that more people can have access to them!


Now for some quick and easy meal prep, here’s a go-to that has complex carbs, greens, and protein to keep you satisfied and it only takes 20 minutes!

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Easy Plant-Based Meal Prep With Groceries From Whole Foods Market 365

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Meal Prep
Author: Rachel Rhee

Ingredients

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 6 cups broccolini
  • 4 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 avocado

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • In the mean time, mix together the almond butter, liquid aminos, sesame oil, and agave nectar.
  • Marinate the tofu in the liquid mixture.
  • Drizzle a high-heat oil, like avocado oil, onto the broccolini and let bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Drizzle avocado oil on the sweet potatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until desired consistency.
  • Cut up avocado and sprinkle with some lemon.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Meal prep goals right here! This is such a wonderful post and you have so many great tips and tricks to making eating healthy and plant based easy. Your tofu and greens dish looks incredible and so flavorful, too 🙂

    Posted 8.6.18 Reply
  2. Maria wrote:

    This looks delicious! I need to be better at meal prepping because when I do I have so much more time this rest of the week!

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
  3. You combined all of my favorite lunch foods in one recipe – I love it! I need to work on meal prep more.

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
  4. What a great way to get some fast and delicious meals on the table! This looks like such a wonderful new grocery store option. Can’t wait to try it.

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
  5. Emily Kyle wrote:

    I can not believe I don’t have a Whole Foods near me!! All of this looks amazing!

    Posted 8.8.18 Reply

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