Easy Vegetarian Meal Prep: Chipotle Chickpea Taco Bowls

Jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon with a delicious, filling, nutritious, and satisfying vegetarian and healthy meal prep. With this easy vegetarian dinner or lunch, your day will be stress-free, but yummy, and healthy.

Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe | Vegetarian Taco Bowls recipe and tips for making meatless meals healthy and delicious | A Sweet Pea Chef

I think you all know I’m not vegan or vegetarian. But I enjoy cooking easy vegetarian recipes from time to time. Because they are delicious and full of great nutritious benefits.

And because eating less meat has numerous health benefits. So, friends, let’s just discuss this Vegetarian Taco Bowl recipe. It involves spicy chipotle baked chickpeas, tri-colored quinoa, black beans, fresh veggies, and greens. Plus avocado and greek yogurt toppings. So TASTY!

If you were looking for more vegetarian dinner ideas, you’re in the right place. Aside from this easy meal prep, I have tips and substitutions for meat that will help you come up with numerous vegetarian dinner ideas. Because the best vegetarian recipes are very simple – all you have to do is to replace your typical meat proteins with vegan and vegetarian proteins.

Sounds easy enough? Great!

In order to make balanced and healthy vegetarian recipes, you have to make sure all the key nutrients are included.

Well, to be fair, that’s pretty much how it goes for all meals, whether they are meatless meals or not.

So, if you want to eat more plant-based and to include more vegetarian recipes into your weekly rotation, let’s get started. By the end of this post, you’ll know how to put together a delicious, hearty, and satisfying vegetarian meal prep. And, of course, meal prep ideas for making the most of your vegetarian dinner ideas.

Amazeballs!

Rinsed chickpeas on a clean kitchen towel. The chickpeas need to be drained before baking them to use in this Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe.A large bowl filled with chickpeas. Over the chickpeas was added olive oil, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, sea salt, and garlic powder.

HOW TO MAKE VEGETARIAN MEAL PREP

If you want to shake up your dinner game with some vegetarian meal prep ideas, I’m here to tell you how to do it. For these Vegetarian Taco Bowls, I used:

  • quinoa;
  • chickpeas instead of the typical taco meat, like ground beef or turkey;
  • and delicious vegetarian toppings, including avocado, greek yogurt, black beans, and grape tomatoes.
  • plus more fresh ingredients for ah-mazing meatless meals.

How to meal prep vegetarian

Vegetarian meal prep is actually very easy. For this recipe in particular, you have to…

  1. bake the chickpeas until crispy and delicious;
  2. while the chickpeas are in the oven baking, cook quinoa;
  3. once baked, transfer the chickpeas (divided into portions) to meal prep containers and add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Easy vegetarian dinners for healthy, high in protein, and high in fiber.  AKA weeknight dinners are DONE!

But there’s more… More tips for healthy meal prep and more healthy vegetarian recipes. So keep reading.

Close up of the bowl of chicpeas that were tossed with olive oil and spices.

BENEFITS OF MEATLESS MEALS

If you’re wondering why Meatless Mondays became a thing, it’s because there are many health benefits associated with eating less meat. Health benefits like lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and losing weight easily.

A balanced diet doesn’t mean eating animal protein at every single meal. You can have protein-filled meals without meat. You can do this every other day, once per week or more often during spring and summer when fresh foods that contain lots of veggies and fruits are better than rich and hearty dishes.

Below a list of meatless meals benefits that might help you to understand why it’s important for your health to eat less meat:

  • when you eat less meat, you’ll eat more veggies and fruits, which means a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer;
  • eating more fresh veggies and fruits instead of meat at every meal will also help you to lose and to maintain your weight easily;
  • your nutrition will improve – incorporating fruits, veggies, and whole grains into your diet increase your fiber intake but also your nutrients intake;
  • it’s good for the planet – eating less meat will reduce your carbon footprint since fruits and veggies are produced easier than meat products;
  • easy vegetarian dinners are cheaper than meat-based dinners so your wallet, not only your health will appreciate your effort;
  • Veggies are delicious!

Close up of freshly bake chickpeas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

WHAT TO EAT INSTEAD OF MEAT

Ok, fruits and veggies should definitely be on the list for your vegetarian weekly meal prep. But… what else? In my vegetarian meal prep, we have quinoa and chickpeas.

However, there are many more plant-based and animal proteins you can use as substitutions for meat.

What to eat instead of meat – vegan meal prep options

Replace chicken, pork, beef, and fish with…

  • eggplant – versatile and easy to cook, eggplant is a great replacement for meat proteins. You can grill it, bake it or turn it into stir-fry dishes. Either way, it’s yummy.
  • lentils – high in protein and with a hearty texture, lentils are legumes that provide you with many health benefits. And they are great substitutions for meat in recipes that require beef.
  • mushrooms – any type of mushroom will replace meat wonderfully but Portobello mushrooms have a special place in my heart because they have a meaty texture that’s just perfect for burgers. And I HEART burgers. Especially when they are healthy!
  • beans – when it comes to their nutritional profile, beans are similar to lentils. Basically, they are amazing. High in protein, fiber, and nutrients. Everything you want, right?
  • cauliflower – oh, you know how much I love cauliflower. Cauliflower can do so many different things – side dishes, burgers, main dishes. Cauliflower is amazing, friends. So make sure on your list of easy vegetarian recipes there are some cauliflower recipes included.

What to eat instead of meat – vegetarian meal prep options

Aside from veggies, meat can be replaced in your diet by…

  • eggs – eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats. You can boil them and add them to salads or fry them and serve them with cauliflower rice and a veggies salad.
  • greek yogurt – greek yogurt is just amazing. Such a nutritional powerhouse. A yummy one too. You can use greek yogurt to make a healthy dip sauce or you can add it to your morning shake. Or you can make healthy sweet treats like frozen yogurt.
  • cheese – eating cheese in moderation is not bad so you can add cheese into your healthy vegetarian recipes.

Close up of cooked quinoa that will be used for the Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe in a saucepan.Top view of 4 meal prep containers filled with the prepped ingredients of the Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe including baked chickpeas, cooked quinoa, fresh veggies, and toppings.

TIPS FOR WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING

Wanna know the secret of stress-free, easy vegetarian dinners? Meal prep! Seriously, planning ahead is key! It will make healthy eating so much easier.

Tips for successful meal prep:

  1. decide what you want to meal prep and don’t forget to add vegetarian meal prep on your menu;
  2. check your pantry and your fridge to see what you already have and what you need;
  3. make a grocery shopping list and stick to it when you go grocery shopping;
  4. for vegetarian meal prep, opt for fresh, seasonal veggies – your vegetarian recipes will be more flavorful and delicious;
  5. prep your meatless meals and store them in the fridge.

Super duper easy! But so useful for staying on track with your meal plan.

View from the top of a meal prep container filled with the ingredients for the Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe including baked chickpeas, cooked quinoa, baby greens, grape tomatoes, cilantro, lime slices, and black beans.

MEAL PREP STORAGE

For this vegetarian meal prep (and so many other tasty meal prep recipes), I like to use glass meal prep containers. They are microwave and dishwasher safe. Also eco-friendly and great for portioning meals. I have these in case you’re wondering.  But, depending on what you’re making, you can also use:

View from the top of 3 meal prep containers with Vegetarian Taco Bowls ready to be stored in the fridge.

3 MORE HEALTHY VEGETARIAN RECIPES

Ready for more healthy vegetarian recipes? Because of course I have more! After all these tips, I just had to include more. In my opinion, these are the best vegetarian recipes – they are quick, easy, and tasty. You can use these healthy vegetarian recipes for lunch or light dinner vegetarian meal prep.

SPINACH, EGG WHITE AND ZUCCHINI LUNCH WRAPS

These Spinach, Egg White and Zucchini Lunch Wraps are just so easy to make. And ready in 15 minutes. And they taste amazing.

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The Spinach, Egg White and Zucchini Lunch Wraps are great for putting together a healthy lunch that is filled with protein and has amazing flavors. But the recipe can be used for vegetarian meal prep too. Get the recipe.

QUINOA LENTIL SALAD WITH LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Next stop – Quinoa Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients, this salad is perfect for lunch. It works for a light dinner too.

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With the Quinoa Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, you get amazing flavors and delicious healthy goodness. Get the recipe.

MAKE-AHEAD GREEK QUINOA STACKS

Another great vegetarian meal prep option – Make-Ahead Greek Quinoa Stacks. Ready in 30 minutes and full of fresh flavors and yummy ingredients.

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The Make-Ahead Greek Quinoa Stacks are perfect for summer months, easy to make, and perfect for taking them on-the-go. Get the recipe.

Vegetarian Meal Prep: Chipotle Chickpea Taco Bowls

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Vegetarian Meal Prep Recipe | Vegetarian Taco Bowls recipe and tips for making meatless meals healthy and delicious | A Sweet Pea Chef
Vegetarian Meal Prep: Chipotle Chickpea Taco Bowls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Jump on the Meatless Monday bandwagon with a delicious, filling, nutritious, and satisfying vegetarian and healthy meal prep. With these easy vegetarian dinners, your evenings will be stress-free but yummy, and healthy.
Categories: Clean Eating, Easy Dinner, Meal Prep, Vegetarian
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 5 meals
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For the Quinoa:
  • 1 cups tri-colored quinoa (to yield 1/4 cup per meal)
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the Chipotle Chickpeas:
  • 3 15-oz cans cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
For the Toppings:
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce (to yield 1/2 cup per meal)
  • 1 15-oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained (to yield 1/4 cup per meal)
  • 10 oz (2 cups) sliced grape tomatoes, to yield 1/3 cup per meal
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (to yield 1/4 cup per meal)
  • 2 limes, sliced into wedges
  • 3 green onions, sliced (to yield 1 tbsp per meal)
  • 2 avocados, diced (slice when ready to serve)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt, to yield 1 tbsp per meal
Instructions
For the Baked Chipotle Chickpeas:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the rinsed chickpeas on a clean kitchen towel or a few paper towels and allow them to drain. The dryer, the better. Then, transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Over the chickpeas, add olive oil, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, sea salt, and garlic powder. Toss this thoroughly with a spoon to ensure the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  4. Then, transfer the seasoned chickpeas to the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
  5. Bake the chickpeas for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through baking time, until the chickpeas are heated through and starting to become a little crunchy.
  6. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and then allow to cool.
For the Quinoa:
  1. While the chickpeas are in the oven, combine uncooked quinoa with sea salt and low sodium vegetable broth in a saucepan, and bring to boil.

  2. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
  3. Then, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
For assembling the Vegetarian Taco Bowls:
  1. Start off by adding in the cooked quinoa into one quarter of the meal prep containers.
  2. Next to the quinoa, add in sliced grape tomatoes, fresh chopped lettuce, spicy and chipotle chickpeas, and rinsed and drained black beans.
  3. Top them off with cilantro, diced avocado, a little greek yogurt, and a wedge of lime. (optional)
  4. Seal up the containers and place into the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition information includes the avocado and greek yogurt toppings.

To make these bowls vegan, replace greek yogurt with non-dairy yogurt or omit.

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Meal Prep: Chipotle Chickpea Taco Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 688mg29%
Potassium 593mg17%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 3065IU61%
Vitamin C 25.9mg31%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

5 thoughts on “Easy Vegetarian Meal Prep: Chipotle Chickpea Taco Bowls

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is easy to make and tastes really good. The chipotle chickpeas are really good for snacking too. I made these up for lunches and it was nice to just pull one out and put the toppings on. Quick to put together and very filling. Great recipe.

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