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21 Veggie-Packed Meal-Prep Recipes That Prove Vegetables Don't Need To Be Boring

With just a little prep, you'll be able to get your five-a-day in, no problem.

Sometimes life feels like an endless cycle of realizing you're not eating enough veggies, proceeding to absolutely fill your body with every vegetable in sight for a solid week, and then...not touching anything green for about a month. Anyone else been there?

If you can relate — and most people can — we made this list for you. Life's too short not to eat vegetables that you'll completely drool over, so consider this the end of your quest for meal-prep ideas that are packed with veggies (and super satisfying).

1. Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

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Pre-made pesto is truly a lifesaver here, turning what could be just some "blah" chicken and veggies into something that feels exciting and yummy.

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies I Shop the Recipe

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2. Freezer-Prep Protein Packed Chili

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This chili is basically a superpower — you can have a big meal for guests the day you make it, or make it to have throughout the week, or freeze half so that you have a delicious, veggie-packed dinner for a night when you're just out of energy. It truly is a triple threat.

Recipe: Freezer-Prep Protein Packed Chili I Shop the Recipe

3. Crunchy Thai Salad

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Salads can feel like a food that you have to make fresh and take a ton of time and effort. But these mason jar salads are a game changer — the dressing sits next to hardier ingredients, so they don't get soggy, and they'll stay fresh and delicious in the fridge for up to five days.

Recipe: Crunchy Thai Salad I Shop the Recipe

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4. Breakfast Egg Cups

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I'm a breakfast meal-prep evangelist — meal prep isn't just for dinner! Making breakfasts ahead of time is a huge time saver in the morning, so you can do more important things, like sleeping.

Recipe: Breakfast Egg Cups I Shop the Recipe

5. Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls

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All it takes to make this recipe is one sheet pan and one pot, and you've made lunch for the week. Possibly the best ratio of meals to dishes out there!

Recipe: Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls I Shop the Recipe

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6. Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad

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Lentils are honestly underrated. They add protein and fiber, and they're super yummy, which makes this a salad you'll enjoy at lunchtime and at 3 p.m. when you aren't hangry.

Recipe: Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad I Shop the Recipe

7. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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Chickpeas are a surprisingly great vegan alternative to a tuna salad sandwich. They keep that classic texture, but you can spice them up however you'd like: Commenters recommend subbing the mayo with everything from Greek yogurt to sour cream or hummus. Added bonus: The chickpea salad will keep in the fridge for a week. Easy lunches, FTW.

Recipe: Chickpea Salad Sandwich I Shop the Recipe

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8. One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep

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The teriyaki sauce in this recipe is super easy and flavorful, but if you're really pressed for time, you could totally use a bottle of the pre-made stuff. Then all you have to do is put everything in the oven, and you're pretty much done.

Recipe: One-Pan Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep I Shop the Recipe

9. Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Meal Prep 2 Ways

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Spaghetti squash can have a little bit of a learning curve if you're not used to it, but the prep work is definitely worth it. It's noodley, yummy, and the perfect way to have your "pasta" and eat it, too.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Meal Prep 2 Ways I Shop the Recipe

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10. Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta

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This is a great option for work lunches if your office is, sadly, microwave-less. It'll taste just as delicious cold room temp as it did fresh out of the pan.

Recipe: Meal-Prep Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta I Shop the Recipe

11. Nutrient-Packed Colorful Super Salad

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Talk about eating the rainbow! This salad has a little bit of everything, so you'll get a colorful dose of nutrients from a ton of different veggies. For meal prep, you can mix everything except the avocado together, and when it's time to eat, go ahead and add all the avo your heart could ever desire. This way, you won't have to deal with brown chunks in your salad. (Not a delicious look.)

Recipe: Nutrient-Packed Colorful Super Salad I Shop the Recipe

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12. Salmon Meal Prep for Two

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If you tend to get tired of eating the same thing after day two, this is a great solution. The salmon is prepped with two different marinades, so you'll have some variety to spice up your week.

Recipe: Salmon Meal Prep for Two I Shop the Recipe

13. Mediterranean Meal Prep

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These creamy-crunchy bowls use homemade hummus, which...if you've never made it homemade...is just so much better than the store-bought kind. If you'd rather save some extra time, you can totally grab a container of pre-made hummus — but if you're up for a quick and easy cooking adventure, you simply must try the homemade stuff.

Recipe: Mediterranean Meal Prep I Shop the Recipe

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14. Frozen Personal Pizza Prep

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Make the best gift to Future You: pizza! Bake and prep these bad boys in one big batch, then freeze them for future use, so you're never in a home that doesn't have pizza available.

Recipe: Frozen Personal Pizza Prep I Shop the Recipe

15. Vegetarian Grain Bowl Meal Prep

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The recommended veggies are totally delicious, but this is also a great recipe for clearing out the odds and ends that have built up in your fridge. Once it's spiced, roasted, and sauced, pretty much anything will taste good.

Recipe: Vegetarian Grain Bowl Meal Prep I Shop the Recipe

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16. Orange Glazed Meatballs and Veggies

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Paddington Bear might be scandalized about the use of orange marmalade on meatballs, but he'd be won over once he had a bite. The juicy meatballs and orange glaze complement each other perfectly, and the veggies and rice round it out for a full and complete meal.

Recipe: Orange Glazed Meatballs and Veggies I Shop the Recipe

17. Freezer Prep Hearty Veggie Soup

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Freeze this bag of delicious veggies, and you'll be set for soup whenever. Just add water or broth and let your slow cooker do the rest.

Recipe: Freezer Prep Hearty Veggie Soup I Shop the Recipe

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18. Spicy Masala Veggie Burgers

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Don't tell anyone, but these might be even better than non-veggie burgers. They're super easy, ridiculously flavorful, and you can make a big batch to freeze them and have whenever. Beef who?

Recipe: Spicy Masala Veggie Burgers I Shop the Recipe

19. Healthier Instant Noodles in a Jar

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This is a great on-the-go lunch, because you can make it basically anywhere hot water is available — but it has way more veggies and textures than standard instant noodles. Plus, if you want your broth to have a little more of a punch, you could totally add a little bouillon or miso to amp things up. 

Recipe: Healthier Instant Noodles in a Jar I Shop the Recipe

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20. Roasted Delicata Squash and Farro Salad

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The great thing about kale is that unlike other salad greens, it'll keep in the fridge without getting soggy and gross — even with dressing on it — so you can be assured your salad will stay delicious for as long as you want it.

Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash and Farro Salad I Shop the Recipe

21. Kiwi Banana Spinach Smoothie Meal Prep

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I secretly believe that green smoothies are always the tastiest, since you have to put in other deliciousness to make up for the veggies. This one is no exception. Plus, you can keep the chopped fruit and veg in your freezer for up to a year and just pull it out when you want a smoothie, so it's both yummy and convenient. What could be better?

Recipe: Kiwi Banana Spinach Smoothie Meal Prep I Shop the Recipe

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