Meal Prep ROUND 2 🍝 Vegan Meal Prep for Busy People (comfort food edition)


Hey guys! Welcome back to my channel and
welcome to my very, very messy kitchen. We recently moved, and the kitchen we have
now is fantastic, and one of my favorite things to do in the whole world is to
cook food. There are a couple food videos on this channel but not too many, and I
think we need to change that. So for today’s video, I am actually gonna show
you a meal prep video. I had quite a few people reach out to me asking me to do
more meal prep videos and right now I’m I’m on the meal prep bandwagon, we are
getting back into it, and so I wanted to show you guys this meal that I made. The
way I would describe this specific meal prep is like a vegan Salisbury steak
with some side vegetables. Just about everything in this recipe can be
modified depending on your dietary needs or preferences. These happen to be vegan,
but you can absolutely make these out of real meat and I’m sure they would be
absolutely amazing. And this recipe how I’ve made it, it is supposed to make
about 6 meals. You could probably stretch it out to 7 or condense it down to 5
just depending on how much food you want to eat in your specific meal, but how it
is right now it is 6 meals. I’m planning on eating one right now because
I am starving, and I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do. A full
written out recipe will be provided in the description bar down below so you
can refer to that if you want to read the actual recipe instead of following
the video; don’t blame you, that’s usually how I do it. Anyway, let’s just jump into
the recipe. Alright, so the first thing you’re gonna want to do is pre-heat your
oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or if you happen to be in a different country, 180
degrees Celsius and a fan oven will do it. Then you’re gonna dice up a large
onion. In an oiled pan over medium-high heat,
fry up half of those onions until they’re brown and then remove those from
the pan. Finely chop up a bunch of mushrooms and
fry those up in the same pan until they’re browned, about 7-10
minutes. Then slice the remaining mushrooms and
set those aside. Throw all of the onions and mushrooms into a large mixing bowl, and if you want added texture chop up some walnuts and throw those in the
mixing bowl too but that step is optional. Then add your protein source to
the bowl. I’m using Beyond Meat here, but you could use chickpeas, or black beans…
you can use ground beef, you could use basically any meat-like substance. It
just depends on your own particular taste. Then to the bowl you’re going to
add soy sauce or tamari, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, mustard, I’m using two
different kinds of mustard here because I like the extra heat that it provides,
but this is really up to you. Red wine vinegar, and about a cup of breadcrumbs,
all to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together either with a spoon
or spatula, or I ended up just using my hands it became a lot easier. Mix
everything until they’re about meatball texture. Roll out your meatballs to your
preferred size. Mine ended up being between one and two inches in diameter,
but it’s really up to you. And brown each side of the meatballs in a frying pan
with a little bit of oil over medium-high heat before moving them to a
lined baking sheet. I had two meatball casualties in this
process, one of which I just ended up eating because it was delicious and I
couldn’t wait, and the other one I just went ahead and put its crumbling body on
the baking sheet as well, pretending that that didn’t happen. Bake the meatballs for about 20 to 30 minutes in the oven. While the meatballs are baking, let’s make the gravy. Throw the sliced mushrooms and a frying pan with a
bit of oil over medium-high heat. If possible try not to crowd the pan
because that prevents the mushrooms from browning. Dice half of an onion and throw
that into the pan as well. Cook the mushrooms on the onions until brown,
stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Using a blender bottle or mixing bowl
and whisk, mix some hot water, vegetable bouillon, and flour together. You could
just use regular vegetable broth if you wanted to, but I actually much prefer the
flavor of Better than Bouillon. Using something like Better than Bouillon also
really allows you to customize the flavor of your dish. You can make it
taste stronger or weaker just kind of depending on your own personal
preferences. And it’s also decently easy to find pretty much anywhere. I find mine
in a local grocery store, but I know that you can also get it online as well,
so I’ll leave a link to that in the description bar below. Anyway, you’re
gonna mix your bouillon, flour, and hot water together until there are no lumps
left in the flour, and then once your mushrooms and onions are browned, you’re
gonna add the broth mixture to the pan as well. Stir gently to unstick all of
those delicious goodies from the bottom of the pan and let this mixture simmer
for about 10 to 15 minutes until your desired thickness is achieved. Once it’s
been thickened, removed from the pan. And last but not least, fry up any side
vegetables that you want to eat with this dish. Potatoes go particularly well
with the meatballs for an extra comfort food kick, so I would suggest
those, but of course you don’t need to use potatoes if you don’t want. I love
these roasted potatoes with peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s so I’m cooking
up those potatoes along with some regular frozen mixed vegetable blend in
the same pan that I made the gravy in. I’m also not adding anything special to
this dish in regards to any flavorings or seasonings or anything like that
because I’m just gonna drench everything in gravy anyway, so I just decided to
skip that step. When everything is all done cooking, it’s time to distribute
everything to your meal prep containers. I’ve actually talked about these meal
prep containers in past meal prep videos but I seriously love them. They’re BPA-free, dishwash-able, stackable, microwavable, freezable, and they’re not
overly expensive either. I’ll link these in the description bar below as well if
you want to pick some up for yourself. When it comes to actually distributing
the food to the meal prep containers, I am not particularly exact. Usually I’ll
just take a spoon and scoop my side vegetables into each dish one at a time
and then go back along the line until I’m out of food to distribute to the
containers. Once that’s all done, I just kind of begin eyeballing things. If
there’s one dish that doesn’t have as much food in it or it has too much, I’ll
just use a little spoon or a fork and just kind of like redistribute that food
just so everything looks relatively even. But yeah,I pretty much just eyeball
everything. If you have a food scale, you can get really exact and weigh out all
your food, but that’s a little overkill for me personally. I’m just all about
that eyeball life. In this case, each container contains
three meatballs perfectly as well as a healthy portion of the mix vegetables
and gravy. Generally, I’ll leave one or two containers of food in the fridge and
then the rest will just go in my freezer, and then as I eat through the food
that’s in my fridge, I’ll move one container from the freezer to the fridge
so it can defrost the following day and so on and so forth. It’s a decently easy
process once you get in the swing of things, and hopefully you guys find it
this way as well. The exact nutrition breakdown of this dish is provided in
the description bar below as well as the full written out recipe and links to
where you can find some of these things to pick up yourself.
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