I cook up a big batch of mixed beans when I have time and portion them out and freeze. Lentils take little prep so I cook up some green lentils in broth with a bay leaf. And I try to keep some kind of grain like quinoa or rice cooked. When I'm hungry, I take a little bit of beans, lentil, grains, add some veg and raw greens, and splash on some dressing. If I'm feeling fancy, I shove it into a pita or tortilla. Veggie bowls are great that way.
One thing I do (when I'm on top of things, which certainly isn't always!) is spend a couple of hours cooking things that will be useful for multiple meals. I'll cook dry beans (cheaper and tastier than canned!), brown rice, some sauteed tofu, etc. Those ingredients can be used in so much -- lunch burritos, breakfast burritos, stir-fry, etc -- so that makes cooking way faster the rest of the week.
There are plenty of ready-made meal options out there (Whole Foods is great for that!) but as others have mentioned they tend to be pretty junky.
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I don't like frozen foods too often because of the preservatives they HAVE to add to keep them a long time in the freezer..[plus salt and other unknown ingredients. Also restaurant/grocery store and chef cooked meals often add too much salt sugar and fat to be healthy for everyday eating. Hope you find something that works for you.
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In our area, some stores carry Amy's frozen meals - you have to read the ingredients, however, as some meals are vegetarian and some vegan (I'm vegan). Also a store called Rhubarbs has some frozen meals. I find them to be very expensive so I try to avoid them as much as possible but, I agree, sometimes it's just easier.
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I love to make my own meals but running into short on time especially making vegetarian and vegan meals. I thought there was a place or store that made pre-made meals? I try to make meals in bulk to save time, but now getting tired of the same thing everyday (vegetarian breakfast wraps)
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