Book Review: Plant-Based Meal Prep by Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon

Book Review: Plant-Based Meal Prep by Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon

Book Details

Title: Plant-Based Meal Prep: Simple, make-ahead recipes for vegan, gluten-free, comfort food

Author: Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon

Publisher: Alpha

Genre: Cookbook, Speciality diet, Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten-free

Publishing Date: October 29th, 2019


My Thoughts On The Book

With these two Authors, Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon, I had high expectations, probably higher than I would have, if I would not have known about them, however, due to the hype that always comes with a new book from anyone who is considered an expert of a field, I tend to be a little more critical. After all, anyone can publish a cookbook, but not everyone can write, create and publish a good cookbook.

What I found was a good cookbook that did not rock my world, or made me want to start cooking right away, but left me still satisfied enough.

I did really enjoy the no-cook lentils and black bean nachos a lot, not only because it did not take any time to make – but because it is versatile. For example, I had it one night as nachos, and another I had a side dish of brown rice, instead of the corn chips, and a little bit of homemade salsa – very nice both ways!

The intro part of the book was colorful and useful if you are new to meal prep and vegan foods, but would not offer anything new to someone who has experience with both. 



There are a lot of images within Plant-Based Meal Prep, which is what I am looking for when I purchase my own cookbooks – I want the authors to make me hungry and crave for the recipes presented. And they did a really good job with that. But I must say, that considering that the Authors are Youtubers, I did expect the images to be superb, and thankfully I was not disappointed. 

None of the recipes are overly complicated, which is essential in my opinion when it comes to meal prepping – after all, I want to save time (and maybe even money), if I decide to prep, so anything too out of the ordinary would not fit into a meal prep plan in my opinion. Again, this book delivered on those promises, which I was happy to see. 

I really liked the convenience of the shopping list and action plans for meal prepping sessions that were presented. How cool is that! The authors made it so easy, that on one of those weeks when you really can not come up with anything, you would still have a solid plan – simply because they provided it for you. Works for me. 

My second favorite recipe is the White Bean Burger, which is absolutely delicious, and again very easy to make, and very easy to store. 


Plant-Based Meal Prep is easy to use, easy to follow along, and no-nonsense cookbook that delivers everything it promises – nothing more and nothing less. 


4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Eating a plant-based diet–one that embraces veggies and ditches the meat, eggs, and dairy–is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Whether you’re ready to go entirely vegan or just want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, Steph and Adam will show you how to plan and prep ahead, so your meals are ready to go when you’re ready to eat. Flexible meal plans include all your favorite foods and flavors, from mac and cheese to mashed potatoes, all made with plant-based, whole-food ingredients.

•  Over 60 plant-based recipes for breakfasts, mains, snacks, and desserts
•  The get-started guide walks you through the basics of plant-based eating and meal prep
•  Soy-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly tags make it easy to find recipes that fit your diet
•  Flexible build-a-meal strategies let you choose your favorite flavors
•  Easy-to-follow meal plans take the guesswork out of what to make
•  Nutritional information for every recipe to help manage macros and achieve diet goals<

In case you are not familiar with Steph and Adam’s Youtube channel, here is one of their videos – and then go and subscribe to their channel!


Video: Full Week Of Vegan Meal Prep by Steph And Adam



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  1. Hi! With the amount of plant based options and people switching to vegan or vegetarian, this is a great book review. Since the holidays are finally here, I will definitely look to your review and maybe purchase the plant-based meal prep book to learn some new recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Author

      While I am not full-time plant-based, my daughter is vegan, so I am trying my best to come up with new recipes for her to enjoy when we eat together – which is not always, but on occasion. It is surely a healthy way to live if you do it right.

      Happy Holidays! 

  2. The lentil and black bean nachos sounds like a really good meal choice, and since I’ve enjoyed many a vegetarian meal in the past I might just give it a whirl here soon. You say the book has lots of pictures? That’s a good thing, not just for reference but the imagery is very powerful when it comes to selling cookbooks. I never buy the ones that are all text, sorry!

    Seeing how this is my first time hearing of Steph and Adam, I’ll have to look them up – especially if they’re even half as good as you make them sound. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Author

      my pleasure Tyson – I think their value is in the simplicity and practicality of their content – anything else would not work for meal prepping, and I am not really good at meal prepping to begin with, so they helped me a lot on that journey.

      And I agree, I would not buy any cookbooks that do not have images, I wish I could pound that into the head of every Author out there – add some images, please! 

      Many blessings! 

  3. Thanks for this detailed and honest review. I had already heard about this book, but I wanted to seek another honest opinion.
    I’m glad to hear that recipes aren’t too difficult and demanding. As a beginner in a plant-based diet, details such as shopping plans are very important to me. Most of all, I like the general idea of ​​Steph and Adam for making meals that I can carry, and I don’t have to think all day about what to eat and where to eat.

    1. Author

      yes, practicality is so important, and they deliver on that! I am sure that you are the right fit for this book, especially if you are on the go, as much as you seem to be from that comment. 

      Many blessings to you! 

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