Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Savory lentils, crunchy walnuts, a medley of fresh vegetables seasoned to perfection, bold taco flavors, and a splash of lime. That is what makes this taco bake perfection. Add in the convenience of being a make-ahead freezer meal, and you've got heaven at your fingertips.
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Say hello to your new favorite dinner: Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30-Freezer Meal. Though I know I had you at “Taco Bake,” let me just paint a picture for you: savory lentils, crunchy walnuts, a medley of fresh vegetables seasoned to perfection, bold taco flavors, and a splash of lime. Literally everything you could ever want in a taco bake, plus the benefits of Whole 30 and plant-based protein. It’s wholesome, satisfying, and sure to become one of the most requested family dinners.

What makes our Taco Bake extra special is its convenience as a make-ahead freezer meal. Prepare it in advance, freeze it, and whenever your little heart desire’s you’ll have a delicious, nutritious dinner ready to go. That means no more scrambling for dinner ideas after a long day – just heat, serve, and enjoy. It’s an absolute lifesaver for those hectic weeknights when you need something quick, but take-out is not an option. Zero stress, zero fuss, just a yummy dinner…and fast.

Join me as I prepare this for my family today. We’ll go through all the steps, and at the end, you’ll be left with an easy, flavorful meal: our Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal.

Why You’ll Love This Plant-Based Taco Bake!

  • Time-Saving: Our recipe is quick and easy, making it a perfect dinner solution for parents who need a hassle-free dinner solution.
  • Versatile: Easily customize each person’s serving with the taco toppings they prefer.
  • Minimal Ingredients: Our recipe calls for simple, easy-to-find ingredients, which means there is no extensive grocery shopping.
  • Leftovers: Leftovers are just as good (if not better) the next day, which means this recipe is perfect for lunches or as leftovers later in the week.
A Year of Meal Plans on a Budget
Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe
Savory lentils, crunchy walnuts, a medley of fresh vegetables seasoned to perfection, bold taco flavors, and a splash of lime. That is what makes this taco bake perfection. Add in the convenience of being a make-ahead freezer meal, and you've got heaven at your fingertips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • Freezer-friendly and oven-safe 9×13 casserole dish and lid (aluminum is great)
Ingredients
  
  • 3 cups Cooked lentils
  • 1 cup Raw Walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onion diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • 1 Diced tomatos can
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
Day of Cooking
  • Lettuce chopped
  • Tomato diced
  • Optional: Queso (Whole 30- compliant)
  • Optional: Sour cream (Whole 30- compliant)
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions
  • Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except Day of Cooking ingredients, to the aluminum pan.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Cover and freezer for up to three months.
Oven Casserole | Cooking Directions
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Remove from freezer, cover with aluminum foil, and cook in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • (Optional: Top casserole with lettuce, onion, and preferred taco toppings, or serve from casserole dish and allow individuals to top with preferred taco toppings)
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Equipment Needed to make Whole 30 Taco Bake Recipe

  • Freezer-friendly and oven-safe 9×13 casserole dish and lid (aluminum is great)

Ingredients for your Taco Bake Plant-Based Freezer Meal Recipe

  • 3 cups Cooked lentils
  • 1 cup Raw Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • 1 Diced tomatoes, can
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • Day of Cooking
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Tomato, diced
  • Optional: Queso, (whole 30- compliant)
  • Optional: Sour cream, (whole 30- compliant)

How to Make a Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish, labeling according to your preferred method.
  2. Add all ingredients, except Day of Cooking ingredients, to the aluminum pan.
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Cover and freezer for up to three months.

Oven Casserole | Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Remove from freezer, cover with aluminum foil, and cook in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  5. (Optional: Top casserole with lettuce, onion, and preferred taco toppings, or serve from casserole dish and allow individuals to top with preferred taco toppings)

What to Pair with your Healthy Taco Bake Whole 30 Recipe

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Black Beans: Replace the 3 cups of cooked lentils with 3 cups of cooked black beans for a heartier flavor and texture.
  • Bell Peppers: Exchange the ½ cup of diced onion with 1 cup of diced bell peppers for a sweet, crunchy texture, and some beautiful color.

Additions:

  • Sliced Black Olives: Before baking, incorporate one cup of sliced black olives to the recipe for a varied salt and savory flavor.
  • Corn: Incorporate one cup of frozen corn kernels to the mixture for a slightly sweet flavor and an additional texture. 
  • Chopped Spinach: Adding two cups of chopped spinach will boost the nutritional content without altering the flavor.

How To Reheat & Store Easy Taco Bake Plant-Based Freezer Meal Recipe?

Best Way To Store Leftover Vegan Taco Bake Freezer Meal?

Leftover vegan Taco Bake freezer meal is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Before storing, allow recipe to cool completely to room temperature to avoid excessive moisture build up in the container during storage.

How Long Will Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe Last In the Fridge?

When properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, Taco Bake Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe will stay fresh for three to five days. Always make sure to check for spoilage before reheating leftover recipes.

Can I Freeze Easy Plant-Based Taco Casserole?

Our cooking method is freezing raw and cooking from frozen, because it yields the flavor and texture of cooking fresh. While it is safe to freeze leftovers, we do not advise it. The second round will have diminished flavor and texture and will not be as enjoyable as the first.

To prepare this as a raw freezer meal, label a casserole lid with cooking directions and expiration date. Add all ingredients, except day of cooking ingredients, to the 9X13 casserole dish/aluminum pan. Mix ingredients until well combined. Then cover and freeze for up to three months.

How To Reheat Whole30 Vegan Taco Bake?

Whole30 Vegan Taco Bake is reheatable in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. If we aren’t in a pinch, we prefer reheating this recipe in the oven. Preheat oven to 350, and place desired amount of leftovers on an oven safe pan, then heat for 10-15 minutes, until recipe is evenly heated through.

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