September 25, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Soups, coffee with banana bread, pumpkin granola…these are all signs of cooler days. This week’s plant-based meal plan is embracing the slightly cooler temperatures and my cravings for fresh baked goods!

Last week I shared my recipe for Pumpkin Granola and I’ve been snacking on it ever since. It’s fueled a new pecan addiction. I never really liked pecans until I made this granola. Too bad too because growing up, I always had access to pecan trees. I plan to add pecans to other favorites like my Banana Bread!

This Plant-Based Meal Plan is full of delicious comfort foods your family will love. Soups, casseroles and freshly baked goods whisper fall is here.

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Fall also has me thinking about Thanksgiving! It’s still a while away for me but my friends in Canada will be celebrating soon! If you are already looking ahead to holiday planning, take a look at my Plant-Based Holiday Meal Plan! It was designed with all my Thanksgiving favorites!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

This weeks meal plan is all about comfort foods! Don’t worry, comfort foods don’t have to be unhealthy! I think you’ll love this week’s collection of soups, casseroles and baked goods!

Monday

Breakfast Cookies with fresh fruit

leftover Taco Soup

Chickpea Noodle Soup and freshly baked bread (I use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method, there is a gluten-free version of the book too)

Tuesday

Pumpkin Granola topped oatmeal

Soup and salad with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Tofu and Stir Fried Brown Rice

Wednesday

Instant Pot Oatmeal with diced apples or fresh blueberries

Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Thursday

Blueberry Muffins or Banana Bread with added pecans

leftover casserole

Potato Broccoli Soup

Friday

Oatmeal with dried cranberries (and pecans)

Soup and baked potato

Enchilada Casserole


Moment of truth! What are your favorite fall flavors? I’ve been thinking of sharing more pumpkin recipes but don’t want to miss other fall favorites!

Oil-Free Pumpkin Granola

Since September 1st is the beginning of pumpkin season I decided it was time to share my pumpkin granola recipe. This is no ordinary pumpkin granola! It has my favorite fall flavors in an easy to make oil-free granola.

This oil-free Pumpkin Granola recipe has the best fall flavors mixed in. Pumpkin spice, pecans and even cranberries!

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Most granola recipes are made with oil and it can be tricky to make it without. The payoff is worth it because you get a delicious chewy granola. (My husband loves chewy granola.) Don’t get me wrong. It still has plenty of crunch from raw pepitas and pecans. If you have a nut allergy, you can leave the pecans out but they are my favorite part!

This oil-free Pumpkin Granola recipe has the best fall flavors mixed in. Pumpkin spice, pecans and even cranberries!

I typically make my granola mild, I don’t want flavor too strong so it doesn’t overpower whatever it is served with. The funny thing is, I can’t stop snacking on this one by itself. I finally had to put it away because it’s way too tempting when left on the counter.

If you are looking for an easy and delicious granola recipe that has the best flavors of fall, try this recipe! You get the pumpkin, maple syrup, the classic pumpkin pie spices, raw pepitas, pecans and dried cranberries!

If you aren’t ready for fall after reading that list, nothing will help you! But don’t worry, if you aren’t a cranberry fan, you can leave them out. I made a batch of both but I’m partial to the cranberries!

This oil-free Pumpkin Granola recipe has the best fall flavors mixed in. Pumpkin spice, pecans and even cranberries!

One important note, if you need to be gluten-free because of an allergy or celiac disease, make sure you use gluten-free oats. I completely trust GF Harvest!

Oil-Free Pumpkin Granola

Enjoy this Pumpkin Granola on vegan yogurt, baked fruit, a smoothie bowl, pumpkin pudding, or like me, by the handful!

Oil-Free Pumpkin Granola
 
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Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups rolled oats (choose certified gluten-free oats if needed)
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plant milk (I used rice milk)
  • ¼ cup raw pepitas
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your rolled oats and set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, add your pumpkin puree, maple syrup, spices, vanilla and plant milk. Stir well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the oats a little at a time and stir well. Once all the wet ingredients are incorporated into the oats, add the raw pepitas and pecan halves and mix again. Don't add the dried cranberries yet!
  5. Scoop mixture onto the parchment covered baking sheet. Be careful not to get it too close to the edge. If there isn't enough room, use two baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes total but pull it out every 10 minutes to stir gently. Once done, allow to cool.
  7. After the granola is cool, mix in the dried cranberries and store in an airtight container.

You can skip the parchment if you have a Silpat! It’s a non-stick silicone baking mat (and it makes a great gift).

This oil-free Pumpkin Granola recipe has the best fall flavors mixed in. Pumpkin spice, pecans and even cranberries!Did I leave out any of your favorite fall flavors? 

September 18, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Are you happy that it’s almost fall! No matter the temperature, once pumpkin spice takes over it’s time to give up on any ideas that summer is hanging on.

I don’t mind fall, that means Thanksgiving, spiced apple cider, and all my favorite soups are on their way! Also, apples get really inexpensive so you can buy all you want. That means apple oatmeal, apple bread, applesauce and more!

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for fall. Your family will enjoy hearty breakfasts and warm dinners.

When it’s fall, practically all my food is eaten out of a warm bowl! I love cradling a warm bowl of soup in my hands and enjoying every last bite, then going to scoop at least one more cup! If you also love soup make sure you try my Dry Veggie Broth Mix this year! Don’t let apprehension of making something new and different, keep you from missing out on this game changer.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Leftover Soup and Salad

Green Chili, Cilantro, and Lime Soup

Tuesday

Toast with peanut butter (or alternative) and fresh fruit

Big salad and baked potato

Broccoli and Tofu Teriyaki and Oil-Free Stir Fry Rice

Wednesday

Apple Muffins and fruit

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole in the Crock Pot

 Thursday

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Leftovers

Quinoa and Lentil Salad (I also make this with rice instead of quinoa)

Friday

Breakfast Hash and fruit

Soup and Salad

Busy Night Pasta


Over the weekend, I sent out my weekly email with Plant-Based tips! It was all about fall but I have more fall tips coming. I’ll also share about how we do Thanksgiving while being plant-based!

If you haven’t signed up to get this weekly email you can do so today. It’s a great way to get weekly plant-based encouragement delivered directly to your inbox. Most of the emails contain practical tips but it’s always great information that I think will help you on your plant-based journey!

Do you have favorite fall recipes? I’d love to hear your favorites!

September 11, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

The crazier the week, the easier the meals need to be. When I think about simple meals, I think about basic plant-based staples like beans, potatoes, oats, and pasta. We usually have a good supply of veggies and a well-stocked pantry. Even when we keep it simple, it’s not boring. A Plant-Based Meal Plan that is perfect for a busy week!

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My kids request oatmeal almost every morning. Some days I’ll make something different but they still ask for oatmeal. It’s easy and healthy so I make it for them. They each like different toppings so I cook it plain and add different fruit to each bowl. If our evening’s busier than we expect, we will have something like spaghetti, Pad Thai, baked potatoes, or beans! Remember, you don’t have to have a meal with a dozen ingredients. Keep it simple!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Oatmeal with chia seeds and diced apples

Refried Beans and leftover Tofu Scramble

Baked Potatoes made in the Instant Pot and tomato cucumber salad

Tuesday

Overnight Oatmeal

Leftover baked potatoes

Veggie Burgers and potatoes in the Air Fryer

Wednesday

Instant Pot Oatmeal with blueberries and diced apples

Broccoli Potato Soup

Spaghetti with red sauce and side salad with Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Thursday

Breakfast Hash and Banana Bread

Leftover Soup and Salad

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Friday

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Leftovers

Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry


This week, I’ll use some of the tips I shared in last weekends newsletter to stretch leftovers instead of cooking a new meal. You can sign up to get my weekly email that is always full of plant-based tips!

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

You may have noticed an abundance of Instant Pot recipes lately! I’m working my way through updating old recipes and adapting them for my pressure cooker. My latest success is adapting one of my favorite recipes, Instant Pot Minestrone Soup! Instant Pot Minestrone Soup may just be the perfect plant-based soup! Veggies, beans, broth and pasta create a hearty and healthy soup! I have been in love with the stove top version of this delicious, plant-based soup for years. The only thing I don’t love about it is how long it takes to make it. It still takes time to cut the veggies but making it in the Instant Pot means I can walk away from it and come back when it’s done. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you’ll love my stove top version of Minestrone Soup that has been a reader favorite for years! Instant Pot Minestrone Soup may just be the perfect plant-based soup! Veggies, beans, broth and pasta create a hearty and healthy soup!

Pressure Cooking with Pasta

The one thing that concerned me about making Minestrone in a pressure cooker was the noodles. Pasta and pressure cooking don’t always mix. I’ve had the best luck with whole wheat pasta like rotini or penne. I haven’t gotten gluten-free pasta to work in my pressure cooker, yet. If you are gluten-free, I recommend cooking your pasta on the stove and adding it to your soup after it is done. Even if you are not gluten-free, you may want to cook your pasta on the stove anyway. This soup creates a lovely broth, the noodles will soak it up and leave you with a casserole type dish instead of a soup. It tastes great either way but you can avoid that by adding cooked pasta right before serving. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup may just be the perfect plant-based soup! Veggies, beans, broth and pasta create a hearty and healthy soup!

Building Flavor

One of the reasons I’ve always loved Minestrone Soup is the variety of ingredients. You have veggies, beans, pasta and a flavorful broth. When I cook this on the stove I’ll let it simmer and tweak the flavors as it cooks. You can’t do that in the Instant Pot. I use my dry Veggie Broth Mix to give this soup a robust flavor. If you have a favorite veggie broth, by all means, use it instead of water. I simply add 1 Tablespoon of Veggie Broth Mix for each cup of water. For this recipe, that is 1/2 cup of Veggie Broth Mix. You’ll want to add salt and pepper to taste as well. I prefer to sprinkle both on my bowl right before eating. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup may just be the perfect plant-based soup! Veggies, beans, broth and pasta create a hearty and healthy soup!

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

This soup has a long ingredient list but it’s really easy to make. If you will be pressed for time, you can precut the onion, carrots, and celery ahead of time. The rest of the ingredients are dumped into the pot.

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
 
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 stalks chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (2-3 carrots)
  • 1 15 oz can white navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups of water with ½ cup Veggie Broth Mix (or 8 cups of your favorite veggie broth)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups whole wheat noodles (or gluten-free noodles if needed)
  • 2 cups spinach (optional)
Instructions
  1. Dump onion, celery, carrots, and canned items into the pot.
  2. Add water and Veggie Broth Mix (or veggie broth) along with other spices.
  3. If using whole wheat noodles, add them to the Instant Pot. Make sure they are covered with liquid. This should be below the max fill line.
  4. Close the lid, press manual and decrease the minutes to 5 minutes. Adjust the pressure to low.
  5. It will take a while for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. After it finishes cooking, use the quick pressure release method. Be careful, escaping steam and liquid will be hot.
  6. Carefully remove the lid and add the spinach. Replace the lid, sealing isn't necessary.
  7. Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove lid and stir.

This delicious soup is easy to adapt if you are missing an ingredient. I usually have all of these on hand but occasionally I’ll be missing green beans or spinach. I forgot to add spinach when I made the recipe for these photos! It still tastes great! You can also use frozen or fresh ingredients instead of canned. It still comes out great! Do you love Minestrone Soup? Have you tried it in the Instant Pot?

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