Prime Day 2017

One of my favorite days is here! It’s Amazon Prime Day!

One day a year (other than Black Friday) Amazon has crazy sales! I have a few favorites that I think you should get before it’s too late.

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Prime Day Deals

First, you need an Amazon Prime account. I’m a huge proponent of getting a Prime account becuase you get free shipping and other perks. If you don’t have one don’t worry! You can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!

Second, Amazon slowly releases deals every 5 minutes for about 30 hours. You’ll want to check back often if there are items you have your eye on.

Third, there will be great deals on some of my favorite products! I also have my eye on a few things I need to replace or upgrade.

I’ll list some of the things that will go on sale. Unfortunately, I don’t know what time they go on sale

Instant Pot

Yep, one of my favorite things, the Instant Pot will be on sale during Prime Day. If you aren’t sure if you should get an Instant Pot, check out my post 10 Reasons I Bought an Instant Pot!

I use a steamer basket just like this in my Instant Pot. It allows me to easily steam veggies and cook multiple layers of food.

I’ve wanted a silicone lid for my Instant Pot since I first heard about them. I’ll be watching for this deal. Sometimes I make a big pot of beans or soup and I don’t want to pour it into multiple containers. This will allow me to put the whole thing in the fridge!

If you are a Prime member, you’ll be able to click “watch this deal” on things that aren’t available yet.

Air Fryer

I heard in some of my Facebook groups that there will be an Air Fryer at a great price. I have the Go WISE USA brand air fryer but I’ve heard good things about several brands. The Air Fryer by Cozyna is supposed to be a great deal during Prime Day too!

Cooking and Baking

I’ve really wanted to get my hands on Silicone Baking mats for years. I still haven’t bought them but this Prime Day deal is too good to turn down!

If you’ve been wanting to get a really nice food processor, keep your eye on this one from Hamilton Beach.

There are so many deals! If you need good knives, cook ware, blenders, spiralizers or more…you’ll find a good deal today!

For the Home

I’m thinking about replacing one of our Kindles too! I’ll just have to wait for the right deal!

We are excited that Amazon Home Services will also have some great deals! This one is new to me, but you can hire painters, plumbers, electricians, house cleaners and more through Amazon. Is that a dream come true or what?

I know that as Prime Day gets underway there will be more great deals! I’ll come back here to update this post! 

Did you get a deal! Leave a comment and let us know!

Summer Plant-Based Meal Plan and Shopping List

I just got back from two weeks of travel! We are home and ready to eat home cooking. However the last thing I want to do is cook every day. Instead, I’ll choose a few recipes from my Summer Plant-Based Meal Plan.

Summer meal plan that is plant-based with gluten-free options. Includes shopping list and recipes in a download.

This plant-based meal plan has some of my favorite recipes.

Summer Meal Plan

I created this meal plan last year as a gift to people on my email list. I don’t want anyone to miss out on it though so I’m giving everyone a chance to sign up and get it today!

This Summer Meal Plan is so big, and so full of great info! It’s an 8 page PDF that includes the 5 day dinner meal plan, a shopping list and recipes. When printing you can skip the first page to save ink. 

You can get this for FREE when you sign up for my newsletter.

I send out a weekly email full of plant-based tips every Saturday morning.

Sign up today!

Are you curious about what is in the meal plan?

This meal plan uses basic ingredients you normally see in my recipes plus a few fun summer additions like pineapple and mango!

You’ll find:

  • Salads
  • Pasta
  • Burritos
  • Stir Fry
  • Veggie Burgers

When you sign up you’ll be sent a confirmation email. Once you confirm your email address I’ll send you a link to download the meal plan.

Don’t miss out on this FREE Summer Meal Plan! This meal plan also works great for people with food allergies. There is a gluten-free option listed for any gluten used and there are no nuts used either.

 If you are looking for some new and delicious plant-based recipes, give this meal plan a try. The shopping list and recipes will make your week so much easier!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan

You probably know of my love of meal plans. I have 5+ years of meal plans archived but sometimes it’s fun to see how other people do meal plans.

Toni from Plant-Based on a Budget collaborated with Michelle with World of Vegan to create a couple of weekly meal plans that I think you’ll enjoy!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan

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I’ll be traveling this week so instead of creating a new meal plan, I thought I’d give you the opportunity to discover Toni and Michelle’s new meal plans!

Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plans

They have two weeks available and each plan comes with a 7-day meal plan, shopping list, and recipes! Each meal plan is designed to feed one person breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 7 days. This is perfect for singles or couples who don’t want to make huge meals that last for days.

Their meal plans have a focus on being inexpensive. Some users say they spend as little as $25 per week on food! That is so cheap!

If you need to substitute some ingredients to make the meal plan gluten-free, it will probably cost a little more but still very affordable.

Learn more about their meal plans or try them for yourself! It’s only $5 for a meal plan!

If you are new to plant-based eating or super busy and don’t have a lot of time to plan your meals, give the Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plan a chance to make your life easier!

If you give it a try come back and let me know what you think! I definitely plan to try it when I get back.


If you want to see what I’m up to on my travels be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Air Fryer Cheesy Potatoes

I’m not a gadget person. Don’t get me wrong, I love tech that makes my life easier but when it comes to kitchen stuff, I don’t rush out to get every new shiny object that comes around. I’ve been in love with my Instant Pot for years but the thing that has my attention recently is my air fryer. The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors This page contains affiliate links. I also received a free copy of this book for review but I had already pre-ordered my copy.

Cooking with an Air Fryer

The air fryer is the latest craze in kitchen appliances and with good reason. It’s like having a mini convection oven on our counter top.

The beauty of the air fryer is its ability to cook foods and make them crispy, without using oil. For those of us in the whole food, plant-based, no oil camp, the air fryer is like a long awaited miracle. Fries without guilt!

I was so excited to get my air fryer months ago. I thought I’d be able to pick it up as easily as I did the Instant Pot but I struggled. In fact, I had a lot of fails in the beginning. I knew I had to go to the experts. I asked friends and many of you on Facebook who the undisputed air fryer guru was and everyone mentioned JL Fields.

I already had JL’s pressure cooking book so I was really excited to see she had a new air fryer book coming out. I preordered The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors from Amazon so I could get it as soon as possible. It’s out now so you don’t have to wait!

The book is filled with so much helpful information about how to use the air fryer and of course, delicious recipes. I was given permission to share one of the recipes with you! The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors

From the Vegan Air Fryer, ©2017 by JL Fields. Used by permission. Photo by Michelle Donner.

Cheesy Potato Wedges

Try these potato wedges if you love potato skins but want that potato, too. This is a great side dish and also a fun recipe to make for game day!

Potatoes

  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil (you can exclude this if you don’t’ eat oil)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water

Potatoes

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 3 minutes. Wash the potatoes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the oil (if using), salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the potatoes. Toss to coat. Transfer the potatoes to the air fryer. Cook for 16 minutes, shaking halfway through the cooking time.

Cheese Sauce

Combine the cashews, turmeric, paprika, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice in a high-speed blender. Blend on low, slowly increasing the speed and adding water as needed. Be careful to avoid using too much water, as you want a thick, cheesy consistency. Transfer the cooked potatoes to an air fryer-safe pan or a piece of parchment paper. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the potato wedges. Place the pan in the air fryer and cook for 2 more minutes at 400°F. You can win a copy of The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors! One winner will be selected to receive a copy of this cookbook. U.S. residents only.

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner Wendy!

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Simply Summer Meal Plan

Does your summer schedule include a lot of cooking? My meal plan includes Instant Pot recipes and leftovers. Don’t worry, this meal plan will include non-pressure cooker recipes too. We take advantage of leftovers (My friend Anne calls them planned-overs) during the summer to avoid heating up the kitchen.

I also try to make do without extra trips to the store so when the fridge gets bare I’ll open a can of beans and enjoy them with salsa. That is pretty much my favorite meal and I have it for lunch most of the time if leftovers aren’t available.

This meal plan is perfect for summer! It's full of easy recipes that will free up your extra time for family fun.

Sometime else I’ve really been enjoying lately is connecting with so many of you who have taken the FREE 7 Day Plant-Based ecourse. If you haven’t taken it yet you definitely need to sign up! It’s perfect for people who are brand new to plant-based eating and aren’t sure what to do.

Another way to connect is in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook group.

The boys are in summer programs since we work full time so summer is busier than the school year. I’ll try to keep it simple with easy meals when possible, especially in the mornings. We do a lot of oatmeal, bagels, and fruit for breakfast. Take a look at our dinner meal plan!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Tostadas with Mexican Rice

Tuesday

Baked Potatoes made in the Instant Pot (but you can cook them in the Crock Pot) with steamed broccoli and my easy Brown Gravy.

Wednesday

Mango Black Bean Salad and the boys will probably have a variation of this in taco or tostada form.

Thursday

Busy Night Pasta, I make this in the Instant Pot but you could do it stove top.

Friday

Veggie Wrap with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus! The hummus is the star!

Treats

I’m also making frozen treats! We live in Arizona and it will be 120 degrees this week! I kid you not! That requires a lot of frozen treats!


I take a little break from meal planning in the summer. If you’ve been missing these meal plans be sure to check out my free Summer Meal Plan download. It features batch cooking to free up your nights so you can have more fun with the family. We spend our extra time in the pool, riding bikes and playing catch.

What have you been cooking this summer?

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