April 17, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Did you stay on track last week? Either way, use this plant-based meal plan to keep you moving in the right direction.

If you have a house full of Easter treats I recommend you get rid of them as soon as possible. If you are surrounded by junk food it will be harder to eat healthy.  If you get my Saturday morning emails you’ve already been encouraged to toss the junk. If not, sign up to get plant-based tips emailed to you each week.

This Plant-Based Meal plan has several tex-mex recipes and other family favorites. All completely vegan!

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Veggie Sandwich

Taco Salad

Tuesday

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Leftover Taco Salad

Dirty Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy and veggies

Wednesday

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Lentil Tacos, Mexican Rice, and Black Beans

Thursday

Breakfast Hash with muffins and fruit

Bean and Rice Burritos

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Friday

Overnight Oats

Baked Potatoes and veggies

Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

I recently ordered an EZ Tofu Press so I can experiment with some tofu recipes. My boys love tofu but I rarely make it. I want to try cooking tofu in my Air Fryer.

Last week I made a tofu scramble in my Instant Pot and we loved it! I also experimented with Jack Fruit. We aren’t complete sold yet but I’ll try it again soon.

Have you tried anything new recently? 

April 10, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

This week, our plant-based meal plan will include many of our favorite recipes. Veggie Pad Thai is an all time favorite and it’s so easy. I try to keep the noodles and a bag of frozen veggies on hand at all times so I can easily throw it together.

A delicious plant-based meal plan the whole family will love.

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To save time, I’ll do a little batch cooking. If you are new around here, that means I’ll cook some of the ingredients in large batches to use in multiple meals.

For example, we plan to have oatmeal several days this week. I’ll cook a big batch of steel cut oats in my Instant Pot to use throughout the week. Several recipes call for Chickpeas which I buy in bulk from Amazon. These are my favorite!  If you haven’t already, try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to take advantage of free shipping!

Baked Potatoes are another good option for batch cooking. I enjoy them more when they are freshly cooked but they are still good reheated.

We will often eat our dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal (see my Ultimate Oatmeal Guide for recipes and more oatmeal ideas)

Baked Potatoes

Veggie Pad Thai

Tuesday

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Leftover Pad Thai

Chickpea Nuggets and Fries in my new Air Fryer!

Wednesday

Breakfast Hash and fresh fruit

Veggie Sandwich with Jalapeno Hummus and veggies

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry

Thursday

Baked Sweet Potato

Leftover Stir Fry

Taco Soup

Friday

Instant Pot Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon

leftover soup and baked potatoes

Mexican Casserole in the Crock Pot


What are you eating this week? If you have an Air Fryer let me know your favorite things to cook!

Weekly Plant-Based Meal Plan

It’s a new week, we got a new meal plan and I’m feeling so much better. Thank you to everyone who sent messages of encouragement when I was sick! You are the best!

Unlike most Monday’s, I don’t have any food prepped. We usually spend time each weekend grocery shopping, planning and doing a little cooking. This isn’t one of those weeks but I’ll rely on my favorite easy recipes to get us through the week.

I ran into Sprout’s to pick up a few necessities like apples, oranges, and potatoes.

This week, we have a plant-based meal plan that is full of starch! Dr. McDougall would be proud!

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I also bought a new toy, I mean appliance. Last week I mentioned wanting to purchase an air fryer. I asked around and went with the GoWise USA Air Fryer. I chose the 5.8 quart so I could cook bigger portions. I’ll let you know what we think about it after we use it a few times.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast Hash (I want to try it in my Air Fryer!)

Baked Potatoes with green beans

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice with avocado

Tuesday

Instant Pot Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon

Veggie Sandwich

Potato and Kale Soup

Wednesday

Banana Nut Oatmeal

leftover soup

Veggie Pad Thai

Thursday

Breakfast Stir Fry

Beans and Rice with salsa

Veggie Burgers, Fries and Fruit Salad (because I can hardly wait to try fries in my new Air Fryer)

Friday

Breakfast Quinoa

Leftovers

Instant Pot Lentil and Rice recipe from Kathy Hester’s latest cookbook!


Speaking of cookbooks. Richa Hingle’s newest book is available for pre-order. It won’t be out until September but I know it’s going to be good! Do yourself a favor and pre-order today so you don’t miss the great price!

I’ll probably buy JL Field’s Vegan Air Fryer cookbook soon. I’m going to give it a try on my own but if I run into trouble or need more ideas I’ll order it. I’m a big fan of JL and know her recipes will make the family happy. If you’ve read it let me know what you think.

What are you eating this week? If you make any of my recipes take a photo and share it to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see what you are making!

Plant-Based Meal Plan for March 27, 2017

Last weekend, I created a lovely meal plan, then I woke up Monday with a stomach bug. I spent the rest of the week not eating from my plan. I was sick for a few days, then my stomach was too sensitive for a few days after that. I’m finally back to normal and plan to eat well this week.

I plan to keep things pretty basic this week. I’m not quite ready for complicated meals. Besides, I find it easier to follow a meal plan if it is “plain” foods.

This week will also wrap up our month long accountability group. You can still join in but we aren’t “officially” doing another challenge yet. I’m working on a few ideas though.

A Plant-Based meal Plan for Spring that the whole family will love.

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Toast with fresh fruit

Baked Potatoes

“Cheesy” Broccoli and Rice Casserole in the Crock Pot

Tuesday

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Veggies with hummus

Potato Soup in the Crock Pot

Wednesday

Overnight Oats

leftovers

Mexican Rice and Unfried Black Beans

Thursday

Breakfast Rice

Baked Potatoes

Busy Night Pasta

Friday

Strawberry Banana Muffins or Banana Bread

leftovers

Chickpea and Rice Soup

I’m planning a good mix of Crock Pot and Instant Pot recipes this week. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Air Fryers. Apparently, you get crispy veggies without using oil. If you’ve used an air fryer let me know what you think and what brand you prefer. 


If you need some sweet treats I have a few recommendations! Try these Double Chocolate Donuts (they are made with Brownie Bite mix),  No-Bake Bites, or Brownies. Wow, I guess I have chocolate on the brain. Banana Pudding Ice Cream is a great non-chocolate version.

March 20, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Spring is here, well at least in Arizona. The desert is filled with wildflowers and the neighborhoods are filled with citrus blossoms. Our plant-based meal plan tries to take advantage of some of the spring time produce.

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for spring and filled with family favorites.

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I’ll also be adapting my cooking methods as the temps rise. Soon, it will be way too hot to use the oven. I’ll continue to rely on my Instant Pot, slow cooker and the stove top. What is your favorite way to cook? Leave me a comment so I know what kind of recipes you want.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast Hash with fresh fruit

Soup and salad

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry with pineapple or mango

Tuesday

Baked Sweet Potatoes with raisins and almonds

leftover stir fry

Minestrone Soup

Wednesday

Quick Oats in the Instant Pot from Kathy Hester’s new cookbook

leftover Minestrone Soup

Easy Asian Noodles

Thursday

Instant Pot Oatmeal topped with fresh fruit or dried cranberries

Baked Potatoes with green beans and salad with Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Veggie Burgers with raw veggies and Spinach Artichoke Dip and Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Friday

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Leftovers

Quinoa Lentil Tacos and Mexican Rice


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