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Meal Plan Monday: July 6, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: Plant-Based, Vegan Meal Plan with mostly gluten-free options

After last weeks short week and holiday weekend this week will like feel a lot longer. We didn’t do much prep on the weekend but we are starting the week with a fridge full of fresh produce and a fresh bot of cooked brown rice. Jim will cook beans tomorrow in the Instant Pot and we will be ready for the week.

I expect to work a lot of hours this week and will rely on different combinations of our basics. This usually involved brown rice, black beans, chopped lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and other veggies. We will need to cook some potatoes but those make a great breakfast, lunch or snack. I also ordered more Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free Steel Cut Oats from Amazon that will arrive on Tuesday.

In addition to the items mentioned above we also have carrots, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower and a lot of fruit including: apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, mangoes, grapes, blueberries and plums. I’m sure there is more but this is what comes to mind.

Instead of sharing a Plant-Based Meal Plan with a lot of separate meals I’ll tell you how we will stick to these basic ingredients to build several meals.

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  • Bean and Rice Bowl
  • Taco Salad
  • Bean Burritos
  • Veggie Burritos/Tacos

We will round out all of our meals and snacks with fruits or veggies (or both).

The great thing about a simple menu like this is that it is easy. You don’t have to buy a lot of foods that will go to waste because a lot of simple ingredients that we always have on hand. If these ingredients seem odd to you check out our Basic Pantry List.

I’ve cut down our choices but our family loves these meals. You should hear our kids beg for black beans for lunch. For years, our 6 year old would not eat black beans, or should I say, only eat them begrudgingly. He has come a long way and over the last month has proclaimed that they are his favorite. He has always like pinto beans but two people in our household have an intolerance to them so we have switched to black beans.

On that note, if any of you know of a super deal on black beans let me know. We go through a lot of them.

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Meal Plan Monday: June 29, 2015

Plant-Based Meal Plan with Quick and Easy Meals

Last week I shared a Meal Plan filled with meals that I cooked all in one afternoon using a Once a Week Cooking strategy. You can see the step-by-step run down and adapt it to your needs.

This week I’m going with something simpler and choosing meals than can be made quickly. We will have our basics like black beans and brown rice already cooked. The less time I have to spend cooking the more time I can spend on the fun stuff like swimming and having dance parties with my kids.

Some people wonder if we really get our kids to eat this way. Yes! Our kids eat very healthy. My husband is home with the boys regularly posts what they are eating on my Instagram. They get treats and unhealthy food occasionally but it isn’t everyday. We have come a long way. When we first adopted a plant-based diet my youngest was just starting to eat solid foods and my other son way addicted to fast food. It was a slow, purposeful change to healthy living but it is possible, it just takes time.

Plant-Based Meal Plan


Summer Berry Quinoa, we have strawberries, blueberries and blackberries

Breakfast Rice, I’ve been eating with strawberries, hemp seeds and milk.

Blueberry Oatmeal

Blueberry Muffins


Veggie Sandwich

Veggie Burritos with beans, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and guacamole

Taco Salad

Leftover Soup and Salad


Enchilada Soup I’m addicted to this right now so it will probably be on the meal plan every week for a while. I’ve been cooking it on the weekend for easy week day meals.

Veggie Pad Thai

Veggie Fajitas with Black Beans and Mexican Rice

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

Having a Meal Plan helps me to not stress about what we are having for dinner. It also gives me a chance to prep food for other days when I have time.

Have you made your meal plan for the week yet? Let’s get started. Don’t do anything else until you jot down (or leave in the comments) 3 meals you plan to make this week. Three meals isn’t a huge commitment but it will get you started.

Don’t forget to check out last weeks Once a Week Cooking post for more time saving ideas.

Meal Plan Monday: June 21, 2015

A Plant-Based (Vegan) Meal Plan that is also gluten-free! I used once a week cooking to get this done in a few hours so I don't have to cook again this week.

We had a great Father’s Day weekend. We took our boys to see their first major league baseball game; it was my first game too. It was a lot of fun and a much bigger production that the minor league games I’ve attended. I think next time we will have to go without the kids and make a date night out of it.

On Father’s Day we decided to take the easy way out for brunch and got Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles, Silk yogurt (alternative) and fruit. It was easy and my kids were super excited because the usually eat mostly homemade meals.

This weeks meal plan is looking good! The best part about it is that it is all done. Yes, you read that right! It’s been a while since I documented a Once a Week Cooking day so I decided to do it again. You’ll be seeing the new post soon.

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This week will be Sweet Potatoes, Breakfast Quinoa and Summer Berry Quinoa.


We will have leftovers for lunch along with Black Bean Mango Salad, Quinoa-Lentil Salad and Bean and Rice Burritos.


As previously mentioned, everything is cooked for the week but I haven’t cut up all the veggies yet. They last longer whole. In addition to the items above we also have black beans, Mexican Rice and quinoa cooked and ready to be mixed into quick meals. We also have:

Vegan Lasagna (it’s also gluten-free)

Enchilada Soup you can also try this version

Cheesy Crock Pot Broccoli and Rice Casserole

All we will need to do now is reheat meals and wash and chop fruit and veggies. One of the great things about this is that I don’t have to heat the house up at night to cook a big meal. I can do a quick reheat which works perfectly because we have one more week of swim lessons and by the time they are over at 6:00 I’m ready to relax.

What did you do this weekend? Did you cook a big Father’s Day meal?

Meal Plan Monday: June 15, 2015 and a 15 Minute Recharge

This weekend we spent time in the pool, had a family move night (at home), attended church and spent some time resting.

We work really hard during the week and need time to recharge on the weekend.

I know that we have to be careful about spending too much time in the sun and use sun screen, I even wrote about it last year, but I feel great after 15 minutes in the sun. I don’t get burned but I get nice and hot and start to sweat. Even when I have a headache, if I can go outside and relax for 15 minutes I feel so much better. Do you have a 15 minute recharge?

We did a little bit of cooking as well. Sweet Potatoes and small red potatoes, brown rice and black beans were all cooked in my Instant Pot. I shouldn’t say “we” because my husband cooked them. He does most of the cooking these days. Isn’t that awesome?

A Plant-Based Meal Plan that is also gluten-free and low fat. Perfect for anyone trying to eat healthier. These delicious meals packed with fiber and nutrients will keep you full.

Meal Plan

Our boys start swim lessons this week so we wanted to be prepared for the week since our schedule will be different. I know all of that swimming will have the boys extra hungry.


No matter what we have for breakfast we are loading up on delicious summer fruit to go with it. Peaches, nectarines, berries and melon!


I pack my lunch when I go to the office. In addition to bringing lunch I pack lots of veggies for snacking and always eat a piece of fruit on the way home. Jim takes the boys on a “field trip” once a week and packs them lunch. This week they go to the Science Center.

  • Veggie Sandwich
  • Leftover Soup
  • Bean and Grain Bowl
  • Big Black Bean Salad
  • Baked Potatoes


We still have Mexican Casserole leftover along with all of the foods Jim cooked for us. On a side note our 4 year old calls the Mexican Casserole Mess-Kit Casserole. It’s too funny.

We may not need to cook all of those dinners since we have other things already made. We have a plan to fall back on though.

What are you eating this week? I’ll try to post lots of pictures on Instagram.

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June 8, 2015 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Since I’m posting this weeks meal plan a little later than normal I can already tell you what I ate today. Wanna hear it?

Breakfast Rice with diced apples for breakfast, sliced carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers wit hummus for snack, leftover Veggie Pad Thai for lunch, a nectarine for snack, apple slices for my drive home snack and so far chips and guacamole for dinner. Don’t worry, that’s not my real dinner but I had a large portion. Other than the guacamole this is fairly typical. I usually have a large salad in there some where but we were out of greens until Jim when to the store today.

I’ve been really focusing on my food lately. It’s easy to let unhealthy habits find their way into your day. For me, this happens when I’m really busy (who isn’t) or stressed. I’ll use food to meet some need but it doesn’t really do the trick. More often than not we end up making bad choices. Personally I strive to eat healthy most of the time but I allow some room for treats. I made my gluten-free Brownies this weekend!

Let’s talk meals.

A summer meal plan for plant-based vegan diet

Plant-Based Meal Plan



We’ve take a little bit of a break from oatmeal and eaten more Breakfast Rice. Instead of cooking it as instructed we will cook a large batch of plain brown rice and add stuff like cinnamon and apples or strawberries and bananas to it later.

I’m ready to bring back Breakfast Quinoa or the Summer Berry Quinoa to help my strawberry cravings.


Lunches are usually leftovers or big salads for me. The boys get lots of salads too. Jim makes their lunches. He provides them greens, carrots an assortment of fruit then asks them to pick two of the following: beans, rice or potatoes.

Any leftovers are fair game.


White Bean Enchiladas

Enchilada Soup on a rainy day

Black Bean Mango Salad

Light and Lemony Quinoa Wraps

Rice and Bean Bowl

What are you having this week? Any My Plant-Based Family Recipes? If you are addicted to taking photos of your food be sure to tag me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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