Meal Plan Monday: Back to Mexican Food (What we thought of the purchased meal plan)

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My adoration of Mexican food has been greatly documented here! We enjoy it a few times a week, except last week. I had purchased a meal plan from Happy Herbivore as an experiment. I love her recipes and her cooking style is very similar to mine so I thought I’d give it a try.

Happy Herbivore Meal Plan Review

I knew going in that there was no Mexican food, she actually lists many of the recipes so you know what you are getting before you purchase it. The Happy Herbivore Meal Plans include a calendar with each meal planned out, a complete shopping list, and instructions for every recipe. It is very easy to follow. There are individual and family meal plans available for a low price.

What I liked

I thought the $5 price was reasonable, especially for busy people who don’t have time to sit and plan. The shopping was easy because everything was on the list. We were able to try new things we wouldn’t have picked on our own. The meal plan is mostly gluten and soy free but can easily be adapted and gives instructions for those substitutions. As already mentioned these plans are very easy to follow and takes most of the work out of preparing for dinner, of course you still have to shop and cook.

What I didn’t like

We had a few problems with the meal plan. First, it was too much food for us. I don’t cook a new dish for every meal. Second, I also spent about twice as much as I typically would. That really surprised me, I think it is because I bought wraps/crackers that I wouldn’t normally buy often. Also, the list included produce that was more expensive than I would typically choose, like frozen mango. Third, some of the recipes just weren’t our thing. If you follow me on Facebook, you heard that we had a bad experience with the Red Lentil Dal, BLECK! My kids weren’t very receptive to most of the dinner recipes, we gave them small amounts to try then ended up making them something else.

The Verdict

To be fair, we still have a lot of those groceries left because I didn’t follow the meal plan exactly. You could pick and choose which recipes work for your family. This weeks meal plan has plenty of Mexican food. I think the Happy Herbivore Meal Plans are a good idea for a lot of people, especially if you are open to trying a lot of different types of recipes and wanting to maintain a low calorie diet. If you are new to plant-based eating and want a no fuss plan for eating healthy then give these a try.

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Our Meal Plan

This week I’ll be getting back to normal, sort of. This is Healthy Cravings week so my cooking schedule will be a little different. On the plus side, it is a potluck so I don’t have to do all of the cooking. I’ve had smaller than normal RSVPs so I think the potluck part is a little intimidating for some.

You’ll notice that I don’t plan all of our meals. I try to cook large enough amounts that we have leftovers and my kids will often eat sandwiches for lunch. Sometimes I pull out a variety of raw veggies and salad dressing and we call that a meal. This work for our family better than a highly structured plan.

Breakfast Quinoa


I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen in the mornings so we will likely eat:



We often eat leftovers for lunch, most of these dishes are easily built with leftover ingredients.

  • Veggie Wraps with greens, bell peppers, sliced carrots, and cucumbers
  • Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl with avocado
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Taco Salad


We regularly have morning and afternoon snacks depending on our schedule. I try to focus on fruit and veggies most of the time. The kids love anything they can dip.

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Is there one type of food you eat over all the others? Have you purchased a Meal Plan? Tell us about your experience!

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  1. I have purchased the meal plan. The first time I tried to follow it exactly, I had just switched to plant based eating and was SO lost. lol
    Now, I do not follow them exactly and only buy it if I see alot of things I will like. Then I just pick and choose what meals I am going to make and throw them into my week.

  2. My problem is I’d never stick to it…lol!

  3. I signed up for the meal plan “Vegan Menu” when he was having an awesome deal at Christmastime: 6 months for $15.oo! His menus started out strong (there are a few that knocked my socks off with how delicious they were). But it seems the last few months have been items that I’d maybe serve as a side dish. They definitely wouldn’t fill me up as a main course. So, that’s disappointing. I can’t remember the last time I printed a shopping list, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a week where I’d use ALL his Mon-Fri recipes.

    I did like having a printable shopping list, but the website only keeps 2 weeks’ worth of menus (this week’s and last week’s) and last week’s menu you can pull up, but it no longer has the photos it had when it first came out. I’m very visual and I enjoy seeing what the end result is to look like, so that’s a definite downer for me. I won’t be renewing; I will stick to what I have. I’m glad I tried it though!

  4. We eat a blended rice mix for every meal, sometimes even breakfast. Wild rice, black eye peas, brown rice, split peas. We also have a broth type soup for every meal.
    My 2 year old can’t get enough of his soup and rice.

  5. Everything looks amazing Holly. I’ve never grilled avocados but it looks soooo good! I need to try that soon, we eat avocados daily.

  6. Has anyone tried the Detox 3 day or 10 day cleanse by Happy herbivore? I just came back from a vacation and was thinking about it. I am not sure though….

  7. holisticeileen says:

    Yeah, I was just thinking of taking it easy on spices and get back to my normal diet and call it good. Although I am curious if anyone has tried and it how it went.

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