August 29, 2016 Weekly Meal Plan

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You’ve probably heard that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a bad idea. I think meal planning when your hungry is an equally bad idea. In fact, I’m officially adding “eat a snack” to my meal planning tips. Your weekly meal plan will turn out healthier if you aren’t thinking of pizza while you plan it.

Mmmmm, pizza sounds good! See, it’s a problem anyone can fall into. Fortunately, it is still too hot for pizza so that won’t make it into my meal plan but Pizza Pasta will. Sometimes people will ask me why I’ll eat soup or chili in the summer; since it’s so hot here in Arizona we keep our air conditioner really cold so soup is actually enjoyable. On the other hand, turning on the oven will heat up the house so I usually only do that in the mornings or for company.

Just thinking about turning on the oven made me think of cookies. Thankfully, I have a no-bake alternative for those too.

See, I have a problem. That just goes to show how much I need a meal plan to keep me focused. I’m also thinking about trying Veestro to have “just in case” I need a quick and easy meal. If you have experience with them let me know!

We’ve had family in town two of the last three weeks so and haven’t been eating the healthiest meals. This week we are ready to get back on plan. This meal plan will focus on dinners because we’ve been living on the Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups for easy breakfasts.

Weekly Meal Plan

If you are stuck and can’t figure out what to have for dinner, this plant-based meal plan should give you some ideas!

A plant-based meal plan the whole family will enjoy. Easy swaps make it gluten-free.


Pizza Pasta with a side salad


Potato and Broccoli Soup


Lentil Tacos with Mexican Rice or make them in the Instant Pot IP Lentil Tacos


Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry If you don’t have time to cook rice you can substitute quinoa or noodles for a delicious twist.


Veggie Pad Thai I make it with SoyNut Butter and Tamari for a gluten-free and peanut-free version.

You may notice that three of the five dinners contain broccoli. I’m not a big broccoli lover but we buy a giant bag at Costco for a great price so I’m always trying to stick it in as many dishes as possible. I’ll also have it with other meals for lunch. I prefer it steamed so I’ll toss some potatoes, carrots, broccoli and onions into my Instant Pot for an easy lunch. I use the steamer basket to steam veggies in the IP.

If you want to get an inside look at what we are eating check me out on SnapChat! I just joined, user name is MyPlantBasedFamily.

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