Last Plant-Based Meal Plan of 2016

This will be the last plant-based meal plan of 2016. I’m ready for Christmas and spending a few days off with my family.

This week will be crazy! We have a lot scheduled so I’m only going to plan dinners this week. We will stick to our usual leftovers for lunches and breakfasts will be things like oatmeal, smoothies, bagels, etc.

I’ve been able to stay focused on healthy eating, even with all of the holiday festivities, because I love soup. Each week I make 2-3 big pots of soup so I always have a healthy meal available. Even now I have leftover Enchilada Soup and Chickpea and Rice Soup in the fridge. I don’t get to the point of eating something I’m going to regret because I always have a healthy option ready to go.

If you are struggling to eat healthy, try making a delicious soup. You can always freeze the leftovers.

A plant-based meal plan for winter with quick and easy meals.

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Chickpea and Rice Soup. It’s already leftovers but we have at least one more meal left.


Spaghetti with marinara sauce and a side salad.


Veggie Pad Thai, we love this quick and easy recipe.


Mexican Casserole in the Instant Pot, see Crock Pot version here. This is still one of my most popular recipes.


Taco Soup, this is one of my all time favorite soups!

When it comes to holidays I usually rely on my Plant-Based Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook! It’s all my favorite holiday recipes with a healthier twist.

If you get my weekly Plant-Based Tips in your inbox every Saturday (you can sign up here) you won’t see it this Saturday. I’m not sending it out on Christmas Eve. I will have a special email going out on December 31st, so make sure you are on my list!

Lastly, today is the LAST DAY to get the special bonus for pre-buying the Plant-Based Basics eCourse! The eCourse starts January 1st! Check out this Facebook video where I talk about the bonus and the eCourse.

I’ve got some great things planned for 2017! I’m excited to have you on this journey with me!

December 12, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

As we get closer and closer to the holidays the food will get more and more tempting. The best way to combat cravings for unhealthy food is to have a plant-based meal plan, then actually cook and enjoy your meals.

I’ve got my plan, now I just have to make sure I cook and eat well. Plus, I always have a back up plan. This weekend I cut up veggies for easy snacks, I have healthy leftovers in the fridge and I include plenty of easy recipes in my meal plan that I can move up on the schedule when needed.

I also have a special deal coming to you tomorrow so make sure you check back here. In fact, you might want to set an alarm so you don’t miss it.

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for winter. It has healthy soups, casseroles, and more!

Plant-Based Meal Plan


Overnight Oats

Bean Burritos made with Unfried Beans

“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot (Stove top directions listed as well)


Yogurt and Granola

leftover soup

One-Pot Pizza Pasta


Breakfast Rice

Baked Potato

White Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Rice


Smoothie Bowl


Enchilada Soup


Instant Pot Oatmeal

Soup and salad

Chickpea Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy and steamed broccoli.

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This week is still business as usual for us at work and school. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Christmas and all the celebrations. If you are still planning your menu, I’ve got some ideas for you! Consider these for dinners, parties or cookie exchanges.

What are your holiday plans?

December 5, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

Our calendar is getting full of Christmas parties and holiday get togethers. Do you want to know my trick for staying sane? I say no! I can’t accept every invitation that comes up; I’m too introverted for that. We carefully choose the things that we can attend based on our over all schedule and our normal routine.

Sometimes that means we have to miss things that are really important to us but when we over do it, we suffer. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

Another thing that really helps is to have a plan. Right now I’m focused on eating healthy. My dishes and laundry may pile up but my priority is cooking real food and eating at home.

Plant-Based Meal Plan that is also allergy-friendly.

By the way, in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group, several of us are keeping each other accountable by sharing our daily meals and/or workouts. Each day I start a new thread (post) for everyone to leave comments on for that day. Those of us who commit to sharing daily are able to encouage each other and offer motivation. It’s a great group! Join HERE!

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Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot


Dinner out for a Christmas party


Blueberry Pancakes and fruit

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Enchilada Casserole


Overnight Oats

Tostadas and Mexican Rice

Easy Asian Noodles


Banana Bread and Smoothies

Veggie Burrito

Chickpea Quinoa Stir Fry


Cashew Chai Latte Oatmeal

Leftover stir fry

Veggie Burger, Oven Fries and Fruit Salad

What is on your meal plan for this week? Any Instant Pot Recipes? I’m working on some new ones for you! I also have a new resource for everyone that gets my Saturday morning emails! It’s a collection of my favorite Instant Pot recipes! Click the link to get your copy!

My Plant-Based Meal Plan + Support Group

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be hard to navigate for plant-based eaters. There are more parties, potlucks and holiday dinners than any other time of year. The temptation will mount as you see all your old favorites, platters of treats and the “one won’t hurt” attitude.

I’m not immune to the barrage that is coming but I can counter it by being very intentional with my meal planning and food prep. Maybe most important is saying NO. Say no to the extra treats, gravy, parties, and quick run for fast food. If you’ve been around My Plant-Based Family for a while you know I’m not some crazy, hard-core, healthy eater. But, if you are really wanting to eat healthy through the next month (especially if you are new to the plant-based diet) then you have to be a little more stubborn about making healthy choices.

I want to help all of you who need the extra help. I’m determined not to overindulge during the holiday festivities this year. That doesn’t mean I’ll skip all of the Christmas fun, or even all of the desserts, but I won’t allow it to ruin my progress.

Join me in the My Plant-Based Family Facebook Group. I’ll post a daily thread where you can chime in with what you are eating, cooking, or planning. This group has been a little quiet but it is the perfect place to share. It’s a closed group so only group members can see what you post. Will you join me?

As mentioned, I’m going to be very intentional about my meal planning. It’s so important to have healthy food available. My husband has already done our grocery shopping for the week and we’ve decided what we will eat for the week.

This plant-based meal plan is perfect for the cooler temperatures of fall.

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Steel Cut Oats made in my Instant Pot topped with Bananas

Leftover Soup

Mini Lentil Loaves, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans


Smoothie and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Leftover Lentil Loaf and veggies

Pizza made with Enjoy Life Food Pizza dough mix and a side salad


Toast topped with peanut butter (or peanut-free alternative) Bananas or Apple Slices

Big Salad

Recipe testing a new pasta recipe


Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot with apples

Chickpea Noodle Soup

Lentil Tacos (in my Instant Pot), Mexican rice and Unfried Black Beans


Yogurt and Granola


“Beefy” Lentil and Veggie Soup

I’ve stepped up my cooking lately so we are sure to have healthy leftovers for lunch. If something changes we have to eat out we will grab Chipotle. It’s our go-to choice when we eat out. I always go for the Veggie Bowl.


November 14, 2016 Plant-Based Meal Plan

I’ve been on a soup kick lately and I expect this week to be no different. I’ve been remaking my old favorites in my Instant Pot so I can share the directions for all my IPers. I also plan to start my bread baking again but every time I plan to do it, it gets hot again. Despite the warm weather here in Arizona, I’m on a fall kick and gearing up for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, if you are struggling with what to make check out my Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook! Trust me, it will make Thanksgiving so much easier!

This Plant Based Meal Plan is perfect for your family is fall. It has lots of soup, oatmeal and easy, family-friendly meals. [Read more…]