Plant-Based Meal Plan

This week’s Plant-Based Meal Plan is so good! 

Our family has been focusing on eating lots of veggies and cutting sugar. This move is partly inspired by our 10 year old who has been really making an effort to eat healthier foods. Of course we are going to support that! He has been trying a lot of new foods and is really enjoying it. 

Plant-Based Meal Plan with soup's, pasta and salad dressing.

I’m also sharing everything I eat with the people going through the Plant-Based Basics course! I’m hoping to inspire them to try new things and stay on track. I’m not sure how helpful it is to them but it’s great accountability to me so I’m going to keep doing it!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

This week’s meal plan has soups, salads and some comfort foods When we plan a meal that is spicy like the Taco Soup, our kids will usually make something for themselves. Sometimes it’s peanut butter toast with banana slices, or refried beans and tortilla chips. Lately, they’ve been eating a lot of salads (because they want to). 

Plant-Based Breakfast

This week I’m making Steel Cut Oats in my Instant Pot! My favorite way to eat this is with a spoonful of peanut butter, a little maple syrup, some pumpkin seeds and a sliced banana! It’s so good! You need to try it ASAP! We also have a few sweet potatoes that we make in the Instant Pot for easy week day breakfasts. 

Plant-Based Lunch

If you’ve read many of my meal plans you know I love leftovers for lunch. Over the weekend I make a couple of meals that will be perfect for lunch or a quick dinner. We have one serving of Broccoli Rice Casserole left. I made Broccoli Potato Soup on Sunday! It was so good we ate most of it but have at least three servings left I think. We also have Taco Soup with quinoa added that we haven’t touched yet!

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Taco Soup is one of our favorites. We’ve been adding jalapenos so it’s a little too spicy for the kids but we love it.

Tuesday: We’ve been having a lot more salads lately. When your kids are on a salad kick you go with, even in the winter! I made my Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing this weekend to go with our salads. My husband loves this dressing! We all make our own salads. I get out lots of veggies and greens, usually some beans or tofu, and everyone makes their ideal salad.

Wednesday: Mexican Rice has been making a weekly appearance. I just can’t get enough! I always add a side of beans. Either black beans or Refried Beans (oil-free). I’ve been chopping up some tomatoes, onions and a little jalapeno to put on top too!

Thursday: Busy Night Pasta is planned for Thursday because I have plans that night! We will add a salad  with raw veggies to go with it.

Friday: Chickpea Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy sound like perfect comfort food. We will probably snack on some raw veggies while cooking dinner.

When my family starts to smell food cooking, they always come to see what I’m making. If I have carrots, cucumbers, celery and broccoli out with a dip, they will snack! 

If you get my Saturday email and replied, thank you so much! I’m still responding to messages but will respond to all of them this week! I’m so blessed that so many people took the time to reply. 

Have you made your meal plan for this week? What are you eating?

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Whether you are already plant-based or hoping to transition to a plant-based diet this year, I hope this plant-based meal plan is helpful for you and your family!

I’ve been creating plant-based meal plans since 2012 when I started My Plant-Based Family! If you aren’t sure what to eat on a plant-based diet, there is no excuse! You can look at eight years worth of plant-based meal plans!

Plant-Based Meal Plan featuring soup, salad, a muffin and a Mediterranean Bowl

The style of the plans has changed throughout the years but the plans always include plenty of meal ideas for plant-based families.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

We all eat different things for breakfast and lunch so I share what we plan to eat during the week. Then I share a specific dinner for each week day night!

Plant-Based Breakfast

Instant Pot Oatmeal is one of our favorites! We just bought more things to add, like raw pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and natural peanut butter. My 10 year old made date paste to use as a sweetener. We’ve been adding all of these to our Instant Pot Breakfast Rice too. We made a batch over the weekend that we can enjoy all week. We have a bunch of Baked Sweet Potatoes cooked and ready to go, for an easy breakfast.

Plant-Based Lunch

My husband loves the One Pot Broccoli Rice Casserole that we make almost every week for his lunches. My son is requesting tofu to take in his lunch this week. I usually eat whatever leftovers we have. I made a big pot of Taco Soup over the weekend (for the second week in a row) so we could enjoy it for lunches. 

My Plant-Based Mediterranean Bowl is another favorite! I can prep them ahead of time for easy lunches or assemble it each day. If I wait to assemble, I run the risk of various ingredients being used in other meals but that’s ok, as long as we are eating all the veggies.

Plant-Based Dinners

Monday: Minestrone Soup is so warm and comforting. I get plenty of veggies! I’ll probably cook the pasta separate so that the pasta doesn’t soak up all the broth in the leftovers.

Tuesday: Taco Salad is one of my favorite salads. Over the weekend I cooked a pound of black beans with onions and garlic. These will be a great addition to a Taco Salad topped with fresh Pico de Gallo and avocado. 

Wednesday: Plant-Based Goulash has been a reader favorite lately. January seems like the perfect time to make it. I also have an Instant Pot Goulash that I may make instead of the stove top version.

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Veggie Burger or Carrot Dogs with baked beans and steamed potatoes are planned but if we have too many leftovers we may wait until the weekend. 

Even with planned leftovers on Thursday, I think this might be too much food for us! 

We are a family who likes our snacks so we will also be adding veggies and hummus, lots of fresh fruit and maybe some Blueberry Muffins!

What are you eating this week? 

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Our plant-based meal plan is full of easy recipes your family will love! I’ll be using my Instant Pot when I can but I also have a skillet meal, a hearty salad that is perfect for winter and a casserole on the menu for this week. 

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

This week is full of school, work, appointments and hopefully some fun! Having our meal plan ready allows us to plan ahead. If we need to skip some of the planned meals, I know which ones can wait and which ones provide enough leftovers for the next night. 

I’m thinking of making this Spiced Apple Cider soon. I may wait until we start our Christmas decorating. I know, we are behind but we attended a Christmas party over the weekend and have another one planned for next weekend. 

Plant-Based Breakfast

Last week we had Instant Pot Breakfast Rice as our main breakfast. This week, we have gluten-free Blueberry Muffins. I used a one-to-one gluten-free flour blend and my regular Blueberry Muffin recipe.

One of my sons is a big coconut fan! I think the Vanilla Coconut Chia Pudding will be a big hit! 

Plant-Based Lunch

As usual, we have a few meals cooked on the weekends to eat for lunches during the week. At my husbands request, we have One Pot Broccoli Rice Casserole. He loves it. I just had to reorder my nutritional yeast (I get the big bag) so I will have enough to make it again next week.

We also made a batch of pasta. Just noodles and sauce or an easy lunch. We can easily add some veggies too. We will also eat dinner leftovers for lunch. This week’s dinners are all good leftovers. 

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is one of my favorite soups! We use Banza Pasta to make it gluten-free

Tuesday: Quick and Easy Veggie Pad Thai is perfect for busy nights. It also makes delicious leftovers. 

Wednesday: I love my Mexican Casserole but I make a similar dish that is quicker! I think you’ll love my Mexican Quinoa! Let me know if you’d like me to share the recipe soon!

Thursday: Quinoa (or Rice) Lentil Salad is a hearty salad that works as a whole meal. It’s perfect for meal prep because you can cook your grains and lentils ahead, then throw everything together. I like to heat up the grains and lentils and mix them with cold veggies! 

Friday: Enchilada Casserole is a great dish to feed a crowed. My husband loves it! It will make great leftovers too.

What are you eating this week? Are you planning to use your Instant Pot?

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Can you believe there is only one month left of this year? Soon, your evenings will be full of holiday parties and events. You’ll probably find yourself eating out more than you should. It’s a good idea to create a plant-based meal plan so that you plan to stay on track!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

This time of year, many of us tend to over indulge in treats. I’ve been pulling one of my kid-friendly strategies to make sure all of us eat more veggies. As much as 30 minutes before dinner, I’ll chop up some veggies and set out a dip. You’d be surprised how many people come to the kitchen once they smell food. When they see veggies and dip on the counter they don’t even think about having a little snack, they dig in!

Veggies and Hummus

The key is having veggies they like. We tend to have carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers as our main three. Depending on what else we have, we may add celery, tomatoes, mushrooms and more! You can see all of my favorite dips and dressings and choose one your family will love.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

We knew we wanted to have easy breakfasts and lunches ready so we made both over the weekend! We made a big batch of Instant Pot Breakfast Rice! It’s so nice to have on cool mornings and a great change from our typical oatmeal. 

Since we are having rice for breakfast we decided not to make the One Pot Broccoli and Rice this week. Instead we made a big pot of Hearty Veggie Soup! We love this soup! I’ve heard from some many of you who love it too!

Plant-Based Breakfast

As mentioned we have Instant Pot Breakfast Rice ready to go. This time I added some pumpkin pie spice for a little different twist. 

I have some bananas that are almost perfect for being made into Banana Bread! I plan to make them into muffins instead of a loaf for easy on the go breakfasts and snacks.

Plant-Based Lunch

In addition to the Hearty Veggie Soup, we will enjoy other leftovers from dinner. We will probably have plenty of leftover beans and goulash this week that will make for delicious lunches!

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Chickpea Noodle Soup is a quick and easy soup if you use canned chickpeas. Pick your favorite type of pasta, long spaghetti noodles or short macaroni noodles all work well.

Tuesday: Bean Burritos are something the whole family enjoys. Thankfully making Instant Pot Refried Beans is easy-peasy! Plus, we love leftover beans for Plant-Based Nachos or Tostadas.

Wednesday: Plant-Based Goulash is perfect this time of year. I’ll probably make it in my Instant Pot but I have a stove top version too. This hearty meal makes great leftovers too.

Thursday: Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry is great with rice but I may sub some Asian noodles instead! 

Friday: Baked Potatoes and steamed veggies topped with Brown Gravy is 100% comfort food. I cook my potatoes in the Instant Pot so it’s super easy. 

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

I’ve been sick but I’m finally getting better. This week’s Plant-Based Meal Plan includes our new favorite soup, pasta, and a new recipe!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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My husband and I worked together to get some meals ready for the week! We made his favorite One Pot Broccoli Rice Casserole that he takes every day to work for lunch. A couple of his coworkers have sampled it and love it too. 

Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I have family coming to visit so I won’t be sharing a meal plan. If you’ve signed up for my weekly emails, you’ll find out my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Plant-Based Breakfast

In addition to our favorite Instant Pot Oatmeal, Breakfast Cookies are planned for this week. We also have cuties, blueberries, strawberries, apples and bananas to go with our breakfasts.

Plant-Based Lunch

My newest recipe, my Hearty Veggie Soup will make up most of my lunches! I love this soup and I’ve had a lot of good feedback that many of you love it too! One lady told me it was her first plant-based meal! Over the weekend, I made it in the Instant Pot! I’ll update the recipe soon with Instant Pot instructions but if you can’t wait, just dump it all in the Instant Pot and cook it for 5 minutes. It will take a long time to come up to pressure and then come down after it’s done cooking, but it’ll be worth it. 

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Green Chili, Cilantro and Lime Soup is so good! My kids don’t like it, they think it’s spicy, but I love it. It’s more of a grown up meal, more for us!

Tuesday: Pizza Pasta, raw veggies, homemade oil-free hummus, and some kind of bread. We’ve been loving Banza Pasta lately! It’s gluten-free and made from chickpeas! 

Wednesday: Texas-Style Chili and Baked Potatoes are perfect for fall. We are expecting a rainy day so this will be perfect.

Thursday: Lentil Tacos with Instant Pot Refried Beans and Mexican Rice will be a little more work than I like to do mid week but it will be worth it. Tacos are always worth it!

Friday: Leftover taco night!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

This week I plan to share a new take on an old family recipe! I’ve made it before but never shared the recipe because it seemed more festive to share during the holidays. Stay tuned for my Double Chocolate Banana Bread! Perfect for potlucks and gift giving!