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. 

What are you eating this week? Follow my Instagram Stories and I’ll show you what we are eating this week!

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!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

This weekend we did a Costco run. We’ve stocked up on a few of our favorites. We also did some batch cooking. We’ve got several meals in the fridge and ready to go for the week. This week’s plant-based meal plan contains soups, casseroles, smoothies and more.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Plant-Based Meal Plan

For the last three weeks I’ve been making a new soup. We have fallen in love with it. I decided that I should probably share it. I’ll publish the recipe this week! I’m also planning to make pumpkin bread and smoothies. We don’t do a lot of smoothies, especially this time of year, but my 10 year old has requested them so I’m going to oblige. 

Plant-Based Breakfast

Instant Pot Breakfast Rice is one of those hearty breakfasts that we don’t make often enough. Instant Pot Oatmeal is another favorite. I really want to make my Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats but since we’ve been on a warm breakfast kick, I’ll probably just add the peanut butter and bananas to my hot oatmeal. 

Plant-Based Lunch

We will eat leftovers most days for lunch. I also made my One Pot Broccoli Rice Casserole on Sunday. I almost forgot to make it but my husband loves taking it to work so I cooked it while making dinner. 

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is exceptionally good. If you are looking for a new soup to try, put this one on your list. The stove top version is just as good!

Tuesday: Veggie Pad Thai is going to be perfect for this busy day. Last time I made it, I chopped up a second batch of veggies and put them in the freezer. I’ll be able to get home from work and start cooking without taking the time to chop the veggies.

Wednesday: Taco Soup will always be a favorite. I started making a version of his before we went plant-based and easily converted it to a plant-based recipe. We’ve been eating this version for 8 years!

Thursday: Portobello Fajitas with Mexican Rice and Beans is planned but if we have a lot of leftovers we will skip it and have it next week. 

FridayVeggie Burgers and Oven Baked Fries

Do you shop at Costco? We have a lot of broccoli and spinach to eat! I’d love to hear your must haves from Costco!