Plant-Based Meal Plan

Wow! Moving is not for the weak. We moved one month ago and while we’ve made a lot of progress and are mostly unpacked, there are still quite a few things we need to do. Thankfully we are settled in enough to make good food and a plant-based meal plan.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Over the weekend I did some batch cooking! We have Chickpea Rice Soup, One Pot Broccoli and Rice and Banana Bread ready for the week.

We also have a lot of salad options ready. Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots and more. Believe it or not, my kids love salads, as long as they get some choice in what goes in them. I think that’s perfectly reasonable. Take a look at our salad dressings!

Plant-Based Breakfast

My kids have started to ask for oatmeal again! I love it when they are on an oatmeal kick because I have so many great oatmeal options. My pickiest eater is even starting to like nuts. Yesterday he ate a handful of walnuts and asked for coconut! This is huge for this kid.

This week we will be including Instant Pot Oatmeal, Overnight Oats (I may even share a new recipe), Oil-Free Pumpkin Granola and Banana Bread! We will also include fruit with breakfast and other meals.

Plant-Based Lunch

Most of our lunches are leftovers. Thankfully, our Chickpea Rice Soup and One Pot Broccoli Rice Casserole is already put in our favorite lunch size Pyrex containers and ready for the week. Me and the kids have also planned to take salads in our lunch this week. I’m thinking of a Black Bean Mango Salad! The boys will just fill up their favorite ingredients along with other things that are easy to pack like fruit, pretzels, and sandwiches. I bought an insulated stainless steel thermos and an OmieBox so they could take hot soups and pastas too.

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Tostadas and Mexican Rice are a really easy week night meal! Especially if you already have refried beans cooked in your instant pot or buy canned beans. Plus, they are so simple but everyone  loves them. I buy the pre-made shells to make it even easier but if you are wanting the healthiest option possible, you will want to buy oil-free soft corn tortillas and bake them yourself.

Tuesday: Tofu Scramble and pancakes are a fun week night meal. If we get pressed for time I’ll ditch the pancakes and make potatoes in my Instant Pot while the scramble is cooking. Since my boys don’t enjoy all the peppers and onions in their scramble like I do, I may cook those in a separate skillet.

Wednesday: Pasta nights are a weekly occurrence for us! We may have my Instant Pot Pasta or Pizza Pasta depending on what everyone is in the mood for. We will pair it with salad or raw veggies. My kids prefer raw veggies to cooked veggies but you could choose your favorite.

Thursday: Veggie Pad Thai is one of my favorite recipes. It reheats really well so this is perfect for late in the week when the lunch leftovers are running low. My kids don’t like this one as much, I have no idea why except that they don’t like meals where everything is mixed together.

Friday: Dinner Out! I don’t know what we will have yet but I don’t expect to cook. If we decided to stay in we will probably enjoy some of the leftovers.


I bought the Mealthy Crisp Lid on Prime Day and we moved about a week later so I haven’t tried it yet. I hope to try it, now that it’s unpacked, in the next week! If you have one I’d love to hear what you think.

What are you eating this week?

Plant-Based Meal Plan

I’m back with a new plant-based meal plan. Since I lasted shared mid July, we have successfully sold our house and downsized into a new one. My kitchen is unpacked and I’m ready to start cooking.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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I was just putting my grocery list together for pickup tomorrow morning. Do you use grocery pickup? It’s so easy.

Since my boys have started school, breakfasts will be quick and easy. My husband and I will be having leftovers for lunch, especially with the delicious meals we have planned.

Plant-Based Breakfast

As much as I’d love to make Tofu Scramble for breakfast, we usually stick to quicker foods on school days. Although, Tofu Scrambles reheat really well. Most days we will have cereal with rice milk, toast with fruit or bagels. I may make my Peanut Butter Overnight Oats to have available for breakfast or a mid day snack! My husband usually sticks to fruit and veggies. There’s always a chance I’ll make us smoothies to accompany our breakfast or oatmeal if we need something heartier.

Plant-Based Lunch

I love eating leftovers for lunch. Some things are better than others. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s dinners are going to make fantastic leftovers! On day’s we don’t have leftovers I may make a big salad or a sandwich. I can make a quick and easy Chickpea Noodle Soup or Plant-Based Mediterranean Bowl in a pinch.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday: Pasta with veggies and side salad. I’ve got a great Sweet and Tangy Salad Dressing to go with it. This meal is a winner because we can all pick and choose our own veggies to some extent. One kid loves raw carrots, the other raw broccoli and they both like salad with balsamic vinegar.

Tuesday: Tofu Stir Fry with rice or noodles. I’ll admit that this one is for me. I’ve been craving Asian flavors for weeks. I’m not sure what sauce I’ll use yet so send me your recommendations!

Wednesday: Mexican Casserole. So easy and so good! I have several recipes but I’m sure I’ll use my Instant Pot version for this one. This will make great leftovers for lunch too.

Thursday: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with steamed broccoli and maybe Creamy Brown Gravy. I love potatoes! This is one of the easiest things to make in the Instant Pot. I usually have my 10 year old make these for me. I’ll take over when it comes to steaming veggies and making gravy.

Friday: Plant-Based Nachos with Refried Beans, dairy-free queso and plenty of salsa. Since Mango is plentiful now I may make my Mango Salsa too! Don’t forget jalapenos!


What are you eating this week? On Prime Day I bought the Mealthy Crisp Lid but we packed it as soon as it came in. I may give it a try this week. If you’ve been wanting to try air frying but don’t want to deal with the space an air fryer requires, take a look at the Mealthy Crisp Lid.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

I used to look forward to summer because it meant the kids were home and we weren’t as busy. This summer, that is not the case. We have appointment after appointment. I definitely spend less time cooking and encourage the kids to make their own meals when possible. They make a lot of toast!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Plant-Based Meal Plan

I’m going to continue this new style of posting the meal plan. Instead of planning every breakfast, lunch and dinner, I share a few breakfast ideas, a few lunch ideas then week night dinners. This has been working well and is easier since we usually repeat breakfasts and lunch anyway.

Plant-Based Breakfast

This week is less hectic than last week so I expect oatmeal to make another appearance. I’ll have time to make Instant Pot Oatmeal but I will also prepare a few Peanut Butter Overnight Oats jars. These little jars are perfect for quick and easy breakfast or a delicious snack. Plus, they are a great little package of fiber.

Plant-Based Lunch

Over the weekend I prepped ingredients for my Mediterranean Bowls. They are so good and so easy! My husband still has Broccoli and Rice Casserole to take to lunch from when I made it last week. Check out my Instagram Story Highlights to see me make it, start to finish. We’ll also have Veggie Sandwiches or pita sandwiches and other leftovers.

Plant-Based Dinner

Monday: Broccoli Potato Soup is so easy and so good. Everyone in the house will eat it. Another thing I love about this soup is that it reheats so well. I used to make a version of this in the Crock Pot but now I usually stick to this Instant Pot version.

Tuesday: Tofu Kabobs with Oil-Free Fried Rice is a favorite that I don’t make often enough.  I love the sweetness of the pineapple with the savory flavor or the tamari (or soy sauce if you can have gluten). You can use your favorite sauce.

Wednesday: Tostadas are one of the easiest  meals you can make and totally underrated. You can make your own beans, here’s my favorite recipe, or use canned. These are completely kid friendly because it’s basically a big chip with beans on top and a little lettuce and tomato.

Thursday: Fiesta Pasta is an old recipe where I use my faux cheese sauce as a pasta sauce. It’s kinda like a mac and cheese with beans, tomatoes and corn. If your family doesn’t go for things being mixed together like this you may want to skip it. The good new is you can spice it up with green chilies, taco seasoning or salsa. The recipe is pretty mild as written but there is always room to adapt it to your family.

Friday: Beefy Lentil and Veggie Soup is so hearty! It’s pure comfort food. You can make it on the stove or in your Instant Pot.


What are you eating a lot of right now? Any My Plant-Based Family recipes?

Plant-Based Meal Plan

This week may be one of our busiest this month. My plant-based meal plan will be filled with simple recipes because my kids have 7 appointments, including Steven’s chemo, and we are packing our house since we are moving soon, oh and you know, our normal work schedules.

Plant-Based Meal Plan

Plant-Based Meal Plan

I probably have a couple of weeks before I pack up my whole kitchen but I am limiting my cooking. Mostly, I don’t want a big mess. I did some meal prep today and cooked my One Pot Broccoli and Rice Casserole for lunches this week. My husband loves it and it makes 4-6 meals. Last week, our youngest ended up eating most of it.

I’m also craving salads so I’ll be enjoying those as well. I think it’s the heat but hummus, veggies and salad are calling my name. We just bought a bunch of fresh produce but I’m still working on eating the foods in my freezer and pantry so I have less to move.

Plant-Based Breakfast

We will continue on our cereal trend this week. I’ll also have a few overnight oats ready to go. The Peanut Butter Overnight Oats is a favorite and get’s a lot of pins on Pinterest. We also have fresh strawberries and blueberries so I’ll probably make my standard Overnight Oat recipe too!

Plant-Based Lunch

Lunches will be leftovers, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Big Salads or sandwiches. I have hummus and I’m thinking about making my Red Pepper Dip which is one of my favorites.

Plant-Based Dinner Meal Plan

Monday: Plant-Based Mediterranean Bowl is so easy. The only thing that needs to be cooked is the quinoa and the leftovers are fantastic!

Tuesday: Texas Style Chili and oven baked fries will be a nice treat after a long day at the doctor. This is Steven’s chemo day and it starts really early in the morning and we won’t get home until after lunch.

Wednesday: Black Bean Mango Salad is perfect this time of year! Canned beans make this salad hearty and the mango makes it sweet and refreshing! I may make my Mango Salsa and use that instead. Either way, it’s going to be good.

Thursday: Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice is just too easy. It’s a huge recipe so I may reduce it by half. It isn’t very spicy, which means your kids will eat it. We spice up our individual bowls. I love cilantro and lime, or just a bunch of salsa.

Friday: Plant-Based Nachos! I can’t help it, Friday night is a good night for nachos! I love chips and salsa and add refried beans and you have a meal!


What are you working on this week? I’d love to hear what you are cooking!

Week Night Plant-Based Dinners

Every week I share my Plant-Based Meal Plan. Last week I only shared our dinners and it went so well I thought I’d do it again and share our Week Night Plant-Based Dinners Meal Plan. I’ll give you some breakfast and lunch suggestions also.

Week Night Plant-Based Dinners Meal Plan

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Breakfast: I’ve been moving away from oatmeal and hot breakfasts over the last week or so. Two mornings a week we have early morning appointments and I try to start working by 8:00 the other mornings.

I still offer oatmeal but my kids have been requesting toast with fruit, bagels or cereal, most mornings. This summer, we are encouraging them to be more independent so some mornings they make their own breakfast. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats is a great option to have in the fridge for those mornings we need a little extra.

Lunch: Most days lunch will be leftover dinner or sandwiches. On Sunday I cooked Enchilada Soup in my Instant Pot and cooked my One Pot Broccoli and Rice Casserole so we have those ready for lunch all week. Typically I’ll eat the soup, my husband and youngest son will eat the casserole and my other son will have sandwiches.

Week Night Plant-Based Dinners

Monday: Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry is a super easy, oil-free stir fry that is easy to adapt, based on what you have and what you like. You can even use frozen veggies if you don’t have any fresh. I’m working on clearing out my freezer and pantry so I’ll probably use frozen this time.

Tuesday: One Pot Pizza Pasta is as simple as it sounds. I like having pasta at least once a week for an easy meal. I add extra sauce to mine once it’s in the bowl and my boys add olives to theirs. Just like pizza, we all have completely different preferences, we use the basics in the pasta then load up our favorite toppings on the side. This is perfect with a side salad with Creamy Italian or Sweet and Tangy Salad Dressing.

Wednesday: Instant Pot Mexican Casserole is one of my oldest and most loved recipes! It’s worthy of a permanent spot on the meal plan. The leftovers are perfect for lunches too.

Thursday: Southwest Tofu Scramble is another easy recipe. This time I’m making it as an excuse to make my Mango Salsa! I really want the Mango Salsa and I think this scramble will be the perfect pairing!

Friday: Nacho Night! I’ll use my Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe, Kathy Hester’s Instant Pot Queso from the Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, and all our favorite toppings!

I also have a few bananas that are getting ripe and almost perfect for Banana Bread. I usually make Blueberry Muffins while I’m at it. I’ve got a new Pampered Chef Brownie Pan that I really want to use for the muffins!

What are your favorite week night plant-based dinners?