July 24, 2017 Plant-Based Meal Plan

I’ve been loving big salads lately! When it’s hot and I don’t want to cook, I love having meals I can build without heating up the kitchen. Sometimes that means using my Instant Pot, other times I reach for canned beans, but lately, it’s big, beautiful salads.

This week, I’m planning to keep it simple. I made a big pot of soup this weekend and have plenty of fresh produce. I’m also planning to make lentil tacos with all the fixins!

Plant-Based Meal Plan

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Plant-Based Meal Plan

Monday

Overnight Oats

Soup and Salad

Lentil Tacos with Mexican Rice

Tuesday

Toast with peanut butter (or alternative) and fresh strawberries

Bean Burrito

Black Bean and Mango Salad

Wednesday

Instant Pot Oatmeal with blueberries

Leftover Black Bean and Mango Salad

Veggie Pad Thai

Thursday

Breakfast Hash and fresh fruit

Veggie Wrap with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Hawaiian Tofu Kabobs and Quinoa

Friday

Chia Porridge

Soup and Salad

Pizza Pasta


This Dry Veggie Broth Mix is a life changer!

I have a few other things I make a lot, they help me keep things simple and take my recipes to the next level! The Dry Veggie Broth Mix is easy to make and can be used to make a delicious broth. I always tell people this recipe is life changing and I’ve heard amazing reviews! Give it a try!

The other things I make a lot are delicious salad dressings! If you are looking for some tasty, oil-free dressing for your salad I have some recommendations.

My Sweet and Tangy Salad Dressing is exactly how it sounds, sweet and tangy. A pinch of xantham gum or ground flax will thicken it up.

My Creamy Italian Salad Dressing is thick and creamy. It’s low fat and made without nuts or seeds so eat as much as you want. You can try it on pasta too!

During the summer, we also love my Blueberry Vinaigrette and Raspberry Vinaigrette.

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment or tag My Plant-Based Family on social media!

Meal Plan Monday: It’s Almost Christmas

Salad and GF Pasta

Right now I’m sitting on my couch eating chocolate chip cookies. Shh! Don’t tell anyone.

We’ve had more than our fair share of Christmas parties over the last few weeks. Our overly busy schedule has resulted in quite a bit of takeout too. Last week I failed to make a Meal Plan and we definitely paid for it.

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Meal Plan

Breakfast is usually oatmeal with ground flax, chia seeds, walnuts, and maple syrup. I love it! It’s my favorite breakfast right now and my boys love it too. Some mornings we have a quick bowl of cereal or toast with almond butter instead.

Lunch is usually leftovers. I typically have beans and grains already cooked and waiting in the fridge. I pair them with some veggies for an easy lunch. My husband usually has a huge salad for lunch or leftovers with a generous helping of steamed broccoli.

Snacks are usually fruit, green smoothies, and lately chips and salsa. Some friends made us a big batch of delicious homemade salsa. 🙂

Dinner will be eaten out a couple of times this week. I also plan to make Nachos one night, put that salsa to good use! I still have some leftover Chili and baked potatoes from the weekend. I’ve been craving marinara sauce so we may have gluten-free pasta, we don’t eat pasta very often so it will be a treat for the kids. I usually serve it with a giant salad. I’m considering making Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole if we start to run low on leftovers; I doubt that will happen because it’s pretty full of Mexican food leftovers from a party I co-hosted on Sunday evening. 🙂

I also hope to do a little baking this week. I bought some fresh cranberries for a loaf of cranberry bread. I may even attempt a gluten-free version. I’ve also been playing around with a new chocolate mousse recipe that I’m very excited about.

What are you eating this week? Do you find it’s more difficult to stay on track during the holidays and how so you combat the craziness?

 

 

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

Ok, it isn’t exactly frightful here in Arizona but I am cold. Give me 100° F and I am alright, 60° F and we might have a problem. Truthfully, I am thankful to live in such a warm climate; since I am acclimated I spend the “winter” bundled up in sweatshirts (I don’t have a warm coat, it’s Arizona after all).

Chances are you live somewhere much colder; this week’s high is 72° F and the low is 36° F. So if you really need to warm up may I offer you a few suggestions?

The Best Chili Ever

This Very Vegan Chili is Texas style and very satisfying. I eat it plain or as a Baked Potato topping.

taco soupMake a double batch of this Taco Soup because you will not be able to stop eating it. It’s easily customizable and perfect to serve guests. If the Taco Soup had a cousin it would be this Enchilada Soup.

Minestrone SoupIf you are craving a bowl full of veggie goodness then look no further. This Minestrone Soup is truly amazing. You will love it and love me. 🙂 It is easily made gluten-free by using rice pasta.

Potato Soup

If you’d like to pull out a slow cooker and let dinner make itself you must try this Potato Soup. Feel free to add other veggies as well.

Do you have a favorite soup to keep you warm in the winter? If not try any one of these easy, frugal, gluten-free soups. They are all full of fiber that will keep you full and fueled. You wont be sorry. If you decided to name you next child after me I’ll understand. 🙂

Eating Well

Last weekend I hopped in the car and drove 1 1/2 hours north through the mountains and arrived in a considerably cooler Payson, AZ for a women’s retreat. I don’t know about you but anytime I travel I get a little nervous about what I’m going to eat.

A few months before the retreat the organizer sent an email asking if anyone had any dietary requirements. I did my best to explain mine but told them I could bring my own food so they wouldn’t have to worry about it. I admit I was a bit nervous at that point. As the weeks went on I’d get emails asking if I could eat this or that. They even sent me a copy of the regular menu and asked about adapting it. I didn’t know it at the time but one of my friends who is also plant-based (and gluten-free) had a meeting to discuss our menu.

The food was awesome. I couldn’t finish my meal regularly because there was so much good food for me to eat. Those who follow me on Facebook got a sneak peek at what I was eating.

Dessert was so good that I never got a picture because those amazing little truffles just kind of hopped in my mouth and into my tummy. I didn’t take my camera so I was doing my best to try to take pictures with my phone. Most of the time I’d start eating then remember to take a picture. Oh well.

When I arrived there was an amazing vegan chili waiting for me. It tasted a lot like my chili. That made me happy! 🙂 We were off to a good start.

The next morning I had brown rice with peanut butter, raisins, maple syrup, and I think almonds. Lunch was a deluxe salad bar with everything you can imagine plus an incredible vegan pear vinaigrette (pictured at the top). Dinner that evening was gluten-free pasta and broccoli.

The last morning there was oatmeal but it was almost gone when I went to breakfast. I didn’t want them to have to cook more but then I heard the words “special granola” they had made it just for the vegans and gluten-free ladies. It was delicious! I want the recipe! They also made us special smoothies that we could barely finish. We were so full from everything else but they tastes so good. I didn’t get any pictures this last day but I have a lot of great memories.

I really enjoyed the non-food elements of the retreat also. I met a bunch of incredible and inspiring women who I feel incredibly blessed to know. There was insightful teaching and activities and dynamic worship times. When I arrived on Friday I only knew a few of the women there and when I left on Sunday I wished I had more time to nurture those new friendships. It was really hard for me to leave my family to get away for a weekend but I’m so glad I did. I only wish I could attend an event like that with my husband.

I was definitely challenged to make Jesus preeminent in my life, to rest and rest in Him. To trust God, exercise faith in Him, and strive to live a life of obedience.

Have you ever gone somewhere and been so well taken care of?

Texas-Style Chili

 

Meatless and gluten-free chili

Chili may be one of the best meals for a crisp autumn day. Even though it isn’t really all that crisp here in Arizona it still makes a very tasty meal. I’ve mention before that I grew up in Texas so we don’t take our chili lightly, the spicier the better. 

With this recipe I rein in the spices but feel free to add more (or less) to suit your taste buds. Sometimes I’ll make it mild then scoop some out for my kids then add more spices to the remainder for my husband and I.

vegan chili

 

If you are new to a plant-based diet this recipe is perfect because you don’t notice anything is missing.

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Very Vegan Chili (Texas Style)

Ingredients

  • 3 cans of beans OR about 6 cups of cooked beans, any variety
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes OR about 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can diced green chili’s OR your choice of fresh peppers, we like jalapenos
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • Chili powder to suit your tastes. Some people use 1 or 2 Tbsp. I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup but most people can’t handle that.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt
  • pepper

Do

  1. Add beans, diced onion, tomatoes, peppers, and tomato sauce to a large sauce pan and cook until onions, peppers, and tomatoes are cooked.
  2. Add spices to suit your individual taste preferences.
  3. Heat until extra liquid, if any, has cooked out.

Serve

This meal is great on a cool day, it is hearty and filled with fiber. Cornbread or crackers make a great accompaniment. Perhaps my favorite way to enjoy chili is on a baked potato. This recipe also freezes well so make a big batch and save some for a rainy day.

This recipe also works great in the Crock Pot but since the beans are already cooked it can be made on the stove fairly quickly.

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