Pregnant Vegan Meals - Third Trimester

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Third Trimester]

Lots of calcium, protein, and as much nutrients as I can get as I come in on the home stretch. I can’t believe we’re in the single digits for weeks left in this pregnancy. I’d say I’ve eaten pretty well (with the exception of the first trimester… that really sucked). If you’re interested in seeing past food posts during this pregnancy, you can browse them all here.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.
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Vegan Buffalo Tempeh Wings + Ranch

Buffalo Tempeh + Ranch [vegan]

I’ll admit that before going plant-based, I was a buffalo wings kinda girl. While I can’t even think about eating wings today, I do still love all things buffalo-flavored, so this recipe is for those times when I crave it… which was last night.

We don’t cook too much in the summer due to the heat but I wanted to make something nice (and awesome) for Joe for dinner last night. He’s been asking for more vegan dinners lately, which I may have mentioned before. It makes my life and I will happily oblige. What’s better than some buffalo “wings” made much healthier and kinder? We’re both huge tempeh fans, so it was perfect. He thoroughly enjoyed them (weeee!) and so did I. So if you have a meat-eater in your life that you’re trying to ease into more plant-based choices, I think this substitute recipe will be a hit.

Just a forewarning – I do recommend marinading the tempeh for about an hour or so. If you remember to start the recipe a bit early, you’ll be golden.

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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Third Trimester

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Third Trimester]

Now entering third trimester plant-based goodness. How is it my third trimester already?! Still have a good appetite and trying to do my best to hit all nutritional goals. I think I’ve been doing pretty okay!

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10-Minute Bean Salad Vegan

10-Minute Bean Salad

This is a really easy recipe, I know. It’s nothing crazy or unique, but it is one of my favorite quick dishes – and it has been helping me get more protein in my diet lately. They recommend 60-70 grams of protein for pregnancy – and I mean, it is definitely doable but I do need to make mental notes for myself to make sure I am remotely close some days! Between the black and kidney beans and the avocado, this dish makes it easy for me to get at least 15-20 grams of protein in a heaping serving (because duh, I am starving).

The best part is that it takes literally no energy or time to make. In under 10 minutes – done. Works for me! I was on the couch in no time.
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Baked Fries + Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce

Baked Fries + Cashew Cheese Dipping Sauce

I’ve made and eaten this very simple dish (or side dish) so many times in the last few months that I might as well share the recipe here. Baked fries are so easy and quick. Joe always raves about them, too, which makes me happy. If we don’t know what to do for dinner, it’s always “well, how about you make some fries at least?” Sure thing – I’ll eat fries every day of the week! I bake mine and only use cooking spray so they are much healthier than you would think. Paired with this cheesy cashew cream dipping sauce and you’re golden. Comfort food at its finest hour.

So if you are stuck on what to make, I highly recommend fries and cashew cheese dip. The fiber and starch from the potatoes will fill you up and the cashew dip is loaded with protein.
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Pregnant Vegan Meals - Second Trimester

What I’ve Been Eating Lately [Vegan Pregnancy – Second Trimester]

Coming in on the second trimester home stretch over here – I can’t believe it is almost over. Still hungry as all hell, so there is a ton after the cut. You’ve been warned.

As always, follow along on Instagram for more plant-based food inspiration.

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Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Oil-Free Fries + Black Bean Dip Platter

Eat fries for dinner. Seriously – they don’t have to be greasy, unhealthy, and loaded with trans fats. To be honest, Joe and I enjoy a plate of fries and dip for dinner more often than I care to admit. It’s just soooo good. So filling. SO CHEAP. Potatoes, man. They are cheap cheap cheap.

I try to balance out the fact that we’re eating just fries for dinner by pairing with a dip. While I usually opt for some cashew cheese dip on the side, I thought a black bean dip would be perfect. Black beans are loaded with protein (not to say cashews aren’t) and add a healthy dose of fiber. Side of lime for extra flavor and some fresh lettuce leaves. Romaine lettuce is is super fresh paired with fries. Trust me – just try it!

The best part is that these fries are oil-free, so go to town.
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Vegan Chili Cheese Fries Recipe

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Just another recipe from the pregnancy craving chronicles. I had leftover beefless crumbles from that time I made vegan NY system hot weiners, so hey. Why not?

I’ve never even been a huge fan of chili and cheese fries, but the idea of this really excited me because anything having to do with potatoes and cashew cheese is amazing. The cashew cheese is also loaded with protein (about 7 grams) and the beefless crumbles are also a great source (12 grams in just a 1/2 cup!) And even better, this was a really quick and easy dinner to make –  minimal energy.

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is it.
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Vegan Mashed Potatoes + Mushrooms

Vegan Mashed Potatoes + Mushrooms

Sometimes, I like to be sneaky. And I mean that in the nicest way possible because when I’m sneaky in cooking, it’s just some added nutrients and benefits. Most recently, snuck some mushrooms into our usual mashed potatoes. I asked Joe if he could tell if anything was different, and nope – he couldn’t! Mushrooms are subtle in this recipe, but there is enough to get a good serving and dose of nutrients. They are a good sources of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as protein, and iron.

This recipe would actually be perfect for kiddos who may hate mushrooms. When I was growing up, I despised them. It wasn’t until probably… 23 or so that I embraced mushrooms. Now, I cannot get enough… to the point where I am adding them to my mashed potatoes – ha!

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Vegan Spicy Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Sweet Potato + Kale Hash

The bright orange sweet potatoes against the blue bowl in the above pic is making my life. I love blue and orange together <3 Haha – hi!

How are you guys? I’ve been good – still feeling the stress/anxiety from the wedding in… like… a week. How the hell did that happen so fast?! We were just engaged a year ago… it’s insane how fast that flew. I know I am overthinking everything. I have to keep reminding myself that whatever happens, whatever! As long as Joe is up there at the alter, then I am happy ;)

So here’s a quick and easy breakfast idea. The story behind this recipe is the usual – I chopped up a bunch of leftover items in the fridge and dumped them in a pan with some olive oil. The magic of it, is that this always works for me and ends up becoming a household staple. Sweet potato and kale is a killer combo health-wise. Both are loaded with nutrients and give you a great start to the day. Plus, it’s filling.

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