I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!
This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!
Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.
MEAL PLAN #1
breakfast: sweet potato + kale hash
lunch: green goddess mac salad
MEAL PLAN #2
breakfast: chocolate banana overnight oats
Omit chia seeds if you don’t have them or don’t know what the f*ck that is. lol
lunch: rainbow summer rolls
dinner: pasta e fagioli
MEAL PLAN #3
breakfast: raspberry + almond smoothie
Omit flaxseed oil and chia.
lunch: lentil soup
dinner: stuffed artichokes
MEAL PLAN #4
breakfast: chocolate pumpkin pancakes
lunch: beans + greens
Use any greens, really (swiss chard, kale, spinach, etc.)
dinner: orecchiette pasta
MEAL PLAN #5
breakfast: avocado toast
recipe is self-explanatory. mash avocado ontop of toast and drizzle olive oil and salt. omit sprouts.
lunch: falafel salad
dinner: bean chili
So what do you think? I didn’t include snacks during the day or anything, but I tend to gravitate toward fresh fruit (especially bananas and peanut butter), nuts, hummus and veggies/pita, etc. I hope this looks a bit more manageable and familiar to anyone on the fence or worried about options. Once you get done some of the usual recipes, you can start exploring new ingredients. It’ll take some time, but it is fun to get creative in the kitchen. It’ll become second nature in no time.
Whether meat-free, meatless on mondays, whatever… I think we can all agree that eating more plants is great for you. Wherever you are on your health and diet journey, good luck! (and thanks for inspiration, auntie!) xx bianca