Over the past month, I’ve been really making an effort to eat a more plant-based diet. For me, it was a personal choice to adapt a more healthier lifestyle as it has been shown to reduce chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as aid in weight loss. I’ve never been a big meat eater, but this girl loves her dairy (give me all the half and half in my coffee and cheese please!), and I would do a salad with chicken for lunch daily. And with a big meat eating husband, at first I really had no idea what to make for lunches or dinners. But after some experimenting, I’ve found some favorites!
Below I’m sharing some of my favorite plant-based meal ideas. Now I would just like to say, that no one is perfect and I am a big believer of “everything in moderation”. Do I follow this 100%? No, I’m more 80/20. Even if you eat plant-based 1 or 2 days a week, you’re making an effort to be healthier and be more sustainable for the environment. (Read more about my tips on how to transition to plant-based here).
Plant-based meal ideas
Ok so I have never been a big breakfast person. Usually it’s just 1-2 cups of coffee for me. But I did have to swap out my beloved half and half. I really really love Califa Farms vanilla almond creamer, that’s been my jam!
If I do eat breakfast it’s usually
- Shaved kale and brussel sprout salad with cooked lentils.
- Bean salad with lavash.
- Smoothie bowl
- Bento Box or Snack Plate – Stuffed grape leaves, veggies, hummus, fruit
- Butternut squash soup – here’s my recipe!
- Quinoa stuffed peppers
- Lentil Sheperd’s Pie (This is the recipe I used)
- Taco bake with Lightlife meat substitute
- Stuffed spaghetti squash with sauteed spinach, vegan cheese and Primal Kitchen’s vodka sauce
- Chickpea pasta with butternut squash sauce (I used my butternut squash soup as a sauce)
And that’s pretty much it! I’ll add to this list as I experiment more. If you have any favorite plant based or vegan recipes, comment below!
For more inspo check out some of my favorite plant-based/vegan food bloggers:
Amazon Prime Day is here! And while, we certainly don’t need much, I did do some digging and already bought a few Christmas presents. I’m sharing some of my favorite Amazon Prime Day Picks below.
As always, thank you for shopping through my links 🙂
Not much caught my eye other than this
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Halloween is one of our favorite times of year! This year, we are keeping the festivities going with some fun new ideas and I still plan on eating REESE’s peanut butter cups all October long. One of the things we plan to do this year is “Boo’ing” our friends and neighbors. This is a fun and easy activity that will surely become a tradition.
Little unsuspected surprises have become even sweeter these days. I love this idea of surprising your friends and neighbors. Basically, the idea is you leave a little bag or bucket of Halloween treats on their doorstep and encourage them to do the same to some of their friends. Walmart makes it easy to get all of your supplies in one place!
Below, I’m sharing how to create your own “Boo” buckets to “Boo” all of your friends and help spread the tricks and treats.
You will need:
- Paper (for your “Boo” tags – you can download below)
1.) Stock up on all of your favorite candies to fill your “Boo” buckets at Walmart. You can also find the buckets in the party section.
2.) I made these “Boo” tags and instruction sheets to include in the buckets. Click here to download my Boo tag printable. Just cut and put in your buckets!
3.) Add a little ribbon to the handle to tie it all together.
4.) Choose which friends or neighbors you want to “Boo” and leave some treats on their doorstep.
It’s Crocktober!!! Ok I use my crock pot all year round but especially in the fall! I’m sharing this easy recipe for my crockpot butternut squash soup. Not only is it great for those chilly fall days, but also if you’re on a vegan or plant-based diet.
And be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out some of my other friend’s favorite crockpot recipes.
CrockPot Butternut Squash Soup
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 2 medium sized butternut squash
- 2 medium apples
- 2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
- pumpkin seeds
- olive oil for browning the onions
1.) In a saucepan or skillet, pour some olive oil to coat the pan. Add the onions and sauteed until browned.
2.) Drizzle some olive oil into the bottom of the crockpot to prevent sticking. Add the chopped butternut squash, onions, and apples.
3.) Pour in vegetable broth and add spices.
4.) Stir well.
5.) Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours.
6.) When the apples and butternut squash are tender, add the coconut milk.
7.) Blend using an immersion blender. The consistency will be thick.
8.) Scoop into bowls and top with a drizzle of coconut milk and pumpkin seeds.
And check out these other crockpot recipes below:
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