0 In food

Plant based meal ideas

plant based meal ideas

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

Breakfast

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

 

Lunch

  • 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!

 

Dinner

  • 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)

 

Snacks

 

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:

Rabbit and Wolves

Love and Lemons

The Healthy Avo

 

 

0 In Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day picks

My Amazon Prime Day Picks

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 🙂

Womens fashion

Levis ultimate western shirt$28.49 ($59.50)

Amazon Prime Day Picks

3 pack high neck sports bras $23.19 ($28.99)

Amazon Prime Day Picks

Daily ritual hem tunic (not a prime day sale but one of my favorite tops)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - Daily Ritual tunic

Core 10 build your own leggings (not a prime day sale but my holy grail)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - Core 10 build your own leggings

Orolay womens coat $103 ($129.99)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks

Mens

Not much caught my eye other than this

3 pack of  Calvin Klein vneck tees for $17.99

my Amazon Prime Day Picks

Kids

Bentgo lunch box $24.99 ($39.99)

Amazon Prime Day Picks bento box

Amazon fire 7 $59.99 ($99.99)

Amazon Prime Day picks - Fire 7

Osmo Little Genius Starter Pack $83.99 ($119.99)

Amazon prime day picks Osmo little genius starter pack

Magnetic tiles (100 pack for $49.99 from $99.99)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - Magnetic Tiles

Bounce House ($219 from $399)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - bounce house

Dino kinetic sand kit $23.90 ($35.99)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - Kinetic sand

Beauty

Beauty blenders (5 pack for $5.99)

Amazon prime day picks - beauty blenders

Nyx butter gloss $3.39!!! (My fave is “Fortune Cookie”)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks Nyx butter gloss

Sio Beauty Facelift $45.49 ($49)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks

Elemis collagen cleansing balm $44.80 ($64)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks - Elemis collagen cleansing balm

 

Home

Pillow covers set of 2 for $10

My Amazon Prime Day Picks

Rubbermaid set of 10 pantry organization $45.15 ($59.99)

my amazon prime day picks

Anova Sous Vide $139 ($199)

My Amazon Prime Day Picks sous vide

Ninja Foodie $149 ($269)

My Amazon Prime Day picks - Ninja foodie

9 In fall/ halloween/ printables

Halloween Boo bags

Halloween Boo Bags

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HERSHEY® for SheSpeaks.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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.

Halloween Boo Bags

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.

Halloween Boo Bags

You will need:

  • Candy
  • Buckets
  • Paper (for your “Boo” tags – you can download below)
  • Ribbon

Directions:

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.

Halloween Boo Bags

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!

Halloween Boo Bags

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.

Halloween Boo Bags

Happy Halloween!!!

 

5 In food

Crockpot butternut squash soup

Crock pot butternut squash soup

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

 

CrockPot Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Crockpot butternut squash soup

Head to my Instagram reels to see another meal idea using this soup!

 

And check out these other crockpot recipes below:

Buffalo Chicken

Healthy white chicken chili

white chicken chili crock pot recipe share

Sweet and spicy pulled chicken

sweet and spicy pulled chicken

 

Coca Cola Pork Street Tacos

Coca Cola Pork Street tacos

Crockpot chicken and dumplings

crock pot chicken and dumplings

Creamy chicken and wild rice soup

crockpot chicken and wild rice soup

 

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