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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

 

 

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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!

 

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Crockpot butternut squash 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

 

For more of my fall recipes check out

Apple cinnamon french toast casserole

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte