What do you eat on a plant based/vegan food plan? Inquiring minds want to know the answer to this question! When we first adopted a plant based diet I often had the same thought. What are we going to eat? It takes a little time to gather a new list of favorite meals. I like variety as much as the next person and that didn’t change when I went plant based. Yes we do eat salads but we also enjoy a variety of healthy ethnic recipes that just happen to be plant based.
Through trial and error I finally have a nice collection of recipes that we enjoy again and again. The list changes seasonally depending on what fresh foods are in season and of course the weather also dictates what we feel like eating. The following is a list of some of our favorite recipes. I find myself making these over and over again! There are a few more repeat recipes that aren’t on the this list yet as I haven’t blogged about them- so many recipes so little time!
For breakfast right now I rotate between toast with peanut butter and a banana, hot oatmeal fixed a variety of ways, smoothies and sometimes I also enjoy a home made flax cracker with tea before my morning walk. Muffins and sweeter foods are usually reserved for a snack or a dessert.
Breakfast for hubby Tom is usually Rips Big Bowl.
We try to have one meal a day be a huge salad with home made salad dressing and topped off with a variety of beans – usually black beans, kidney beans and garbanzo beans. It takes a long time to eat, is super filling and quite low calorie! The salad is a combination of fruits and and raw veggies – varies depending on what we have in the fridge. The Dijon Date Dressing/Dip is our favorite and I make it once or twice a week. For the non salad meal we enjoy a wide variety of soups, veggie burgers,wraps, tacos, lasagna. lentil loaves and enchilada casseroles.
Different crunchy side salads or grain based salads are perfect served along side a bowl of soup, a wrap or a veggie burger. We also enjoy different layered casseroles like veggie lasagnas or enchilada casseroles. It seems that just about everything we enjoyed before can be revamped into a healthier plant based version. Yes even cheese! I tried a home made cheese recipe over the weekend that was awesome.
Fresh fruit is a daily given. To make fruit extra special we like to freeze it and turn it into soft serve! If we are having company I might bake a little something since we will have plenty of help to eat it up!
This turned into an epic post! As you can tell we have turned the corner with this plant based food plan. There are so many amazing recipes to be enjoyed. Many are super easy and don’t take a lot of time. Others require a couple hours in the kitchen but are so worth it!
I find recipes on vegan/plant based blogs and cookbooks. Since becoming active on Instagram – follow me there as Nutmeg Notebook I have found a wonderful group of ladies who enjoy sharing their favorite plant based recipes. It’s so much fun to see photos of what they are making and share my own. There is a lot of interaction between posters which I love! There is a real sense of community between everyone who is eating plant based. That’s missing from many of our daily lives since we are often times the only ones in our peer group, work environment or families that is eating a plant based diet.
I have been enjoying Instagram more than blogging! I like getting to know other like minded people. The interaction on Instagram is so appealing. I can post photos of what I have been cooking and don’t have to post the recipe – it’s a lot less work. Since I am active on Instagram I am posting here a little bit less.
I hope you find our favorite plant based recipes helpful. It’s always fun to take a peek at what other folks are eating!
Happy Healthy Eating!
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