So many people feel overwhelmed with trying to figure out what they can eat for breakfasts, lunch/dinners, and snacks. So I want to share a Plant-Based Meal Planning 101 resource.
Plant-Based Meal Planning 101
Most of us have about nine meals that we make over and over, because we like them and they are familiar to us. We keep the ingredients on-hand and can whip them up in no time. I call those the 9 meals in our ‘Wheelhouse.’
The key to being successful with plant-based nutrition is changing out those old Wheelhouse meals to healthier ones.
The Meal & Snack Planner below will help guide you to do that. It links breakfast and snack ideas from my website to help get you started.
Three meals that you already like that are plant-based
Then, for the lunch/dinner meals, it encourages you to first think of 3 meals that you already like that are plant-based. That might be vegetable soup, pasta salad, Portobello burgers, rice dishes, baked potatoes, etc and write those down.
Three meals that you already like that could easily be ‘veganized’
In the next section, think of 3 meals you like that could easily be ‘veganized.’ That might be spaghetti made with marinara and veggies or bulgur (no ground beef), tacos with beans and rice (no cheese or beef), a black bean burger (instead of a regular burger).
Three meals that are new to you
Lastly, you’ll need to get creative and resourceful. Look through plant-based cookbooks and websites to try new recipes. Keep trying until you come up with 3 that you really like that can complete that Wheelhouse recipe list.
With a completed list, you will be able to keep the main ingredients stocked in your kitchen to whip up the new favorites in a flash. In time, this becomes your new, healthier second nature.
Hang in there, because it does get easier with time.
If you are new to the plant-based lifestyle, these articles will also be very helpful:
- Plant-Based Guide for Beginners
- What is a Plant-Based Whole Food
- Jeff Novick’s 10 Simple Recipes in Less than 20-Minutes
- What’s in My Plant-Based Medicine Cabinet? I Mean Pantry!
- Beginners Guide to Plant-Based Grocery Shopping
- Guide to Dining Out on a Plant-Based Diet