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plant based dinner ideas

happy valentine’s day my little sweet potatoes! i’ve been beyond excited to discover the first mess this week. i’ve been drooling all over my keyboard as i scroll through laura’s vegan archives, and have even been able to try my hand at a few of her recipes this week. i’m happy to say that i have a few new favorites myself and can’t wait to start cooking my way through her blog!

monday: chana masala
tuesday: veg chicky parm (made vegan by using substitutes)
wednesday: favorite tofu – topped everything this week with it!
thursday: red pepper rapini with white beans and grits (made vegan by omitting cheese & egg, topping it with above tofu)
friday: favorite lentil soup

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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dinner ideas 2.7.14

February 7, 2014

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, loves! we’re still eating lots of cauliflower, cabbage and potatoes but i’m not complaining. it’s these winter vegetables that sustain us and make winter so savory. our favorite meal this week was this delicious shaved cauliflower salad.

monday: cauliflower buffalo bites (um, yum!)
tuesday: thai noodle soup
wednesday:  jumbo stuffed shells
thursday: shepherd’s pie
friday: shaved cauliflower salad

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, loves! for some reason, our meals this week were extra yummy. they were full of warming spices and winter veggies. our favorite by far was the whole roasted cauliflower, you must try it!

monday: cauliflower risotto
tuesday: bloomin’ indian spiced whole roasted cauliflower. yum!
wednesday:  red thai curry sauce (i left out the fish sauce)
thursday: roasted ratatouille with polenta
friday: leftover night! :)

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, lovelies! most of our meals this week were perfect for winter weather. full of warm spices and hearty ingredients. our favorite by far was the big yoga bowl. it’s so simple, though i had never thought about layering ingredients this way. i added kale and roasted red peppers, and it was fresh, filling and fun to eat. i’m already planning for another version, where i think i’ll add some roasted beets and turnips to the mix.

monday: southwestern breakfast hash (for dinner!)
tuesday: pumpkin curry with chickpeas
wednesday:  homemade falafel with leftover curry
thursday: the big vegan bowl
friday: yummy yoga pot

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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plant based dinner ideas 1.10.14 it’s just plain cold here. so, we’ve been eating lots of soups to warm us up from the inside out! with few veggies in season right now, our meals have also consisted of a lot of beans, kale and cabbage (not complaining!). here are the meals we’ve enjoyed this week!

monday: vegan chili with cornbread
tuesday: white bean vegetable stew (+ leftover cornbread)
wednesday:  creamy tuscan white bean soup topped with veggie sausage
thursday: the big vegan bowl (yum!)
friday: spaghetti and no meatballs

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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a plant based thanksgiving

November 25, 2013

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a plant based thanksgiving

above recipes by row: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

today, i’m excited to talk to you about serving a plant based thanksgiving meal. i’ve told you this story before, but nine years ago when i told my family i was going to be a vegetarian the first question they asked was,”but what will you eat for thanksgiving?!” well, we’ve all come a long way since then, but it’s still one of the most frequent questions i get. since then, we’ve had years of delicious thanksgiving meals, sans the turkey, cheese and heavy cream.

years ago i heard someone talking about how many americans were emotionally attached to meat. hotdogs at ball games, hamburgers at cookouts, turkey at thanksgiving. for some reason, it struck me as odd. even kind of gross. i mean, i didn’t want to be emotionally attached to meat! i know there are lots of different feelings, beliefs and emotions surrounding food so my intention here is not to change or upset anyone, only to share with you the way we do things, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

so this year, you won’t find any turkey on our table, but instead a wholesome and hearty feast of plant based courses. they will leave us feeling fully satisfied, but not ‘over done’ and there will be no need to diet afterwards (well, maybe just a little). we’ll be energized after our meal, instead of exhausted and in need of a nap!

below are are a few of the scrumptious thanksgiving courses we’ll be having this year. i hope you enjoy browsing them and maybe trying a few!

main course: this is the trickiest course to fix vegan and still make people feel like they had a filling fall feast. it’s easy though with these recipes!

vegetable wellington redux (sans the cheese). this is a decadent course that truly feels like a special treat!

- ultimate vegan lentil loaf – a tried and true favorite!

holiday stuffed pumpkin- a center piece that must be carved and stuffed!

miso sesame winter squash – delicious and beautiful!

- celebration roast – the ultimate in vegan sophistication, this roast is simple and delicious (just heat it up!)

side dishes and salads: it’s easy enough to prepare veggies for side dishes, but the trick to thanksgiving is using seasonal spices & ingredients that makes the meal feel really special.

pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad (sans the feta) – the most delicious salad i’ve ever made!

garlic mashed potatoes – with ingredients like rosemary and lentils, this is sure to be a hit!

my favorite biscuits – easy and delicious.

roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts (brussel sprouts are my favorite).

roasted pumpkin seed hummus don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds!

shaved cauliflower salad – light and yummy.

herb spiced stuffing – i like to add apple sage field roast to my stuffing, too.

dessert: the best part of all!

baked apples stuffed with cinnamon date pecan oatmeal

- vegan pumpkin pie – i like to make the gluten free one, it’s so yummy!

apple cider float – yumyumyum.

coconut ice cream – my favorite plant based ice cream (doesn’t taste like coconut!).

what will you be serving this year? we would love to hear about your menu and favorite recipes!

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dinner ideas 11.15.13

November 15, 2013

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vegan dinner ideas

pomegranate season is upon us which means i’m throwing pomegranate seeds all over the place (especially after i finally figured out how to de-seed them!). our favorite meal by far this week was this most delicious pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad with walnuts by pinch of yum. i left off the feta and replaced it with some tempeh croutons which made it a light and refreshing yet filling dinner for us. also on our menu this week was a thai red curry (something i just through together) and pumpkin mole. tonight, i’m planning on making this creamy tuscan white bean soup. it’s getting chilly over here! perfect soup weather. :)

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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happy world vegan day!

November 1, 2013

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happy world vegan day!

happy world vegan day, friends! i spotted two recipes this week around the blogosphere that i can’t wait to make. the first is for baked carrot cake oatmeal and comes from one of my favorite food blogs, green kitchen stories. it calls for all of fall’s best flavors and gets finished with a crunchy top layer of maple syrup, coconut oil, walnuts and sunflower seeds. yes, please!

happy world vegan day!

the next recipe from sprouted kitchen is a delicious chili roasted tofu dish with minted pomegranate relish and avocado. i’ve been eying the fresh pomegranates at our market lately and have been waiting for the right recipe to use them in. i think i’ve finally found it!

what has been your favorite meal this week?

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