When it comes to putting together a well-balanced meal-plan, there's a healthy eating rule of thumb to remember: enjoy a wide variety of foods including fruit, veggies, legumes, wholegrains, nuts, and seeds. You can learn more about cooking and eating the plant-powered way here
And now — on to the food! Here's the second in our series offering you a week's worth of plant-based meal ideas to cover you from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between. (If you're pressed for time or feeling less than ambitious, jump to the 'quick n' easy' meal plan instead 😉 No judgment!)
That nutty-chocolate granola goodness above? Believe it or not — it's technically a health food. Packed full of nutritious oats, buckwheat groats, nuts and antioxidant-rich cocoa it's healthy-delicious. You could substitute the brown sugar for date sugar to make this even better for you and, if you like an extra chocolate crunch, stir in 1/3 of a cup of cocoa nibs once the mix is cool.
Richa Hingle has created an omelet with a twist: it's fluffy, savoury — and completely egg-free! Made with moong dal (split mung beans), this omelet is tender, yet hardy enough to stand up to a robust potato filling. Turmeric gives it that yellow hue, and kala namak lends it an eggy (read: sulfurous!) aroma! Kala namak is also known as 'black salt', but don't let the misnomer fool you — it's actually pink in colour. You can find it online or at most Indian grocery stores.
Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, the super berry açai bowl is a perfect summer breakfast to lighten up and cool down
You might also like to try:
* Fluffy egg-free pancakes — delicious with golden or maple syrup and fresh berries.
* Healthy (and gluten-free) 1-bowl carrot apple muffins.
While we're here, don't forget the pleasures of some toast! Peanut butter and sliced banana makes a treat Elvis would be proud of, while fresh pear with blackberry jam is a personal favourite. Vegemite is a perennial classic with buttery spread (some of which actively lower cholesterol) — or paired with sliced avocado, which might sound a bit bizarre, but is really tasty!
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and no deep-frying required! Minimalist Baker's easy falafel are delicious as-is — or ready to be tweaked as you like it. Swap out the parsley for coriander (and/or mint); add chilli flakes if you like it spicy, and, if you don't feel like hummus, perhaps this dairy-free and creamy homestyle tzatziki will fit the bill nicely.
Packed with crunchy pickles, protein-rich tofu and beautiful fresh salad these teriyaki tofu sandwiches with zingy pickles from Full of Plants are a dream come true. If you're in a rush, feel free to substitute the savoury sesame 'doughnuts' with your favourite bread. I love this filling in a crusty mini baguette!
A little bit Mexican-inspired, a little bit Southwestern, and a whole lot of delicious — this fresh black bean and corn salad is packed with protein and fibre, and is perfect for picnics, potlucks, parties and lunchboxes (simply leave out the optional feta to keep it fully plant-based — or try one of these dairy-free cheeses).
More lunch options:
How many dals can there possibly be? Trick question, because the answer is limitless! :D This spiced lentil and Swiss chard dal from Vegan Richa is a standout example — delicious with rice, quinoa, millet or flatbread.
Also from Vegan Richa (I'm on a bit of a curry high at the moment) is this South Indian vegetable coconut curry — mildly spiced with a delicious array of textures, this seemingly simple dish (that introduced me to the transformative power of tempering spices!) is a true delight.
Saucy caramelised tofu bowl — if there's one tofu recipe you need to taste, it's this one!
Or try your hand at:
* Gingered sweet potato and coconut milk stew — for those days when you need a little 'soul soup' pick-me-up.
* Baked sweet potato with chive cream and cucumber salad — comforting and nourishing with a refreshing zing from the traditional German quick-pickled cucumber salad.
* This easy and aromatic Thai red curry that packs in all the colours of the rainbow — serve over rice or noodles, or perhaps with some flaky roti bread, for a delicious meal.
* Double potato, mushroom and lentil pot pies combine a hearty red wine and thyme gravy with flaky golden pastry. This is comfort food to the max.
* Enjoy this hearty African peanut soup with rice balls with a crisp green salad on the side.
Make your own cheese? It sounded impossible to me a few years ago... until I realised what you could do with a few cashew nuts! This easy probiotic cultured vegan cheese from Minimalist Baker just might be your first step into the fermenting world. First step, cheese — then, who knows? Soon you just might have a cupboard full of bubbling sauerkraut and kimchi like I do!
For chilly nights, lazy weekend brunches or afternoon teas, there's nothing quite like (liberally) iced cinnamon rolls. What is it about home-baked goods that make the world seem a-okay? ❤
My favourite treat as a kid was Cherry Ripe bars — that dream-team combination of coconut, cherry and chocolate. Well, they're here again (in truffle form) for a reunion tour that's completely plant-based — and totally delicious.
You may also like:
* Cherry, pear and apple cobbler — stunningly vibrant, and a perfectly juicy balance between sweet and sour.
* Creamy, tangy and moreish — these devilled potatoes make perfect appetisers for a party (or Netflix snacks for a night on the couch).
* ...and, because you can never have enough potato, some baked hash browns. (These golden glories would be delicious with a herbed sour cream — you could replace the basil with fresh dill for a nice change.)
* Rice crisp protein energy bars — and yep, they've got a chocolate topping 😉
If you're just after something quick and simple that requires minimal energy output on your end — we've also gathered a handy list of easy plant-based meals you can throw together in 15 minutes or less, featuring plenty of meals you're probably already familiar with
We'd love to hear about the plant-powered creations you've been cooking up and enjoying recently. Please let us know below! 🙂