Some of Our "Go-To" Vegan Meals (Audio)

In my experience, it's so important to have several go-to meals for when life gets busy. In the latest podcast, I share some of our meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with apples, medjool dates and cinnamon

Smoothies-if you don't have a high-powered blender, blend your leafy green and liquid first.

Grits with Earth Balance vegan margarine, salt, pepper & garlic powder

I also mentioned vegan waffles, vegan pancakes, tofu scramble (vegan version of scrambled eggs) and Field Roast sausage as other options for breakfast. Just take some of your family's current favorite breakfasts and make a vegan version of it.

Lunch & Dinners: Spaghetti and tacos with Beyond Meat vegan beef crumbles

Lentil soup....here's a recipe and another one here 

Gardein crispy tenders with roasted potatoes and broccoli and/or corn

Vegan Pizza with Daiya cheese

Not mentioned in the podcast, but stir-fry is another go to meal for us.

Some options for eating on the go: Red Robin (they have a vegan burger), Chipotle (rice, beans, guac, lettuce, salsa, etc), the hot bar at your grocery store, and try to find a local restaurant that is vegan-friendly. Happycow.net has listings based on your zip code.

Lentil Soup w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach Recipe | Vegan Soup YouTube Collab

I love a simple weeknight meal and soup usually falls into that category. I don't know about you but we eat soup All. Year. Long.

It's too inexpensive, simple and delicious to only save for the cold months.

Plus, I LOVE that there's usually leftovers for the next day. Winning!

Today I have a special treat for ya! Not only will I share one of my fam's fave lentil soup recipes, but also some other delicious fall soups from some of my YouTube homies!

Click the pic above to go to a playlist with all the soup video recipes

Click the pic above to go to a playlist with all the soup video recipes

Split pea Sweet Potato Soup from EcoVeganGal  

Creamy Potato Curry Soup from Fellowship Vegetable  

Carrot Ginger Soup from Vegan Cooking With Love

 Filipino Rice Porridge from AstigVegan

Vegetable Lentil Stew from The Divine Hostess

Red Lentil Coconut Curry from Veggietorials 

and dip your soup with these Soft Pretzel Bites from SimplyBakings 

Check out all these amazing soup recipes and be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channels to get more. :-)

Here's the recipe & video for my soup. This soup is perfect for a weekend night dinner and all the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store. Enjoy!

Lentil Soup w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Spinach

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 30

Keywords: soup/stew vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 5)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil, to saute onion & garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed (optional: soak them in water for an hour)
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • About 2 1/2 cups of fresh spinach, rinsed

Instructions

In a large stockpot, saute the onion & garlic for about 6 minutes on medium heat.

Mix in basil, salt & pepper and cook for another minute.

Then add in lentils & vegetable broth.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes (or until the lentils are soft)

During the last 5 minutes of cooking, mix in the sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.

Add more salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.

Serve with rice or solo.

Enjoy!

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What We Ate Today #8 Vegan Family Meals | Video

 I love showing easy and delicious vegan meals that you can enjoy with the family. 

Check out the latest What We Ate Today vid...

Breakfast: Puffins multigrain cereal (the cereal featured in the video & picture is NOT vegan; here's a list of the vegan-friendly ones from the same company-scroll to the bottom of this page), almond milk & nectarine

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It's crazy because when I skimmed the ingredients, I just knew this multigrain one would be vegan over their peanut butter, fruit medley & cocoa crunch (which is all vegan), since it's plain and has less ingredients.

This Puffins multigrain cereal contains vitamin D3 which is derived from an animal source (I believe sheep's wool).

At first I was pissed about featuring a non-vegan product in this video, but decided the lesson was too important to leave out that footage.  Even after 4 years on this journey, I still don't always get it right. 

I do the best I can daily and hope you do the same in your own journey. :-)

Progression over perfection, baby.

 

Lunch: Thai noodles from Forks Over Knives

My kids have a love/hate thing with sprouts, so I left those off. I doubled this recipe, so there was enough for lunch the next day. Get the full recipe here 

 

Dinner: Chipotle-white rice, black beans, fajitas, guacamole, mild salsa, lettuce

When buying or eating burritos out, be sure to check to make sure it doesn't contain lard (which is an animal byproduct). As far as I know, the flour tortillas at Chipotle are vegan-friendly. Articles here & here 

Another vegan option at Chipotle is getting the same ingredients in one of their veggie bowls. You can also ask for their vegetarian/vegan pinto beans, brown rice and sofritas

Why "Go-To" Vegan Meals Are So Important

Life has been pretty busy for me lately (not even enough time to catch up on How to Get Away with Murder *tears*), so I know from experience that it’s sooo important to establish “go-to” meals when you start your vegan journey.
 
You need simple & delicious meals that take no more than 30 mins to put together.
 
Last night…a basic spaghetti with fresh basil saved me, when I got caught up with a project and forgot to cook dinner.

Yeah, I forgot to make dinner. Don't judge me. lol 
 
Lentil soup and a quick stir-fry are also my go-to meals.

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I know getting started on this journey with a family isn’t always easy.  

One person likes this, one person likes that...or no one likes anything. 

This is why it's so important to experiment with new recipes, let majority rule (one will always not like something lol) and establish go-to meals.

Take a few minutes and think about what your family is already loving and make those your go-to meals (try to have at least 3). 
Check out the recipe page for inspiration.

Life is busy enough (with work, kid’s football practice and watching Netflix lol), so the sooner you put some meals on auto-pilot the better.
 
You got this!
 
I have a new virtual meal planning class coming up at the end of this month. After this class, you will feel confident about starting a simple, healthy & long-term vegan life with your family.

You should join us!
 
>>> Get more info here <<<

Broccoli & Vegan Sausage Stir-Fry

Stir-fry is one of my "go-to" meals because they're quick, easy and delicious.

The possibilities are endless with the different combinations you can make each week (or night, if your week is super crazy and your family doesn't complain too much lol).

In the recipe below, I show you a fast lunch I put together for me and the boys the other day.

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I used Field Roast vegan sausage. Even though it comes in a pack of 4 links, I only use 2 and save the others for another meal.

Stretch it out, baby!

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Another option for vegan sausage (this one is more accessible) is the Tofurky brand.

What ingredients do you put in your stir-fry?

Broccoli & Vegan Sausage Stir-Fry

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 7

Cook Time: 12

Keywords: fry entree vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 fresh broccoli heads (florets only), chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (I used a green and red one), chopped
  • 2-4 links of vegan sausage (Field Roast & Tofurky are good brands), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

In a large skillet, heat the oil on med-hi heat.

Toss in the broccoli and saute for about 4 minutes.

Add in garlic, onion and bell peppers and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix in the vegan sausage and soy sauce.

Continue to cook for 3 minutes.

Serve with rice, quinoa or solo.

Enjoy!

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