It’s Day 7 on my 30-Day Plant Based Challenge for greater longevity (via a younger heart), and the most important factor to being successful so far has been menu planning.
My first round of inspiration came from Pinterest, and for my next recipe round up, I’m hitting the books. I luckily have a stack of plant based recipe books on hand already, but even if you don’t, browse through any foodie magazines, or cookbooks you currently have, as there’s bound to be at least a few veg-friendly recipes, or modifiable ones.
For the next few days, I’ll be eating out of Brendan Brazier’s Whole Foods to Thrive (Can), Thrive Foods (US). I’ve laid out a 3-4 day menu plan (depending on how many servings of each recipe you make, and how many people in your household!).
(Page references applicable to “Whole Foods to Thrive”, Canadian Version)
Sacha Inchi Baked Apple Cinnamon Cereal, pg 137
Loaded with healthy fats and complete protein.
Pre Workout Drink, pg 130
Great for morning workouts, when you don’t have time for a meal. Easy to digest, quick energy.
Cheesy Broccoli Bowl, pg 193
Try this bowl both raw & steamed, as broccoli has specific health benefits in each format. A great option for boosting probiotic rich food intake (miso), calcium (broccoli & tahini), and B-Vitamins (nutritional yeast). Garlic and coconut oil are also great for intestinal health, so this one’s great for anyone with food sensitivities, or compromised immune systems.
Pecan and Dill Pate, pg 196
Complete protein (multi sources: sunflower seeds & pecans), combined with vitamin and mineral rich parsley & dill. Serve either on rice cakes, or inside a rolled up nori sheet or red chard leaves with sprouts, thin slice veg & avocado.
Quinoa Falafels, pg 251
w Lemon Tahini Dipping Sauce. Serve in a pita, or on top of salad with all your favorite fixings. Make them bite size, to snack on leftovers with the dip.
Portobello Patties, pg 247
The combination of mushroom and quinoa in this recipe, makes for a great meat substitute texturally. This recipe is gluten free & paleo friendly. I’d serve mini patties as “sliders” in butter lettuce leaves.
Buckwheat Sunflower Seed Carrot Pizza’s, pg 249
Sure…it’s really nothing like a conventional pizza, but this one won’t leave you feeling bloated and sluggish! If you’d like, you can use a cheese alternative, such as Daiya, but keep in mind it won’t be completely whole foods based. I made up the crusts in advance, but you’ll need to shorten the bake time by at least half. When you fix them up to eat, re bake for the final amount of time.
No-Bake Double Chocolate Chip Maca Cookies, pg 282
Great energy boosting bite size indulgences. Don’t eat too many at night though, Maca can be quite stimulating because of it’s adaptogenic and invigorating properties.