Folks go vegetarian for all sorts of reasons. Unless you grew up not eating meat, planning meals can get tricky. We liked Hummusapien’s vegetarian meal plan for fresh recipes with accessible ingredients and clear directions. She writes her own recipes but also includes some friends along the way. Even if you’re not vegetarian full time, we think you’ll find a recipe to love.
Easy Vegan Meatballs, Greek Salad Wraps with White Beans and Garlic Yogurt, and Vegan Chickpea Curry
Mushrooms, toasted walnuts, and beans are blitzed together to make a satisfying “meatball”. A little marinara sauce and some pasta makes spaghetti night! A vegetarian meal plan win.
- Use an ice cream/cookie scoop to easily make the balls.
- These are a bit on the delicate side so simmering in the marinara sauce would likely not work well. The balls could fall apart.
- Smaller households might make these and freeze half for easy weeknight meals.
Greek salad is one of Kate’s favorites. Crunchy veggies, a punchy olive or two, feta cheese, all tossed in a bright lemony dressing. This wrap takes all those flavors into a bean salad. Slather a pita with some garlic yogurt and fill it to the brim with the bean salad for a refreshing lunch or dinner.
- This kept very well in the refrigerator for several days. Consider making this a lunch prep, too.
- The pita was amazing, but this could also be mounded over some lettuce if you’re lightening it up.
You know the kind of night where you really want dinner, can’t wait for take out, and another bowl of cereal is just too much? Vegan Chickpea Curry can come to the rescue. In twenty minutes, you can have a warm bowl of chickpeas in a delicious sauce with coconut milk, ginger, and red curry. Making the curry takes just about as long as a pot of rice, meaning in a half hour you’re eating a “real dinner” and life just got a little better. We loved this as a flexible, simple addition to vegetarian meal plan.
- We couldn’t help ourselves and kept thinking of easy additions: half a container of baby spinach or kale, frozen broccoli, diced carrots, or zucchini all came to mind.
- Another plug to have a can of chickpeas and a can of coconut milk in the house at all times. Last minute meals can be closer than you think.
From the Smorgasbord:
Kate is going back to the office and is in love with Budget Bytes lunch boxes. She’s making the peanut butter lunch box option this week. A little peanut butter, crunchy apple, some celery sticks, and a few dates makes the transition a little easier.