Meatless Monday Recipe Roundup
Who doesn't love a good roundup blog post? Tied with recipe posts, they've always been my favorite to read. A combination of the two? Can't beat that!
Every week here at the NJV, I'll be sharing some plant-based receipes on Monday, to get your gears turning and hopefully help you populate your grocery list/menu for the week ahead.
Whether you're a master foodie or a little lost in the kitchen, it can be tricky to think of recipes that keep you excited week after week. And if you're bored with your food, we got a problem! Especially if you're just starting to add more plant-based meals to your repertoire, I want to make SURE you're not thinking you're limited to salads (pet peeve misconception!!) and that you aren't thinking in terms of "okay what do I replace the missing chicken/steak on my plate with?" which can be a tricky mindset to approach veganism with, I've found.
INSTEAD, I hope to low-key blow your mind with a whole new worldddd (yes I'm singing this) of recipes you can try, which will find you not even missing that baked chicken or piece of salmon, because your taste buds will be too busy with all these amazing new creations.
Without further adieu, here are a few suggestions to get you started (each week I'll be sharing what I am personally getting busy on in the kitchen, so I can personally vouch for all of these).
Breakfast: I've been super feeling the waffles and pancakes life lately. These are super quick and easy and also will keep you full for a while thanks to the protein. If you're looking for a great vegan protein, I always recommend Shakeology (get in touch with me for a discount on it or free sample) or, if you don't want all the superfoods in it (said no one ever) and need just a plain protein, I like the sprouts brand vanilla vegan.
>> Easy Vegan Protein Waffles
Lunch: I've shared renditions of this recipe before, but I really do eat this bomb ass chickpea "chicken" salad this often. It's a staple in my life and I can eat it straight with a spoon, on top of salad, or in between bread. If you're new to veganism and don't know what to eat for lunch, start here!
Dinner: Even the greatest plant-naysayers in my life LOVE this salad. Like, even people who hate all of the main ingredients.... (say what!?) It's that good. It's definitely got more of a traditionally fall flavor to it with the roasted veggies and rich curry, but I can't stop won't stop, just because temps are heating up. This is also endlessly modifiable; I made it last week with baked tofu and roasted beets, so mix it up y'all.
Dessert (duh): Okay listen up if you're confused about how and when to use tofu--this is it! Okay okay, there are lots of ways, but I recommend skipping over dinner and using it in dessert, where the silky texture works perfectly, such as in this pudding. Please note you'll need SILKEN tofu for this, not the firm-extra firm stuff. Aside from that, this is hard to mess up, and you'll literally never know the main ingredient is tofu. Promise.
That's it! I hope you enjoy, and I hope this gets your creative culinary juices flowing!
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