Meatless Monday Meal Ideas for the Beginner Cook

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Being a beginner (aka newbie) cook can seem intimidating, but combine that with being a new plant-based eater may seem even more daunting, especially to someone who’s never eaten a meal without meat. The Meatless Monday campaign has been one of the most helpful tools for sharing how simple eating meatless really can be. Even if you just do it on Mondays, you’ll be taking a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle, a delicious culinary exploration, and contributing to a kinder environment and more animal-friendly world.

But you probably already know that, right? For those of you new to a plant-based diet and who have no experience cooking, or cooking without meat, we’ve got some simple meal ideas to share with you that are easy to prepare and delicious too.

All of these can be prepared in advance or made fresh for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Try these suggestions out and be sure to share with us your favorite easy Meatless Monday idea too!

Breakfast:

It’s one of the most important meals of the day to start out the plant-based way! Start things out on the right foot and go with one of these three easy, simple (and all vegan!) choices.

Oatmeal and Berries With Chia and Flax Seeds

One of the easiest meals that anyone can throw together in the morning is oatmeal! And it’s much better for you than a processed box of vegan cereal, no matter how tasty and tempting those may be. Plus, you don’t have to worry about grease from bacon or a risk of salmonella poisoning from eggs with hearty oatmeal! You can season your oatmeal however you want and even get creative with it whether you go savory-style or sweet. To keep things simple, make a batch of some old-fashioned rolled oats (which are really thick and creamy), and add in some blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, or blackberries. Then toss on a few chia and flax seeds for some plant-based omega 3′s and protein! There you go- a perfect breakfast in minutes that will stay with you all morning long!

Try some of our other oatmeal suggestions for more ideas.

Whole Grain (or Gluten-Free) Waffles with Almond Butter, Strawberries, and Cinnamon

If you truly don’t have time to even make oatmeal, then go with some store bought gluten-free or whole grain organic waffles (which will be free from genetically modified soy and corn.) There are many great vegan brands on the market and many that are also gluten-free, organic, and even some that have added omega 3 fatty acids from chia, flax, and hemp. Smear on some almond butter, a few strawberries, and some cinnamon. If you’re really feeling super healthy, toss a few chia seeds on there too! You can turn this into a waffle sandwich or eat it open face style if you prefer.

If you have some spare time on the weekends, try our easy waffle recipes and freeze them to defrost each morning for an easy meal on the go.

A Smoothie

Everyone can make a smoothie- even if you don’t have a high-tech blender (which is optimal but not required to drink smoothies.) Smoothies are one of the best ways to include a large variety of produce into one meal. You don’t even have to turn on the stove or microwave either. Just add, blend, and go! One simple recipe everyone can make is: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 a banana, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 cup spinach, ice, and a little vanilla extract. Blend, enjoy, and start your day off with this nutritious, delicious boost! You can also add some inexpensive, plant-based protein like hemp protein to your smoothie, or even 1/2 cup of oats to make it more filling.

Lunch:

Plant-based diets include more than salads, you know. Though we’ve got some delicious hearty salads that are easy to make and incredibly filling, you do have other options.

Here are some easy choices:

 

Veggie Soup and a Veggie Burger

Nothing says comfort like a bowl of soup! But to make it more filling, add a veggie burger to the side or crumble it on top of your soup. You can make your own easy veggie burgers, or buy organic ones that are also free of genetically modified ingredients. Beyond Meat makes excellent non-GMO veggie burgers you can enjoy, and even Dr. Praeger’s now has a line of non-GMO and gluten-free veggie burgers. For a hearty, meaty option, try this Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burger, which is off the charts delicious!

A Huge Veggie Bowl

This is super simple to prepare! All you have to do is use a hearty root vegetable, like a baked sweet potato or some carrots and onions, and add your other favorite veggies and a side of greens. One of the most delicious versions is cooked spinach or collards, a sweet potato with tomatoes, roasted broccoli, mushrooms, and some warm mustard drizzled on top. Yum! Or, try Roasted Veggies with Buttery Garlic and Spinach for another amazing option.

A Classic Sandwich

If nothing else, there’s nothing to be ashamed of about having a simple sandwich. Don’t feel the need to over-complicate things if you don’t have to. Most combos that people enjoy the most are actually vegan anyway. Peanut butter and banana, almond butter and jam, peanut butter and jelly, and almond butter, banana, and strawberries are all 100 percent meatless. Go with some sprouted grain bread and raw nut butter as the healthiest option (and if you really want to kick things up a notch.) Other yummy ideas are: The Easy Fix Veggie SandwichChickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad Sandwich, and the Vegan Humdinger (an absolute must-try!)

Dinner:

Breakfast and lunch are usually easy for people to eat plant-based, but it’s dinner that really seems to throw them for a loop when they can’t reach for beef, chicken, turkey, fish, or pork to add to their plate. Spare the animal and your heart at the same time and don’t fret, we’ve got so many filling, incredibly hearty and delicious dinner options to choose from.

Here are four simple ideas:

Stir-fry

Toss some veggies, a little olive or coconut oil and some onions and garlic in a pan. Turn the heat to medium high heat and stir-fry them until they start to brown. Using your spatula, continue to stir them well until nice and toasty. Heat up some brown, black, or wild rice on your stove or the microwave (or buy pre-bagged frozen brown or wild rice you can steam) and add your veggies to the mix. Lastly, toast a few pieces of tempeh (a delicious, meat alternative that’s healthy for you) in the oven. Top your stir-fry with it, and enjoy!

Stuffed Baked Potatoes and Veggies

One of the simplest, most delicious meals is a stuffed sweet potato with salsa, red pepper hummus, and some roasted broccoli. Then add any other veggies you enjoy on the side. Even the steam in a bag veggies you can buy frozen can be made in minutes and are delicious when seasoned with some Mrs. Dash or some other all-purpose seasoning. If you’re a hot sauce fan, add some Sriracha, and you’re set!

Breakfast for Dinner

One fun way to enjoy dinner (especially if you get home late) is to flip flop your day and enjoy breakfast again for dinner! Try vegan protein pancakes or try something hearty like scrambled “eggs”, tempeh bacon, an egg-free omelet, or some savory oatmeal. 

Soup and a Salad

Lastly, if you happen to actually enjoy simple foods like soup and salad, then feel free to enjoy them! Soups can be made ahead of time in the Crock-pot and salads can be tossed together in minutes. Try Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup, Warming Carrot Ginger Soup, Toasted Mexican Quinoa Soup, and White Bean and Kale Soup.

Dessert:

Don’t think we’d leave you hanging without something sweet! There’s no dairy ice cream needed here, check out all our yummy dessert recipes and make everything from vegan ice cream to brownies and more!

Here are three simple options if you don’t have a lot of time and your sweet tooth won’t leave you alone:

‘Milk’ Shakes

Shakes can easily be made in your blender or food processor. Everything from chocolate coconut,Banana Superfoodstrawberry, to Neopolitan and more are all incredibly easy to make and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Parfaits

Parfaits can be made in five, simple steps and you don’t need dairy yogurt to make vegan parfaitsthanks to some easy ingredients like nuts, dried fruit, oats, coconut yogurt or soy yogurt, and bananas. Layer them all together, add fresh berries or even cacao nibs if you like. Try this Hazelnut Chocolate Parfait made with hazelnuts, dates, coconut, and cocoa or cacao powder. Grab a spoon and dig in!

Cookies

Vegan cookies can be made raw or you can bake them. They’re also super simple to make and the possibilities are endless! Try Quinoa Chocolate Chip CookiesRaw Pecan Spice Delight Cookies, and even a celebrity’s favorite dark chocolate vegan cookies!

Going meatless is pretty delicious, wouldn’t you agree? Don’t forget easy meatless snacks include almonds, cashews, fresh fruit, carrots, red pepper strips, or healthy vegan granola bars. For more Meatless Monday tips, check out the Meatless Monday website. What’s your best Meatless Monday idea for the beginner cook?

By: Heather Williams
Source: www.onegreenplanet.org

2015-08-27T12:04:44+00:00

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    Q: Do you have any suggestions for a breakfast, lunch & dinner schedule? I'm making the transition to a healthier diet due to fibroid tumors. Currently I have broken my eating menu into 3 parts, breakfast - fruits, lunch - salads, & dinner - baked potato or any other heavy meal I intend to eat. Is this a good start? Any suggestions you can give on healthier meals for dinner are most appreciated.

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    Please purchase our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL e-book for the alternatives you seek. It's a great little resource, especially for new people starting their transition diet. You off to a good start, Beloved!

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    A:

    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

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    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

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    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

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    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: I have ordered the detox cleanse, and the weight cleanse. Both state to eat a raw diet of veggies and fruit, nuts, nut pastes??, legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea veggies??,and fresh juices. It mentions Vegan Diet. What are my options when it comes to these choices? What do I eat and how often to keep my sugar from dropping, and feeling sick? Usually mid am, and mid afternoon?

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    The best way to balance blood sugar and keep your body in a fat burning zone is to eat low fat and every 3-4 hours. Also high raw and high carb. Here are some options. Just a general outline.

     

    6am 

    Muesli - fruit smoothie-green smoothie

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    I also recommend to check out my health coaching program www.theveganefect.com for more info.

     

    I hope this helps,

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    Greetings & Namaste,

    First, thank you for being U-activated!  So many potential energies unable to convert into kinetic activities because of our Earthly baggage(s).  Personally, I haven't found the right formula to keep my beautiful curves, which is the major reason I am not vegan/raw now.  In my perfect world, I'd have a great-tasting, non-dairy,wheat & gluten source of protein, juiced exotic veggie/fruit smoothies, yummy raw nuts/raisins, and absolutely no meat- the fountain of youth, literally, running thru my body!  As i'm sure the cognitive wheels of your expertise are spiraling ready solutions, I ask that you also factor in social-economic status, and workout regiment. From my perspective, the price of health food is aggresively over-inflated compared to the affordability of processed and junk foods; add to that a general inaccessibility to the impoverished & disenfranchised, and dysfunctional eating psychologies impregnating entire families (for generations). I prefer high energy, high impact, anaeorobic & weight-lifting training activities.  So, you can see a petite person's dilemma.  Thanks so much for your time and thoughts.  Ms. Tiffany Janine"

    Being raw or vegan does not have to be hard or expensive. The most inexpensive food are rice and beans. If you are budget consciense you should gravitate towards those foods. Stach based foods are super cheap. You should check out the book "eating vegan on 4 dollars a day" or any of Dr. Mcdougal's programs. 

    I run an online health/fitness/nutrition coaching program that can be found at www.theveganeffect.com. There you might find your answers. 

    Exercise programs do not have to be expensive either. I am a master at building fitness plans with the minimal of equipment. If all you have is your body weight than I can build you a 90 day plan. The same goes if all you have is a resistance band, exercise ball, dumbells, kettlebell, etc.

    If you need any advice or have specific questions you should check out my website and message me there.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    We have a couple of articles you might be interested in.

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    Dherbs.Com Position on Soy Products

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    Q: I just started the Full Body Cleanse today! I reviewed the recipe section for ideas but I'm either allergic to the fruit or don't care for the vegetable. Based upon the Full Cleanse process, are there any other food combination or recipes I can do? I made the veggie shake but it was 'spicy' not sure why? Is there anything else I can add? I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

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    Could you explain a little further? What do you mean by allergic to the fruit? Do you have certain fruit allergies or getting a reaction to the fruit? 

    Changes in your body are going to occur. Know that your body builds up a culture of bacteria designed to digest your current diet. Your taste buds may have been hijacked by high fat, high sugar, high salt, chemically processed foods. It will take 3 days or more to begin the chance in culture. You will find as your body cleanses your taste buds will be significantly different.

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: Hi, I am trying to find out if I can eat the following items while on my cleanse: - Oatmeal (breakfast) - egg whites - smoothies (can I use Smoothie King or Panet Smoothie or I have to make my own)

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    The literature clearly states ONLY RAW FOODS (please see the article "WHAT IS RAW FOODS" in our articles section). You can make your own smoothies or purchase them. Your choice!

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: In the Full Body Detox booklet it states I can have wild rice if I need something warm. I really don't like wild rice, but can I make myself a vegetable soup which I prefer. To me its more filling then the rice.

    A:

    DHERBS: Sure! Simply eat your vegetable soup instead of wild rice.

    Also I have been having sweet cravings lately. Is there anyone, besides mental will power to overcome this craving.

    DHERBS: The root cause is emotional, however, try drinking Licorice Root or Cinnamon tea during your detox. Your detox may be detoxing some old stale emotions from the 4th chakra (love center).

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

    A:

    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

    A:

    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: Are vegan burgers with whole grain brown rice a good food combination?

    A:

    There are too many grains in that combination. Consider a veggie side, i.e. salad. We reccomend a vegan, raw foods diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables in order for you to receive the nutrients you need and detoxify your system.