Meatless Monday Meal Ideas For The Beginner Cook

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Have you been trying to incorporate more plant-based meals in your diet, but are having difficulty creating recipes? It can be a little daunting to charter unfamiliar territory because you may not know exactly what you can use. Rather than going crazy and immediately converting to a plant-based diet, try easing into it. This will help a lot. Meatless Mondays are a great way to start your plant-based lifestyle. We want to help you in your quest to be a healthier individual, and your goal to make the planet last longer, so we have provided you with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert options to start your Meatless Mondays. If you want to go meatless for more than one day a week, go for it! If you have a favorite meatless recipe, let us know about it.

 

Breakfast:

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, so start it off in a plant-based way! Start things out on the right foot and go with one of these three easy, simple choices.

Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl:

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Sometimes you need to change up your breakfast game. A smoothie bowl is a great way to do that! This bowl contains ingredients that help speed up digestion and boost metabolism.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Maple, Fig, & Tahini Overnight Oats:

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It’s nice to wake up and have breakfast ready for you to eat. That’s what these overnight oats are for! It only takes about 5 minutes to prep them, and then you stick them in the fridge overnight to have a tasty and nutritious breakfast the next morning.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie That Tastes Like A Milkshake:

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Smoothies don’t always have to consist of strawberries and bananas. You can get creative with your smoothie and play around with flavors. That’s why we love this chocolate avocado smoothie. The banana and avocado make it creamy, just like a milkshake.

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Lunch:

We love to eat big salads for lunch and go a little lighter for dinner. That is beneficial for your digestive system. Here are some hearty salads that have unique flavor and will become some household favorites.

Raw Rainbow Power Salad:

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One of the best things about this salad is that every bite is filled with different textures and flavors. Remember, it is always beneficial to eat your colors, i.e. eat salads with a lot of different colored fruits and vegetables in them.

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Watermelon & Pineapple Salad with a Mint Dressing:

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This is a great salad for summer. The freshness of the fruit is complemented by the herbaceous dressing. We definitely recommend adding the optional fruit to make a more filling and colorful salad.

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Shredded Kale & Broccoli Salad:

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The stem of the broccoli is often discarded and not used. This recipe calls for that nutritional stem, so save the florets for another day. Make sure to peel the stem before shredding it. Enjoy this unique and tasty salad!

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Dinner:

Breakfast and lunch are typically the easier meals to go plant-based. When dinner rolls around, people seem to start craving some sort of meat or animal product. You don’t need to crave those things because we have these super easy dinner ideas.

Raw Cauliflower Sushi Rolls:

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The only hard part about this recipe is rolling the sushi. If you get a sushi mat, which only costs about $3, rolling the sushi is like a dream.

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The Vegan Enchilada Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For:

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Is there anything better than diving into a saucy, cheesy, aromatic bite of enchiladas? There probably is, but you’ll forget about it once you start eating this healthy, vegan recipe. If you have a few Latin spices that you enjoy, feel free to add them to dish.

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Spring Roll Bowls With Sweet Garlic Lime Sauce:

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Spring rolls are usually an easy go-to appetizer, but they can be hard to make at home. That’s why we’ve turned them into a delicious bowl that you can pack full with your favorite vegetables. It is mildly reminiscent of pho, but it has more vegetables.

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Dessert:

You didn’t think we would leave you with no dessert recipes, did you? There are great plant-based desserts that are very easy to make. Try some of these and let us know how you like them.

No-Bake Key Lime Pie Bars:

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If you don’t have key limes to make this dessert, regular limes will suffice, but using key limes will give it that classic flavor you know and love; minus all the sugar and coloring, of course.

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Fresh Fruit Pops To Cool You Off:

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Whether you want to make a healthy, refreshing dessert for your kids or just feel like indulging in some all natural sweetness, these popsicles are just the right dessert to cool you off as we head into the summer months.

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Raw Cinnamon Rolls:

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Didn’t think that it was possible to have a cinnamon bun while on a raw food diet? Well, these aren’t like the ones you are used to, but they are full of nutritious ingredients that actually offer you a protein boost.

 

Click here to make the recipe.

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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. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    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

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

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

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

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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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.

    A:

    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: Today makes day 9 of my FULL BODY DETOX (FBD). This morning I have an outbreak on my hand. I have been practicing telling myself I am Healing, but my job is stressful and yesterday I had a stressful day and this morning the outbreak on my right hand. Could this be part of my healing process? Can you suggest what I can do to alleviate the stress at work so this will not block my healing process of herpes? I am following the diet; however I have been kind of burnt out at times on the salads so I at least eat a salad and a bowl of steamed brown rice and frozen green peas that are steamed for 3 min. Is that considered following the diet? I still eat my fruit for breakfast daily, my salad for lunch and steamed broccoli (5min) and for dinner another salad, but for a few days I have eaten the rice and steam green peas. I basically want to know is it alright so if I eat it in the future.

    A:

    You have to learn to deal with your stress and stop reacting to it. Your subconscious mind is greatly blocked and therefore you have to realize your healing will come very slow. At a deep level you still believe herpes is incurable and your body is giving you this (despite the healing crisis of outbreaks on the hand). Your dietary deviation is understandable and not that bad but if you are tiring of salads opt for other things to eat. We list a few raw foods alternative recipes in our "ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL" e-book available for download. Check it out!

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    Try a local herb store in your city or look for mail order. Try Mountain Rose Herbs (on the Inter-net).

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    Q: I want to make some natural shampoo, and every recipe asks for nettles. Where I can get dried nettles, and what plants are they? Also, where can I get MSM to use in my shampoo?

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    Try a local herb store in your city, or look for mail order. Try Mountain Rose Herbs (on the Inter-net).

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    Q: Is it alright to drink part of your fruits and veggies? I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast, and veggie drink in between lunch and dinner, nuts and a piece of fruit in between and a salad and a piece of fruit for dinner.

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    Yes, you may drink part of your fruits and vegetables. As long as they are FRESHLY SQUEEZED

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    Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    Q: I'm preparing to make the hemp seed infant milk recipe. Would I need to add Moringa Seed and/or Iodine Phosphate to your recipies? Also, could I freeze this Hemp seed milk and use later?

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    Yes, add Moringa and Iodine Phosphate to it (for nutritional purposes). And yes, you could freeze it the milk and use later, though fresh is always best.

    Product Links:
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    Q: I have incorporated fish into my diet because I have been craving. Is moderation okay.... meaning my fruits for breakfast a regular lunch with salad and a salad for dinner okay to pretty much moderate other foods? It is challenging for me to become a vegan. Do you have any suggestions on how to still eat healthy to maintain an alkalized body with certain foods with moderation that are not raw? I still drink my green veggies at least twice a day. I am praying that my results will be negative.

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    FISH IN MODERATION IS OKAY FOR YOU. TO MAINTAIN ALKALINITY, DESPITE THE ACID-FORMING THINGS YOU EAT, JUST MAKE SURE TO EAT AS MANY GREEN FOODS AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE 6 CAPSULES OF ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD TOO! YOU’RE DOING GOOD SO KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE AND ON YOUR DESIRES.

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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: First off, thank you so much for your responses to my questions regarding my husband heart murmur and weed smoking. Secondly...I am on my third day of the Full Body Detox & it is challenging and invigorating at the same time. My newest question is...how can I make the fruit smoothie that you recommended for drinking in the morning? & can you send my a recipe?

    A:

    A few recipes are in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual.

    Use 1 cup of fruit juice (of your liking), 1 cup of frozen fruit (i.e. banana, strawberries, mango, etc.), 1 cup of ice (optional). Blend for about 30 seconds! Drink and enjoy!

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    Q: Hello I just recently ordered the full body cleanse tea and the weight release tea. I want to make sure I start in the correct order. I assume I should 1st use the fbc tea, how often should I drink it ie. a cup every morning, lunch and dinner? (3 a day would be for about 7 days) and should I go directly into the weight release right afterwards following the same steps? Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Q: I don't eat breakfast very often and I wonder if there is a drink I can make that will give me what I need to start the day?

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    Make a fruit smoothie and add Dherbs MORINGA SEED EXTRACT to it. Moringa is very nutritious.

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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: Thanks for all of the information which is very beneficial I must say. My question to you is what's the best type of aloe vera juice to drink? Also I have heard that the gel from the plant can be mixed into a smoothie, is that true? Greetings! As far as the best brand I really wouldn't know as there are a few good brands on the market. Just make sure your aloe vera juice is at 99% pure and with no additives. Aloe gel can be added to a fruit smoothie though

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    I personally wouldn't add it to a fruit smoothie.

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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: I am the proud purchaser of your FBC system. My husband will be starting the regiment soon. His occupation requires him to work 6p to 6a, thus he sleeps during the day Fri - Mon. The other 3 days he is on a more "normal" schedule. My concern is around what times he should consume his meals/supplements. As you can see, Breakfast and lunch could pose a problem . I am worried that his meals (Smoothies) will throw off his sleep cycle as well. What times frames should he eat at? Do some {raw} ingredients wake you up more? Please advise.

    A: Thank for contacting us.  We're happy to hear that you were satisfied with the Cleanse and recommended your husband to do it.  He can adjust the intake of the capsules according to his personal schedule. If he works overnight and is asleep during the day, he can start the regimen when he is up. He should just be sure that he's consuming the formula's every 2-3 hours as instructed.   There are raw foods that helps naturally provide the body with more energy, but they're not the same as consuming caffeinated beverages that would keep him up.  Most raw foods just have multiple benefits.  The Cleanse also helps improve your sleep.  

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    Q: I WANTED TO KNOW HOW DO YOU MAKE A SMOOTHIE ON full body cleanse? And can you not mix any of the food combined if it says not to?

    A:

    You can check our website for numerous great smoothie recipes.


    Ideally, to make a smoothie, use a base (some kind of fruit juice, water, or nut milk), add some frozen fruit or non-frozen fruit (your favorite fruit), add a little ice and BLEND (for about 1 minute)! Wa la ... you have a fruit smoothie!

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    Q: I was wondering if it is okay to mix Mrs. Dash season blend with Olive Oil as a dressing for my salad? It tastes real bad with just Olive Oil alone, and I don't like the bitterness taste of lemon juice, and apple vinegar cider. Plus, what would you recommend for toppings to make the salad more interesting? Can I put olives, and cucumbers, etc.?

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    Do as you please as far as dressing goes! Just stay away from harmful ingredients! Mrs. Dash, seasonings, Olive Oil,

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    Thank you, Beloved! Many articles will be available for mp3 download coming very soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs.Com.