Whole Food Plant Based Menu

What’s in the box? This week’s menu was inspired by my CSA boxes of fruits and vegetables.  Perhaps you start your meal plan by purchasing a source of meat and then add vegetables as an after thought. Try starting with your vegetables and create a meal around them by adding a plant based protein.  Can…

Lentil “Meat” 3 Ways, #1 Italian Style Neatballs

This lentil meat is very versatile and keeps well in the refrigerator for 7 days and will freeze well also. I have tried a few faux processed meats. They can be helpful as you transition to cooking vegan meals but they contain highly processed ingredients and I don’t like the tastes or textures. I challenged…

Whole Food Plant Based Menu

Menu planning is critical for success with any healthy eating plan and is particularly helpful with a vegan, whole food plant based diet. I see what’s in my CSA box and plan accordingly. Chic pea quiche with nut crust Caramelized Onion, garlic pizza.  This pizza looks perfect but I want to add sun-dried tomato and…

Vegan Ground “Beef” Recipe, Soy and Nut Free

Eating a whole food plant based diet is not a sacrifice for me but I occasionally want a more familiar comfort food, like burgers or tacos. I haven’t liked the highly processed vegan meat substitutes that are available in the grocery store. My gut doesn’t love soy and many of the substitutes have soy and…

The Whole Food Plant Based Diet Menu

I know, I know. Yes, I was on the BrightLine Eating Plan last month and now I’m telling you that I’m on a whole food plant based diet. I actually got a little obsessive about my eating on BrightLine so I stopped. I’ve lost 7 pounds with just the WFPB diet with no obsessing. Go…

Lentil Quinoa Vegan Meatballs and Vegan Parmesan

Lentil Quinoa Vegan Meatballs and Vegan Parmesan Instructions: Microwave onions and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes. Combine Flax egg, 1 cup of lentils, quinoa and spices. Pulse in the food processor until it forms a loose paste, don’t over process. Stir in onions, garlic and remaining lentils. Let chill 30 minutes. Form…

BrightLine Pescatarian Menu

A Healthy Diet in Progress As you probably can guess, we eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables but in Mexico it seems as though we eat more meat too. Chicken, pork and beef are on the menu most weeks. We eat small portions, 4-6 ounces at dinner but I still think it’s too much…

Sugar Free Oat, Sweet Potato, Zucchini, Apple Muffins

Sugar Free, Sweet Potato, Zucchini Apple Muffins Basic Recipe: Combine 1 cup rolled oats, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato (or 1 mashed banana), 1/4 teaspoon on salt,  any of the following in any combination: 1/2 cup grated zucchini, 1 cup diced apple, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup diced pear, 1/2 cup grated carrot,…

BrightLine Menu, Maintenance

Recipes from the Web for inspiration: Thai Basil Chicken by Martha You can skip the sugar or throw in a squeeze of orange juice but I don’t think it’s necessary. Serve over cauliflower rice. Grilled Mexican Chicken Vegetable Kabobs   These look perfect for a Baja inspired meal with chicken, cumin, cilantro, lime, zucchini, red peppers,…