Whole Food Plant Based Menu, Vegan Meal Planning

I was talking with a friend the other day and she was curious but skeptical about adopting a vegan diet. She had questions and I have answers. Why did I decide to improve my better than average American diet to a plant strong diet? The first and foremost reason is for the health benefits. Plant…

WFPB Vegan Weekly Meal Plan

I took a mini vacation and left my vegan diet at home.  Apparently dairy is a gateway food (drug) to becoming an omnivore again. It started with a latte at the airport and finally ended with delicious wild salmon over greens. I enjoyed the company of friends without obsessing about my diet choices and I’m…

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…

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,…