Eating a plant-based diet can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be depending on your taste preferences, comfort level in the kitchen, how much time you have, and what your lifestyle is like. Simplicity is very important to me. I’m always looking to streamline and simplify my life, and I like to keep my plant-based diet simple as well. I love to create easy, delicious recipes that my family enjoys, especially ones that we want to make and enjoy over and over again. Let me know if you try any of today’s recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
I like to start every day with water and I make water my primary drink of choice. I drink lots of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Pre-Breakfast – Carrot & Apple
This morning, I had a few carrot sticks and apple slices that wouldn’t fit into my son’s lunch box. Let me know if you’re a fellow parent who eats the leftover foods that won’t fit in your kiddo’s lunch bag!
Breakfast Part 1 – Broccoli & Baked Blueberry Oats with Lentils
I like to start my day with green veggies. I find that it sets the tone for the day and ensures that I get some greenery into my day! I microwaved my frozen broccoli and topped it with hot sauce and nutritional yeast.
Breakfast Part 2 – Baked Blueberry Oats with Lentils
I wanted to incorporate legumes into my breakfast and thought it would be fun to add lentils to my baked oats. After some experimentation, I came up with this delicious Baked Blueberry Oats with Lentils recipe. It has quickly become a family favourite! I like to prepare it in the evening to enjoy the next day (and for the next few days).
I kept things super simple for lunch and dinner today. I made a couple of “Meg’s Mishmosh Meals” which are essentially easy quick dishes that I hesitate to call recipes because they are SO easy. You can give them a try as is or jazz them up in a variety of ways.
Lunch – BBQ Jackfruit Tacos
I really enjoy jackfruit! It’s so versatile and takes on the flavour of whatever spices, seasonings, or sauces I mix it with. I have come up with this super simple mishmosh meal of jackfruit, veggies, and bbq seasoning to make some easy and delicious BBQ Jackfruit Tacos. I have also seasoned jackfruit in different ways (with salsa and taco seasoning or vegan gravy). Today, I enjoyed my bbq jackfruit with quinoa on the side. I prefer to season my jackfruit myself, but I have also tried pre-seasoned jackfruit. The jackfruit in barbecue sauce from Upton’s Naturals is quite good, and would make this mishmosh meal even quicker to pull together.
Snack – Baked Potato and Apple
I usually keep baked potatoes (and sweet potatoes) on hand for a quick snack or addition to any meal. Today, I had a baked potato and an apple for an afternoon snack.
In case you were wondering, here is how I bake potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 F. Cover baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Chop potatoes in half (or quarters if they are large), put on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 15-20 minutes.
Dinner – Lazy Vegan Curry
Here is another mishmosh meal that is easy to throw together and get on the table quickly! It is a three ingredient dish that is simple, and delicious. Today, I made this Lazy Vegan Curry with cooked leftover yellow split peas, but I have also used cooked lentils or canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed). I warmed some leftover broccoli and cauliflower and mixed it into the curry along with some leftover quinoa from earlier today.
Dessert – Banana and Chai Tea with Almond Milk
I usually like to have a sweet snack after dinner. I tend to eat some fruit or sweet potato along with a cup of tea. Tonight, I chose to have a banana and a cup of warm chai tea with a splash of almond milk.
I have regained my health and lost 80 lbs on a plant-based diet. Check out My Story for more about my plant-based journey. I was also recently a guest on Corinne Nijjer’s Hope and Healing Podcast, so you can check that out here – Episode 160.
I hope you enjoyed my second What I Eat in a Day post. If you’d like to see another full day of eating from me, you can check out my first What I Eat in a Day on the blog. Please let me know if you’d like to see more of this type of content. If so, I’ll be happy to share more full days of eating with you!