Perhaps I should have gone for a simpler title, but hey, food makes me excited. And VEGAN food makes me want to throw a damn party 24/7.
With this post, I hope to reach anyone who is considering vegan, or wanting a little "clean-up" of their system and show them how YUMMY, EASY, DELICIOUS, SIMPLE and HEALTHY vegan food is!
If you are lazy - vegan works. If you are inventive - vegan works. If you cannot cook - vegan works. If cooking is your passion - vegan works.
It's magical. Magical I say.
If you are curious about wanting to go vegan, but have no bloody idea where to start - this post is for you. This meal plan also works if you want some kind of health-kick. All the meals aren't perfect (I've included some fun meals, some gluten, etc) - but all will absolutely SERVE your body and do you far more good than harm!
Here is your sample meal plan! Mix it up as you like... and enjoy.
(Yes, this post is also an excuse to post food photos....)
The Rules ;)
On this plan I promise you will NEVER:
a) Feel deprived
b) Feel hungry
c) Feel unwell (unless maybe from Detox symptoms!)
d) Feel guilty
On these seven days there are only a few rules to guarantee success:
1) If you feel hungry: EAT.
It makes no sense to be hungry and not eat. If you feel hungry, your body wants food. Ideally, we have breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of a good size so you don’t really get hungry till meal-times, but if at anytime you are hungry and can’t eat a full meal – have something healthy like some fruit or a simple vegan snack. Easy. After a little while, you will become very in tuned to what is right or wrong for your body. If you're eating "right" foods (foods that make you feel good and are healthy) why not eat them? They won't make you fat! And again - if your body is asking for food - you must feed it. There is a trust relationship there that needs to be built. If at any point your body is worried about starving or not sure when its next food source is coming - it will store fat. Simple.
2) Eat a decent sized breakfast. The only way to stay satisfied till lunch-time is to eat a good-sized breakie! If you don’t have time for breakie – eat it on the go or while opening at work… etc. I often do!
3) Stop eating when you feel full.
4) This is NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN. This is a VEGAN meal plan. If you eat healthy foods and don't over-eat, there is no reason why you shouldn't lose weight eating similar to this, but that is not my focus. My focus here is showing you how fun and delicious vegan food is. :)
Day One - Breakfast
Let's start easy, and go with an ABUNDANT, delicious, simple bowl of Banana and Cinnamon Porridge
Make your Oats with water or soy milk and finish with yummy sliced banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon. If you own some, add a tablespoon of Flaxseed - this adds essential fatty acids to your diet.
Smashed avocado and sliced tomato on toast. With a side salad if you wish :)
Tip: add a squeeze of lemon juice into your smashed avocado mix.... it's the bomb. And a sprinkling of salt and pepper!
An abundant, massive and delicious Roasted Parsnip and Mushroom Salad
Oven-roast some Parsnip, baby potatoes and Mushrooms with a sprinkling of Sunflower Oil and Rosemary.
Prepare a simple salad to go underneath (just spinach, tomato, capsicum, steamed broccoli and pine nuts). Combine all together and finish off with a spoonful of Hummus. Hummus is easy to make fresh (you can do it in ten minutes!) or just buy from the shop.
Day Two - Breakfast
Banana Berry Morning Smoothie! Recipe here!
Chickpea, Spinach, Avocado and Sun-dried Tomato Salad.
Always mound up your salads with as much or as many ingredients as you like!
Vegan Pizza anyone? It's easy to buy vegan pizza bases in any health food shop, but also SO EASY to make. You only need flour, yeast, water, salt and oil to make a simple Pizza base.
Roll out your base and layer with Tomato Sauce and a selection of yummy veggies! There are so many vegan cheeses available these days, which you are welcome to include.
My pizza below is just sliced Portobello Mushroom, Peppers, Tomato and Eggplant. Finished with fresh basil.
Day Three - Breakfast
Soaked Oats with Blueberries :) This is one of my absolute favorites and involves making some Overnight Oats.
Full recipe here.
Sweet Potato, Maple and Pecan Salad
Recipe here :)
Vegan Buddha Bowl with Roasted Veggies (or even converted into my Vegan Fine Dining Recipe)
Buddha Bowl's are great to make up and have plenty of leftovers in the fridge! They're basically brown rice, chick peas, veggies, herbs and spices. I have my recipe here!
Day Four - Breakfast
Yummy fiber-packed Muesli with Coconut Yogurt, fresh fruit and Soy/Almond Milk
Raw Kale, Tomato and Avocado salad - with a drizzle of Tahini and Lemon Juice.
Pesto and Potato Salad with whole Asparagus. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Day Five - Breakfast
Time for a fun, vegan BIG BREAKFAST, I feel?
If you have an amazing cafe near you that offers this - go order the works! Otherwise, it's really not hard to whip one up.
If you're even hungry after your amazing breakfast extravaganza... go for a lovely light lunch!
Fresh green salad, avocado and hummus :)
Wholemeal Penne Pasta with Sauteed Mushrooms, onion, garlic, sun dried tomato and spinach,
Finish off with roasted pine-nuts!
Day Six - Breakfast
A lovely, fresh, wholesome breakfast this morning! If you have access to ripe mangoes - they are my FAVORITE fruit (apart from dates).
Have a mango and banana feast.
Vegan Superhero Salad!
This amazing feast is complements of my workplace. When it comes to my Lunch, I think they just throw everything in a bowl that isn't an animal product. Genius, right? The result is an amazing quinoa, pea, cucumber, fig, onion and olive salad with a basil oil dressing! I'm sure there's more in there ;)
Open Mushroom Shepard's Pie!
Day Seven - Breakfast
I'm finishing off with my absolute favorite breakie..... Smashed Avocado on Toast.....
So simple. So yummy. So good. USE AMAZING BREAD! I'll always go for a good sourdough :)
Falafel Wrap and yummy side-salad!
Roasted Parsnip fries, steamed Sweet Potato, hummus, asparagus and side-salad.
Let's include at least one bloody dessert recipe! I'm a huge advocate of dessert, you only need to see my recipes to know that!
My favorite creation from the last year was probably my Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies! Give 'em a try.
You Can Do It!
In an ideal world - we will all eat an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies every day and the majority of our diet is simple Whole Foods (fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds) with minimal or no processed foods.
I am a big believer that you can be happy and healthy, while including vices in your diet. (My biggest vices are coffee and bread!)
Oh coffee and bread! I don't see myself giving you up anytime soon and don't think I should have to! I try to eat my greens, smash in the yummy fruit and I feel as fit as a fiddle.
Please do give the vegan diet a try! You may surprise yourself how easy it is and how much abundance is in this lifestyle. The above meal plan is just a simple guideline to show you how easy this is!
Click around the rest of my blog for more food ideas! And if you enjoy this to the point of thinking you may even GO vegan - check out my Going Vegan page for more info!
Love and Sweet Potatoes,
- Hannah! xx
Thank you as always to Lucas Smith Photography for the top and bottom shots! :)
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