FREE Sample Plant Based Diet Plan for Beginners

Going plant based is a massive step, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It means changing the way whole you think and feel around food that has probably formed over a lifetime, and of course, this can be daunting.

You will find this free dietitian approved sample plant based plan for beginners a great place to start your journey. Did you know this amazing lifestyle may improve your health and energy levels extensively when executed correctly? And that’s exactly what this one week sample meal plan will help you achieve.

The plant based diet has taken the world by storm in the past couple of years, and this is for very good reason. Many people are starting to realise that they really need to take care of their health and bodies a lot more now they have a better understanding of nutrition.

Now, more than ever it is VERY important to be extra vigilant where your health is concerned, and this meal plan will give you some amazing ideas when it comes to to throwing together a nutritionally complete plant based meal.

The Importance of Correct Food Combining

mix of plant foods

When you go plant based or vegan, no doubt family and friends will inevitably ask you the age ole question of “but where do you get your protein?” Don’t worry, it happens to use all, but of course you want to be armed with all the relevant information for your response to negate those looks of concern or sometimes full on alarm.

This is why learning how to put together a nutritious meal with plenty of amino acids will help to keep you thriving in that way you probably dreamed of when you decided to jump over to the plant based side. And thriving is why people turn to the dense, energy giving nutrition of plants over animal products in the first place.

If you start out on this journey without arming yourself with the information you need, then you won’t be making the most out of some of the more advanced benefits that the plant based life has to offer. These include:-

  • MORE Energy
  • Sounder Sleep
  • Glowing Skin
  • Sparkling Eyes
  • Higher Immunity
  • Weight Loss
  • Less Bloating
  • Better Mood and Feelings of Happiness
  • Higher Fitness Levels
  • Less Muscle Soreness after Exercise
  • You may get Fitter Quicker
  • General Vitality may Soar

All of these awesome benefits can be possible when you do plant based the right way, which means opting for a more whole foods plant based diet rather than just a pant based diet.

The Difference Between Regular Plant Based & Whole Foods Plant Based

homemade granola and berries

 

There is in fact a world of difference between the plant based diet and the ‘whole‘ foods version. The former can mean eating oils and refined sugars, which are definitely not healthy but are still technically from plants. The latter means eating only whole foods in the form that nature intended them, such as whole nuts, seeds, grains, pulses, legumes, vegetables and fruits.

You want to keep all your foods as ‘whole’ as possible to get the most out of your new and healthy lifestyle, and looking at foods in this simple manner makes it very easy to distinguish which foods fall into which category.

If the oil has been extracted from it then it’s not as healthy as eating the whole food, as in the case of many nuts, seeds, olives, coconuts etc. Yes, you can get a lot of ‘healthier‘ oils, but these should be used in very limited amounts if you wish to keep weight down and gain the true benefits of plant based eating.

Simple Sugars

The same problem arises with sugars and simple carbs: You extract the sugar from anything then it becomes refined, as in the case of syrups such as agave, brown rice and maple (though maple syrup is widely considered okay in moderation on the whole foods plant based diet).

Same thing again with concentrated fruit juices; so be sure to always juice your own fruits to make sure they haven’t been pasturised and lost their nutrient content.

The 90/10 Rule

Of course, you don’t need to go full on whole food plant based as that will be very hard to maintain (though some do). Instead the 90/10 rule is there to give you some leeway for those times when you want to use a little oil in your cooking (though most oils can easily be substituted for broth or water), or maybe you will fancy a few squares of chocolate or some other treat.

You can stay extremely healthy on the 90/10 rule if you use the 10% for more healthier treats and not refined, vegan junk foods. You will start to learn the difference as you go along.

TOP TIPS for the 90/10 whole foods plant based diet

  1. Use a little broth or hot water instead of oil in most dishes. Works best with frying onions, stir-frys, and most frying pan cooking.
  2. Make sure you invest in some very good non-stick pans for frying.
  3. Invest in an air-fryer which will cook most things without oil.
  4. Use a crockpot, slow cooker or instant pot for soups, stews, casseroles etc. You do not need to add extra oils to these.
  5. Use lots of spices, herbs and liquid aminos to inject lots of flavour into your foods so you don’t miss the oil.
  6. Use date paste, dried fruits, fresh fruits and maple syrup (in moderation) to sweeten your desserts. Check out these extremely delicious whole food desserts for some mouth-watering examples.
  7. When it comes to carbs you can use wholegrain/pulse pastas such as spelt, chickpea, corn, lentil, soy, buckwheat and quinoa pastas. As for bread, go for sprouted wheat or spelt/rye sourdough with no added nasty ingredients.
  8. Always read labels. Anything that you don’t recognise as a whole food ingredient usually won’t be suitable for whole foods plant based; or be healthy in general.
  9. If you do use oils then use only 1/4 tsp or use a sprays. This will drastically cut down your oil consumption ver time. Coconut, avocado, flax or olive oil are probably among the better ones, and coconut and olive are better for cooking.
  10. Check that all your nut butters, tahini and anything else pre-jarred is 100% the whole product. It’s vital to check nut butters for added palm oil and sugar, and it’s usually very easy to source ones that don’t contain these unhealthy ingredients.
  11. Make your own jams from fresh fruits mixed with chia seeds and a little water/maple syrup.
  12. Fill up on whole vegetables and fruits as much as you can. These should make up over half of your diet
  13. Batch cook and freeze in portions, especially if your are the only plant based eater in your family.
  14. If you are trying to keep weight off/lose weight, then don’t use any oils or refined sugars and eat in very small moderation whole fats such as avocado, nuts and seeds. To add perspective, one portion of avocado is only 1/4 of a medium sized fruit, and one portion of nuts and seeds is a small handful.

Your 1 Week Sample Diet Pan

plate of food

This one week plan is a sample menu from our 12 week Fit & Thrive Program (email us here for more information). It is mostly 100% whole foods plant based, and where it’s not amendments have been made. There is an easy bake at the beginning of the week that you will eat during the week in the meal plan.

It will show you how easy it is to cook and prepare tasty plant based meals for your whole family (try and get them involved), and will also give you a clearer understanding of correct food combining in the plant based world.

You will also find a shopping list at the beginning so you can get everything stocked up and ready to go. Good luck!

Snacks

If you are active or in training of any kind and not trying to lose weight, then you will need 1-2 snacks a day that will include small portions of the following:-

  • 3-4 squares of very dark chocolate
  • Homemade protein bars/energy balls
  • Fresh fruit
  • Small handful of raw nut or seeds
  • Fruit Ice-cream – Frozen blueberries, strawberries or mango blended with coconut yogurt and nut milk to desired ice-cream consistency. Just add milk to your blender very slowly so you don’t make it too runny. You can also do the same thing with sliced and frozen very ripe bananas.
  • Green superfood shots – should be drunk daily as an extra assurance of nutrition. Use either spirulina, wheatgrass, barleygrass, moringa or other algae powders.
  • 1 x oatcake with 1 x tsp of nut butter
  • Toasted tamari pumpkin seeds – Heat a frying pan or skillet to high heat and add a good splash of tamari or soy sauce, keep heat high then add a big handful of pumpkin seeds. Keep on the move with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes until they are browned and a bit sticky. Serve either hot or cold.
  • Ginger and tamari fried tofu pieces – Cut your tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Add a good splash of tamari or soy sauce to a hot pan, then fry your tofu pieces with a sprinkle of ground ginger until crisp and golden on all sides. The is s a super HIGH PROTEIN snack!
  • Roasted spicy chickpeas – Rinse and dry a can of chickpeas in a clean dish towel. Add to a roasting pan with spices (cumin, garlic salt, and paprika are a good combo), then roast in a medium heat oven until dried out and crunchy. Usually takes around 40 minutes, but you can roast them to your own taste.

YOUR SHOPPING LIST AND MEAL PREP

DRIED GRAINS AND PULSES – Brown rice, oats, buckwheat or soba noodles, wholewheat flour, wholewheat, spelt, or buckwheat lasagne sheets, chickpea flour (otherwise known as gram flour), buckwheat flour.

DRIED HERBS AND SPICES – Cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder

FRESH HERBS – 2 x bulbs of garlic, parsley

DRIED FRUITS – Medjool dates

NUTS AND SEEDS – Raw cashews

CANNED – 1 x black beans, 1 x coconut milk (you can freeze what you don’t use), 1 x chopped tomatoes.

VEGETABLES – 300g of waxy or new potatoes, 1 x bulb of fennel, ½ a white cabbage, 1 x large turnip (if not 1 x parsnip or 1 x celeriac), large bag of white potatoes, 3 x onions, 2 x avocados, spring onions, 3 x red pepper, 1 x green pepper, 1 x small bag of baby spinach, 1 x small bag of salad leaves,  2 x large sweet potatos, beansprouts (not needed until day 4), 1 x courgette, 2 x cauliflowers (one not needed until day 7), 1 x head of broccoli, 1 x small bag of rocket (not needed until day 5).

FRESH FRUITS – A couple of apples, bunch of ripe bananas, 3 x lemons, 1 x punnet of raspberries, fruits of choice for snacking.

MISALLENEOUS – Oat milk, packet of vegan sausages, vegan cheddar cheese (optional), sugar–free peanut butter, almond butter, maple syrup, 1 x block of firm, plain tofu, tahini, sugar-free granola.

MEAL PREP – CARROT CAKE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x cup of pitted medjool dates
  • 1 ¾ cup of rolled oats
  • 2 x cups of grated carrot (normal grate, not fine grate)
  • 2 x tsp baking powder
  • 2 x tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 x tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 cups of sugar-free plant milk
  • 1 x medium ripe banana
  • 1 x tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of chopped pecan or walnuts and more for topping

CREAM FROSTING

  • 2 x cups of raw cashew nuts (pre-soaked for 30-4minutes in warm water)
  • ½ cup of coconut milk from the can
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 x tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C (350F) and pre-line a 9 inch baking tray with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Make oat flour from your oats by whizzing them up in a high-speed blender until fine, then transfer to a large bowl, add all your other dried ingredients and mix.
  3. Now add your dates, milk, banana and vanilla to the blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add to your dry mix along with your carrots and nuts and blend with a wooden spoon until combined, but don’t over-mix.
  5. Spread the mix in your baking tin and bake until golden 30-35 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack once cooled slightly.
  6. Make your frosting by whizzing all the ingredients in your high-speed blender until as smooth as possible.
  7. Frost your cake only after it is completely cool and top with extra nuts if you wish.
  8. Chill in fridge then chop into 16 smaller snack sizes or 8-10 more substantial sizes for breakfasts.

DAY 1

BREAKFAST

Slice of Carrot Cake

LUNCH

Traditional Carrot, Potato and Turnip Soup with crusty bread – makes 6 large portions (save enough for Wednesday’s lunch)

INGREDIENTS

  • A drizzle of olive or coconut oil for frying (use stock or water if you are oil free)
  • 1 x large onion chopped
  • 1 x large turnip chopped into 1.5cm cubes (roughly). If you can’t get hold of turnip then use parsnip or celeriac.
  • 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic depending on taste
  • 8 x medium carrots chopped into 1.5cm cubes (roughly)
  • 4 x medium potatoes peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • Good handful of fresh parsley, or couple tsps of dried
  • Roughly 3 pints of vegetable stock, you can add more at the end of you need it
  • Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. In a large non-stick saucepan saute your onions and garlic until soft. To save you from using lots of oil, just keep adding splashes of hot water to prevent sticking. You don’t want the onion to brown too much.
  2. Add your other veggies and cook for a few minutes with a crack of salt and pepper(if using dried parsley add that too).
  3. Add your pre-prepared stock, bring to the boil, then reduce to simmer for 35-40 minutes until your vegetables are tender.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste, and add your fresh parsley if using.
  5. Serve with your crusty bread and a scrape of vegan butter (optional).
  6. When cool put remainder in a container and store in your refrigerator.

DINNER

Black Bean Stew – Serves 2

black bean stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x 400g can of black beans
  • 1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x small, chopped onion
  • 3 x cloves of crushed garlic
  • A little oil for frying (or water)
  • ½ tsp of cumin
  • 1 x tsp of paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne or hot smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup of vegetable stock
  • Brown rice
  • ½ a ripe avocado
  • Chopped red pepper for serving
  • Brown rice for serving
  • Lemon juice for serving

METHOD

  1. Fry chopped onion in your oil or water until softened.
  2. Add garlic and all spices and dry fry for a further minute.
  3. Add black beans, tomatoes and stock and bring to simmer for about 10 minutes. You may need to add more fluid if it starts drying out (you want it the consistency of a chili).
  4. Serve on brown rice topped with chopped avocado, red pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

DAY 2

BREAKFAST

Overnight Oats (Make this the night before!)

fresh fruit and poridge

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of jumbo rolled oats
  • 1 x tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 x mashed, ripe banana
  • 1 ¼ cup of sugar free plant milk (coconut is one of the tastiest)
  • Cinnamon or other spices to taste (I love turmeric)
  • Fresh raspberries

METHOD

  1. Add all your ingredients (apart from you peaches) to a mason jar or something similar that you can eat out of in the morning.
  2. Store covered in the fridge overnight to soften.
  3. Add your fresh raspberries on top in the morning.

LUNCH

Healthy Curry Flavoured Super Noodles – Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 x vegan Ramen noodle bricks of your choice (buckwheat is higher in protein)
  • 4-5 chopped spring onions
  • Sliced onion or scallion
  • ½ each of red and green bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 5 tablespoons of corn starch or arrowroot mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix to a paste first so it doesn’t go lumpy.

Sauce:

  • ¾ cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of tamari sauce
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 x tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 x tablespoons of curry powder

METHOD

  1. Mix all your sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Cook your noodles until they are a chewy texture or to taste.
  3. In the meantime, saute your vegetables until tender in a little oil or water (leave some spring onion for topping too). Add your sauce and leave to simmer gently until bubbling.
  4. Add your corn starch and bring back to simmer until it thickens.
  5. Add your noodles and serve topped with spring onion.

DINNER

Sausage and Mash with Onion Gravy (optional) – Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • Packet of 6 vegan sausages of your choice
  • 3 x fist sized mashing potatoes
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • 5 x cups of frozen peas
  • 2 x large carrots, chopped

METHOD

  1. Cook your sausages as per packet instructions.
  2. In the meantime, peel and boil or steam your potatoes, mash with a little wholegrain mustard.
  3. Serve with your steamed carrots and peas, plus your optional onion gravy (recipe below).

Onion Gravy:

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ of a cup of wholewheat flour
  • 2 x tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon of onion or garlic powder
  • 2 x cups of vegetable bouillon or stock
  • 2 x tablespoons of tamari
  • 2 x tablespoons of water
  • 1-2 large sliced white onions.

METHOD

  1. Fry your sliced onions in a little oil and keep adding hot water as they cook so they don’t dry out too much. Caramelise them at the end by letting the water evaporate.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a saucepan and whisk in wet ingredients slowly, adding a bit at a time to stop it from clumping.
  3. Once you have your gravy made, add your onions and serve.

DAY 3

BREAKFAST

Green Power Smoothie

green superfood smoothie

METHOD

  1. Whizz up in a blender ½ an avocado, 1 x banana, handful of spinach or kale, plant milk to desired consistency.

LUNCH

Leftover Carrot, Turnip and Potato Soup with crusty bread or toast

DINNER

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Red Pepper Lasagne – Serves 4 (make enough for tomorrow’s lunch)

INGREDIENTS

  • About 8 sheets of lasagne (go for a spinach, spelt of wholegrain variety if possible)
  • 2 x large red peppers
  • Roughly 3-4 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 x large sweet potato
  • Plant based cheese for the top (optional)
  • Large green salad

For the cheese sauce: (If you don’t wish to use cheese sauce then use a homemade oil-free passata instead made from 2 x tins of chopped tomatoes, freah basil, 3 x cloves of crushed garlic, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of tomato patse reduced down in a saucepan)

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of general flour
  • 4 cups of unsweetened soy milk (this seems to work better than other plant milks, but use whatever you prefer)
  • 2 x tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 2 x tsp of onion powder
  • 2 x tsp of garlic powder
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • A grind of black pepper

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 200C (392F)
  2. Peel and chop your sweet potato into inch cubes and steam until tender. Mash with a fork.
  3. In the meantime, deseed and cut your red peppers into about 3 large pieces each and fry with a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan until charred. Make sure to flatten them as you cook.
  4. Now start on your cheese/passata sauce by adding your olive oil to a sauce pan and heating until hot. Add your flour and fry very quickly in the hot oil stirring vigorously with a fork. Add you milk and whisk hard and fast to get rid of any nasty lumps. Stir continuously until boiling then keep boiling and stirring until your sauce thickens up nicely. Remove from the heat and add all of your remaining sauce ingredients.
  5. Now have all your ingredients ready to assemble into a medium sized lasagne dish.
  6. Start by putting a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the dish, then add 2 pasta sheets (more if you need), add another layer of cheese (you will need to split your cheese sauce into 4 after the very bottom layer is done), your mashed sweet potato (you’re going to need 3 layers worth), 2 pieces of red pepper and handful of spinach. Layer with more lasagne sheets and repeat the whole process again twice. On you last layer of lasagne, cover with JUST cheese sauce.
  7. Cover with tin foil and bake for about 30 minutes.
  8. Take out of oven, add your optional cheese and bake for a further 10 minutes. If not using cheese you can still bake for the extra time uncovered for some crispiness.
  9. Serve with a big green salad.

DAY 4

BREAKFAST

Portion of Carrot Cake

LUNCH

A portion of last night’s lasagne with an optional side salad

DINNER

Vegetable & Tofu Stir-Fry

stir-fried vegetables

INGREDIENTS

  • Mix of sliced veggies (enough for however many you are cooking for) including bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, beansprouts, carrot, courgette, cauliflower and broccoli.
  • 2-3 cloves of fresh, crushed garlic
  • 1-2 tsp of ginger powder (or fresh)
  • Chili flakes to taste
  • 2 x tbsp of tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 x tbsp coconut or sesame oil (or broth if oil free)
  • 100g of firm, plain tofu per person
  • 1 x serving of buckwheat noodles per person

METHOD

  1. Pre slice all veggies and have noodles cooked and ready to add.
  2. Chop your tofu into 6 pieces per person and dry fry every side with a little tamari sauce and ginger powder until golden on all sides. You can either freeze any tofu you don’t use, or cook it all up and eat the rest as a high protein snack (it will last up to 3 days in the fridge).
  3. Heat a large wok with your oil and tamari (do not let tamari burn). Only cook up to 2 portions at a time for even cooking.
  4. Add all ingredients apart from noodles and fry on highest heat for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Keep veg al dente.
  5. Add more tamari if you need to, also a little hot water will help with cooking (don’t use much).
  6. Add your pre-cooked noodles at the end of cooking time and stir in evenly.
  7. Serve with more tamari and top with your tofu.

DAY 5

BREAKFAST

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x frozen
  • Sliced banana (pre-frozen is good)
  • 5 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 5 tbsp of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 x cup of sugar-free nut milk.

METHOD

  1. Blast for about 20 seconds until frothy.
  2. Drink immediately.

LUNCH

Classic Hummus, Carrot & Rocket Sarnie

METHOD

Sandwich of 2 slices of thick wholemeal, tortilla wrap or sourdough bread (oil free), large tablespoon of hummus, a grated carrot, big handful of rocket, and salt and pepper to taste.

DINNER

Spanish Chickpea and Potato Omelette with Avocado Salad – Serves 3-4 (make enough for tomorrow’s lunch)

spanish omelette

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 x tbsp of olive or coconut oil
  • 1 x large red onion, sliced
  • 300g of potatoes cut into medium sized slices ½ cm. New potatoes or waxy types are best (you can leave the skin on new potatoes)
  • 1 x cup of chickpea (gram) flour
  • 1 x cup of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste (or use black salt/kala namak for a more ‘eggy’ taste)

METHOD

  1. Add a little oil (if using) to a non-stick pan and add your chopped onion and sliced potatoes.
  2. Cook until tender (about 20 minutes) and add a little hot water as you go to prevent sticking if you need to.
  3. Miss your chickpea flour and water together in a large bowl (add your water to the flour a bit at a time to prevent lumps) with your seasoning, then add your potatoes and onion mix. Be careful not to break the potatoes up too much if you can.
  4. Clean out your non-stick frying pan and add a little more oil (again, you can omit the oil if you are oil-free but you will need to care it doesn’t stick, so a good pan is essential.
  5. Cook on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes until you start to see sign of the heat coming through to the top and the bottom is golden.
  6. Flip or use a plate to turn gently and cook the other side for a further few minutes until golden. Or alternatively, cook the top under a hot grill.
  7. Serve with a green salad, tomatoes and chopped avocado with a fat-free dressing of your choice.

DAY 6

BREAKFAST

Granola and Fresh Fruit with Coconut/Soya Yoghurt OR Plant Milk

(See here for a granola recipe, or use a low sugar shop bought)

LUNCH

Slice of last night’s omelette, 1 x banana – (You may find that your omelette will tatse better heated up. You can do this in the microwave for about 1 min, 20 seconds)

DINNER

Black Bean Burger with Chunky Chips and Peas – makes 4 burgers (Save enough for tomorrow’s dinner)

black bean burger

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ an onion chopped very finely
  • 1 x 400g can of black beans, drained but not washed
  • 2 x slices of granary or sourdough bread crumbled (you can do this is a food processer (don’t turn it to flour, you want some texture in there)
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 x tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 x tsp onion powder
  • Good crack of black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • ½ a cup of oat flour (you can make this easily by pulsing porridge oats in a blender
  • 250g of white potatoes per person, cut into chunky chips with skins on.
  • Green frozen peas
  • Optional bun (have less chips)

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 180C (350F) and get your chips on the go by cooking in a hot pan with a tiny bit of oil, or even nothing if you’re oil-free. It is best to boil your chips first in salted water until almost done for a better texture chip. If you are cooking them without oil, then you can coat them in cornflour to help crisp them up before you put them in the oven.
  2. Mix all ingredients (apart from chips and peas) in a large mixing bowl. You will need to get your hands in there to form 4 burger shaped patties. You may need extra flour to stop them sticking on your hands.
  3. Place on parchment paper (you can freeze separately what you don’t need).
  4. Get a medium heat frying pan on the go and cook patties in a tiny bit of oil. They also cook well dry in a non-stick pan. Cook for about about 5 minutes each side. Flatten out more in the pan with a fish slice.
  5. Serve with your chips, peas and a sauce of your choice.

DAY 7

BREAKFAST

Buckwheat Pancakes – Serves 2

buckwheat pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of oat flour
  • ½ cup of buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup of oat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

METHOD

  1. Put all your dry ingredients into a separate bowl.
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth.
  3. Add you wet ingredients slowly to your dry and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  4. Add a quarter of the mix at a time to a hot, lightly greased skillet or frying pan and cook on a medium heat for about 2 minutes each side, or until golden.
  5. Serve with coconut yougurt, fresh fruit, no added sugar jam, or go British and opt for lemon juice and a little sugar (I use xylitol).

SUNDAY LUNCH

Baked Tahini Cauliflower with Roast Vegetables – Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x medium sized head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup of tahini paste
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • ¾ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

METHOD

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 C
  2. Prepare your cauliflower by trimming of all leaves, keeping it whole (trim bottom stem too).
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and sit your cauliflower on top.
  4. Whisk your other ingredients in a bowl and keep half aside.
  5. Baste your cauliflower generously with half of the sauce, using either a brush or your hands.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes uncovered until browning.
  7. Cut into about 6 slices and serve with coconut oil roasted potatoes and vegetables of your choice.

DINNER OR TEA

Last Night’s Black Bean Burger

Served with big portion of homemade slaw of sliced cabbage, carrot, apple, onion, fennel (optional). Dress with either vegan salad cream or lemon, cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

CONCLUSION

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Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2020, not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 3 years, and created Zestforever to share my experiences, trials, errors, how I overcame them, and to show you how easy it is for you to do it for yourself and thrive too!

I have studied, tried and tested all manner of healthy lifestyles over the past 20 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz that plant based eating has. I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor, and have a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer reviewing and contributing to posts.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant to show you ways of potentially boosting your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

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