When transitioning from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet, many people will fear a lack of variety when preparing and cooking meals. While this is the popular belief, it is far from the accurate belief. In fact, there are a ton of ways to make delicious & tasty plant-based meals!
To help you out in your journey, we’ve put together three flavorful, quick, easy, and healthy plant-based meals. There’s one for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. If you’re thinking about starting your new diet soon, it’s always best to ease yourself into it.
Try it out for one day just to see how it goes. The meals below will make for a good 3-meal day to start off with. Don’t worry, there are also a large variety of healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day.
Fruit and Nut Oatmeal
Oatmeal is going to be a part of most people’s diets already, which makes it the perfect meal for your easy transition into the plant-based craze. Oatmeal is great because of its flexibility and versatility.
Some days you might want to eat it plain, other days you might want to add fruit, nuts, or even cinnamon. The opportunities are endless — well, they’re sort of limited to just plant-based toppings, but you get the idea.
This recipe will contain ¾ rolled oats, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of salt, ½ banana, ¼ fresh berries, 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, and 2 tablespoons dried fruit.You can always add syrup or apricots if you’d life.
Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowl
If you’re looking for a nice roasted lunch with a lot going on, this is going to be the perfect bowl for you. It makes for an easy meal prep and can be stored in the fridge for when you’re ready to eat it. There will be a lot of flavor, while remaining healthy (it’s actually a vegan dish).
You’ll need to roast your broccoli (oil, garlic, salt, pepper), chickpeas (oil, sriracha, soy sauce), and chopped sweet potatoes (oil, curry powder, salt, sriracha). Bake them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, flip them, and bake for another 10 minutes.
Make your quinoa like you do rice and cook your kale for 5 minutes on the stovetop. Add oil, salt, chili powder, and lime juice to the kale. When done, combine everything and enjoy!
Mediterranean Vegetable Spaghetti
This is a nice twist to a normal spaghetti dinner, but will add that flavor we all need. For the sauce, you’ll combine chopped peppers, plum tomatoes, jalapeno, salt, herbs de Provence, tomato puree, and lime juice. You’ll add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and spinach to the top of the sauce.
After you cook and drain the pasta, add the sauce and enjoy. This is sure to add a little spice and fresh flavor to your spaghetti.
As you can see, there are ways to remain healthy and enjoy delicious & tasty plant-based meals at the same time. You might have to give up some of your favorites, but that doesn’t mean you can’t form new favorites!