I was listening to a podcast called No Meat Athlete and they were sharing that they try to focus having a green, a grain and a bean at every meal (or maybe most meals). I thought this was brilliant! It's catchy and easy to remember and makes things simple. I thought I would brainstorm a few ideas and then create some new posts around this tagged as Greens, Grains & Beans so they could be found easily. Feel free to comment if you have some favorite combinations!
1. Sautéed broccoli rabe, creamy polenta, baked tofu
2. Farro White Bean Stew
4. Steamed spinach, basmati rice, split mung dal and avocado (I will have to share this simple protein rich recipe).
5. Buddha Bowl with Tofu and Arugula
6. Sautéed kale with quinoa and white lima beans
7. Stir fried bok choy over basmati rice, topped with edamame
8. Even Taco Dip which could be topped with or served over chopped romaine lettuce.
Lately I have been loving the Miyokos butter and it inspired me to share some of my other favorite vegan convenience foods. Here are my top 10 in no particular order:
I'm sure I'm missing some, but all of these are items I purchase again and again. And while I prefer cooking with whole foods, it's nice to have the convenience and the variety that these products offer.
Over the last two weeks I have had the honor to work on the meal plan for our Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training which begins tomorrow. Two years ago, when we had our last training, the meal planning felt like a daunting task - managing the budget, variety, dietary restrictions while offering hearty, nutrient dense meals. An angel in our community made the brilliant suggestion to focus each day on a different type of cuisine. She made a list of different flavor profiles, ingredients and recipes and we were off with a solid, exciting meal plan with a good bit of variety. Making notes on what worked and didn't during each week of training helped me prepare for this year's course. While we are cooking on a larger scale, these are tips you can apply to meal planning whether it's for yourself or your family. Meal planning helps to save money because we can focus on sale and in season items and when we know what we are cooking for the week, there is less temptation to eat out or grab something on the run.
Here are a few more of my meal planning tips:
I would love to hear from you too, what are your meal planning tips?
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.