Vegan Meal Ideas: FARM’s National Meatout campaign #Meatout2012

I’m participating in Meatout 2012 by posting vegan recipe ideas and healthy living tips to help people ‘kick the meat habit’. Which, is basically, what I think I do each time I post, so yay! It’s pretty easy to be meatless, but it’s totally understandable that people are confused and weirded out by anything different.

How to change when eating meat is part of your every day life and something you don’t think about as it’s just normal. What’s not normal is colon cancer, heart attacks and a variety of other health related issues. I’m not going to go on a diatribe and be preachy, that was pretty much it. I do want to show people vegan can be fun, it’s not just berries and nuts – there’s a plethora of food out there. A lot of food that isn’t processed, but if you’re starting, a meat substitute is the easiest way to do that. Before long you won’t need that, but in the beginning it helps. The following are meal ideas that won’t take long to make and are delicious.  So much so, that you won’t even realize the lack of meat. Yes, it’s possible!

Here’s a sample of a few meal ideas with vegan products:

Breakfast:
- Vegan cream cheese with toast, freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Vegan muffin with peanut butter and a fruit smoothie
- Oatmeal PB&J (add a tbsp of peanut butter and 1/2 tbsp of your favourite jam) plus almond milk
- Protein fruit smoothie shake
- Nut butter and jam rolled up vegan tortilla to go

If you have nut allergies use seed butter.

Lunch:
- Mixed greens with: radish, celery, peppers (any colour), carrot, cranberries, walnuts, strawberries, a vegan chick’n patty or meat substitute and fruit with balsamic dressing
- Vegan bread sandwich with: sliced zucchini, tomato, hummus, sprouts, cucumber, pepper (any colour), carrot and celery sticks on the side with fruit
- Vegan cheese and mac casserole  bake with beans, chickpeas, broccoli, carrots, peas, corn,  and bread stick
- Falafels with hummus and tahini in a vegan pita with vegetables on the side

Dinner:
- Stir fry vegetables, rice noodles and tofu and tamarind sauce
- Tempeh cakes, potatoes and steamed vegetables with a tbsp of Earth Balance
- Chickpea tacos with vegan sour cream, fresh salsa and veggie toppings

Dessert:
- Fresh bowl of fruit with coconut crystal sugar
- Apple sauce
- Vegan box mix brownies
- Raw vegan chocolate

The list goes on and on! So many items to pick from and each delightful and filling. So the next time someone says – what would I even eat? Show them this.

Please feel free to ask questions and see what this is all about! Here’s the link for FARM.

Check out  Meatout Mondays and try out a new recipe – might hit it off and you’ll add this into your regular meal plan.

Happy eating!

 

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One Response to Vegan Meal Ideas: FARM’s National Meatout campaign #Meatout2012

  1. love love love this – I have a folder (real world and online) of vegan menu plans

    Some handy translations for different parts of the world (or at least my part)
    Australian:
    oatmeal = porridge or rolled oats
    peppers = capsicum
    earth balance = (google tells me that is vegan margarine)
    I always find it so interesting the different words people use for the same foods, like, rockmelon = cantalope, snow peas = mange tout

    great post

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