First Birthday Post: 3-Day Vegan Meal Plan

Today is An Imperfect Vegan's first birthday! It's so surreal that an entire year has passed since starting this project. It feels like yesterday that I was planning and researching how to make a blog. Since then, I've had more than 1,000 views per month from dozens of countries (that might seem like a small number, but for me, that is more than I could've ever imagined!).

A friend once told me that only a very small percentage of blogs make it past the first year. I'm really proud of myself for sticking with this project for 365 days, mostly posting every other day.

It has motivated me to:
  • prioritize cooking good food as part of our every day lives
  • try tons of new things
  • find vegan alternatives for all our favorite non-vegan meals
  • and learn a lot about food and cooking in general! 
I'm grateful for this opportunity to chronicle my experiments and share easy recipes that regular people (vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and omnivores alike!) can make at home for themselves and their families, without the fear of having to be perfect. I mess up, just like everyone else, but all the matters is that we try our best as we navigate this crazy thing called life. 

One small but wildly positive change that we all can make for the sake of the environment and our health, is to eat and use less animal products. I encourage all of you to be more conscious of how your diet affects the world around you, and try to make an effort towards this change.

Here is an easy three-day meal plan with a shopping list + tips to help get you started on a plant-based diet. If you're new to this, a little skeptical, or only a sometimes vegan, I hope this meal plan shows you how easy it can be to eliminate animals from your diet, and makes you feel great!


Day 1:

Breakfast | Fruit & Nut Granola              Lunch | Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich
          

Snack | Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls


Dinner | Taco Stuffed Peppers                   Dessert | Date & Nut Bread
                         

Tip: Chocolate Peanut Butter Nut Balls will last you all week in the freezer, and the Granola and Date & Nut Bread are both yummy and healthy enough to be snacks and desserts! (see days 2 + 3!)

Day 2:

Breakfast | Breakfast Burrito                      Lunch | Quinoa & Edamame Salad
                     

Snack | Fruit & Nut Granola

Dinner | Cauliflower & Potato Curry          Dessert | Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls
    

Tip: Many ingredients overlap between breakfast and lunch, so you can easily prep them both together. And when you are prepping the cauliflower for dinner, roast the other head (chopped into florets) in the oven to easily make ahead lunch for day 3!

Day 3:

Breakfast | Baked Oatmeal                          Lunch | Roasted Cauliflower Salad
                       

Snack | Date & Nut Bread

Dinner | Butternut Squash Farro with         Dessert | Ooey Gooey Brownies
              Maple Roasted Carrots
                

Tip: Baked Oatmeal can be made ahead and reheated, so this breakfast will last you several days!

Grocery List:

Produce:
1 bag red-skinned potatoes
2 heads cauliflower
1 bag baby spinach
2 red bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
2 cloves garlic
2 avocados
8-10 small carrots
1 stalk celery
1 yellow onion
1 bag frozen diced butternut squash
1 cup shelled edamame
1 lime
1 lemon
2 bananas
blueberries, fresh or frozen
pomegranate arils, optional

Fresh herbs:
cilantro
parsley
scallions

Canned and jarred goods:
1 can coconut milk
1 can black beans
1 jar salsa
Thai red curry paste
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans chickpeas
1 jar capers

Other:
flax seed
coconut flakes
1 bag chopped walnuts
1 package extra firm tofu
nutritional yeast (optional)
large tortillas
red quinoa (or any kind!)
2 cups raw almonds
2 cups dates
craisins
raisins
1 packet 90 second rice of your choice
Dairy-free shredded cheese (such as Daiya)
farro
vegan chocolate chips

Things you probably already have:

Dried herbs + spices:
cinnamon
cumin
salt and pepper
cayenne
chili powder
turmeric
taco seasoning packet

Staples:
olive oil
coconut oil
vegetable broth
soy sauce
dijon mustard
old-fashioned oats
unsweetened almond milk
maple syrup
vanilla extract
cocoa powder
peanut butter
vegan butter
baking powder
baking soda
sugar
flour
white rice
2 slices bread

Prep:

You can make ahead a few of the recipes to make life that much easier: 
  • Fruit & Nut Granola
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls
  • Date & Nut Bread

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