Meatless Monday: Quick & Easy Plant Based Food Ideas

Vegan fast food is a trending topic but so is health and proper nutrition. So how do you combine the two of them?? There are so many ways to get in your vegan “fast foods” with out packing in the calories. This week on meatless Monday I want to talk about easy ways to get food in your belly without having to spend hours in the kitchen making scrumptious vegan food or taking a rip through a drive though and packing in some bad calories.

Plant based/vegan foods are everywhere – you don’t need to over think it. Here are things I keep stocked in my house for easy vegan eats and snacking:

Vegan Dips and Sauce

This is by far the easier group to reach for because it is likely that people eating omnivore diets don’t even realize that some of basic life goodness is already plant based. Fruits and veggies and a quick dip make vegan snacking so easy. It can be as simple as a banana and some peanut butter. Veggies and hummus. Or Veggies and other beans dips. I make a white bean spinach and artichoke dip that covers all my bases. It has protein and iron and is great on bread, crackers, toast and veggies. Now a days you can get already cut up veggies in the grocery store and SO MANY vegan dips have come on the market it is hard to keep up.  Keeping a stock of fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge and a few cracker in the cupboards is a great way to keep the snacks quick and healthy and plant based.

The Fake Meats

If I am being truthful – I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I even entered the world of fake meats. Mostly I thought they were gross. However in 2020 – you can’t go wrong. There are so many options for simulated meat products it is insane. I love to throw them in a salad to ramp up my protein and to get in another texture. Slicing up a Fieldroast sausage and adding it into salad = yum. A little ground round to make a taco salad = delicious. Combine meat alternatives and some lentils with your salad and its high protein goodness keeping you full for hours. Your options for variety here are pretty endless AND it makes for a quick meal. Heat up the veggie meat while you prep the salad. For nights when you are to tired to create an epic vegan dish this is a great alternative. In summer time  – this is when this shines for me. No long cooking or meal prep – just straight up deliciousness. (Just keep in mind these are not always the healthiest and might not be the best food choices – so enjoy them in moderation)

Protein Shakes

There are lots of nutrient dense vegan protein powders on the market. Vega is one of the most popular (I am a huge fan of the vanilla protein and greens). But even some of the MLMs like Beachbody and Arbonne have leaned into vegan shakes (Arbonne Marble Cake Vegan Protein is the bomb). I like to make my smoothies with unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, nut butter, half of a frozen banana and then what ever other fruit and veg. Smoothies can be super filling if they are crafted properly – I personally need the protein with a fat and the veg and fruit. It keeps me fuller longer and makes the smoothie worth having. All these things fast, easy and vegan.

Vegan Pizza

Everyones favourite = pizza. It is quick and easy and believe it or not you can make them pretty darn healthy if you want to. I guess this is the time to really say  – anything you can make  … I can make vegan. I have a no-rise flatbread recipe that whips up in no time – and with a little sauce and random veg you got yourself a pizza in about 30 mins. If you use a pre-made store bought crust – you can have it ready in 10mins. I like to make sure I have some fresh pineapple or mango to throw on the top, extra sauce on the crust and a nice dipping sauce – I don’t even bother with the fake cheese. So yum.

The Good Old Fashioned Sandwich or Wrap

This is the basics but seriously you can put together a vegan sandwiches  in minutes – toast it up or throw some things in a wrap or lettuce wrap. You don’t need to be boring. You can go the route of hummus and guac loaded with veggies. But you can use other bean dips – like spinach and artichoke bean dip. How about layer in some smoked tofu? Add in that protein and a smoke flavour. Use all the best veggie topping – to spice it up try adding in some fresh herbs. Cilantro or dill are wonderful on a sandwich. You can have savoury nut butter sandwiches by adding some ginger and garlic to your almond butter then loading it with veg. Chickpea salads, lentil salads are also delicious and keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. The options are really endless.

 

I know vegan can seem pretty daunting at times but once you really dive in you can really see that there are so many things already in your fridge that are perfect as they are. In 2020 it is pretty popular to have vegan eats accessible at your favourite restaurants, and the drive thru, on Door Dash or Uber Eats … you can make big pots of chili and stews and freeze then so your meal prep doesn’t get boring. It is possible to make quick satisfying eats from your regular variety.

I hope this helps you with some inspiration for plant based from your already stocked kitchen. I would love to se picture of what you are making. Please tag me.