Hi.

I’m an anxiety-riddled, grass-eating cat mom happily engaged to a transgender man.

I work as an engineer in New York City, pretending to be an adult and spending a solid 20% of my time trying to remember to not reply all.

I wanted a platform to share my wealth of equally positive and negative experiences as I attempt to navigate my twenties, and maybe get a little preachy here and there about veganism, mental health and LGBT rights.

At the very least, I hope to make you laugh.

1-Week Vegan Meal Plan

1-Week Vegan Meal Plan

When I decided to try a vegan diet, I definitely didn't know enough about proper vegan nutrition and how to ensure I don't become deficient in any essential nutrients. After I took the time to educate myself on how to be vegan AND healthy, I started thinking about how to include all of necessary nutrients into my diet. I began to plan my meals each week, incorporating sufficient amounts of plant protein, vitamins and minerals into each day. After a little while, I was able to plan my weeks of meals in just 20 minutes because I had come to memorize exactly which foods would provide me with the nutrients I need. But before I had this knowledge, I turned to the internet every week to help me plan. 

I remember logging into Pinterest every Saturday morning to search for vegan nutrient rich meals. Luckily, there are a ton of healthy, easy, and delicious vegan recipes online for every meal. But one thing that I wasn't able to find as easily was full vegan meal plans. I was certainly able to get my hands on a few, but I was always looking for more. And even out of the ones I could find, I struggled to find weekly plans that really utilized all of the ingredients required. I would find a plan that used 1/2 of an avocado on Monday, but then never used the other half the entire rest of the week! I am ALWAYS trying to stay on a budget so this was no bueno.

I try to plan my meals out every single week on the Saturday before. It helps me stick to healthy eating, no extra spending, and I don't freak out midweek because I have no food or no time to prepare something. Planning your meals doesn't have to be difficult; PLUS the more you do it, the easier it gets :)

I decided to share one of my meal plans with you in case anyone is looking for some new budget-friendly, delicious, vegan inspo. I take a ton of my meals from Pinterest because why reinvent the wheel? My plan below uses some of my own recipes and some recipes that I love from other blogs. I have listed the recipe sources below. Enjoy!

 

 

Monday Recipes

Chickpea avocado salad

Butternut bliss salad

Chocolate banana protein smoothie:

1/2 Frozen banana, 1 scoop Vega chocolate protein and greens protein powder and 1 cup almond milk

Quinoa, spinach and sweet potato soup

 

Tuesday Recipes

Banana bread overnight oats

Spinach wrap:

1 Mission Spinach Garden Herb flour tortilla, 2 Tbsp hummus (I LOVE Lantana White Bean), 1/2 avocado, 1/3 cup rinsed black beans, and five diced cherry tomatoes

Tex-Mex Medley Salad

 

Wednesday Recipes

Chickpea avocado salad

Roasted butternut squash:

1 Whole butternut squash cubed, 2 Tbsp EVOO, two cloves garlic minced, salt and pepper to taste, baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes

Quinoa, spinach and sweet potato soup

Tabouleh

 

Thursday Recipes

Cinnamon oatmeal:

1/2 Cup dry oatmeal, 2 Tsp cinnamon, I packet Stevia, pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cloves, 1 cup water or almond milk

Peach protein smoothie:

1 Cup frozen peaches, 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein and greens protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 Tsp cinnamon, 1 Tsp vanilla extract, 1 packet Stevia (optional)

Tabouleh and guacamole taco:

1 Mission Spinach Garden Herb flour tortilla, 2 Tbsp guacamole, 1 serving tabouleh (see recipe above), shredded lettuce, tomatoes, 1/3 cup rinsed black beans

 

Friday Recipes

Spinach, tabouleh and avocado salad:

2 Cups spinach, 1 serving tabouleh (see recipe above), 2 Tbsp hummus (I LOVE Lantana White Bean), 1/2 avocado, cherry tomatoes, 2 Tbsp Annie's goddess dressing

Brown rice, black bean, avocado and red pepper wrap:

1 Mission Spinach Garden Herb flour tortilla, 1/2 cup black beans rinsed, 1/4 avocado, roasted red peppers, 1/3 cup cooked brown rice

 

Saturday Recipes

Vegan breakfast cookies

Loaded sweet potato with pumpkin chipotle sauce:

1 Baked sweet potato halved topped with 1/3 cup black beans rinsed, 1/4 avocado, cooked spinach, 2 Tbsp pumpkin chipotle sauce (or whatever your favorite sauce is!)

Chocolate banana protein smoothie:

1/2 Frozen banana, 1 scoop Vega chocolate protein and greens protein powder and 1 cup almond milk

Teriyaki veggie stir-fry:

1/2 Cup cooked brown rice, 2 cups of your favorite vegetables sautéed in 1-2 Tbsp EVOO (broccoli, bell peppers, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, snap peas, etc. ), 2-3 Tbsp teriyaki sauce

 

Sunday Recipes

Chocolate chip pancakes

PB banana rice cakes:

Two plain rice cakes, 1 Tbsp your choice of nut butter per rice cake, 1 medium banana sliced (1/2 on each rice cake)

Roasted green beans:

1 Cup fresh string beans, 1 Tbsp EVOO, 1 Tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, baked at 400 degrees for 18 minutes

Homemade pizza with peppers, spinach and mushrooms

CAT POTW VII

CAT POTW VII

Hybrid Vegan/Non-Vegan Pizza Recipe

Hybrid Vegan/Non-Vegan Pizza Recipe