When I was 100+ pounds overweight, I tried several diets, and I lost some weight. But, in the end, I regained all the weight back and more.
Then the film Forks over Knives struck a chord. Even though I learned new science-based concepts, deep down the research made sense. I needed to switch to a whole food plant-based diet.
But how would this “diet” differ from all the others I’ve tried?
But, I Had a Big Problem
This would be a big shift, but I had a bigger problem — I don’t like to cook.
I would look around the kitchen and try to decide what to make. My mind was blank.
My husband would come in and throw different ingredients together and his dishes always turned out delicious.
But I’ve never had that kind of talent. I was impatient. If I was hungry, I went for the fast and easy boxed foods.
So, I found simple easy recipes to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle a reality.
What to eat?
I had never heard of Vegan’s. As I researched and through trial and error I found recipes that were sustainable, enjoyable and restarted my weight-loss.
To this day the majority of my recipes come from the (Affiliate) Protective Diet website. The recipes made the transition to a Plant-Based lifestyle easier.
Here’s a quick summary of the diet:
- Beans, Lentils
- Brown Rice
- Whole Grains
- Whole Grain Flours & Pasta
Items Not included:
- Dairy (including eggs)
- Meat, Chicken, Fish
- Nuts, Nut butter
- Dried fruit
- Sugar (including syrup & nectar)
No dairy includes cheese, no oil includes olive oil, and no meat includes nothing with a face.
These recipes have several common ingredients. Slowly stock your pantry and have the ingredients to add all these recipes to your meal planner.
My confidence grew with each recipe I cooked. But the most important part was, I didn’t hate to cook anymore.
Bonus: I created a list of my most used whole food plant-based pantry items. Click here or below to receive a copy.
For quick reference, recipes are divided up by meal types. Also Slow cooker & Pressure Cooker options are below.
The Best Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners:
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Condiments & Dressing
Slow Cooker / Crock-Pot
Next Steps for you:
- Download my FREE Pantry Staple list.
- Click through to my Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners Pinterest Board where you’ll find these recipes and more.
- Create a meal plan board on Pinterest. Pin your selected recipes for the week.
What’s your biggest struggle as you transition to a whole food plant based diet?
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