Don't get me wrong, I LOVE cooking and this blog, but this "brilliant" idea I had to do the meal plan was, in fact, overambitious. Whoever designed the plan must have no life, because these meals take WAY too much time for anyone with a schedule like mine...
I will most definitely push through and share the last 3 days with you all, but please use these posts as inspiration for some healthy meals. DON'T follow it all the way unless you have oodles of time to kill. I am not slamming the plan; it is nutritiously sound. I just think I could do a better job of making one tailored to vegans on a tight schedule (and budget). That is my next project (time TBD).
Blueberry-Maple Quinoa: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup almond (or soy) milk, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Microwave until hot (1.5 to 2.5 minutes). Top with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tbs chopped walnuts, and 1 tsp pure maple syrup.
Nutrition facts: 318 calories, 9.5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8.9g protein, 91.4mg sodium, 52.5g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 11.8g sugar, 123.6mg calcium
Chick'n and Apple Salad Wrap: In a bowl, mix one chopped Gardein Chick'n filet (cooked), 1/2 cup chopped lettuce, 1/4 cup chopped apple, and 1/4 cup chopped grapes. In another bowl, combine 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 tsp bee free honee; season with black pepper; toss with chicken salad. Spread salad on a whole-wheat wrap (high fiber and protein if you can find it!) and roll up.
1/2 cup broccoli + 3 tbs hummus
Nutrition facts: 439 calories, 14.9g total fat, 0.8g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 18.9g protein, 616.4mg sodium, 58.5g carbohydrates, 8.5g fiber, 17.9g sugar, 115.1mg calcium
6oz So Delicious Coconut Yogurt + 1/3 cup granola
Nutrition facts (will vary based on your granola): 180 calories, 4.5g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 2.5g protein, 45mg sodium, 36.5g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 17g sugar, 210mg calcium
Chick'n N' Veg with Sweet Potato Fries: Heat oven to 400F. Slice a sweet potato into 1/4 inch-thick fries and toss in 3/4 tsp olive oil. Toss 1 cup halved brussels sprouts in 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and black pepper. Spread out fries and sprouts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes on the lowest oven rack. Flip veggies and bake another 15 minutes. Cook one Gardein Chick'n filet and top with 1 slice tofutti white cheese (or 2 tbs daiya), 1/4 cup steamed, chopped broccoli, and 1 tbs salsa.
Nutrition facts: 385 calories, 15.1g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 18.6g protein, 782.7mg sodium, 45.9g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 10.3g sugar, 131.8mg calcium