The holiday season is here! It came so quick; Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. In this recipe round up, I am sharing delicious and indulgent plant based recipes that are perfect to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Who says that vegetables can’t be super satisfying?! From appetizers, entrees, side dishes and yummy desserts like sweet potato bourbon pie, there is something for everyone. Make one of these recipes and take it to your Thanksgiving dinner, I promise it will be a hit. People won’t even know it’s plant based! Continue reading Healthy Plant Based Recipe Round-Up, Perfect for Thanksgiving
Have you ever eaten a ‘meatless’ or plant based meal? If not, it is because you can’t imagine a meal without meat? Do you think it will lack in flavor or taste weird? The recipes I am sharing today will change your mind. Plant based food tastes good! Lightlife, my favorite brand of tempeh, makes a variety of products that you can use to enjoy a delicious meatless meal. Plant based protein does NOT have to be boring. In fact, in these recipes you won’t even know it is missing.
I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, but I tend to be a ‘meat on the side’ kinda girl. I love eating plant based food! That being said, I still need to make sure I am eating enough protein so I build and maintain the muscles I am using during my workouts. I have lots of options as there many ways to get protein other than meat. However when preparing a meal, it can seem like meat is your only option. I like using tofu in recipes or making my own veggie burgers. I had tried tempeh but wasn’t a huge fan until I found Lightlife Flax Tempeh one day at Whole Foods. I randomly came across it when looking for tofu, I was intrigued by the added flax seeds & decided to give it a try. I LOVED it. Ever since, I haven’t bought any other brand of tempeh! I am excited to be working with Lightlife because I already loved them & I know you will too. This post + giveaway is sponsored by Lightlife. As always, all opinions are my own.
Like I mentioned, Lightlife make lots of products that taste GOOD and give you lots of options! I took a salad with the Lightlife tempeh to a dinner party and everyone raved about it. My personal favorite is the tempeh. Due to my food allergies, I have limited options: Lightlife tempeh, the veggie tempeh burger and the smart strips chickn.
Eating a meatless meal doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or taste. You can use plant based proteins to create a delicious meal for your family and/or friends.
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Recipe Round Up
You will love the delicious, plant powered recipes I’m sharing with you today. You won’t even notice the meat is missing! Even the pickiest eaters love these! Because of my food allergies, I only share or feature gluten free recipes. Some of the recipes below are not gluten free, but I have included the modifications below the link 🙂
with a side of baked sweet potato fries… yum!
To make gluten free: Substitute the black bean quinoa burger (not gluten free) for the Lightlife garden veggie tempeh burger or another gluten free veggie burger. Use a lettuce wrap or a gluten free bun. Substitute gluten free beer in making the BBQ sauce or use a GF bottled BBQ sauce.
Memorial Day is this weekend! It came so fast. Memorial Day is often seen as the kick off to the summer season (which is my MOST favorite time of year) 😀 So while I am sad that May is almost over, I am so excited summer is almost here!
Memorial Day is also a day to remember all of those who have served and and fought for our freedom here in the USA. If you, or anyone in your family, has been or is in the military – THANK YOU! They make tremendous sacrifices and I am so grateful.
There is usually a BBQ or two involved over this long weekend, and lots of food. Here in the PNW we cross our fingers hoping that this weekend has nice weather so we can get outside and fire up the BBQ! Family get togethers, picnics and potlucks can bring out some tempting foods. Pair that with summer right around the corner, it’s no bueno! I mean really, we are trying to look good in our shorts, crop tops and swimsuits, but there are tempting treats all over the place!
The most effective way, I have found, to deal with these temptations is to bring something to the party. Make sure it is something you can enjoy. That way, in the event that there is NOTHING to eat at the party or BBQ, you know you can chow down on what you brought. If you are really concerned about what options will be available, or that your will power won’t be strong enough, consider eating before you go! Fill up on lots of protein and nutritious foods before you go, so saying no to the brownies won’t be as difficult.
If you are hosting the get together, that’s even better because you can choose a bunch of healthy things to serve at the party. Have you ever noticed that the healthy food is what seems to get eaten the fastest? For example, I made a veggie and hummus tray for my friends baby shower this last weekend, and it was the first thing everyone gobbled up!
Check out these cool recipes I found that are perfect for this weekend.
What a delicious and refreshing salad! Chickpeas are also a great source of protein. This could be a side or part of the main dish.
This recipe simple, festive and healthy. Plus berries are one of the best fruits you can eat. It could be a side or a dessert!
BBQ friendly! Easy to eat and easy to make. Veggie kabobs are one of my favorite summer staples. You can eat as the main course or pair the veggies with a protein.
Check out even more recipe ideas on my Pintrest Board 🙂
Follow my Healthy Memorial Day board on Pinterest.
ALSO — I created this quick one page guide to a fun and guilt-free Memorial Day. Click on the image below to check it out. I hope it is helpful to you this weekend and all summer long!
Comment below and let me know, what is your favorite way to make holidays like Memorial Day guilt free???