A simple formula where you can Mix & Match your basic ingredients. It's similar to mixing & matching your favorite black pants, the ones that go with everything else to create different outfits.
You can do the same thing with food!
Take the same ingredients... just mix and match in different ways from mixing raw and cooked, or everything sautéed, to using an Instant Pot or baking in the stove.
So how does this apply to the question:
"WHAT"S FOR DINNER?"
Start with a Starch: Potatoes, rice, grain or pasta, this is the filler on the plate and saves time if you have these precooked.
Next, Have some greens on hand (spinach or kale are my go-to typically). Whatever greens you like or have on hand. I usually use a couple handfuls of spinach or a whole head of kale or other greens.
Next is my favorite... add in some type of bean (this is my favorite part, I love beans) I'll use either canned or dry beans that I have prepared in advance. Varies from black beans, chickpeas, lentils, navy beans... the list can go on and on.
If you're not in a bean mood...then try some baked tofu or tempeh. (if you need some help with how to cook tempeh send me an email)
Add in some other veggies like peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Add in a can of tomatoes or tomatoes paste. Don't forget the garlic and onions.
Spices, I'll add in spices, typically I use cumin, paprika, nutritional yeast, and/or black pepper.
Decide how you want to build your meal.
- Is it raw only, or a mix of raw and cooked? Baked potatoe topped with chickpeas and steamed greens and raw diced red peppers or sweet potatoes topped with black beans and some salsa
- Sauté the veggies and greens and top over brown rice or mix in some soba noodles with a sauce of tahini and lemon juice. Or squeeze some lime juice or fresh orange juice and top with some herbs.
- Create a Veggie Bowl, base with a starch, add in some greens and beans and top with some veggies and a sauce or even balsamic vinegar.
- Feeling lazy and you don't feel like cooking? Throw everything in the Instant Pot! For example...Sauté onions and garlic in the Instant Pot then add in some lentils and rice with a can diced tomato, greens, water and some seasoning. Set the timer for 20 minutes and walk away. (I probably do this every week and make great left overs and easy to freeze.
All the best,
P.S. I know that you can do it alone, but if you're tired of doing it alone I'm offering my 12-week PURE Plant Based Program, starting in January of 2019 for up to 8 people. Contact me if you want to do this together.
Email with "I'm in!" and email me at email@example.com and we'll set up a time to talk.