Meal Plans

August 28-September 1, 2017

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Monday- Cheesy Garlic Alfredo, Glazed Carrots
Tuesday- Black Bean Tacos
Wednesday- Pita Pizzas
Thursday- Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl
Friday-  Carrot Dogs, Onion Rings


  • Remember to only buy what you need, not what you have! A quick check of your pantry and fridge might save you $$ and time.
  • If your spice collections is small your cost will be higher at the start, but your tastebuds will thank you for your purchases.

Shopping List


Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
Smoked Paprika
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Powdered Ginger
Red pepper flakes
Fresh parsley (optional)
Milk free taco seasoning mix

Veggies and Fruits

Carrots 6-8 large
1 lb small to medium size carrots
2-3 yellow onions
Bell pepper
Green onions
Sweet potato
Small Cabbage
Baby carrots
2 can Black beans
Small head of Cauliflower
Potato- 2 small or 1 medium
Taco toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, etc.)
Minced Garlic (Because garlic is in so many of my meals I buy a large jar of pre-minced garlic, available in the un-refrigerated, shelved section of the store)

Everything Else

Olive Oil
Vegan butter
Honey or maple syrup
Eggs or egg replacer for battering onion rings
Hot dog buns
Pita Bread
Panko bread crumbs
Cashew or Almond milk
Lime juice
Nutritional yeast
Salsa and hot sauce for tacos
Taco shells, soft or hard
Olive oil spray
All purpose flour
Liquid smoke
A1 steak sauce
Maple syrup
Vegan Butter
Soy Sauce

Daily Breakdown

Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday


cheesy garlic alfredo and glazed carrotsCheesy Garlic Alfredo, Glazed Carrots

This is a slightly heartier take on the amazing cauliflower alfredo recipe from Oh She Glows. It pairs perfectly with glazed carrots, making a wonderful meal that reheats for great leftovers.

Notes: I did not use real butter, substituting vegan butter, which I simply melted and mixed with the honey and herbs. I also replaced half the honey with maple syrup. I also added a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, which gave a nice bite to the flavor.

Cheesy Garlic Alfredo: View Recipe

Glazed Carrot recipe:


black bean tacosBlack Bean Tacos

This is my go-to meal when I want fast, fresh, and filling. It is great for feeding guests, especially if there are a lot of them.

Black Bean Tacos : View Recipe


pita pizzaPita Pizzas

I was in a hurry this Wednesday, like I am on many Wednesdays because I had to get home from work, will a dinner into existence, and then head for church. I end up with approximately 45 min- 1 hour to make and eat my food, so what did I make? Pita pizzas. Choose your own toppings to create your ideal pizza! If you want a bit more then throw together a light salad to compliment the pizza.

Pita Pizzas: View Recipe


vegan egg roll in a bowl
Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl… or a plate

This meal started out as a search through my fridge. As much as I want to be organized and proactive, it just didn’t happen this week. The resulting meal came together from odds and ends, tasting great for dinner and just as good for lunch the next day. This pairs great with a warmed pita loaf.

Vegan Egg Roll in a Bowl: View Recipe


carrot dogs and onion ringsCarrot Dogs, Onion Rings

I was craving junk food for dinner. This is pretty close in the flavor area but not in nutrition. It hit the spot, preventing a late night fast food (french fries) run. The carrot dogs worked great. My carrots were a bit thick so they needed longer to cook than the recipe recommended, but that gave time to batter my onion rings and get them baking.


  • Start the carrot dogs first. The longer they soak after boiling the more flavor the have. Be sure not to under cook them or the texture will be crunchy.
  • The onion rings take a bit of time to batter as they are done in a 3 step process. The final texture is a bit chunky, not smooth like fast food store. If a flour mixture was substituted it might be smoother, but all in all, I enjoyed eating them, so it was a success.

Carrot Dog Recipe:
Oven Baked Onion Rings Recipe: