Having a plan around what you’ll be eating this Nutcracker Season is an awesome way to ensure that you’re eating well. Cooking at home means you’re in control of what’s in your food and you can focus on quality ingredients.

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Take into account the weather. Do you experience cold winters where you’re living? It’s unlikely that you’ll be craving cold foods like smoothies and salads. Yes, perhaps you can convince yourself to eat them but we tend to crave warm, heavier foods in the winter.

Luckily, soups can be super healthy – just don’t choose options packed with cream.

These food plan ideas are Vegan/Plant Based. However, you can easily adjust it to include some animal products if you typically eat them in your diet.

I’m going to take you through the process of creating a meal plan with examples. You can of course include different meal options. Find the meals you enjoy eating and making and add those to your meal plan through the same process.

First, decide on your meals for the week :
  • Breakfast :

Oatmeal

Quinoa Porridge

Leftover dinner – (veggie fajitas)

Tofu Scramble

  • Lunch :

Jeanette Kakareka’s Cauliflower Rosemary Soup

Vegetarian Chili

Curried Lentil Soup (recipe coming soon)

A variety of snacks – Veggies + Hummus, Fruit + Nut butter, Trail mix, Larabars, Popcorn, Small servings of leftovers (1/4 – 1/2 cup)

  • Dinner :

Juliet Doherty’s Curry

Vegetarian Fajitas (add broccoli or kale to this recipe)

Veggie burger salad w/baked sweet potato fries

Life Alive bowl

Warm Kale Caesar Salad (recipe coming soon)

  • Packaged back up meals or meal components :

Amy’s soups : Pro tip add fresh chopped kale or broccoli when you heat up!

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Tasty Bite pre – packed Indian options (Vegan and Vegetarian)

Ancient Harvest Quinoa – just add your veggies, protein and spices/sauce

Frozen, pre – cooked brown rice. Super easy to warm up in a pot.

Next, do the planning :

When can you cook? Combine cooking tasks with relaxing time. Lots of these meal options include baked veggies. Once you’ve set up the veggies you just stick them in the oven and you get a break! Use that time to sew pointe shoes, veg out with Netflix, or read.

When can you grocery shop? Stock your kitchen as much as possible – frozen organic veggies are a staple in my freezer, keep your pantry stocked with spices, oils, onions, potatoes, nuts, nut butters, canned tomatoes/beans/coconut milk – things that will help you to easily make a meal.

Make your grocery list by store layout or category :

Produce, Nuts, Grains, Seeds, Nut butters, Spices, Proteins, Frozen, Canned – beans/soups, Oils, Vinegars, Pantry Essentials

What’s your Nutcracker Meal Plan approach?! Share in the comments below!

 

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Create a Nutcracker Season Meal Plan