Last week I had the chance to work with an amazing woman who organizes meal prep for families. I love this concept… you sign up and pre-pay online, you choose how many meals you would like to take home and freeze for easy whole food family dinners. On her sign up page there is a drop down menu of 4 meals to choose from, pick your favourites and show up! She has all the recipes broken down into steps and how you need to chop – cook – or mix the ingredients! BRILLIANT
It’s so easy to just do the step on the little sticky note and then move onto the next sticky note, meanwhile we all got to chat and get to know each other 🙂 The final step is assembling the meals in freezer ready packaging that includes cooking instructions.
3 hours later 8 women had prepared and packed 71 plant-based meals!
During this meal prep we made Roasted Yam and Black Bean Burritos, Lentil Soup, Sweet Potato Pineapple Indian Curry and Plant-based Chickpea Burgers
These pumpkin pancakes drizzled in maple syrup were dinner Christmas Eve at our place! The kids had eaten a lot of candy at school and then right into the weekend with company coming over and party food on the menu. Our digestive systems needed some stability but our tastebuds still wanted to know it was Christmas Eve 😉
Pumpkin is loaded with disease fighting vitamins and antioxidants. Along with plenty of dietary fibre to feed beneficial gut bacteria pumpkin aids in digestion to keep things moving along in the digestive tract.
- 2 bananas
- 1 can organic pumpkin puree (425g)
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/4 cup oil (I like avocado)
- 1/4 cup plant based milk
- 2 cups ground oats
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda activated with apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup soaked raisins
Top with maple syrup, fruit, jam, chickpea chocolate, coconut flesh, …I will let you imagine 🙂
*gluten free *vegan
This is a quick and easy go to supper or lunch for the whole family. Back in my childcare days rice was a great meal for the kids. I found that lots of kids like rice (especially if you put ketchup on it…shhhhh) and you can chop up veggies that they might other wise reject and mix it all together – stir-fry style. By choosing a brown rice you don’t get that blood sugar spike that you do with white rice and it’s a healthy source of energy, protein and fibre.
Hubby cooked lunch with a side of kombucha! 😍 Brown basmati rice cooked in bouillon, garlic (a powerful immune booster and anti-inflammatory), shiitake mushrooms (lower your blood pressure by relaxing artery walls), onions (too many benefits to list 😉, black beans (an excellent source of protein), S&P, No Salt Added Costco spice mix, corn, parsley, dill and fresh mango (loaded with fibre, live enzymes to promote good digestion and of course vitamin C!).
…for the adults a few chilli flakes on top!
TIP: cooking your grains in bouillon gives them huge depth of flavour and can really change your mind when it comes to the umami factor of a simple grain