Happy New Year! If 2019 is the year when you are starting to eat vegan a little more often, or even full-time, then welcome, and congratulations and have a virtual pat on the back for taking the first step.
One of the things people people often tell me is the biggest barrier to eating less meat, fish and/or dairy is simply knowing what to cook, what to buy, where to start. They want to eat more vegetarian or vegan food but when life gets busy, a week turns a stressful or they are pushed for time it is hard to find the time or energy to try new recipes or buy new ingredients.
So if you’re just not sure where to start or are feeling a bit swamped, help is at hand!
Here’s a complete four-week meal plan of delicious comfort-food dinners, along with handy shopping lists for each week so you’ll have everything you need. What’s more, there’s a ‘batch cook’ night each week where you can either stock up your freezer or just make extra portions to keep you going for a few more suppers until you start the following week’s plan.
The meal plan is below to download and print, and its absolutely free. It is a 10 page document which you might like to save to your mobile or laptop, or to print out and stick to the fridge:
I’ve been writing meal plans to use at home for over a year now and it has made such a difference to:
- our monthly food bill, as we only buy exactly what we need and nothing goes to waste
- our food waste, as we never buy things we don’t use or have soggy veg going to waste as we forget to use it
- our variety of food, as we eat a different dish every day for a month, rather than rotating around the same six or seven dishes as we used to.
The shopping lists tell you which day you will use each ingredient, so if there’s a recipe you really don’t fancy you can just cross those ingredients off the list, or adjust the quantities if you have friends over for dinner.
The meal plan is for two servings of each dish, so you will need to adjust the quantities to feed more or less.
Here are the recipes you will use – the PDF meal planner also contains links back to each recipe, but you can also check back here if you’re out and about without your printed copy to hand.