Vegetarian Meal Plan: Indian Summer Edition


Hey friends! I am starting a new feature today that will be either weekly or bi-weekly (not looking to make any promises because I’m a heart breaker and often times get scattered and don’t follow through on weekly tasks).

The feature was sparked by that pesky question I still get asked often, “What do you eat as a vegetarian?”, despite having 4+ years of vegetarian recipes documented on this site. Also, I want this site to be more than just weekly recipe inspirations – I want it to be a resource for people looking to cut back on the meat they consume on a daily basis.

This feature is simple – it’s going to be a one stop shop assembling three days of vegetarian meals with the last one being a special topic (this week’s is fall feasting). Why three days instead of seven, you ask? Because let’s be real – what is the fun in having every single meal planned out for every single day? This feature is meant to be a starting point to help you begin to get creative with planning out vegetarian meals in your own kitchen. Use these three days of meals as a guide for figuring out what you do and don’t like (because we all know that we won’t continue on with a lifestyle if we can’t stand it. Don’t like beets? Don’t cook with them!). Also, I give a dessert option with each day but you obviously don’t need to be making sweets everyday (unless you want to and if that is the case, all I have to say is treat yo self!) – treat those suggestions and pick out one or two favorites for the week.

Still with me? Cool! Let’s start:



Breakfast – Maple Crumb Donuts / Healthy enough for breakfast and delicious enough to become a regular in your morning routine.

Lunch – Smoky Tortilla Soup / Tomato season is coming to an abrupt end so let’s devour as many as we can before they are gone from the vines for another 10 months!

Snack – Caramelized + Roasted Eggplant Hummus With Parsley / Can we talk about how homemade hummus is the best thing you could ever eat or make? This recipe is perfect proof of that!

Dinner – eggplant meatballs with za’atar and kale pesto / Eggplants are about to go out of fashion (season) for another three seasons so get your fix in now!

Dessert – Raspberry-Almond Blondies / Everyone is already obsessed with apple picking but did you know it’s also raspberry season here in the Midwest? Get ’em while they are fresh because they are a mushy mess the rest of the year!



Overnight Chia Pudding

Breakfast – Overnight Chia Pudding With The Works / I’m not a morning person so I’m a sucker for recipes that allow you to do 90% of the work the night before.

Lunch – Vegan Cobb Salad With Coconut Bacon / Because I’m obsessed with coconut bacon and you should be too.

Snack –  Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles / who doesn’t need a little zesty kick in their afternoon?

Dinner – Garden Tart With Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Spread / Perfect way to use up any leftover garden veggies!

Dessert – Hibscus Watermelon Granita With Ginger & Lime /


FRIDAY (Indian Summer – let’s eat up that summer bounty before it’s too late!):


Breakfast – Summer Squash + Banana Loaf // No better way to hide your vegetables than in a deliciously moist loaf of sweet bread!

Lunch – Open Faced Heirloom Sandwich

Snack – Watermelon + Feta Bites / The simplest sweet and salty snack to get you through the afternoon!

Dinner – Tomato + Okra Corn Cakes with Roasted Garlic Aïoli // You’ll still probably have tomatoes leftover from the Heirloom lunch sandwich so this recipe is the perfect way to use them up!

Dessert –  Strawberry + Watermelon Rosé Popsicles / Because boozy dessert is always a good idea on a Friday night!


Feel free to mix and match these recipes or spread them out over a whole week’s worth of delicious eating!

Photo credit (in order they appear): 1 & 2. Vegetarian Ventures / 3. Oh, Ladycakes / 4. Earthy Feast


Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

October 1, 2015



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    September 27, 2015

    I really love this Shelly! So many delicious thingssss. Thanks for the love, xx.

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    September 28, 2015

    omg love this!!!! everything looks so tasty <3

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    September 28, 2015

    So thrilled to be included in such an amazing roundup! This is such a great resource for people interested in a vegetarian diet. 😀

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    September 29, 2015

    I love this idea, Shelly! Going to be so helpful for so many. (Thanks for including my donuts too! **blushing**)

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    Considering The Radish

    September 29, 2015

    Yum. I’ve found when I’m planning meals to only plan three or four per week. One day is inevitably leftovers, one is always a “throw things in a pan and put an egg on it”, and one is generally eating out, either at a restaurant or at a friend’s. Everything here sounds fantastic. I’m especially intrigued by the eggplant hummus.