Vegetarian Meal Plan: Indian Summer Edition

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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:

MONDAY OR TUESDAY:

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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!

 

WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY:

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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!):

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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

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  • Sherrie
    September 27, 2015

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

  • aspoonfulofnature
    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. 😀

  • 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**)

  • 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.

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