By Molly Patrick
Feb 13, 2021,
When we make decisions in advance, those decisions are usually well planned and they align with our goals. When we make split-second decisions because we didn’t plan ahead, those decisions tend to put out fires and lack a big picture strategy.
This applies to most areas of life, but it is especially true for how you eat.
This is why plant based meal planning is a game-changer because it allows you to make decisions about your food in advance.
Let’s say your goal is to eat a healthy plant based diet because you want to feel energized all day, you want to sleep well at night, you want to fit comfortably in your clothes, and you want to feel really good and full of life. High fives, those are all excellent reasons to eat the plant-colored rainbow!
Let’s say you sit down Friday morning after breakfast, and you plan out your food for the week. You can plan with your goals in mind. You aren’t stressed out. You aren’t hungry. You are excited about your meals the following week. You are relaxed because you have a plan. You feel awesome because you are taking charge of your life and being intentional with your choices and making plant based meal planning a priority.
You make your list, you go grocery shopping, you spend a few hours in your kitchen batch cooking, and voila, a week’s worth of food is in your fridge, just waiting for you to get hungry and eat.
Now let’s say it’s later that week and you’re driving home from work. You’re damn hungry and tired and cranky and all you want to do is put delicious food in your mouth without having to think about it.
THIS is why we make decisions in advance.
Because instead of stopping for takeout or ordering pizza, you drive home, open your fridge, heat up some delicious plant based food that you made over the weekend, and eat.
You don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to do much. You don’t have to make any stops. You don’t have to spend money. You don’t eat food you later regret. You don’t have to compromise your goals in order to eat dinner.
You don’t have to make decisions because you already made them last week. This is a beautiful thing because it allows you to be in control of your food instead of food being in control of you.
Now let’s take this a step further with plant based Meal Plans
Imagine having a new whole food plant based meal plan created for you every Friday. The recipes were the most delicious whole food plant based recipes, so you KNOW they will be worth your time cooking.
Now imagine you didn’t have to spend hours deciding what meals you were going to eat next week and what could be cooked ahead of time on your batching day. Imagine you didn’t have to spend making a new grocery list, and then hoping the portions work out.
Just imagine all of this work being done for you. Not only would your food decisions be made in advance (SO powerful), but you wouldn’t have to spend your time making those decisions.
Instead, you could do other things, like go for a walk, call a friend, read a book, play with your kid or grandkid, do some yoga, have sex, take a bath, write a letter, work on a project, write, paint, dance, get that nagging thing checked off your to-do list, so many things!
This is all about making decisions in advance and then working smarter, not harder.
When you’re ready to have someone else make the food decisions in advance for you and do all of the meal planning, we’re here for you. This is what we do best. We’re really damn good at our job so you have time to focus on other things.
Our weekly plant based Meal Plans will change your life. Seriously! Read reviews from our dedicated dirties.
Do you follow our weekly Meal Plans? I would love, love, love to hear from you in the comments below about how they have changed your life!
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided (590ml)
- 1/2 cup diced red onion (75g)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice (225g)
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (about 10 turns)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder (more if you like spicy)
- 3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 210g / 1/2 pound)
- 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
- 1 green bell pepper, diced (seeds and stem removed and discarded)
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips and then cut in half (seeds and stem removed and discarded)
- 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed and coarsely chopped (14oz)
- 1 cup frozen peas (135g)
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped (5g)
- 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
- Heat a large stock pot over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the broth (60ml) and the onion and garlic. Cook for about 4 minutes, until all of the broth is absorbed and the onions and garlic are nice and cooked.
- Add the rice, paprika, turmeric, salt, black pepper, cayenne and stir. Add the mushrooms and canned tomatoes and stir again. Add the remaining broth (2 1/4 cups / 530ml) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pot with a lid, and gently simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add the green and yellow peppers, place the lid back on the pot and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes, until the rice is fully cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Turn off the heat, add the artichoke hearts, peas, parsley and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Cover the pot and let rest for 5 minutes.
If you’d like to join us weekly for Office Hours for an empowering plant based support group – jot it down on your calendar and sign up for the Free Trial Plan for the access link. We talk about everything from meal planning to time management. Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with making decisions in advance.