Safe to say, meal planning is an essential part of our week here at WonderMamas. I can’t imagine my life without a solid plan heading into the week when handling meals for my family, it saves my day more times than I can count! I know family meal planning seems like it takes a lot of work, time, and effort, but it saves you all 3 in the long run.
Why do I love family meal planning so much?
As I said, I am a massive advocate for sitting down and spending 30 minutes to an hour planning out family’s meals for the whole week. When you know what you are eating, you only have to go to the store once or twice a week instead of every day.
It also saves you so much mental energy because you don’t wake up every morning, asking yourself, “What are we going to have for dinner?” (Plus, when the kids ask, you can actually give them a response by having a truthful answer.)
If those two reasons aren’t enough for you, you’ll also be saving tons of money because there is no more excuse to skip the dishes by simply ordering take out.
To help you get started with meal planning for your family, here are my 3 favorite Family Meal Planning Tips for a easy whole-foods plant-based lifestyle.
My 3 Tips for Family Meal Planning
Tip 1: Follow Whole Food, Plant-Based Food Bloggers
The hardest part of meal planning is finding recipes that are simple and whole foods plant-based! Instead of making the same 5 meals on rotation, try to include a few new recipes every week. This is especially great with kids, so they don’t complain about eating the same thing every week. (Believe me, I’ve been there!)
Follow your top 5 food bloggers and start bookmarking recipes that look amazing and won’t take you 2 hours in the kitchen.
When the time comes to meal plan, pull up your saved recipes, and pick a couple to try every week! You don’t need to make something new every night, but mixing it up a couple of times a week keeps everyone somewhat interested and excited about what’s for dinner.
Also, don’t forget to check out our recipe section here.
Tip 2: Create a Go-To Family Favorite Recipes Stockpile
When your family finds a recipe that is being requested regularly, create a file on your computer or write it out on an old school recipe card. As time goes on and as your stockpile begins to grow, you can quickly flip through it and pick out recipes from there every week.
To get the whole family involved, let your kids browse through it and pick out a recipe that you’ll make for them each time. They’ll have something to look forward to during the week, and you already know that it will be Mom-Approved. It might also be a fun idea to have them draw pictures for the recipe cards too!
Tip 3: Prep your produce (or anything you can!) well in advance
My biggest tip is prepping your produce at the beginning of each week. By prepping, I mean anything from just washing and cutting, to thoroughly cooking if you’re really running low on time.
I prewash, cut and separate all of my produce I know I will be using, so when it is time to cook, I can grab it out of the refrigerator and throw it immediately in the skillet.
The Benefits of Joining a Family-Style Vegan Meal Plan
If meal planning for your family sounds like something you want to start doing, but you are unsure where to begin, I would highly recommend joining us in ‘WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership. I send out weekly meal plans which are super simple, incredibly delicious, and of course- kid-approved!
A few benefits from joining my meal plans:
Easy recipes from whole-food plant-based ingredients for the whole family to enjoy!
A new plan each week in your inbox and access to all our previous membership meal plans.
A fitness program and Kid Zone access with each membership!
Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese: Simple, Delicious, and Dairy Free!
Welcome back to the blog, loves! Last week I dabbled in some “cheesy” zucchini baking and I fell upon the most delectable and satisfying vegan parmesan cheese ever. Typically I would keep my recipe normal: add in the nuts/seeds, the noooch, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. Sure, that’s good and all…but where is the FUN?!
Well, I found it. It turns out it was in my herb garden!!
My beautiful herbs turned a simple vegan parmesan cheese recipe into a MUST TRY vegan herbed parmesan recipe. A little bit of thyme, a bit of basil, some oregano, and maybe even some parsley (if you wish!)? Toss all into a food processor (or blender) and blend until broken down into a fine meal. Voila, You now have a jar full of amazing homemade vegan parmesan that you can keep in your refrigerator for whenever you need to satisfy that cheese craving!
This delicious vegan herbed parmesan cheese will come together in under 5 minutes with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your kitchen or can find in your garden!
What can I use this for?
Anything that needs a cheesy kick!
What you will need for this Vegan Herbed Parmesan Cheese recipe…
Add all of the ingredients (including the parsley if using) into a food procesoor and process until broken down into a fine meal. Voila, you have a vegan herbed parmesan cheese!
Taste test and adjust as needed. You may require a bit more sea salt or nutritional yeast depending on your taste bud's needs. 🙂
*Feel free to substitute the sunflower seeds for cashews if you wish!**We love to play around with different herbs. I have also tried sage and it was absolutely amazing. ***Nutritional yeast adds a lovely cheesy flavour but you can also omit and have a very flavourful and healthy seasoning!
Sunflower seeds are rich in the B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system! They are also a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E.
This herb is full of vitamin C and also has vitamin A! Great for when you aren’t feeling well and need to get back on track.
Oregano is a power house herb. It is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin E, tryptophan and calcium. Oregano is highly regarded for it’s anti-bacterial properties and is loaded with antioxidants!
Find more healthy vegan recipes like this Herbed Parmesan Cheese when you join The WonderMamas Meal Plan Membership!
Our Whole Food Plant Based Meal Plans have been created for families that are looking to stop stressing in the kitchen and get healthy the easy way! Our recipes are always kid-approved and you will be able to explore hundreds of recipes instantly when you sign up and be able to get prepping right away.
Welcome back to the blog! Today we are sharing a super random recipe that we accidentally created by forgetting to turn the food processor off haha! I never thought of making cauliflower and broccoli into a bowl of mixed rice but it turned out great! Read more
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