Meal planning is a huge challenge for some people who are trying to stick to any kind of specific dietary plan. In fact, from my survey, it's the #1 challenge when eating a plant-based diet.
Lack of a meal-planning strategy is one of the main reasons why people fail at sticking to a new way of eating in the long-term.
Check out my article on Plant-Based Meal Planning Myths and How to Avoid Them. If you’re new to meal planning, this should give you a leg up. It's about the mistakes you might make when first starting out on a plant-based diet. You find a FREE giveaway on that page, as well.
To make your meal-planning efforts a little easier for you, I also have a free weekly meal planner for you to download.
It may seem basic, but keeping your kitchen stocked with some basic essentials is an important step to staying on a plant-based diet. Along those lines, I thought you might be interested in both the staples I keep in my pantry and what's on my weekly shopping list.
These items are the things that I purchase ALL the time and then, depending on what's on the menu for the week, I’ll purchase what’s needed for those specific recipes.
You might find, like I have, that eating pretty much the same thing over and over makes eating the right things easier. I'm not bored by the repeats and sometimes the principle of KISS (Keep It Simple Silly) just really works! And, of course, even with the basic staples being used each week, you can mix up the recipes you use them in.
For example, I suggest stocking tempeh and tofu on a regular basis. Just do a search on my website and you’ll see a huge variety of recipes for both of those, each one giving you a different, delicious way to use your staple ingredient. Click here to see what I’ve got for tempeh, and here to see all my tofu recipes.
Look for more on the Tools & Tips page. Click on the image above to download my Grocery Essentials weekly shopping list.