Menu Planning and #Vegchallenge
So, you’ve taken on the challenge to go meatless for 7 days. Now what?
A Classic Vegetarian eats a diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts; no meat, poultry or fish. The vegetarian challenge for you may mean a Lacto Vegetarian, Pescetarian or maybe Vegan.
The Vegetarian Spectrum defines 8 different types of vegetarian diets. With the goal of the challenge being to eat more fruits/veggies and eat meat free, what type of vegetarian diet will work best for you?
How this works:
- Meatless for 7 days.
- Follow the daily challenges listed below.
- Enter to win!
Simple enough right? Remember this is a low-key no pressure and guilt free challenge. It’s an opportunity to try new foods and to see if after one week you experience some of the benefits of a plant-based diet that we read so much about.
Of course we have to include prizes and photos in the challenge. Take pictures throughout the week including your daily challenges. Using the hashtag #vegchallenge share them on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for one entry each day. There will be a Vegetarian Challenge Page tab in the menu bar above that will include a link-up (open all week) to link your photos and blog posts or you can leave a comment including the link to your challenge photos.
For more chances to win, at the end of the challenge, share a wrap-up post on your blog of Facebook page. No worries if you don’t have a blog or Facebook. Instead of linking up post a comment for the point and to share your experience of eating a vegetarian diet for one week.
By the way, we have great sponsors lined up!
Day 1: Try a new fruit or veggie.
Day 2: Have a green smoothie for breakfast or a snack. The above recipe is my go-to favorite for breakfast.
Day 3: Try a quinoa recipe.
Days 4-7: The remaining Mini Challenges, sponsors and recipes will be posted on Wednesday.
If you have any questions leave a comment or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen at email@example.com
There is still time to sign up! Go to 7-Day Vegetarian Challenge to access the sign up form.
Note: I have a 22 mile run this morning so I need to get off the computer. The permanent 7-Day Vegetarian Challenge Page for sharing posts, photos and comments (linked in the menu bar) will be posted by the end of the day today.
Now for the weekly menu planning…
Last week’s menu was planned around new recipes to get me out of my menu planning rut. It worked! Meals were healthy, satisfying and I didn’t feel the least bit bored which meant I snacked less and had fewer “cravings”.
This week? Recipes that we didn’t use from last week. In my zeal to find new recipes I picked too many for 1 week. A few were saved for this week’s menu.
Spicy Tofu and Black Bean Tacos
Vegan Polenta, Kale and Eggplant Casserole
Vegan Veggie Enchiladas (leftovers)
Grilled Eggplant Involtini
Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Quick Bran Muffins
Dried Edamame and Cranberries
Do you ever plan too many recipes for one week? What was the last new recipe you tried? Are you joining the challenge?