My Favorite Plant Based/Vegan Recipes

What do you eat on a plant based/vegan food plan? Inquiring minds want to know the answer to this question! When we first adopted a plant based diet I often had the same thought. What are we going to eat? It takes a little time to gather a new list of favorite meals. I like variety as much as the next person and that didn’t change when I went plant based. Yes we do eat salads but we also enjoy a variety of healthy ethnic recipes that just happen to be plant based.

Nutmeg Notebook

Nutmeg Notebook

Through trial and error I finally have a nice collection of recipes that we enjoy again and again. The list changes seasonally depending on what fresh foods are in season and of course the weather also dictates what we feel like eating. The following is a list of some of our favorite recipes. I find myself making these over and over again! There are a few more repeat recipes that aren’t on the this list yet as I haven’t blogged about them- so many recipes so little time!

For breakfast right now I rotate between toast with peanut butter and a banana, hot oatmeal fixed a variety of ways, smoothies and sometimes I also enjoy a home made flax cracker with tea before my morning walk. Muffins and sweeter foods are usually reserved for a snack or a dessert.

Breakfast for hubby Tom is usually Rips Big Bowl.

Flax & Sesame Crackers

Whole Grain Corn Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Beer Bread

Nutmeg Notebook

Nutmeg Notebook

We try to have one meal a day be a huge salad with home made salad dressing and topped off with a variety of beans – usually black beans, kidney beans and garbanzo beans. It takes a long time to eat, is super filling and quite low calorie! The salad is a combination of fruits and and raw veggies – varies depending on what we have in the fridge. The Dijon Date Dressing/Dip is our favorite and I make it once or twice a week. For the non salad meal we enjoy a wide variety of soups, veggie burgers,wraps, tacos, lasagna. lentil loaves and enchilada casseroles.

Chorizo Patties

Chickpea Curry over Sweet Potatoes

Three Sisters Harvest Stew

Curried Split Pea Soup

Red Lentil Chili

Samosa Wraps

African Quiona Peanut Soup


Chili Lentils for Tacos

Nutmeg Notebook

Nutmeg Notebook

Different crunchy side salads or grain based salads are perfect served along side a bowl of soup, a wrap or a veggie burger. We also enjoy different layered casseroles like veggie lasagnas or enchilada casseroles. It seems that just about everything we enjoyed before can be revamped into a healthier plant based version. Yes even cheese! I tried a home made cheese recipe over the weekend that was awesome.

Split Pea and Yam Soup

Fiesta Rice

Enchilada Casserole with Poblano Cream

Slow Cooker Black Beans

California Mango Quiona Salad

Quinoa Bean Salad

Bok Choy Fennel Salad

Vegetarian Black Bean Soy Chorizo

Golden Austrian Cauliflower Soup

BBQ Lentil Loaf Muffins

Nutmeg Notebook

Nutmeg Notebook

Fresh fruit is a daily given. To make fruit extra special we like to freeze it and turn it into soft serve! If we are having company I might bake a little something since we will have plenty of help to eat it up!

Applesauce Ginger Cake

Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve


Real Flapjacks/Sweet Oat Bars

Chocolate Ganache Pudding

Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutmeg Notes

This turned into an epic post! As you can tell we have turned the corner with this plant based food plan. There are so many amazing recipes to be enjoyed. Many are super easy and don’t take a lot of time. Others require a couple hours in the kitchen but are so worth it!

I find recipes on vegan/plant based blogs and cookbooks. Since becoming active on Instagram – follow me there as Nutmeg Notebook I have found a wonderful group of ladies who enjoy sharing their favorite plant based recipes. It’s so much fun to see photos of what they are making and share my own. There is a lot of interaction between posters which I love! There is a real sense of community between everyone who is eating plant based. That’s missing from many of our daily lives since we are often times the only ones in our peer group, work environment or families that is eating a plant based diet.

I have been enjoying Instagram more than blogging! I like getting to know other like minded people. The interaction on Instagram is so appealing. I can post photos of what I have been cooking and don’t have to post the recipe – it’s a lot less work. Since I am active on Instagram I am posting here a little bit less.

I hope you find our favorite plant based recipes helpful. It’s always fun to take a peek at what other folks are eating!

Happy Healthy Eating!


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What are some of your favorite recipes or meals?

Feel free to leave a link to a recipe if you’d like to share it with everyone.



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  1. Jody - Fit at 56 says:

    I am sharing this Tami!!! I love Instagram too – more than blogging! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Instagram is a lot more fun Jody! 🙂

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    It’s great that you have such a nice collection of plant-based recipes that you enjoy a lot! Amazing photos, too!

    I like Instagram, too. I can see that it is a nice place for you to interact with others who eat a vegan diet, especially if you don’t have a lot of people in your “real” life who are vegans.

    1. Tami says:

      When you are the only one is your social and family circle who eats plant based it’s kind of lonely! 🙂 Glad you enjoy the photos! I got a new camera and am having fun with it.

  3. Anna@stuffedveggies says:

    I LOVE this list! Thanks for sharing it : ) It’s so nice to see what someone else eats regularly, for everyday meals.

    Here are my 10 uses for leftover rice – these recipes are standbys at my house

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Anna – it is fun to see what others are eating! I like to see what other people are buying at the store too! Thanks for the link to your recipes. I will check them out! 🙂 Happy Cooking.

  4. Tammy says:

    Tammy, these are wonderful! I have also enjoyed following you on Instagram. The pictures are great!!! Thank you for sharing your plant based experiences and pictures! Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Tammy! Thank you for the kind words. Instagram is so much fun! 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by the blog.

  5. Dawne says:

    Hi Tami,
    How do you find your weight has been affected since going plant based? How was it responded in comparison to your weight watcher years? You are always inspiring…

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Dawne! So good to hear from you again. I will send you an email soon!

  6. Esau Meza says:

    What do vegan zombies eat?

    1. Tami says:

      LOL – I should have known my son in law would come up with something like this! 🙂

  7. Paula Jo says:

    I have lived in Northern California (Newark; Healdsburg; San Francisco; Santa Rosa) since kindergarten (now 61 y.o.) and I have never seen a tulip tree or a pheasant. I was so entranced by these photos I looked up your bio and lo and behold you live in my neck of the woods.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Paula Jo I’m so glad you found my blog and got to see some new things that are indeed here in CA!

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