5 Weekly Vegetarian Meal Plans

Women holding a cabbage head.

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Sometimes, meal planning can feel like one of those “easier said than done” type of things. Yes, it’s excellent in theory and not even that difficult of a task – but boy oh boy, it can be hard to get around to anyway. With that in mind, we’ve put together 5 weekly vegetarian/vegan meal plans for you – including shopping lists and some prepping hacks – which we hope will make life easier for you and perhaps also get you on the right path as far as eating a greener diet.

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Fennel Stew with Potatoes and Saffron

Saffron fennel potato stew in a bowl

Yes, saffron is a little expensive but every so often, it’s totally worth the splurge! Especially as the darker half of the year is here and we need a little something to brighten things up. When you hear saffron + stew, many immediately think of bouillabaisse or similar seafood dishes, and growing up, that was basically the epitome of a luxury meal in my (Sophia’s) family – or at least one that my dad would spend half a Saturday cooking! Now I’m not sure if it’s the saffron or what, but this stew definitely has that same “little extra” feeling. It qualifies as both a dinner party and weekend dish without question – but with one giant upside as opposed to other recipes in that category: it comes together quickly.

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Pasta with Cauliflower, Garlic and Bread Crumbs

Pasta on a plate with cauliflower and breadcrumbs

It was back in New York that we got into eating local and seasonal produce only, which we’ve mentioned plenty of times before, and every fall (obviously) meant the biggest selection of fruit and veggies. Harvest season brought the most amazing display to the farmers market – open year round in Union Square – and it was such an incredible joy shopping there. Red Jacket, this one particular farm in upstate New York, had the BEST looking broccoli and cauliflower. For a month or so in the early fall, they would do $5 a head (they were massive!) and it became a staple in our tote – one head of broccoli and one of cauliflower, every week.

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The Sunday Interview: Runner, Farmer and Mother Emelie Forsberg

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Where do you begin when your task is to introduce Emelie Forsberg? Our guess is that most of you already know who she is, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to spell out for you exactly why Emelie is our greatest role model. It certainly feels like such an honor to have gotten a few minutes of her precious time, as the busy mother, elite athlete in multiple sports disciplines, author, small scale farmer, entrepreneur and mountain adventurer as she is. Wait, what? you might think. A mother, elite athlete, author, farmer, entrepreneur, mountain adventurer? Yep. And then we’ve only scratched the surface.

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Apple Butter

apple butter spread and sourdough bread

My former boss Daniella once brought a whole bag full of small glass jars filled with “apple butter” to work and generously handed one to each of us employees. I brought the jar home and both Mike and I concluded that it was the most delicious thing we’d ever had and also that it was ridiculous that we’d never heard of it before. I asked Daniella for the recipe and while I don’t remember all the ratios exactly, I do remember that she said it took “lots of love to make”, referring to the fact that there’s a decent amount of stirring involved.

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Crunchy Broccoli Bowl

Beloved broccoli! We’re still trying to figure out how to grow as massive-looking heads as we see at the farmers market, but can’t resist trying year after year – because broccoli truly is one of our dearest vegetables. And the way it’s prepared here is probably our favorite way: we let it dive headfirst into boiling water, but only for a minute or so. Then we let it drain in a colander and voila – we have bright green and crunchy broccoli, but without that raw bite. No mushy business here. When you cook broccoli this way, it turns into the most excellent salad component as it retains its shape entirely.

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Yellow Pea Guacamole

Nowadays there are many recipes out there for green pea guacamole, and that’s awesome. It’s delicious and about one hundred times better for the world than regular guacamole, due to the questionable eco and humanitarian footprint of avocados (you could read more about that here, if you’re interested: How to Make Your Vegan Diet More Sustainable). But the thing with green pea guacamole is that it inevitably tastes like… green peas. Now, we love green peas and eat them in one way or another several times a week, so it’s not that, but… sometimes one just needs some guacamole.

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How to escape the hamster wheel – tools and tips

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What is the hamster wheel, even? The dictionary hints to an unfulfilling activity leading nowhere, but our modern day interpretation builds more into it than that. We use the term when we speak of a tiring work routine with little time to do the things we truly love. When we feel a bit lost in where we are headed in life. When it feels like all you do is count down until the weekend. When you work tirelessly to bring in money that seemingly disappears into thin air. When you catch yourself daydreaming of a different life. The list goes on. If you’d like for more space to breathe, perhaps time to pursue your passions and feel ready for a life of more life, but didn’t exactly win the lottery last week, can you escape the hamster wheel? Can you design a life of less work and more play without having to risk your own and your family’s wellbeing? Yes and yes!

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Vegan Apple Muffins

You’ve heard us praise apple season about one million times before, but really: is there anything better? Apple cakes, apple crumbles, apple muffins, apple sauce, apple cider, apple donuts… the list is endless. Paired with crisp, clear air, comfortable clothing and a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea and boom – that’s the quintessential fall day right there. These muffins are plant based, super easy to make and only use ingredients you typically have at home already (i.e. just the way we like it) and would be the perfect snack to bring the next time you go on an adventure outside somewhere. Or when you simply curl up on the couch after a long day at work – it’s your pick.

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