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3 easy meal prep recipes for healthy summer cooking

Not to brag, but I was really good at meal prepping when my kids were little. Every week, I had a plan for what we were going to eat. I made a list and bought all the groceries I needed, I remembered to defrost the chicken breasts the day before I was going to cook them, and I would rip up and wash a whole head of lettuce so it would be easy to make salads all week.

Somewhere along the way, I let this good habit slide. Now most days, I don’t have a plan. I forage in the freezer for something that can defrost in time for dinner, and order the other ingredients I need from Instacart, adding random stuff like seltzer to my order to meet the minimum amount for delivery.

I needed to reignite my meal prep habit. “The Ultimate Meal Prep Cookbook from America’s

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5 Simple Smoothie Recipes That Are Quick and Filling Enough for Your Next Meal

Smoothies seem to be the poster child for “healthy eating,” and many people grab one as a substitute for breakfast or other meals. But without proper planning, it’s easy for that simple smoothie to fall short when it comes to nutrition.

As a dietitian, I’ve worked with so many clients who would tell me that they just blended fruit with water or almond milk and had that for breakfast. Then they’d end up feeling hungry shortly afterward and throughout the day too. Many of them would then eat more than felt comfortable at meals because they didn’t take in enough nutrients during the early hours.

Just to be clear, I’m not here to knock anyone’s smoothie game. I make smoothies regularly and think they can be a quick and easy way to fuel your body and mind while satisfying mealtime hunger—as long as you keep a few key points in

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Weekly Meal Plan: Plant-Based Recipes with the Powerful Benefits of Onions!


There are so many things you can do with onions. Not only are they super versatile, but they’re easy to incorporate into savory dishes. Not only that, there are many ways to use onions creatively, think onion rings and even stuffed onions! If you’re not a huge fan of onions, try making them a different way, or even dicing them smaller so they blend into whatever meal you’re making.

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Weekly Meal Plan Archives!

Are you ready to have a week full of delicious vegan food that leaves you nourished and content? Let’s get started!

This week, we’re bringing you wonderful, versatile onion recipes to enjoy for your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

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Weekly Meal Plan: Plant-based Recipes for Beginners That Don’t Know Quite Where to Begin


What is plant-based? What does vegan mean? Where does one start going plant-based and how? Sometimes changing to a plant-based diet seems impossible or too hard. Sometimes it seems like you need all these crazy, weird things to make it work.

Vegans avoid eating animal products and by-products. This includes meat, cheese, eggs, and fish. Vegans also avoid animal by-products in their lifestyle, as well, including leather, fur, silk, and wool. Plant-based has a bigger focus on diet. This means focusing your diet to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. This also may include avoiding highly processed foods and oils.

If you’ve never thought of eating more whole foods, going plant-based or vegan, this is the meal plan for you. If you’re looking for a realistic way to follow this meal plan through the week to include leftovers, and you’re cooking for one, pick a

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