It’s Time to Change Up Our Meal Plan

I believe it’s time to change up our meal plan! We usually keep things pretty simple around here. Cooking has never been my favorite thing to do, but I have tried to find ways to make it more enjoyable for me over the past couple of years. I understand that making meals for my family is a privilege. I get to make meals for my family. I get to nourish them and love on them with the food I make. This is a blessing, and I need to do my best to remember that.

Tonight, we watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. I had planned to watch it for awhile now, and we finally were able to carve out some time to watch it this evening. From time to time, there was a bit of sensitive material, and I probably wouldn’t have had my little guys in there if it had realized that beforehand. The documentary was pretty much what I expected it to be however, and I’m glad I watched it.

Anyhow, while I usually make most of our dinners plant based, I really want to switch all of them over to it. I do not eat meat, but the rest of my family does in moderation. Of course, I’d love for all of them to eat like I do since I believe it is a very healthy way to eat. If I could just find a couple of more recipes that they enjoy, I will be in business!

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Last week, I purchased my first Instant Pot, and I haven’t yet tried it out. I hope to this week, though. I found a Vegan Instant Pot cookbook online, and it just arrived. I spent an hour or so looking at it last night, and I hope to shop for a few new recipes when we go to the store tomorrow.

It looks like I will be trying more ethnic dishes than usual, which is fine by me! I know my family isn’t totally on board with the plant based eating thing like I am, but switching dinners over is a step in the right direction.

I have been eating this way for awhile now, and I feel really great. Combined with exercise, I’ve lost 35 pounds. I’m convinced eating predominantly plant based has been the key to my success. My weak areas are definitely sweets and breads (which sometimes are loaded with refined flour). I have found wraps and a whole grain bread that I really like, and I make sourdough bread weekly which sure is a treat!

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I think for now, I’m going to look for 6-7 new recipes to try. I hope my family likes them. I’m determined to try to figure this out, even though it’s not my strong point!

Totally off topic, but I’m also going to try to make a quilted table runner for the first time ever this week. Now that, I’m looking forward to.

I hope you have a blessed week with your families, friends!

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


Romans 5:3‭, ‬5 NKJV

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2 thoughts on “It’s Time to Change Up Our Meal Plan

  1. Paige says:

    That’s great you are starting to appreciate cooking more! Definitely a weak point for me too. Could I ask why you think meat/dairy is so unhealthy? Do you think it conflicts with the Bibles’ teaching in any way? Just curious. 🙂

    • Nicole says:

      Hey, Paige! Reading “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger really changed my mind about plant based eating. I highly, highly recommend it! There are many studies in his book that insinuate that animal products are not the greatest for our health. You can also find his work at nutrition facts.org, I believe.

      I do think that the standard American diet, which is full of animal products, sugar, etc., is killing us. I don’t think eating meat and dairy is sinful, though. Biblically, I would imagine that meat and dairy wasn’t consumed at the rate we consume it now. It also was allowed because of sin. Before sin entered the world, all that was provided for food was plants. I think this is the “gold standard.” I have a theory, which could be totally false…I think that once the earth was cursed, all of the nutrition people needed from plants was difficult to come by in each specific region. Animals products were then allowed to fill in some gaps. Now, we have access to plant food from all over the world, and I would rather feed myself this way.

      Also, the Lord provided manna to the Israelites for 40 years, and they survived quite well. When they complained and were sent quail, many died. I just think that overindulgence in meat is really bad for us.

      Of course, this is just my conclusion. There are many other opinions out there.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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