A Plant-Based Dieters’ 6 Must Haves

I have tackled this life-style change for just for 5 months, but I have discovered so many wonderful things even within the first month of my journey.  (previous post about those discoveries)

Omnivore 2 Herbivore

in the last 20 or so weeks, I have survived…

  • spaghetti and meatball cravings (for the most part, I only gave in twice)
  • Thanksgiving dinner (never was a HUGE fan of the turkey anyway, I usually come for the sides)
  • staff luncheons
  • brunch with the girls
  • lunch out with my two favorite
  • boys  dinner with omnivores
  • Just for that, I should give myself a pat on the back.  As I look back over the last few months, I have learned a lot about the staples of plant-based eaters that has made my life a lot easier than I had ever expected.
  • There is an entire section at Barnes N Noble for Plant-Based Cookbooks!!!

My two favorite so far include…

thugThug Kitchen by Davis and photos by Holloway

  • This is not your normal cookbook as they use a lot of cursing, which is probably why I gravitated towards it over all of the other cookbooks. Their tag line on the cover is “Eat Like You Give a F*ck” There are beautiful photos of the food, simple recipes, and it only cost me around $16.

fokForks Over Knives by Del Sroufe

  • This book made my transition from meat eater to plant-based eater simple. There aren’t a lot of photos, but the recipes are easy to follow, enough for every part of the day, and gave me a starting point.

Thank goodness for Pinterest!!!

I am not sure how vegans survived without this wonderful app because it is my go to when I am in a funk. There are so many recipes out there that are plant-based. This life-style is no longer about the salad bar—- It goes BEYOND.

There is a true purpose for lentils.

In just 1 cup of lentils you can get 17.9 grams of protein with just 230 calories. Plus, the added bonus of calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and B-6!!! This is a staple.


Lentil burgers

taco ‘meat’ substitute

sloppy joes


  • Quinoa!!! No wonder they call it the ‘Worlds Healthiest Food” (Thank you Dr. Axe for the photo)Quinoa-Nutrition

Move over Kale, you’ve got a new contender.

  • “Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit- The More you eat, the more PROTEIN you Consume!!!!”

1 Bag of Black beans costs (on average) $1.57

1 can of Black beans costs (on average) $ 0.74

1 bag of black beans can last an entire week if you need it to – thank goodness for the Insta-pot

1 can of black beans can be added to just 1 recipe.

Do the math people!!!!

Let the Nutritional Chart speak for itself. (Thank you to thefitorfatbypbs.blogspot.com for the photo)


Last, but certainly not the least because without this final ‘must-have’ I would not be able to go out with friends, my son’s, or co-workers at any restaurant.

The Sides’ Menu

Check it out- baked potato, black beans, side- salad or steamed broccoli can make for one heck of a meal while the rest of your group enjoys a juicy, mouth watery steak! ( yes, I still remember how good they used to taste).  It will fill you up, it won’t break the bank, and most waiters don’t even notice how strange it seems.

I am so thankful for these ‘Must-Haves”- my ‘must-haves’. I can be very honest and say that without these I would be at a loss, and I would have never survived the 5 months’ journey without these discoveries.

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