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eMeals.com vegan

I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.

eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe.

They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula dean comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.

Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad.

Below you can see how a recipe is displayed inside their app. Along the bottom, there are tabs that allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites.. Example recipe and the dish I created from the recipe (added spinach and avocado)

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Blueberry Carrot Protein Smoothie

I impressed myself with the taste of this ‘thrown together’ smoothie. Used up left over carrots to account for the veggies to balance out the fruit, veggie, protein, omega3 protein smoothie. I like blueberries and this is the first time I’ve made a smoothie made mostly with blueberries. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I put my carrots in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel to keep them from going rubbery on me. I have not tried rubbery carrots in this smoothie, but I bet it would be a good use for them instead of putting them in the compost.

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
2 medium carrots, pealed and cleaned
2 cups Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

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Calories = 590

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Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie

This is the same recipe as the Red Velvet Beet smoothie, minus the cocoa and adding berry flavored protein powder.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Bodacious Berry Protein Smoothie Powder
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 


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Tolerant Black Bean Rotini (pasta)

Ever wonder how to reduce the starch in pasta? How about noodles made entirely from black beans or lentils? I couldn’t wait to try this high protein substitution for pasta and it exceeded my expectations.

Product: Tolerant Black Bean Rotini
What I paid: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • High in protein – 22g per serving
  • High in fiber – 15g per serving
  • High in iron and a low glycemic index
  • One ingredient! Black beans!
  • Held it’s shape
  • A good flavor, if you like black beans =)
  • Gluten free
  • Cooks in the same amount of time as regular pasta
  • You will feel good about eating it!


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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Smoothie

Red Velvet Beet Chocolate SmoothieThis beet and chocolate smoothie pleasantly surprised me. This was the first smoothie I’ve made that contained chocolate.

It has a slight beet flavor, which may be because the beets were roasted ahead of time then cooled in the fridge. The recipe may work with raw beets, as this recipe suggests. I have some light colored beets left over (see the picture to the right) so I will certainly try this easy-to-make smoothie again with raw beets to compare.

Not a fan of chocolate? Try the Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, raw or cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)
2 tbsp Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla  (or milk of choice)
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

Total Calories: 309 (including lettuce)

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Butternut Squash & Kale Protein Smoothie

Butternut and Kale are vitamin rich vegetables so this smoothie packs a punch! This smoothie has an amazing amount of potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin C, high in fiber and about half of your daily iron. Would be a great treat if you are coming down with a cold or had a difficult workout and need to renew.

How to cook butternut squash

Cooking the butternut squash first and then either freezing it for later or adding it to the smoothie after it’s cool is an option over eating it raw.

  • Cook it in your oven on a baking tray at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. You don’t have to chop it before you cook it, just put it in the oven whole.
  • After it’s cooked and cools, cut it in half and remove the skin and seeds. A majority of the skin will fall with little effort.
  • Freeze in 2.5 cup portions so you can make this smoothie in a jiffy later on.

Butternut Squash & Kale Smoothie Recipe

Makes 5 cups of smoothie mix. Save the leftovers by freezing it and then using it in pancakes instead of milk.
Butternut Squash and Kale Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  • 1 cup Milk – So Delicious, Coconut Milk, Unsweetened
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 4 g (1 Tsp) Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Cup Craisins or Raisins
  • 2 scoop (21.5g) 365 Whole Foods – Whey Protein Powder-Natural Vanilla Flavor (optional)
  • 2.5 cup Butternut Squash, mashed
  • 3.5 cup Kale – Raw, leaves torn
  • 1 medium Banana, frozen

Directions:

Place all ingredients except banana and kale into blender. Blend, add remaining ingredients until smooth.

Nutritional Content (for 5 cups of smoothie mix):

Calories 869 kcal
Total Fat 28g

Saturated Fat 6g
PolyUnsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 213mg
Potassium 3781mg
Total Carbs 118g
Dietary Fiber 21g
Sugars 39g
Protein 50g
Vitamin A 1475%
Vitamin C 502%
Calcium 78%
Iron 47%


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Curry Chicken Salad

Here is a repost of a recipe: For an amazing twist to chicken salad from The Art of Doing Stuff. I just can’t get enough of this! Instead of buying celery and then not using all of it, I use bok choy from my produce box for the crunch.

Be sure to visit The Art of Doing Stuff‘s site, as her photos and instruction are much better than mine!

Curried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

1 grilled chicken breast (chopped)

1 stalk celery or bok choy stems or carrots* (chopped)

½ a red apple (diced small)

¼ cup toasted pecans or walnuts*  (chopped)

¼ cup raisins or craisins*

¼ cup mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise* (to start)

¼ tsp. curry powder

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in bowl.  Add additional mayonnaise to taste. Place over a bed of crunchy lettuce.

*Italics are my additions to the recipe

Curried Chicken Salad