• Abby Williams

4 Easy Plant-Based Recipes To Add Into Your Diet

Two years ago, I found out I'd developed alpha gal syndrome: an allergy to red meat triggered by a tick bite.


Since I obviously had no choice but to get attention and one-up everybody else with this allergy, my tick also gave me lyme disease a bonus allergy to chicken.


Although this was a shock, I actually voluntarily went pescatarian a few times pre-alpha gal for the sake of the animals. Sometimes I think I manifested my allergy to meat 😂


Nowadays my diet is plant-based. You could also call it 90% vegan with some seafood and free range eggs, or a flexitarian diet. But who really needs a label?


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The benefits I've seen from eating a more plant-based diet are:

  • More energy

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Better digestion

  • Clearer mind

  • Less anxiety

  • Unintentional weight loss

  • An appreciation for the healing power of food

You don't need to be fully plant-based to see the benefits of plant-based foods!


Here's 4 healthy plant-based staples you can incorporate into your diet whether you're plant-based or not:


(bonus: all gluten free and take under 30 min)



1. Burrito Bowls



Chipotle, who?


Base options:

  • Brown rice

  • White rice

  • Quinoa

  • Spinach

  • Kale

  • Arugula

  • Arcadian Mix

  • Cauliflower rice

  • Right Rice - vegetable based protein rice!


Proteins:

Toppings:


2. Pasta




I am gluten-free and allergic to tomatoes, so my pasta is definitely... unconventional. Trust me though, they're good!


Thai Curry Noodle Recipe

  • Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles

  • Thai Curry Sauce

  • Coconut Milk

  • Siracha

  • Sautéed veggies

Sautée veggies of choice (onions, peppers, zucchini, green beans, etc) while cooking brown rice noodles. Add thai curry sauce to veggies and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Mix veggies and pasta together, then add coconut milk and siracha.


“Cheesy” Pasta Recipe

  • Banza pasta

  • Hummus (gives the pasta a great cream-like sauce)

  • Nutritional Yeast

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Red Pepper Flakes

Cook banza pasta, strain and add back to pot. Mix in hummus (like, a lot) and nutritional yeast. Then top with seasonings! So easy


Buffalo Pasta

  • Banza pasta

  • Buffalo tempeh (or tempeh tossed in buffalo sauce)

  • Dairy free mozzarella

  • Red’s hot sauce

  • Red pepper flakes

Cook banza pasta while air frying or cooking buffalo tempeh. Strain pasta & add to bowl. Melt on dairy free cheese, add in buffalo tempeh, and top with hot sauce and red pepper flakes.


3. Buddha Bowls/Macro Bowls


These bowls are PACKED with veggies, flavor and all your macronutrients. (plus you literally just throw whatever ingredients you have in a bowl and it looks like you have your shit together)


Base Options:

  • Greens! Mixed greens, spinach, kale, lettuce, arugula, etc.

Carb Options:

  • Roasted Sweet Potato

  • Rice

  • Quinoa

Protein Options:

  • Chickpeas

  • Lentils

  • Roasted tofu

  • Tempeh

  • Falafel

Veggies Options:

  • Roasted brocolli

  • Roasted cauliflower

  • Carrots

  • Cucumbers

  • Radishes

  • Cabbage

  • Butternut Squash

  • Peppers

Fat Options:

  • Avocado

  • Hemp seeds

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Guacamole

Dressing Options:

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Tahini

  • Vegan pesto

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Homemade viniagrette: Apple cider vinegar + olive oil + balsamic + garlic salt + honey

Extras:


4. Pizza

Again, with my tomato allergy, I have to get creative with the whole deal. Even without gluten, dairy, OR tomatoes, I've made pizza for all my friends and they still loved it (or they're just good friends)


Base options:

  • Cauliflower crust

Sauce options:

  • Classic pizza sauce

  • Hummus

  • Olive oil

  • Hummus + olive oil

  • Vegan pesto

"Cheese" options:

Topping options:



Tag me if you try out any of these plant-based recipes! @celiac_queeen