Tip 09: Converting Recipes – Replacing Which Meats with What Beans

I try to keep things simple during the week for our meals and to keep them as whole food as possible, so a lot of times I replace whatever meat James is having with a can of beans for my plate. I wanted to share what beans I usually tend to use to replace with what meat. This isn’t a rule, and I’m not saying that any other bean wouldn’t work just as well, but from cooking and using different beans and seeing which beans are used with what flavors, you can see which ones would go best with your “shared” meal.

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Creole Chicken/Chickpea Pasta

So something my husband loves to do and gets a kick out of, is to start singing a song and see if the person with him will start singing it too. It never fails. I’ll get whatever song it is stuck in my head so quickly and then I’m singing it the rest of the night.

There is this song on the radio “Rockabye” that I don’t mind but I don’t get excited about it. James loves it and he will be singing it all the time. Oh – and by the way, he can only ever remember a few words to songs, sometimes not even the full verse, so it’s like 4 words over and over and over again. And he gets that stupid song stuck in my head all the time!

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Oven Roasted Teriyaki Veggies with Chickpeas/Chicken

Have you ever gotten out of your exercise routine and then done something that requires minimal-moderate labor and the next day you are sore and stiff all over? Yeah. That happened.

James and I helped my parents in doing some yard work and there was some mowing, some weed pulling, some edging, ect. Now let me tell you that my parents put down grass a few years ago because this type of grass is slow growing and my Dad only has to mow it every other week, if that, depending on how much water that it gets. Cool huh? It feels great too! Thick and plush almost like carpet. Which is nice when you want to walk around, but mowing!

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Honey Dijon Chicken/Chickpeas with Red Potatoes and Carrots

Do you ever remember the easy meals you used to make before going plant based?

This was one of the meals I thought of when I was trying to think of different low-fat weekday meals for our family. It was something I made before going plant based and it was so easy! You make the Honey Dijon sauce, chop up your carrots and potatoes, throw them in a baking dish, top with 2 chicken breast and the sauce and bake! Clean up while it’s in the oven. And done! It’s all in one dish, and a full dinner in a short amount of time! Low-fat, easy, and a good light weekday meal.

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Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberries are the best. There are just some things that scream summer, and for me, blueberries are one of them! Every July my mother and I try to go with some friends to pick our own blueberries out at a farm 2 hours away from Dallas. If we get out there early enough the weather isn’t usually too bad and we can have a bucket full of blueberries before it gets blistering hot. I’ll be looking forward to it this year if we can make it!

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Pulled Pork Sliders with Garlic Aioli & Dill Pickles

Sundays are made for comfort. Everyone needs a break during the week, even if it’s just an afternoon/evening. And everyone needs comfort food here and there. I know for us the last few weeks have been interesting to say the least and by the time Sunday rolls around, the whole family is ready to just be at home and relax. It’s actually becoming a “thing” that we are in our pajamas by 4:00 pm on Sunday and literally recline the rest of the afternoon and evening. It’s awesome! To top it off, I love the Sundays that it works out that we have leftovers so I don’t have to cook.

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