Menu Plan Monday: 21-Day Vegan Kickstart!

This week is the start of the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. I am looking forward to it! I plan on following the menus guidelines but with some revisions, as to stay in sync with my family’s meals.

Why am I doing this?

Well, some of your hear me tweet that I want to start a Veggie Business. It partly has to do with this idea (will expand on it more later). Next it is to explore aspects of better health. Then, because I love my fruits and veggies. This type of diet is perfect for me. Finally, I want to see if doing a vegan diet full-time with a family of carnivores is possible; sort of a research project for me.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast(s): Muesli, Granola, Oatmeal, and Mango-Strawberry Smoothies
Lunches: Hummus & Veggie Pita Sandwich, Brown rice w/ Tadka Dal, Salad & Veggie Soup(2).

  • Sunday: Baked Potato topped Veggies & Lemon Pepper. Side of vegan chili
  • Monday: Crockpot Cauliflower Curry (I didn’t get to make this last week. Omitting Chicken and adding Cauliflower), brown rice, and Boondi raita
  • Tuesday: Black bean tacos and Carrot & Red Pepper Soup
  • Wednesday: Pasta with a simple vegetable marinara and a mixed greens salad
  • Thursday: Ultimate Veggie Burger, Mashed Cauliflower with roasted garlic, Veggies
  • Friday: Out to Eat. This will be interesting to see what I order

This week’s weight loss: *tisk* 1 pound

I guess it’s good I am still on the losing side. No, I did not get exercise in to the days. Which is my culprit for not shedding more.

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19 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: 21-Day Vegan Kickstart!

  1. The Lost Goat

    It’s hard to get vegan stuff in mainstream restaurants – good luck!

    I think it’s difficult to balance your nutrition in a long-term vegan diet, but if you feel like a lot of your calories are coming from meat and dairy, it might be worth a shot for a while. I tend to get all my excess calories from sugar, so vegan diet would probably be a weight-gain diet for me:)

    1. money funk

      I agree. I don’t know if I could do a vegan diet 100% of the time. Nor be a sticker for not using honey or Nama Shoyu (in place of soy sauce). But what I do like about the diet is that it makes me practice alternative cooking with healthy products. If I gain that from giving this a shot than its all worth it. πŸ™‚

  2. LeanLifeCoach

    With all due respect I cannot fathom the idea of giving up bacon. I am inspired by your weekly meal plans. I keep nibbling away at my wife to get a plan put together. I’m getting closer but I have not rung the bell yet.

    More power to you!

    1. money funk

      LOL. My husband says the same. πŸ˜‰

      Menu plans help me for various reasons:
      I don’t come home stressed wondering what is for dinner.
      The kids can complain to the board (instead of me) when they see what is for dinner.
      I pick up everything I need without missing one.
      I save money by buying what I need.
      And I can usually prepare somethings ahead of time.

      Keep at it!

  3. Scrumptious

    Good luck with your vegan meal challenge! I will be reading with interest to see how it goes for you – I really hope you find it doable in a carnivore environment!

  4. Bella

    OH, this is So RIGHT UP MY ALLY! I have had the Ultimate Veggie Burger several times (I REALLY enjoy Heidi’s blog 101 Cookbooks)…delish!

    Good for you in trying out the vegan challenge! My husband has been mainly vegan for quite sometime…I have been for awhile…and then vegetarian…and then some meat…yeah, I know…back and forth.

    But, to encourage you — You CAN eat healthy vegan meals with a family of carnivores. My children have quite the colorful palate array…we still eat mainly vegetarian…and there are plenty of kid friendly meals that are vegan!

    I will be anxious to hear how it goes for you!


    1. money funk

      I have not had this Ultimate Veggie Burger, so I am very happy to know its yummy! I can’t see Heidi’s dishes going wrong anyway. πŸ˜€

      I tend to go back and forth, too. But, if my family was vegetarian or near vegetarian I could stay in one spot. But with the carnivores in my family it can make it difficult. Unfortunately, my family is not mainly vegetarian.

      I plan on persisting main vegetarian on the family, because it is so much healthier for them.

  5. The Walmart Vegan

    You can do this! There are so many fabulous balanced meals that are vegan. (Of course, there are some junk food meals, too…lol)

    Can’t wait to see how your 21 days go.

    As far as eating out — find somewhere with “baked potatoes and a salad/veggie bar” and start from there.

    1. money funk

      Thank you for the thumbs up! The Walmart Vegan, huh? Going to check out your site.

      I once heard of a vegetarian that didn’t like vegetables!! LOL.

      I was thinking of hitting up the Soup Plantation for dinner. Happy glorious vegan! πŸ˜€

  6. Forest

    1lb a week is the perfect weight loss goal… I have not been losing for a few weeks as have had a guest just arrive…. But I am getting a new intensive workout to start very soon…

    Looking forward to your vegan site / product.

    1. money funk

      I hear that is a good loss… but is so slow. LOL. And work totally consumes my time right now… so exercise is totally tough to accomplish right now.

      Have much fun with your guest! And I will update you soon about the product. πŸ˜‰

  7. Derek

    Sign me up for the black bean tacos. I try to do a vegetarian meal or two every week these will come in handy. Good luck eating vegan when you go out!

    1. money funk

      Hi Derek, Thanks for stopping by! I love black bean tacos. BTW, they were really yummy! πŸ˜‰ Don’t mind if you ever feel like sharing a vegetarian meal or two.

  8. Adrienne

    Hi Christine!

    I have been vegetarian for most of my life, and vegan for the last year. I wasn’t sure how long I would last. But I have to say – I love it! The key for me is finding some great recipes I can use over and over again at home – and also to find a good selection of local restaurants that have good vegan food. I feel better than I ever have. I hope you and your family have a similar experience!


    1. money funk

      I have always been more inclined to be a ‘leaf eater’ (sorry for the dinosaur reference – lol). Even my mother will vouch for it.

      Well, my obstacle, has been and will be finding a happy balance between my carnivorous family and me. My husband will only eat green beans and corn. Nada else! But I will keep trying. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for the tips. And so far my week is going fairly good. I am looking forward to my fruit smoothie tomorrow.

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  10. Monevator

    I’m going to try the ultimate veggie burger this evening! Looks great, I’ll try and remember to report back.

    Hope you’re doing heavy weights in your fitness mix (presuming you’re healthy etc).

    The great thing about muscle is burns off fat for you even when you’re not at the gym. πŸ˜‰

    1. money funk

      Did you try the veggie burger? Heidi has some great recipes!

      Oh fitness… no… it’s been a crazy week. I promise to dust off the stair climber this week. And the barbells in the closet. I definitely need it. LOL.

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