8 Easy Plant-based Recipes for Healthy Life

No need to be a vegetarian or a vegan to fully benefit for plant-based meals. Plant protein is an amazing source of energy, vitamins, minerals and proteins, thus including it into your diet is a must.

We have gathered a list of our favourite plant-based recipes that are easy to prepare. These meals are nutritious too and can help stay in shape.

From smoothies & deserts, to stews & breakfast ideas, each dish is a great starting point. Stay curious and stay healthy!

1. DARK CHOCOLATE QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL

This breakfast bowl is incredibly simple, requiring just 7 ingredients, 30 minutes, and 1 pot to prepare.

SHOPPING LIST:

1 cup uncooked white quinoa
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (plus more for serving)
1 cup coconut milk (light canned, or the beverage in a carton)
1 pinch sea salt
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp maple syrup or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
3-4 squares dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
Mixed berries (optional)
Sliced banana (optional)
2 tbsp Planet Superfood Dark Chocolate Seed Mix

HOW TO MAKE:

Thoroughly rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer for 2 minutes, using your hands to sort through and pick out any discolored pieces or pebbles that may remain.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed, drained quinoa and toast for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, to dry up water and slightly toast.

Add almond milk, coconut milk, and a pinch of salt, and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. If it stops simmering, increase heat to medium-low. You’re looking for a slight simmer throughout the cooking time.

Once the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla (optional). Stir to combine.

Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add a bit more almond milk if you prefer the texture thinner. I added more cocoa powder and maple syrup for a more intense chocolate flavor.

Serve each bowl of quinoa with a small square of vegan dark chocolate, and any other desired toppings (listed above). I preferred mine with a bit more coconut milk, 2 tbsp of Planet Superfood Dark Chocolate Seed Mix and fresh fruit (optional).


2. OMEGA ENERGY ORBS

These energy balls are super easy to prepare, yet make for a great snack when you crave something sweet yet healthy.

SHOPPING LIST:

1/2 cup Planet Superfood Hulled Seeds
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp nut butter of choice
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup Planet Superfood Protein
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp plant-bases oil

HOW TO MAKE:

Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a bowl and roll into little bite size balls.

Combine the shredded coconut and 2 tbsp Planet Superfood Protein and spread out on a flat surface. Roll the little balls in the mixture and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Store in the freezer as these will soften quickly, especially in warm temperatures.


3. SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN CHILI

Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night.

SHOPPING LIST:

2 tbps plant-based oil
1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili
¼ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups water
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
4 teaspoons lime juice
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

HOW TO MAKE:

Heat oil in a oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.

Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Serve and add two tablespoons of Planet Superfood Chili Flavored Oil on top per serving.


4. MINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE

Why not enjoy this regularly as a super nutrient and delicious shake when the sweet cravings hit your stomach?

SHOPPING LIST:

1 cup (250 ml) almond or coconut milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cacao nibs (for a crunchy texture)
1 tbsp of plant-based oil
1 large handful of spinach
1 scoop of Planet Superfood Protein Mix
1-2 dates
1 large handful of ice

HOW TO MAKE:

Blend and enjoy! Double the recipe and take one to go.


5. BANANA COCONUT MUFFINS

The perfect breakfast on the go, or lunch box treat, these whole grain muffins have plenty of fiber thanks to spelt flour, coconut and bananas to feed beneficial bacteria in the gut and keep digestion running smoothly. Not too sweet, the protein and healthy fats in seeds will help you avoid energy-busting crashes in blood sugar.

Makes 12 Muffins
Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (250ml) whole grain spelt flour
½ cup (125ml) Planet Superfood Super-Seed Mix
½ cup (125ml) unsweetened dried coconut
1 ½ teaspoon (7.5ml) baking powder
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) salt
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) cinnamon

1 cup (250ml) mashed very ripe banana (about 2-3 large bananas)
½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon (15ml) ground flax
1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract

HOW TO MAKE:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Prepare muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, prepare the flax egg: mix ground flax with two tablespoons hot water. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, seeds, coconut, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

To the flax egg, add mashed banana, olive oil, and maple syrup. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

Scoop into muffin tins by the level ¼ cup scoop. Bake for 19-21 minutes until the top begins to turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.

Let cool in muffin tin for five minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Store at room temperature, loosely covered for up to four days or freeze muffins for up to one month.


6. BLACKBERRY VANILLA CASHEW CHEESECAKES

These creamy, dreamy cheesecakes are a true beauty food! Cashews contain copper, an energizing mineral that supports the immune system and collagen synthesis. Combined with antioxidant-rich berries and omega 3 fats from the seeds, these little treats are good for body and soul.

Makes 12 cupcake sized treats.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian.

INGREDIENTS:

Crust
¾ cup (175ml) Planet Superfood seeds
½ cup (125ml) pitted Medjool dates
1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened dried coconut
1 teaspoon (5ml) freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon (5ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon (2.5ml) cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon (0.6ml) salt

Filling
1 ½ cups (375ml) raw cashews, hot water soaked for at least 30 minutes, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup (175ml) fresh or thawed blackberries
5 tablespoons (75ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 ½ lemons)
¼ cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoon (7.5ml) pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon (0.5ml) salt

Optional: extra blackberries or mint for serving

HOW TO MAKE:

Begin by mixing the crust: place the seeds, dates, coconut, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until dates are finely chopped and mixture is well combined. It should stick together when pressed with your fingers.

Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners. Place a scant tablespoon of crust mixture into each cup and use the bottom of a 1/4 cup measure or your fingers to gently press down.

Now, blend the filling: add cashews, blackberries, lemon juice, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt to a high speed blender and whip filling for 1-2 minutes until silky smooth.

Pour the filling over the crust, even the surface, cover with plastic wrap and freeze to set, at least 30 minutes. Allow to temper for five minutes before eating for optimal flavour and serve topped with a blackberry and mint leaf, if using. If not eating right away, transfer minicakes to a resealable freezer container and eat within a five days for best flavour.


7. BERRY AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

If you love a thick sweet shake, this one is definitely for you. Full of healthy fats, high in protein and a delicious treat. This is our top 3!

SHOPPING LIST:

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries or berries of your choice
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp Planet Superfood Protein
Sweeten if desired

HOW TO MAKE:

Blend and Enjoy!


8. SEEDS & GREENS MORNING MACHINE

This smoothie is like a sweet liquid salad in a glass. Avocado, or “God’s butter” as it has been called, adds a really nice thick texture. Power packed with tons of nutrients, it leaves you feeling super healthy, clean and refreshed. Double the recipe and take the second one for your lunchtime, or late snack.

SHOPPING LIST:

1 avocado
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
12 ounces frozen and thawed sweet peas
1 tbsp Planet Superfood Super Greens Protein Smoothie Mix
1½ cup almond milk
½ cup pineapple

HOW TO MAKE:

Blend and enjoy!

What our Fans are saying

 

★★★★ Max Wilson
Im not a vegetarian but after watching several documentaries, like Veritasium guy, I decided that i must include more vegetables into my dishes, so this list is a very good inspiration. I didnt have all the ingredients for smoothies though, i just replaced it with what i had in my fridge and the result was surprisingly good

★★★★★ S. Miller
cool list

★★★★★ Jack L. Johnson
Tried the chili beans things quite good and surprisingly I did not feel hungry for quite long time afterwars, which is so not me :)) definetely will make it again

★★★★★ T. S.
thanks!

★★★ Maggie S.
i don't think sweet things are sweet enough, I had to add more syrup on muffins

★★★★★ John S. T.
I know what to cook tonight, thanks for sharing!

★★★★★ Kate J.  
looks very delicious!

★★★ Maria Sanchez
Gracias, a very good list, I am always lookin for ways to make better meals for my family, especially deserts lol  

★★★★ Mark B
I like that there is a separate section with the shopping list, it was very convenient when I went grocery shopping. Overall the recipes are quite easy, of course, if you are making muffins, it takes time and effort, it's a bit more complex dish and there is nothing you can do about it. I lacked more ideas on non sweet dishes, but the bean chili one is a great inspiration, I tried with a few other ingredients and it worked well, so don't be scared to improvise, that enables you to eat the same dish more often without getting tired of it.

★★★★★ C.J.
Got myself these superfoods and they are real good! their onion seeds mix is really great, use it on everything!!

★★★★ Torres P.
Make a longer list the next time ;)

★★★★★ Lisa Anderson
I thought I knew a lot about veg dishes, yet learned a few new, thanks guys!

★★★★ Sarah Simanovic
I hate cooking but these are actually easy a good find

★★★★★ Klockov A.
What more can I say? I am not an expert on protein shakes but these were tasty and i felt rather good afterwards

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