Happy Herbivore Meal Plan Review

This week I'm trying something new. I bought one of the Happy Herbivore meal plans and did 99% of my prep Sunday. There is only one dish that I didn't make because its a gazpacho that is scheduled for the weekend anyway. Everything else is in here! 20130826-155330.jpg

The meals are all plant based and dairy free and the meal plan is written to be vegan, although I didn't necessarily prepare them all vegan. For example I didn't buy vegan bread, just whole grain bread that I like. Oh and I couldn't find vegan chocolate chips, so that might end up being not dairy free. I am going to try one more place first though. But we will see. I don't live close to whole foods, so I am not able to visit the promised land regularly and often I can't find a good vegan sub so I just go with a vegetarian product.

So far I'm very pleased with the plan. Most of the meals are very simple and prep was not hard considering how many dishes I made. I did spend a little more on groceries this week, but that was because I had to buy a lot of her pantry items. Actually all of them. So it should be cheaper if (and this is really more of a when) I buy another meal plan. Considering I have a healthy fridge that is full of food I actually want to eat - I consider it money well spent.

Ok so what do you get? A menu for 7 days, prep tips, recipes, and grocery list. She also explains how to modify meals to meet your personal calorie needs.  So essentially I just had to print it out, review, and go to the kitchen with the list and update it by crossing off things I already have. Then I shop. It was so easy. I did make one mistake, I should have brought the recipes with me as some if the shopping list items didn't have amounts. But other than that, it was a breeze. Then I followed her advice (also included) on how to prep and cooked for the week.

And I tasted as I went, it's gonna be a delicious week.

The one downfall is that I did buy some things that I have no clue when I will use again. Like sweet Asian chili sauce. But that was the exception, not the rule this week.  I am a little nervous about buying things that will go to waste (like some of my UR ingredients did), but I will see how it goes.  And I am sure some weeks I won't want to use the meal plan because I will want to make some of our personal favorite recipes.  So maybe I will buy it 1-2 times a month to mix it up or use it weekly when life is very hectic.  Lastly, the meal plan is only 1200 calories a day as written, which may be too low for you and the mods may be annoying to add.  I actually just shifted all of the meals around and added Shakeology for breakfast.  My shakes are usually pretty calorie rich as I add fats to my shake so I'm sure I'm adding at least another 500 cals.  Which makes it a calorie range I think is probably where I should be with my activity level.  But like anything else - trial and error.  I'm going to see how it goes and if tomorrow I'm starving, then I'll add more.  No biggie!  But today I'm full so far and feeling great!