Gluten-free & Vegan Meal Plans

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Many of us want to nourish our bodies with healthy, home cooked meals that will make us feel good about ourselves, our bodies and our future.

A bunch of you out there are also quite new to the vegan, gluten-free or grain-free eating style or are interested in learning more about it.

And I just know that many of us (including myself) steer away from recipes that are too complicated or include too many crazy ingredients.

Sound familiar?

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Last year, I launched Real Meals, a meal plan subscription program that focuses on whole food meals, simple snacks and balanced living that helps others incorporate a whole food based eating style.

Subscribers receive a meal plan at the beginning of each week that includes the recipes for all the meals, snacks and desserts you could want, plus shopping lists and healthy living tips.

Every plan caters to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, has vegan and grain-free substitutions, and is loaded with meals that will work for practically any eating style, allergy or sensitivity out there. Meals can be doubled up on if you have a larger family, or enjoyed for a house of 1.

The best thing about the plans is that our community provides input on what I should include in the meal plans. If you have specific likes, dislikes or information you’d like to include in the plan, I’ll incorporate it.

This sample meal plan will not cost you anything, but it’s not free. If you want to follow this plan and you find value in it, all I ask is this: when you’ve tried out the program, simply share it with 3 friends as “payment”.

 

Find out if this program is right for you and your family by heading over to this page.

If you’re passionate about eating healthy but feel stuck trying to come up with day after day of meals that taste good, are quick to prepare and don’t break the bank, I hope you’ll take advantage of this program!

Do you plan your meals? If so, are there strategies that you use? Feel free to share with everyone by leaving a comment!

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    • The bean and salmon salad is SO good! Glad you like the plans, Ange ;)

  1. Hey Leanne! Love the recipe planner idea! It looks like the grocery lists are packed with tons of produce, which is awesome. But, since I’ve revamped my diet to include more fruits, veggies, and organic items, I find that I’m spending approx. $700/month on groceries, whereas I used to spend about $400!! And that’s just to feed my husband and me. I know I can’t put a price on my health, but do you have any tips on how to be savvier whole foods shopper? The fresh produce is saving and killing me all at once. ;-)

    • Yes, there is no limit to the produce in these meal plans! Eak, that’s a lot of groceries. We don’t even spend that much! Our trick is to eat as seasonally as possible. Also, Costco is our best friend. And frozen veggies that go on sale every couple of weeks are a hot commodity. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for your reply! You’re the second person to recommend Costco this week, but unfortunately the closest one is a half hour away in Pennsylvania. (I’m a Jersey girl) The closest Whole Foods is about 40 minutes away, so it’s a tough life all around. ;-) I need to start shopping at my local farmer’s markets when they re-open in the spring. But, I will definitely use your idea to buy seasonally (although, that’s slim pickin’s this time of year) and capitalize on frozen sales in the meantime! Thanks so much!

        • Oh that’s tough… we’re about 45 minutes from a Costco too, so we just go every second week. It still helps a whole bunch. Seasonal eating does mean slim pickin’s, yes. You’ll definitely get your fill of squash!

        • Heather, I looooove Costco and Trader Joes, but the closest ones are 2 hours away. So, I go once every 6-8 weeks and take a few huge coolers and stock up. I do have an extra fridge w/freezer, so it gets packed. We’re vegan and gluten free, so there’s no meat taking up space in mine. Our van gets good gas mileage, so even with gas, I still save a bundle. Sometimes, a few friends go with me and we split the gas. Good luck!

  2. Very interesting! I’m not a meal planner by nature HOWEVER I can certainly see the benefits of creating one – it could certainly relieve the daily (hourly!) pressure of deciding what you’re going to eat next. It’s probably particularly vital if you have any serious health considerations, such as severe food allergies. It’s nice that you’ve included the plan, the grocery list and the recipes all together and in an electronic format – I realized that I could just hit the email button and send a link to the PDF straight to my phone so I could access it from the kitchen, the grocery store or anywhere else! :)

    • You sure CAN access it anywhere! I follow the meal plans too, as I create them each week for the subscribers of the program and I love being able to just access the shopping list on my phone and go! You’re right, definitely helps when you have allergies especially. Planning ahead is a great habit to form!

  3. Thanks so much for these meal plans! I can see the finish line of my two week cleanse and want to transition gently.

    • These would be a great transition for the cleanse. Great thinking, Caroline!

  4. Thanks for the meal plans Leanne, they look awesome. I am, however, not able to open the link to download the cookbook from my email. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Hi Jennifer – are you referring to the free cookbook available to email subscribers? Are you generally able to view PDF documents on your phone?

      • Hi Leanne,

        Yes that is the one I’m referring to. I am an email subscriber, and I tried to access it through my email on my computer. Normally I don’t have any problems pulling up the PDF’s from the email, but in this case I got an error message.

        Thanks for the reply!

        • That’s so strange. No one else has told me that they had any issues but I’ll test it out. In the meantime, I’ll send the link to you in an email. Let me know if you continue to have issues :)

  5. I’m happy you offered these meal plans because its a reminder to look into all the other things you offer on your site. I love the simplicity of it. I seem to have a knack for making meal planning so complicated but to me it is. Professionals always make it look so easy :P Thanks for the meal plans Leanne. I’m detoxing right now but will definitely look into doing this in the near future.

    • Yes, meal planning takes up a bunch of time and requires patience for those that don’t do it day in and day out for clients. It’s like being on a cleanse everyday – watching what you eat, thinking about it all the time, it’s enough to make a girl go mad! Would love to see you join the group of subscribers, Tamikko. Hope you’re enjoying your detox :)

    • No worries, Kankana! I’m happy that you feel it would come in handy, help alleviate some of the pressures of trying to lead a healthy lifestyle! These two sample plans for my meal plan subscription program are a great start!

  6. I am starting with your plan and love it. My issue is I cannot eat any night shade plants, which are potatoes, tomatoes, chilies, and any peppers. I leave them out and add other veggies but what can I substitute for the tomatoes as they add liquid also?

    • Hi Lisa! So happy that you’re enjoying the plan. I try to limit the amount of nightshades although these last couple of weeks I’ve definitely increased them. If it’s tomato-based soups, I like to use chicken or vegetable broth instead. That, or pureed beans or roasted vegetables, pureed. Hope that helps!

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