Time to get back on the wagon. I fell off, hard. Whenever I don’t cook at home and opt to eat out, it’s great for a day or two, but after a while, I start to feel awful. Food really is the fuel of life and the best way to consume it is by home cooking.

I want to give credit to Meal Mentor. A couple years ago, I was feeling particularly uninspired on the cooking front. I had been trying this meal prep thing but was struggling with overbuying ingredients and then not cooking everything I’d planned to cook. Or making way too much of one thing and growing sick of it before I could finish it. So, I set out on a google search for a meal plan. There are a lot of options out there. And I tried some of them with not so great results.

Meal Mentor really was the best. It’s plant-based. So, first of all… I learned just how damn easy it is to cook plant-based meals. Groceries are cheaper, once you stock up on the basics of grains, beans, and legumes… all you’re really buying weekly is the produce. No expensive cheeses and meats, racking up the grocery bill. Storage is easier, you don’t have the same worries as having to eat meat within 3 days of cooking it, or dairy spoiling. Hell, I don’t even need to put my lunches in the fridge at work, if I don’t want to. But I swear, the most fun part is learning different ways to make cheese. I don’t miss cheese at all. AND I don’t feel like a dead animal is trying to climb out of my belly, after eating a plant-based cheese.

There is a monthly charge for this site, it’s $19.99/mo or $179 for an annual membership. I love it so much, I opted for the annual. I do not mind paying this fee at all because 1. I am saving a boat load on groceries (when I actually follow the plan). 2. She donates a portion of her proceeds to elephant charities. I LOVE THAT! The annual membership also comes with access to their Facebook group, which is full of amazingly supportive people. I’ve learned so much about vegan cooking from these meal plans, but also from that group. For instance, just today, I learned that freezing guacamole is a possibility. Who knew?

All that said, I have cooked the last meal plan for this week and am planning to share everything here. Today, I made a thing called a breakfast brownie, it’s just a brownie made with banana and oats instead of the regular flour and whatever.. eggs? But also, this incredibly simple soup that I thoroughly enjoyed called Thai Noodle Soup.

All it is is noodle, veggy stock, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, miso paste, and some ginger. I threw a sliced up jalapeno in there for some extra crunch. It’s delicious! And so so so simple to make.

Marc is planning on making pizza for dinner, so that will not be a meal mentor recipe, but I will try to share more this week!

I also want to attempt to remember teas that I’m drinking that I enjoy, because there are so many out there that I forget what I like. So, for today, it is this:

Simple Loose Leaf: Downy Jasmine. 9/10