Summary

Going plant-based doesn’t have to be hard. Often, people think being plant-based is more difficult because you “lose” some everyday staples, like butter, cheese, and poultry. However, the reality is that eating plant-based is not only easy, but delicious and good for you.

Whether you are just starting or have been plant-based for a long time now, having a few easy recipes on deck can make your days feel effortless. There’s nothing better than when you only have to throw a few ingredients together to make a delicious, healthy meal. 

When we eat plant-based, we get back to our roots. Using what has come from the earth to sustain our needs can be as easy as ordering from us at Thistle or crafting your own recipes to fuel you throughout the day. 

Using Thistle is a great way to start eating plant-based because the meals come to you pretty much ready to be served. You can take notes on which meals you like, so you can order them when they’re on the menu again. Our menu rotates so you can try out new meals each week. Or you can replicate your favorites on your own - you can find different plant-based recipes, including some of our snacks and desserts, on our blog. You might not always have a Thistle meal stocked away in your fridge, so when you aren’t sure what to make, these additional recipes will help you feed yourself.

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal you will have each day. You get fuel and energy from your breakfast that help you wake up so you can function at your best. Research has shown that people who eat healthy and fulfilling breakfasts each morning stay energized for longer

There’s a reason why your parents always prompted you to eat your breakfast each morning. Even as grown adults with busy lives, you should make it a habit to eat breakfast. If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

From Thistle

While oatmeal is delicious and versatile, sometimes we want something a bit easier to take on the go. That’s why we love smoothies—we offer a variety of smoothies, some are based on seasonal fruits and some are year-round, like the Brownie Batter Smoothie. In order to get your day off to a good start, all you have to do is grab and spoon and head out the door. 

One of our customers’ favorites is the Spirulina Coconut smoothie. It has a hemp milk base, bananas, pineapples, mango, coconut, chia seeds, and sunflower butter, as well as Spirulina powder. Spirulina powder has been researched recently to better understand its benefits for human health. Spirulina has a high nutritional value because it is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. 

From Your Kitchen

If you prefer a savory breakfast recipe, consider making Tofu Huevos Rancheros. You can choose leftover ingredients from your kitchen, like salsa, refried black beans, peppers, onions, and cilantro to help bring together your meal entirely. Using corn tortillas will ensure that the recipe remains gluten-free, and you can use either plant-based cheese or nutritional yeast on top to give them that cheesy flavoring. 

For the “eggs,” a tofu scramble totally works. Even though it might alter the texture of the meal, it will provide you with a delicious and protein-packed serving. This meal is quick, easy, and will provide lasting energy until the lunch hour arrives.

Lunchtime

By the time lunch has rolled around, you are probably ready to eat. Packing a lunch with plant-based protein can change your mood and help you get through the midday slump. 

Lunch With Thistle

You can never go wrong with a lunchtime salad. Salads are not only easy to throw together on your own, but they are easy to pack to take to work. They aren’t too messy and can be easily stored in the refrigerator until you want to dive in. 

Here at Thistle, we have a variety of salads, with each offering nutrition and flavor with each bite. We offer Greek Salad with Crispy Chickpeas, which includes homemade “feta” cheese, and our plant-based version of the Cobb Salad, which comes with pinto bean bacon and sweet potatoes. 

Lunch on Your Own

When you make lunch, you’re often probably reheating leftovers from dinner the night before, which is totally valid and equally delicious. But maybe you want something that you can make easily at home instead. Luckily, you can make many plant-based meals in under 30 minutes with ingredients you might already have. 

Try making an easy stir-fry or noodle salad by using whatever vegetables that you have lying around. Choose between gluten-free noodles or rice, and add snap peas, shredded carrots, onions, and peppers to make a hearty meal. 

Time for Dinner

After two fulfilling meals, you might be wondering what else you could possibly eat. But if you’re like most peopel, you’re hungry before you even get home from work. Dinner can feel daunting after a long day, but you can make plant-based meals that don’t bog you down with tons of steps (or lots of clean-up). 

Eating plant-based throughout the day isn’t a struggle when you have something to guide you, and you can finish off your day with some of these delicious meals.

Dinner by Thistle

With Thistle, you’ll get a plethora of dinners that your taste buds will love. It can begin to feel repetitive when you make dinner on your own each night, so Thistle allows you to try out new ingredients and flavors.

Everyone loves a good pasta, but you might be getting tired of your go-to meal. Thistle offers a delicious Green Olive Pasta that is easy to prepare - all you need to do is heat it up. 

With spinach, chickpea pasta, cherry tomatoes, and pea protein crumble, you get a nutritional meal that is light and refreshing while also being packed with protein. This meal has 32 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber, making it one of our personal favorites when looking for a healthy plant-based meal.  

Dinner at Home

Eating plant-based might make you feel like you have to give up on some of your favorite foods, pizza being one of them—but that’s not true. There are plenty of ways to fill your favorite recipes with plant-based goodness. One easy way to relish in one of the most common comfort dinners is to make a pizza skillet casserole. You only need one skillet for this, so cleaning up is easy. Warning: this recipe is so good that it’s likely there won’t be any leftovers.

You can use gluten-free corn tortillas and mix and match your favorite pizza toppings to make exactly what you are craving. Include mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, squash, onions, garlic, and all the seasonings that you would desire on a normal pizza. Top it all off with shredded non-dairy cheese. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a few slices of that pie.

Eating Plant-Based

Eating plant-based might be new to you, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Eating plant-based is good for your body, your mind, and even the environment

Whether you start this week or next week, Thistle has you covered. Start with these easy ideas to see just how enjoyable plant-based recipes can be without having to try too hard.  


Sources:

Breakfast in Human Nutrition: The International Breakfast Research Initiative | NCBI

Antioxidant, Immunomodulating, and Microbial-Modulating Activities of the Sustainable and Ecofriendly Spirulina | NCBI

Environmental Impacts of Plant-Based Diets: How Does Organic Food Consumption Contribute to Environmental Sustainability? | NCBI


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Summary

Going plant-based doesn’t have to be hard. Often, people think being plant-based is more difficult because you “lose” some everyday staples, like butter, cheese, and poultry. However, the reality is that eating plant-based is not only easy, but delicious and good for you.

Whether you are just starting or have been plant-based for a long time now, having a few easy recipes on deck can make your days feel effortless. There’s nothing better than when you only have to throw a few ingredients together to make a delicious, healthy meal. 

When we eat plant-based, we get back to our roots. Using what has come from the earth to sustain our needs can be as easy as ordering from us at Thistle or crafting your own recipes to fuel you throughout the day. 

Using Thistle is a great way to start eating plant-based because the meals come to you pretty much ready to be served. You can take notes on which meals you like, so you can order them when they’re on the menu again. Our menu rotates so you can try out new meals each week. Or you can replicate your favorites on your own - you can find different plant-based recipes, including some of our snacks and desserts, on our blog. You might not always have a Thistle meal stocked away in your fridge, so when you aren’t sure what to make, these additional recipes will help you feed yourself.

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal you will have each day. You get fuel and energy from your breakfast that help you wake up so you can function at your best. Research has shown that people who eat healthy and fulfilling breakfasts each morning stay energized for longer

There’s a reason why your parents always prompted you to eat your breakfast each morning. Even as grown adults with busy lives, you should make it a habit to eat breakfast. If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

From Thistle

While oatmeal is delicious and versatile, sometimes we want something a bit easier to take on the go. That’s why we love smoothies—we offer a variety of smoothies, some are based on seasonal fruits and some are year-round, like the Brownie Batter Smoothie. In order to get your day off to a good start, all you have to do is grab and spoon and head out the door. 

One of our customers’ favorites is the Spirulina Coconut smoothie. It has a hemp milk base, bananas, pineapples, mango, coconut, chia seeds, and sunflower butter, as well as Spirulina powder. Spirulina powder has been researched recently to better understand its benefits for human health. Spirulina has a high nutritional value because it is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. 

From Your Kitchen

If you prefer a savory breakfast recipe, consider making Tofu Huevos Rancheros. You can choose leftover ingredients from your kitchen, like salsa, refried black beans, peppers, onions, and cilantro to help bring together your meal entirely. Using corn tortillas will ensure that the recipe remains gluten-free, and you can use either plant-based cheese or nutritional yeast on top to give them that cheesy flavoring. 

For the “eggs,” a tofu scramble totally works. Even though it might alter the texture of the meal, it will provide you with a delicious and protein-packed serving. This meal is quick, easy, and will provide lasting energy until the lunch hour arrives.

Lunchtime

By the time lunch has rolled around, you are probably ready to eat. Packing a lunch with plant-based protein can change your mood and help you get through the midday slump. 

Lunch With Thistle

You can never go wrong with a lunchtime salad. Salads are not only easy to throw together on your own, but they are easy to pack to take to work. They aren’t too messy and can be easily stored in the refrigerator until you want to dive in. 

Here at Thistle, we have a variety of salads, with each offering nutrition and flavor with each bite. We offer Greek Salad with Crispy Chickpeas, which includes homemade “feta” cheese, and our plant-based version of the Cobb Salad, which comes with pinto bean bacon and sweet potatoes. 

Lunch on Your Own

When you make lunch, you’re often probably reheating leftovers from dinner the night before, which is totally valid and equally delicious. But maybe you want something that you can make easily at home instead. Luckily, you can make many plant-based meals in under 30 minutes with ingredients you might already have. 

Try making an easy stir-fry or noodle salad by using whatever vegetables that you have lying around. Choose between gluten-free noodles or rice, and add snap peas, shredded carrots, onions, and peppers to make a hearty meal. 

Time for Dinner

After two fulfilling meals, you might be wondering what else you could possibly eat. But if you’re like most peopel, you’re hungry before you even get home from work. Dinner can feel daunting after a long day, but you can make plant-based meals that don’t bog you down with tons of steps (or lots of clean-up). 

Eating plant-based throughout the day isn’t a struggle when you have something to guide you, and you can finish off your day with some of these delicious meals.

Dinner by Thistle

With Thistle, you’ll get a plethora of dinners that your taste buds will love. It can begin to feel repetitive when you make dinner on your own each night, so Thistle allows you to try out new ingredients and flavors.

Everyone loves a good pasta, but you might be getting tired of your go-to meal. Thistle offers a delicious Green Olive Pasta that is easy to prepare - all you need to do is heat it up. 

With spinach, chickpea pasta, cherry tomatoes, and pea protein crumble, you get a nutritional meal that is light and refreshing while also being packed with protein. This meal has 32 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber, making it one of our personal favorites when looking for a healthy plant-based meal.  

Dinner at Home

Eating plant-based might make you feel like you have to give up on some of your favorite foods, pizza being one of them—but that’s not true. There are plenty of ways to fill your favorite recipes with plant-based goodness. One easy way to relish in one of the most common comfort dinners is to make a pizza skillet casserole. You only need one skillet for this, so cleaning up is easy. Warning: this recipe is so good that it’s likely there won’t be any leftovers.

You can use gluten-free corn tortillas and mix and match your favorite pizza toppings to make exactly what you are craving. Include mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, squash, onions, garlic, and all the seasonings that you would desire on a normal pizza. Top it all off with shredded non-dairy cheese. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a few slices of that pie.

Eating Plant-Based

Eating plant-based might be new to you, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Eating plant-based is good for your body, your mind, and even the environment

Whether you start this week or next week, Thistle has you covered. Start with these easy ideas to see just how enjoyable plant-based recipes can be without having to try too hard.  


Sources:

Breakfast in Human Nutrition: The International Breakfast Research Initiative | NCBI

Antioxidant, Immunomodulating, and Microbial-Modulating Activities of the Sustainable and Ecofriendly Spirulina | NCBI

Environmental Impacts of Plant-Based Diets: How Does Organic Food Consumption Contribute to Environmental Sustainability? | NCBI


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We believe eating delicious is crucial to a healthy diet. Each week, our team of chefs design a new menu for what's in season, fresh and flavorful.
TRY THISTLE
Posted 
Dec 10, 2021
 in 
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 category.