I’ve had the idea to start a vegetarian meal planning site for years, and now seemed like a good time to finally commit to doing it. It also seemed like a crazy time with everything we have going on, but if the site is successful, it’s going to make things a lot easier. (If it’s not successful, then everything will be exponentially worse. But let’s be positive! Let’s not catastrophize!)
The site is called Green Plate Club because it’s all about plant-forward meals that are simple enough for a weeknight dinner. When you sign up for Green Plate Club, you’ll get:
- 3 nutritionist-approved meal plans to choose from each week: Vegetarian, Plant-Based, and Flexitarian (a 3-day plan for people who want to eat less meat)
- Meal plans that are meticulously planned for maximum efficiency and minimum food waste. Seriously, I spend a ridiculous amount of time agonizing over these plans. I don’t just throw 5 meals together and hope for the best!
- A database of tried-and-true recipes, many of which can be made in advance
- Printable shopping lists to save you time
- Prep and cooking tips in each meal plan to make dinners a breeze
…and you get all of this for only $6 a month. Or get a full year for $50!
What else have I been up to? I’ve just been plugging away at the whole freelancing writing and editing thing. Losing my job right after bringing Sweet Pea home from the hospital was terrifying, but luckily I’ve built a big network over the years and they were my safety net, helping connect me with gigs, providing me with advice, and lending an ear when I needed it. I’m a strong believer in women supporting other women professionally and being on the receiving end of such support has been really encouraging.
Sweet Pea will be 11 months old this week, which is definitely…weird. It’s weird because she looks nothing like an 11-month-old. Or even a 7-month-old, which is her adjusted age. She is teeny tiny! She’s able to feed herself, sit up on her own, crawl, and even pull herself up to stand on furniture and even though these are (adjusted) age-appropriate things, she’s so small that it feels like you’re watching a much younger baby doing them. It’s just strange! And then it’s weird that she’s approaching a year old because it doesn’t feel like she’s been here that long? I suppose being in the hospital for four months factors in there too, but the past year has gone by so fast. Not a day that goes by that I don’t have a moment where I have to pause because I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude.
Anyway! Back on topic. Please spread the word about Green Plate Club. Tell everyone you know! I don’t have a huge platform to share it, so word-of-mouth is everything. I feel pretty confident that it’s worth the $6 a month.