Plant-Based Starter Guide

This guide will give you:

  • An introduction to plant-based eating and beginner posts we recommend
  • Beginner ingredient lists and our favorite simple, plant-based meals
  • Books, documentaries, helpful websites and podcasts for more plant-based education

This guide will be updated from time-to-time as we learn about new resources!


Recommended Posts

The below posts provide introductory information we’ve written about eating plant-based. You can also find these under the Learn menu on the homepage.

Meal Prepping Tips

  • Meal Prepping – Meal prep is a huge time-saver. This blog post explains our detailed approach, including a template to prep with other
  • Plant-Based Ingredient List – This ingredient list is based on the way we stock our kitchen and what we need for most simple, plant-based recipes. Since we eat whole-food, plant-based 95% of the time, you won’t see sources of processed/ fake meats or processed meals on this list. Feel free to modify your own list with what works best for you! 

 What We Eat in a Day


  • Oat Bowls, like this one, can be made with oats, buckwheat or quinoa, plant-based milk, fruit, flaxseeds and crushed nuts over the top
  • Chickpea Scrambles are made up of chickpeas, zucchini, potatoes (or other veggies of your choice), onions, garlic and different spices all sauteed in a skillet
  • Banana Oat Pancakeslike this, are our go-to on the weekends


  • Veggie Bowl, similar to this,  with different raw or cooked vegetables over kale or spinach and a homemade dressing such as tahini with lemon
  • Leftovers from dinner the night before


  • Veggie Curry like this is a nice one-pan meal, and you can make a little rice on the side for an extra filling dinner
  • Stir-Fry’s like this one we make regularly, are the ultimate weeknight and meal-prep dinners

 Recommended Educational Resources




  • How Not to Die
    Written by Dr. Michael Gregor, this book focuses on the health benefits of eating plant-based. Dr. Gregor’s research and experience has been monumental in the case for eating more plants and this book enhanced our knowledge and motivation immensely. Highly recommend this book, whether you read it or listen to it. We refer back to it on a regular basis!
  • Plant-Based Nutrition, 2E
    Written by Julieanna Hever and Raymond J. Cronise, we love this book for the science-backed information about plant-based nutrients. Especially the disruptive research by Ray Cronise around metabolism and how to view your nutrients.



  • Thug Kitchen – A fun and in your face cookbook, these guys know what their doing in the kitchen. The recipes are not difficult, but the flavors are still incredible.
  • Vegan Richa – We follow her on Instagram and am constantly inspired by her Indian dishes. They are flavorful and teach us a lot about Indian cooking.
  • From My Bowl – Caitlin is just a joy to follow, and her recipes are very simple with common ingredients you have in your pantry.
  • Oh She Glows – This is the first cookbook I owned and that helped me start cooking plant-based. Angela has amazing recipes that are simple and a great base to build from.
  • Minimalist Baker – Dana makes incredible versions of meals you were used to when you ate meat. Her recipes are mostly on the easier side, but do involve some ingredients you may not have in your cupboard. Either way, every dish is a winner.



Health Focused

  • Forks Over Knives – “The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.”
  • Veducated – “Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.”
  • What the Health – “The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.”

Environmental Focused

  • The True Cost – “This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world.”
  • Cowspiracy – “This shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.”
  • Food, Inc – “Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.”
  • Earthlings – WARNING: This is a very difficult movie to watch, as it highlights the exploitation and abuse of animals in the meat industry. However, it is incredibly eye-opening and life-changing, so if you are open to trying it we highly suggest it.



  • Rich Roll
    A former lawyer turned vegan and world-class athlete, Rich has done amazing work for the plant-based community. His interviewees are fascinating and centered around all-things wellness. Each of his podcasts are informative and inspiring.