Admit it mama, it’s hard to make meal plans.
We’ve all been there at some point: staring at a blank piece of paper, trying to conjure up meal ideas like they are some sort of magic spell, scanning…scanning…scanning pinterest or exhausting google search engines until our brain feels like liquid mush, only to space out for 20 minutes before zoning back to THE SAME BLANK PIECE OF PAPER!?!? (anger rising) , until FINALLY scribbling a passable list of what you hope is both cost effective and actually edible?
I’m tired just thinking about it. Seriously, grab me a hand fan.
When I’m in this sort of pickle (it happens!), I try to remember my best ally in meal planning world, which is: “simplicity”, followed by “Mexican” as a close second. Which is why today I’m sharing these EASY Yam & Lentil Vegan Enchiladas *cue spotlight!*.
With a dinner like this, not only are you checking off “EASY” on your meal planning requirements, but you are also hitting your mark on COST. Yams, lentils, tortillas, and tomato sauce are all things that can be purchased for practically pennies when compared to “healthy” processed dinners, fleshy and dairy ingredients, and/or takeout.
The best part? They are ACTUALLY HEALTHY: Yams are a good source of vitamin B6, rich in antioxidants, plus are great for your skin, hair, digestion, blood flow, and even bowel movements (no shame here yo!). Lentils on the other hand, are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain minerals that are good for your heart, muscle generation, digestion, and your nervous system.
Basically, in not so many words, lentils and yams are the power couple you should be taking advantage of.
So back to solving that meal plan crisis. When these two make an appearance on your weekly meal plan, aim to make a couple meals during the week that incorporate their powers, since you can buy both in bulk and get the most bang for your buck.
(Psst! And while you’re at it on the lentils, go ahead and add these simple Lentil Sloppy Joes to your meal plan for the week.)
So mama, seriously, stop beating yourself in the face with your grocery list (turns out it doesn’t make your brain work faster). Instead, hop on board the yam and lentil express and ride it all the way to GET IN MUH BELLY town. *ahem*