The MamaSezz 2-Week Whole Food Plant-Based Challenge comes with everything you need to kickstart your healthy lifestyle: ready-made meals for 2 weeks, accompany meal plans, and online support for daily questions and inspiration. But if you’re an adventurous plant-based newbie, you may want to get a little more creative in the kitchen so we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to “gourmet it up” throughout your Challenge. From pickled red onions to our dairy-free Mama’s Mac Sauce, bored is the very last thing you’ll be.
Change is scary! And changing the way you eat is no exception. Breath easy: the MamaSezz 2-Week Whole Food Plant-Based Challenge makes your transition to a healthy lifestyle easy. How easy are we talkin’ here? We prepare, cook, and deliver two weeks’ worth of ready-made and healthy food right to your door (and you get daily meal plans!). All you have to do: heat and enjoy. Pretty sweet, huh?
That said, if you’re looking to get a little more experimental in the kitchen during your Challenge, we’ve got our 10 favorite ways to “Gourmet It Up”.
(Pro tip: most of these ideas can be batch cooked, stored in the fridge for up to a week, and used with just about any of your MamaSezz ready-made dishes and in conjunction with your Challenge meal plans!)
AKA quick pickles! One of the best ways to add some zest to your meal.
To quickly pickle cucumbers:
Enjoy as a zippy snack or a crunchy topper to your Mama’s Burger!
Pickling isn’t just for cucumbers!
To pickle red onions:
Add substance to any plant-based dish with “meaty” sauteed mushrooms. All varieties of mushrooms will do -- try out a few different types.
Add crunch to nearly any plant-based dish. And you don’t need processed sugar to make a delicious tangy sauce. Store the slaw veggies in the fridge un-dressed (it will keep longer and crisper this way!) then add sauce just before serving.
To make slaw:
To make dressing:
Another finger-lickin’ good Mama’s Burger topper -- or just enjoy on its own as a side!
A heart-healthy burger? MamaSezz heck yes! Top your Mama’s Burger with MamaSezz Strong Heart Beets for a superfood lunch combo. Beets aren’t just delicious (and fun to look at!), these red beauties have major health benefits. They can lower blood pressure within hours of eating! And good great for the active crowd: they’re packed with dietary nitrates which boost athletic performance. So hit the trails after lunch!
Don’t you love it when healthy food satisfies cravings? Grilling pineapple is a quick and mouth-watering way to enhance any dish and satiate your sweet tooth.
To grill pineapple:
You can purchase roasted red peppers from the store (look for oil-free canned varieties). Drain and rinse at home then chop and store in the fridge for a ready-to-go salad topper. Or make your own at home.
To roast red peppers:
Use up the canned artichokes in your pantry! Drain, rinse, and chop, then store in the fridge for later use. Give your MamaSezz Marinara Sauce over Pasta a Mediterranean twist, make dairy-free spinach artichoke dip when you combine with Mama’s Mac Sauce and cooked spinach or stir into MamaSezz Scalloped Potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are a staple amongst some of the longest living populations on the planet, which makes sense since they’ve got health benefits in spades. They’re packed with fiber and nutrients like iron, calcium, and B vitamins. Oh, and they’re absolutely delicious.
We love to roast them and store in the fridge to add to dishes throughout the week.
To roast sweet potatoes:
The MamaSezz 2-Week Whole Food Plant-based Challenge makes your transition to plant-based eating seamless. But the adventurous newbie may want to venture outside of our easy meal plans with these Gourmet It Up tips:
Have other favorite ways to Gourmet It Up? Tell us your go to's in the comments or share on social media with hashtag #MamaSezz!