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How to Eat Pegan for Every Meal This Week

OK, so there are about a thousand fancy diets out there, and we can’t keep any of them straight. (Keto who? Whole what? Are we ever going to get to eat dessert again?) But at least the Pegan diet has a handy built-in acronym—it’s a combination of Paleo (that means low-carb, high-protein) and vegan (lean meats are actually OK, as long as they’re high-quality; but dairy is verboten). But in case you still can’t keep all that straight, we’ve outlined a full week of meals (that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner) for you. Go forth and diet!

17 Easy Lunch Recipes That Are on the Pegan Diet


Monday Lunch: Paleo Veggie Mushroom Burgers

Make a big batch of these and freeze them, so you have a tasty Pegan meal ready to go anytime.

Monday Dinner: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Mondays are a bear, so we’re all about keeping dinner simple. This Instant Pot recipe from Coterie member Maria Lichty always does the trick!

Tuesday Breakfast: Three-ingredient Chia Pudding

Go easy on the maple syrup and instead top it with fresh fruit and chopped walnuts.

Tuesday Lunch: Roasted Rainbow Vegetable Bowl

We’d eat just about anything if it was drizzled with this addictive tahini dressing.

Wednesday Breakfast: One-pan Eggs With Asparagus And Roasted Tomatoes

Because the last thing you need on a hump day morning is a sink full of dirty dishes.

Wednesday Lunch: Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Aka the best way to make your co-workers extremely jealous. (Skip the peanut dipping sauce to keep these 100-percent Pegan.)

Wednesday Dinner: Cauliflower Paleo Gnocchi

We don’t know how it’s possible to make something this delicious with only two ingredients, but we’re going with it.


Thursday Breakfast: Rainbow Coconut Smoothie Bowls

The best way to feel like you’re on a tropical vacation on a random Thursday morning.

Thursday Lunch: Cold Lemon Zoodles

Basically the lightest “pasta” salad we’ve ever tasted.

Thursday Dinner: Ultimate Chicken Taco Salad

Meat isn’t entirely off the menu—just eat it sparingly.

Friday Lunch: The Mean Green Detox Salad

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks. (Skip the chickpeas if you’re being extra careful with legumes.)

Friday Dinner: Instant Pot Vegan Pho

When the siren song of the takeout menus is almost too strong to bear, make this instead.

Saturday Breakfast: Healing Breakfast Porridge

This belly-warming porridge manages to be dairy-free, grain-free, and gluten-free. But with butternut squash, coconut, ginger and turmeric, it’s definitely not flavor-free!

Saturday Lunch: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the perfect summer lunch, but we love it year-round (and somehow we’re less tempted to pair it with grilled cheese than hot tomato soup).

Saturday Dinner: Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

We basically think that life without pizza isn’t worth living. Just make sure to top this sweet potato crust with vegan cheese. Or load up on veggies and skip the cheese all together.

Sunday Breakfast: Eggs Baked In Tomatoes

Since you probably already have eggs and tomatoes in the fridge, this is the perfect sleep late, roll out of bed and have breakfast ready in ten minutes kind of dish.

Sunday Lunch: Paleo Baked Zucchini Fritters

Make extra and you’ll have Monday lunch taken care of, too.

Sunday Dinner: Kohlrabi Spaghetti With Kale-mushroom Bolognese

The Pegan diet allows for meat occasionally; we like to include it in recipes that also have plenty of fresh veggies, like this one from Coterie member Ali Maffucci.