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Plant-Based Recipes for a Busy Lifestyle

Updated September 20, 2023

Keeping up with a busy schedule and staying healthy is a challenging task. When our lives become too busy, our health is often an afterthought as we grab convenient, fast food. However, that convenience disappears as you start to feel sick.


Is it possible to create healthy meals with little time and effort? Absolutely! Keep reading to find some easy and delicious plant-based recipes that will keep your body happy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also didn’t forget about dessert. 

4 Typical Questions About Plant-Based Diets

If you’re new to the plant-based diet world, you may have many questions. Here are three common ones people ask when seeking plant-based recipes for beginners

  1. What Is a Plant-Based Diet?

A plant-based diet is when the bulk of your meals and snacks consist of food from plants. 


The McDougall Program goes one step further and eliminates all animal foods and added oils, but this is not an all or nothing program, you get what you put into it. The McDougall Program recommends the majority of your meals be based around starches—potatoes, rice, legumes—with the addition of vegetables and fruits.

  1. Can You Eat Eggs on a Plant-Based Diet?

Technically, yes. While eggs are an animal by-product, a typical plant-based diet can include animal products. 


However, Dr. McDougall’s plant-based diet does not include eggs. 

  1. Can You Eat Pasta on a Plant-Based Diet?

Of course! After all, most pasta is made from wheat or rice. Many delicious plant-based recipes include pasta as a way to combine various ingredients together.

  1. Can You Eat Pizza on a Plant-Based Diet?

Yes, but it may mean changing what you think counts as a pizza. Plenty of pizza recipes don’t use animal products like cheese. You’ll find some of these below.

Plant-Based Recipes for Busy People

Here are various Dr. McDougall recipes for plant-based beginner meals. We picked these recipes for their easy prep and short cooking time. You’ll find recipes with potatoes, tomatoes, pasta, herbs, fruits, and more to make delicious, filling meals.


Here are some quick and easy breakfast recipes:



Need a good lunch or dinner and don’t have much time for food prep? Check out these recipes:



We can’t forget about dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with these plant-based recipes:


Success Story: Ellen Jaffe Jones

Ellen Jaffe Jones was only in her 20s when she started to feel poorly due to her diet. At 28 years old, her busy life and habit of eating fast food “caught up to her,” as she says. She developed a colon blockage that threatened her life. 


After doctors removed the blockage, Jones started seeking ways to improve her health without medication. She started eating a plant-based, macrobiotic diet and started feeling better. 


The problem was that her busy life hadn’t slowed down, and the prep work for eating was starting to overwhelm her. Then she discovered The Dr. McDougall Plan.


And she never looked back. 


Now at 54, Ellen’s doctors are in disbelief at her health. She’s running marathons and has even avoided genetic conditions doctors told her would be inevitable. 


You can read more success stories from Star McDougallers to understand how easy it is to improve your life!

It’s Easier Than You Think to Eat Healthy

Give some of these plant-based recipes for beginners a try before deciding you’re too busy for a plant-based diet. Once you realize how easy it is to make tasty meals that are good for you, changing to a plant-based diet will be much easier than you thought.


If you need extra coaching or want access to exclusive plant-based recipes, signing up for Dr. McDougall’s programs is always an option!


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