The pegan diet is the do-it-all darling of the wellness world. Combining the principles of both paleo and vegan, it’s a more attainable way of eating that tastes great and supports good health. The food focus is simple at its core, rooting for the consumption of high-quality animal protein in smaller portions (kind of like a condiment); plenty of non-starchy vegetables, lots of healthy fat and some fruit (dairy and grains are out). To get started, sample and savour these pegan-friendly breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and see what all the buzz is about!
Whole30 Veggie-Packed Breakfast Frittata
This frittata pushes the limits to how many veggies can reasonably fit in one pan – but it works. And, it’s both pegan- and Whole30-friendly.
Egg Baked in Acorn Squash
Egg-in-a-hole is made grain-free with a genius swap of bread for acorn squash rings. Skip the cheese or use a homemade or prepared crumbled cashew cheese to keep it pegan.
Immune-Boosting Bone Broth, Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Chicken (no-noodle) soup is a bolstering bowl of comfort any time, but especially when you’re feeling under the weather. This is the ultimate pegan lunch to get back on your feet, filled with minerals, vitamins and protein. Stir in some dark leafy greens like spinach or kale right before serving to up the veggies.
Pan-Seared Salmon With Kale and Apple Salad
Enjoy this salad for a packed lunch by making the salmon up to one day in advance. Skip the cheese (and non-integral whole wheat buns), replacing the dairy with additional nuts or toasted sunflower seeds to keep the dish pegan-friendly. Sad desk lunches will be a thing of the past.
Garden Egg Salad
Choose a soy-free mayonnaise made with avocado oil to add creamy-tangy depth to traditional egg salad. Serve in crunchy lettuce boats for a pegan meal that is jam-packed with protein and free of grains.
Vegetarian Spinach-Walnut Pate
Walnuts, dark greens and loads of fresh herbs turn into the perfect lunch accompaniment for bitter endive, crunchy celery and naturally sweet carrots. Serve with a couple of hard-boiled eggs or leftover shredded chicken for a snack-style lunch that’s anything but boring — and totally pegan to boot.
Sesame Crusted Salmon With Roasted Pepper Salsa
Sesame seeds encrust juicy, omega-3-rich salmon for a lunch or dinner that truly satisfies. A crispy veggie side complements the rich fish.
Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Pack up a couple of these for lunch to enjoy chilled, and pair with a green salad, or serve them up hot for dinner. This paleo and pegan-friendly recipe is a meal-prepper’s delight.