About The Monthly Dish

Garden Dish Post Gazette Vegan Plant Based

Do you want to eat more plant-based meals but don’t know how to get started?  Will the nutrition be right?  Will the food taste good?  Will you need “weird” ingredients?  What’s a family cook to do???  Well, hold on to your spatulas, because your questions are about to be answered!  In 2014, we set out on a mammoth journey –  to create 20 delicious, family-friendly, super healthy, plant-based meals every month for 12 months – with no “weird” ingredients.   Many experiments, taste-testings, successes, and mistakes later (ask us about the “flaming pitas of death”) we’ve learned indispensable lessons for making delicious, healthy, plant-based meals, without the stress.   And we finished this 12-month cooking marathon with 270 yummy, plant-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – plus holidays, picnics, travel, quick meals, classy meals, desserts, and yes, even a wedding cookie table!   And we’ve packaged it all for you in a simple-to-use tool that we call The Monthly Dish.

vegan kebabs over rice vegan pancakes vegan zucchini noodle soup

If you’re thinking “But I can get free recipes on the web. What’s makes The Monthly Dish different?” Because when it comes to making a lifestyle change like healthy, plant-based eating, good recipes are just the beginning.  Here’s how The Monthly Dish can help:

Do ingredient brands make a difference?  We learned that ingredient brands can make or break a recipe.   So we provide recommendations for dependable brands, which lead to your success.

Are there easy tips to simplify this lifestyle?   Why, yes, there are – tips that will help you stick with it and be happy about it. And you get those in The Monthly Dish too.

Are the recipes healthy? You can feel confident about your nutrition needs because every recipe has the nutrition information printed right there, so you can see the protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber content of each dish. And we’ll show you how to interpret it so you’ll never again have to worry “am I getting enough protein?” or wonder “how many calories are in that?”  And you’ll be able to brag to your friends about your fiber intake.

Does The Monthly Dish help with grocery shopping? Yup, you get a shopping tool too that lets you quickly print your grocery list from the recipes you select!  You’re not locked into a weekly plan that someone else made for you.   You have the flexibility to select the recipes that look good to you.  So, The Monthly Dish provides you with 20+ delicious, family-friendly recipes every month, and you pick the ones you want.

vegan Asian burgers vegan pasta salad Better Than Meatloaf Muffins

Do you see what we mean when we say that recipes are just the beginning?  We want you to be successful and happy in your new, healthy, feel-good lifestyle, so our goal is to provide you with everything you’ll need to make it work.  And there’s more coming.  The Monthly Dish is not a static cookbook, it’s a lifestyle support tool.   It won’t gather dust on a bookshelf after you’ve looked at the pretty pictures.  It arrives in your email every month, with 20+ more recipes, tips, ingredient recommendations, instructional pictures, and your shopping tool. And do you know what’s really cool? You’ll be part of a community cooking together and learning together every month.  Not just for a week or a month, but all year long, through every day and special days.

How it works, click here to see the presentation Garden Dish Monthly Dish Vegan Meal Plan

All of the recipes, tips, and guidance in The Monthly Dish comply with our philosophy of food, which brings together a love of good food with ideas from some of today’s leading thinkers in health and wellness*.  You’ll find The Monthly Dish recipes are:

  • plant-based, using ingredients as close to “as grown in the garden” as possible
  • primarily created from whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices
  • salted “to taste” with the recommendation to salt lightly, at the table

 IMG_2070-004  Poached Pears with Simple Chocolate Sauce  Potato Apple Saffron Soup

Here’s what other Monthly Dish users have said:

I think you have a great idea going, educating people on the importance of a plant-based diet, and showing how fantastic the food can be: Colorful, tasty – and our body’s saying, “Thank You!!!” for the nutrition it needs. From your work we can all learn a great deal.  – Jodi M.

Like a lot of people, we had fallen into a rut of eating the same few vegan meals over and over. Garden Dish has really helped to expand our menu.   – Jeff B.

 I’m looking forward to making the meals as they look so delicious!  – Nancy Z.

Love the shopping list feature! I used it from my iPhone at the grocery store.– T.J.

 I like the monthly recommendations.  It gives me a short list of (seasonal) options for the month.  It lets me have variety without being overwhelming. – Carrie P.

White Chili vegan Caribbean tofu tacos vegan tortilla soup

How much is it worth to you to have kitchen-tested recipes, brand recommendations, handy tips, nutrition guidance, stepwise pictures, a shopping tool, and be part of a community cooking from the same set of recipes every month? How much is it worth to you to feel good, feel confident, and build your plant-based skills all year long? How about $9.95/month?  We used to spend more than $9.95 on a bottle of antacids before we transitioned to this cuisine.  Now we don’t need them! You’ll save that much just from knowing what to buy. We know you’ll love what you eat and what it does for you!   Signing up is easy.  If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, Garden Dish will refund your money.  Simple as that.  So, click the link below and get your first month of The Monthly Dish now. It’s the support you need to make your new lifestyle work.  You’ll be so happy you did.

* Our philosophy of food is inspired by our love of tasty food, combined with the nutritional/medical work of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Neal Barnard, to name a few.