Vegan Menu Planning Monday

This week I’m going to work on cleaning out some freezer food. It’s great that I’m finally putting things up for a busy week, because this is the busy week I’ve been saving for!

We’re still on the eating plan and going to the gym 5 times a week and we’re starting to see a difference in how our clothes fit. Woo hoo!

Breakfast of the week: Kashi Go Lean Crunch (alternated with oatmeal)with unsweetened vanilla almond milk with banana, apple, or blueberries

Sweet of the week: slow cooker Mexican chocolate black bean brownies

Lunch Soup of the week: various soups that are hanging out in the freezer – this is the week to make a dent in them!

** Salads with each meal **

Monday: veggie loaf with mashed cauliflower with mushroom gravy and steamed veggies

Tuesday: slow cooker experiment

Wednesday: slow cooker polenta with tofu ricotta, white beans, and marinara sauce

Thursday: mexican burger topped with guacamole with green chili parsnips and spanish rice

Friday: dinner out – PF Chang’s?

Saturday: Black bean sweet potato chili

Sunday: slow cooker polenta with tofu ricotta, white beans, and marinara sauce

Fat Smash Vegan Menu Planning Monday

Last week went well with our food plan and Thursday we get to add brown rice pasta and soy cheese. Woo hoo!! We both have lost weight and have been exercising several times a week. So far so good.

Breakfast of the week: Oatmeal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk with banana, apple, or blueberries

Sweet of the week: slow cooker sweet potatoes with cinnamon

Lunch Soup of the week: slow cooker white bean tempeh chili with butternut squash

** Salads with each meal **

Monday: slow cooker sweet and sour tofu (made with smoked tofu) over brown rice

Tuesday: slow cooker Indian dahl and okra – maybe eggplant too with brown rice

Wednesday: slow cooker eggplant  lasagna with salad

Thursday:  mexican burger topped with guacamole with green chili parsnips and spanish rice or mexi spagetti squash

Friday: vegan brown rice pasta mac and cheese with steamed veggies

Saturday: Asian tofu lettuce wraps with stir fried veggies

Sunday: slow cooker polenta with tofu ricotta, white beans, and marinara sauce

Vegan Fat Smash Phase 1 Menu Planning Monday

Geeky spouse and I signed up for a 3 month program at the Y to finally get some of this extra weight off. It’s a great program with tons of extra classes for beginners and a food plan. The food plan is the Fat Smash Diet. While I put no faith in diets, this seems to be a program where you eat gluten-free vegan for phase 1. No pasta, avocados, white potatoes, sugar, caffeine, or wine. Phase one is 9 days, so it should be pretty easy.

The sugar will be the hardest part for me, but you get all the fruit you want. So I have splurged and gone off my buying local seasonal produce to keep my sweet fix. I have cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. That should keep me busy enough to actually become less dependent on sugar. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Breakfast of the week: Oatmeal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk with banana, apple, or blueberries

Sweet of the week: slow cooker fruit (Similar to the drunken apples but without all the sugar and alcohol)

Lunch Soup of the week: slow cooker meatless tortilla soup

** Salads with each meal **

Monday: black bean burger lettuce wrap tacos topped with shredded carrots and salsa, served with Spanish brown rice

Tuesday: smoked tofu over assorted veggies – made in slow cooker (recipe to follow on healthy slow cooking)

Wednesday: veggie fried rice with tofu and pineapple

Thursday: spaghetti squash with tempeh ‘meat balls’ and marinara sauce

Friday: veggie chili taco salad

Saturday: Asian tofu lettuce wraps with stir fried veggies

Sunday: homemade veggie burger over brown rice and asst veggies

Veggie Menu Planning Monday

I have started a new veggie slow cooker blog that’s called Healthy Slow Cooking. I will be redoing all my slow cooker recipes from here and will be adding tons of new ones as well.  Check it out if you get a chance.

Why all the seitan this week? Well, I made a big recipe of it from Post Punk Kitchen. I’m freezing some for later, but want to test it out in a few things. I used veggie broth instead of the soy sauce to cut down on the salt. I’ll let you know later if that was a good move or not. Never heard of it? It’s made from the gluten in wheat to produce a more “meaty” textured protein substitute. Check out more info here at Gourmet Sleuth or About.com.

Breakfast of the week: Kashi Heart to Heart cereal instead with unsweetened vanilla almond milk with banana or dried apricots

Sweet of the week: New to me banana bread – looks like an amazing recipe

Lunch Soup of the week: Slow Cooker Apple and Split Pea Soup (from the new blog)

Monday: Seitan Stroganoff with steamed broccoli

Tuesday: Garden-Fresh Stir-Fry with Seitan from eatingWell.com

Wednesday: Guacamole enchiladas with refried beans

Thursday: Celery Root and Caramelized Pear Soup and a big salad with roasted sweet potato, beets,  goat cheese and pecans – possibly homemade bread

Friday: BBQ riblets with mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots, and green beans

Saturday: Slow cooker veggie pot pie – will be a variation of something like this (will post recipe after I’ve made it and it is safe for others!)

Sunday: Seitan Stir Fry with Spicy Noodles or a veggie pasta dish of some kind

Veggie Menu Planning Monday – Getting Healthier in 2010!

I have been on vacation and am finally really tired of eating out. We have a ton of January birthdays to celebrate so that means eating out 2 more times this month. But last week was a winner on eating healthy and it’s always great to start the new year off on the right foot.

GeekySpouse and I are really trying to keep our 2010 goals of eating better and exercising. Cooking at home and keeping track of calories has been the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. I miss my younger days when I worked out enough to eat whatever I want. But perhaps if I can get to the y at least 5 times a week I can shed the pounds that are keeping me from having the energy I want. Wish me luck!

I’m trying to add more iron and potassium to my diet. If you have any good recipes leave me a link in the comments. It’s ok if it’s meaty – I will just make a veggie version.

I’m also going to concentrate on posting more recipes this year and possibly starting a new slow cooking blog. I’ll let you know more about that next week!

Breakfast of the week: Kashi Heart to Heart cereal instead with unsweetened vanilla almond milk with banana or dried apricots

Sweet of the week: Pistachio-apricot oatmeal cookies

Lunch Soup of the week: Spinach and dal soup (I subbed unsweetened soy milk for the milk and olive oil for the butter)

Monday: Cauliflower Bisque with Buttered Breadcrumbs (make it vegan using this cashew goat cheese substitute or just use some soy yogurt instead) with arugula salad with almonds and dried berries with blasamic dressing

Tuesday: Dinner out with Faith and Christy

Wednesday: Sweet potato black bean chili quesadillas with some sautéed greens tucked in and spanish rice for good measure (freeze leftover spanish rice for another meal)

Thursday: Dinner out with Jenny

Friday: BBQ riblets with mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots, and green beans

Saturday: Butternut Squash Sage Pasties, arugula salad with roasted veg with blasamic dressing (alter recipe with no parm cheese and sub pecans for pine nuts)

Sunday: Whole wheat pasta with leftover veggies (clean out the fridge sauce)

Daylight Savings Veggie Menu Planning Monday

Yesterday I was the most productive I may have ever been. Got my weeklies cooked and 2 entrees! I think I love daylight savings time, at least in the fall when we get that ‘extra’ hour.

I’m obviously obsessed with orange veggies – especially pumpkin. Yum!

Muffin of the week: Fat Free Pumpkin Raisin Biscuits

Sweet of the week: Pumpkin Black Bottom Cupcakes

Lunch Soup of the week: Sweet Potato Chickpea Gumbo with Brown Rice

 

Monday: Vegetable Pot Pie

Tuesday: Slow cooker Polenta with marinara sauce

Wednesday: Wine-Braised Lentils with Garlic Sautéed Spinach

Thursday: Make up jewelry class – bring gumbo for dinner

Friday: Veggie burgers and Fries with broccoli slaw

Saturday: Veggie Chili with Cornbread

Sunday: Use leftovers in a soup or a pot pie

Money in My Pocket Veggie Menu Monday

I’m a busy bee this week, and not eating at home so much. However when I have my classes I’m packing lunch and dinner to take to work. I really like the leftover money from my check last week!

I’m still keeping with my breakfast/lunch theme of soup, muffin, and cookie. It actually made it fun to eat at work last week. In fact a friend just called me to go to lunch with her today and I’m actually disappointing I won’t be eating the lunch I made!

Muffin of the week: Apple Crumb Muffins – warning don’t do the stupid thing I did! I have been using olive oil in place of butter lately, so I poured my hot butter into the bowl with my egg without thinking. Yes, it became a scrambled egg – yuck!

Cookie of the week: Chocolate chip, pecan and coconut cookies – Cheryl asked for something like this and they turned out pretty good.

Lunch Soup of the week: Cauliflower Bisque – made without goat cheese this time. I added a little coconut creamer instead for a vegan soup.

Monday: Leftover bbq tofu pizza

Tuesday: Marinated Baked Tofu, asian style greens (add ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and a little sriracha chili sauce), mashed potatoes with gravy 

Wednesday: Metals class – pack leftovers to eat at work

Thursday: Spicy tempeh with broccoli and whole wheat pasta – from Veginomicon

Friday: Eat at Faith and Christy’s

Saturday: Sweet Potato, Okra, and Chickpea Gumbo and cornbread

Sunday: Pizza with salad (use up leftover veggies on the pizza)

I Love Fall Veggie Menu Monday

I love fall. I have the windows open to the fresh air, and have major cravings for swiss chard, kale, apples, soups and pumpkin in everything!

This is my second week of making a batch of muffins for my morning sweet fix. I’ve been sneaking in flax and oat bran for good measure.

I also decided I need a cookie fix and I had leftover canned pumpkin – the soft pumpkin pecan cookies are crazy good – very cakelike with a decadent brown sugar glaze.

To counteract the cookies I have a super healthy soup for lunch. The red kale is so pretty and it was a great way to use some of the last of the basil from my garden.

Muffin of the week: Low fat Apple Walnut Muffins

Cookie of the week: Soft Pumpkin Pecan Iced Cookies

Lunch Soup of the week: Red Kale and White Bean Soup

Monday: Leftover Pasta with pumpkin mushroom sauce (I will post recipe later). It’s a combo of these recipes and my own touch: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=550003# and http://www.momadvice.com/blog/2009/09/creamy-pumpkin-pasta.html

Tuesday: Tofu stir-fry with bok choy, and other greens in a soy ginger sauce with green beans in black bean sauce and steamed dumplings

Wednesday: Chickenl-ess Parmigiano with vegan Cesar salad and garlic bread

Thursday: Slow cooker Lentil Chard Soup or Curried lentil with greens soup

Friday: Homemade biscuits and veggie sausage gravy

Saturday: Gumbo of some kind – maybe z’Herbes

Sunday: Clean out the fridge veggie soup made in the slow cooker and fresh bread recipe from sparkpeople

Tail Between My Legs Veggie Menu Monday

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Sorry for disappearing. Let’s just say too much money was spent and there was an eating out frenzy that’s made my budget look like the dog chewed it.

So here I go with the basics – menu planning. Over and over again it proves itself to be invaluable!

Fall is the perfect time to pull out the slow cooker if you haven’t used it in awhile. Take a look at a few of my favorites, and see if there are any you want to add to your menu plan this week.

I also recommend spinach salads for the week. Buying a large container of pre-washed baby spinach is a great investment. Not only does it keep longer than baby lettuce, when it’s at the end you can saute it, add to pasta sauces and even sneak some on sandwiches to add extra fiber and vitamins.

Monday: Minestrone and spinach salad (recipe near the bottom of linked post)

Tuesday: Refried Bean Tacos in blue corn shells with chorizo Spanish couscous over a romaine salad

Wednesday: Cauliflower curry potato curry with dahl over basmati brown rice and naan

Thursday: Grilled Pizza and salad

Friday: Pepper steak with steamed brown rice and wonton soup

Saturday: Chickenl-ess Parmigiano with vegan Cesar salad and garlic bread

Sunday: Clean out the fridge veggie soup made in the slow cooker and fresh bread recipe from sparkpeople

Veggie Menu Monday

Still eating from the pantry and the freezer. This week I bought romaine, brown sugar and veggie stuffing. We’re going to Asheville for our first real vacation this year and I’m treating myself to the spa on Sunday. I’ll be posting more about it next week.

Monday: Acorn Squash stuffed with sausage bread stuffing with vegan Cesar salad

Tuesday: Layered Mexican Burrito Casserole – recipe to follow

Wednesday: Fried rice and green beans with garlic sauce

Thursday: Hazelnut Ravioli with marinara sauce and vegan Cesar salad

Friday: Something from the freezer

Saturday: Vacation in Asheville, dinner at Laughing Seed

Sunday: Vacation in Asheville, dinner at Biltmore

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