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Monday Meal Planning

As a follow up to my post about meal planning with Pinterest, I thought I would occasionally share our weekly dinner schedule. Using a little bit of Pinterest, some old favorites, and including less complicated dinners to throw together (this week: tacos), meal planning is really getting easier.

This is what’s on the menu this week:

Click here to view the full PDF.


MONDAY: shahi paneer & peas

TUESDAY: kale, cannelinni, & veggie sausage soup (adapting a Rachael Ray recipe so we can use up an abundance of kale from the garden)


WEDNESDAY: tempeh tacos (corn tortillas, tempeh, shredded cabbage & carrot, mole, crema – or maybe avocado and pico)


(Photo via Serious Eats)
THURSDAY: lentil coconut soup with a side of sliced mango


FRIDAY: kale, onion, & cheddar frittata with smoothies (perhaps our own recipe for avocado banana smoothies)


SATURDAY: BBQ tofu sandwiches with caramelized onion & cabbage with a side of carrot sticks

SUNDAY: date night dinner out!

Click here to borrow our dinner schedule template.

Comment and share what’s on your menu this week!

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meal planning with Pinterest

Before heading into the work week, I have learned it is crucial to plan out some dinners and do a big grocery shop. This saves us a ton of time, money, and frustration. I really hate the late evening, “What should we have for dinner?” conversation, and inevitably if we waited until just before dinner to make a plan and go to the store we would end up eating out 3 nights a week.

Since Pinterest came into my life, picking recipes I’ve found online to work into the weekly dinner schedule is so much easier. I used to have this terribly awkward system of bookmark folders for different types of recipes. It just didn’t work. Now I just jump back and forth to different food boards I have organized on Pinterest and wait for something to catch my eye. Currently I only have a handful of food boards. I have them broken down by meal (breakfast,lunch,dinner) or season, and have boards for things I tend to collect a lot of recipes for like eggs or tofu. As the boards grow I tend to re-organize into more specific boards. For example, I’m starting to see the need for a soup board.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t normally make a new recipe every single day. I aim to make at least one new thing each week. I generally plan between 3 and 5 meals at a time, and I try to make sure at least one of those is something simple and “semi-homemade” like veggie burgers or tacos. I also try to include a more homemade dinner that is an old favorite I know well, like my vegan chipotle corn chowder or one of our favorite chili recipes. I fill in the rest of the week with new or old recipes from Pinterest and cookbooks, and leave room for going out or making something on a whim before planning the next 3-5 dinners.


Part of this week’s dinner schedule. Click to view a PDF.

This week I threw together our meal plan in record time and all 5 of the scheduled dinners were from my Pinterest boards. I thought I’d share. I think we’re going to eat well this week, and it took less than 10 minutes to get it all together and another 10-15 minutes to compile a grocery list. Since we are a family of three, I always try to make dinners that make enough portions to have 1-2 meals worth of leftovers and that is what we take for lunch most days.

Feel free to borrow my dinner schedule template via Google docs!

xoxo Krista

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green curry quinoa bowls

What’s for dinner? We’re trying to keep you up to date with our food post $5 project.

Adapted from our current library book, Cook 1.0.

Simple dinner, and we successfully subbed quinoa for jasmine rice. We are trying so hard to be healthy. This was quite delicious. A little on the fatty side for how we’re trying to eat, but I’ll get to tweaking it.

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day twenty-nine


(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Here’s what we ate for $4.78 yesterday, January 30, 2011.

Uh-oh, only one more day after this! Are you going to miss us?

BREAKFAST

8 ounces TJ’s organic plain yogurt $0.70
1/4 cup cocoa hazelnut granola $0.22
2/3 banana $0.17

LUNCH

tempeh & fried egg sandwich with sprouts & chipotle aioli $1.31
mineola $0.42

DINNER

red bean chipotle burgers on multigrain buns $1.11
baked onion rings $0.85

total $4.78

Whoa, that cocoa hazelnut granola recipe rules! And bonus points for being cheap yet decadent. We wanted to make some homemade organic cane syrup, but it always seems to come down to time. Even though it was not advised, we subbed honey to keep things simple and it still tasted great. I was surprised this was so cheap, hazelnuts and all. We are keeping the serving size small to keep it healthy. If you’re curious about nutrition, Jess calculated the info.

Those burgers were pretty great, too. It is tough to find a good veggie burger recipe. We are trying not to get all of our protein from soy, and trying not to buy so much processed food. There is so much highly processed “health food” and vegetarian products on the market today. It’s great to have that option, but we’re trying to do better as much as we can. I used chickpea flour as my flour of choice for the recipe. They definitely tasted like bean burgers, but they were good, flavorful bean burgers. Good thing we liked them, because I made a double recipe which will be four dinners for our family. At 22 cents a pop, they sure do make Boca Burgers seem like something we won’t need to buy for a very long time.

And holy crap, BAKED ONION RINGS! Those were the highlight of the meal. Maybe not as good as the real deal, but unbelievably close. Thanks, Martha.

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Our first seven-course meal together

In honor of the vice-presidential debates tonight, we constructed a seven course meal in honor of this year’s historic vice-presidential candidates. And when I say “vice-presidential-themed,” I mean Sarah Palin-themed because let’s be serious folks: We Are Obsessed With Sarah Palin. Everything featured here is entirely vegan & made from scratch in our kitchen.

COURSE ONE
Apéritif: You can see WHITE RUSSIANS from Alaska

COURSE TWO
Bridge to Nowhere Mix

COURSE THREE
Pregnant Teenage Daughter Stuffed Mushrooms

COURSE FOUR
Endangered Species Salad

COURSE FIVE
Intermezzo: Swedish Barracudas

COURSE SIX
The Family Values Meal

COURSE SEVEN
Chocolate Moose Mousse with a Fossil-fuel Crust and a Raspberry Target on Top

Behold:

COURSE ONE

Apéritif: You can see WHITE RUSSIANS from Alaska

This is my foreign policy experience.

COURSE TWO

Bridge to Nowhere Mix

Only half-dipped in case you want to say “Thanks, but no thanks” to the chocolate.
Featuring: brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, dried pineapple, and banana chips.

COURSE THREE

Pregnant Teenage Daughter Stuffed Mushrooms

Bristol’s secret surprise: The real show-stealing recipe of the night, just like an unexpected pregnancy in the middle of an election. Everyone says “whoa” about these mushrooms! We used this recipe.

COURSE FOUR

Endangered Species Salad

A crisp white salad of jicama, endive, turnip & cucumber in honor of the polar bears and beluga whales from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

COURSE FIVE

Intermezzo: Swedish Barracudas

Despite Heart’s polite request, we could not pass up this reference.

COURSE SIX

The Family Values Meal

Vegan Salmon Burgers and Freedom Fries with a trio of dipping sauces:

– Lipstick Red Catsup
– Pit Bull Chipotle Sauce
– Hockey Mom’s special BBQ Sauce

COURSE SEVEN

Chocolate Moose Mousse with a Fossil-fuel Crust and a Raspberry Target on Top

We hope the election has an ending as sweet and satisfying as our meal,
with Barry O. in the White House & Palin back in the tundra.

Recommended Beer Pairing:

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