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post #1 of 27
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Anyone interested in a meal planning thread?  I look at the vegetarian and healthy eating forums but feel life with a newborn is a whole different deal when it comes to meals.  I finally got to a grocery store tonight (after 3 weeks) and it meant dragging in an exhausted 4 yr old and baby who just really needed to be home after a long day.  curious how others are handling food prep, etc - and hoping for some ideas.  

 

So far I am keeping meals really simple.  I cook something usually once or twice a week and make enough for a few days.  My DH and DD unfortunately eat a ton of Annie's shells- with brocollli at least for DH - and DD sill eat fruit etc.  I eat lots of salads, roasted veggies, veg proteins and nutritional yeast on everything!!!  I havent had the time or energy to grille - but am hoping to use the crockpot now that the nights are getting chilly again :)

post #2 of 27

I had some meals planned and frozen from before I had Liam. They're gone now and replaced with frozen things until I can get a proper grocery shopping trip in. DH's shopping consists of the frozen/already prepared aisles.

 

I have a "weekly" planner that I use which lasts us about 2 weeks since I plan 7 meals and have leftovers. I'll probably be going shopping within the next few days, but here's what  I've got planned.

 

Fried rice

B-fast bowls

Shepherd's Pie

Buffalo Chicken Chili (crock pot)

Meat adn Saurkraut casserole

Kelbasa and Kraut sandwiches

nd BBQ chicken w/ cheesy rice & broccoli

 

All are pretty quick to prepare, and hopefully I'll manage to get one or two done and cook up the rest before leftovers run out or go bad.

post #3 of 27
Right now we are just doing whatever the next two weeks. I"m sure I'll cook some of the frozen meals I have left from stocking the freezer, but we'll probably be eating out a good bit. He's going to be in basic training for 10+ weeks, so we're going to try and enjoy the next two weeks and not worry much about health.

But after that, I definitely want to figure something out. I'll be cooking for just me so I need to come up with some good single person meals that are easy.
post #4 of 27

We seem to exist mostly on what comes out of my crockpot. I also do not cook daily, I amke double batches of meals and then we usually eat it two nights in a row. And that leaves us with a 1-2 person helping leftover that I freeze and when the freezer starts to get full of those, we have a night or two where we all pick what we want out.  I've fine tuned my system over years and now seem to be full back on track after baby. I shop once a week for fresh food, once a month I make a trip 60 miles one way to Sams for bulk food, I've already made two trips since DS2 was born. I'm still wishing for a Costco someday (rural area) but for now this will have to work. 

 

I meal plan once a week right before the store and figure out what all the meals will be. I eat chicken or turkey so we do a lot of that. Tonight is chicken teriyaki and leftover rice from the weekend. I'll add a salad. When I'm on track, I'll make similar things a couple days apart. So I cooked rice over the weekend for a meal, I make a double batch and then use the rest for another meal later, I do the same with mashed potatoes, we eat them and then I make Shepard's Pie in the pot with the rest. I like to make a big meal not out of the crockpot on Sunday night, something more complicated since DH is usually around and then we eat it again the next night. 

 

My standards are lots of soup and chili in the winter. I'll cook pasta dishes in there as well, mexican, just about everything actually! 

 

post #5 of 27
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have a crockpot chili going today, rolls and my "midnight nursing snacks" in the oven  hooray!!!!

post #6 of 27
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nursing snacks burnt- hopefully still good charred!

post #7 of 27
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Out to dinner last night (hooray!!) and pizza tonight.  Hoping to make a frittata tomorrow since we should use some eggs, broil zucchini, cook corn, bake bread (dough all ready in fridge) - that and leftovers will get us through this week - I think!

post #8 of 27

I try to come up with at least 5 meals for the week and then either DH or I will run to the food store to get everything we need for the week.  It really seems to help.  Our meals are vegan.  These are in our usual rotation...

 

chana masala

creole red beans with quinoa

stuffed shells

pasta with meatballs and red sauce

tacos - either with lentils or boca crumbles

tofu/vegetable stir fry with quinoa

hot dogs w/oven fries / burgers with oven fries

 

Take out - 

Chinese or pizza

 

 

We buy dry chickpeas and keep them on hand.  The night before we do chana masala DH soaks the chickpeas and slow cooks them so we have a huge amount of chickpeas to use for the week -- for this and for salads, for just eating with Goddess dressing, etc.

 

All these meals are super easy and require little brain power and prep.  Stirfry and burgers/dogs are for nights when we just don't feel like cooking or it got late and theres no time.  They are super fast, filling, and DD will eat them with minimal fighting.

 

Every two weeks DH does a Costco run -- we stock up on hummus, coffee, bananas, apples (these run out usually before the two weeks are up), guacamole & chips, bread, soymilk, frozen broccoli, frozen stir fry blend veggies, Boca burgers, and of course paper goods (tp and paper towels).  He will also run to the asian food store and get a bunch of tofu.  Every time he goes into Manhattan for work (1-2 times a month) he goes to Whole Foods for Daiya (cheese) and then to this really awesome asian market in Chinatown that has vegan nuggets and cutlets and other meat analogues that we can use throughout the week for lunches.

 

We try to do takeout only 1X per week, but we've been abusing China Wok and Papa Johns since the baby came.  LOL.

 

I don't like to do meals with lots of chopping and prepping.  And I can't seem to get into the idea of slow cooking -- I wish I could b/c it sounds super easy.  I tried a couple of times to make meals in it,  and both things I made came out super bland and soggy.  Very disappointing.

post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes View Post

I try to come up with at least 5 meals for the week and then either DH or I will run to the food store to get everything we need for the week.  It really seems to help.  Our meals are vegan.  These are in our usual rotation...

 

chana masala

creole red beans with quinoa

stuffed shells

pasta with meatballs and red sauce

tacos - either with lentils or boca crumbles

tofu/vegetable stir fry with quinoa

hot dogs w/oven fries / burgers with oven fries

 

Take out - 

Chinese or pizza

 

 

We buy dry chickpeas and keep them on hand.  The night before we do chana masala DH soaks the chickpeas and slow cooks them so we have a huge amount of chickpeas to use for the week -- for this and for salads, for just eating with Goddess dressing, etc.

 

All these meals are super easy and require little brain power and prep.  Stirfry and burgers/dogs are for nights when we just don't feel like cooking or it got late and theres no time.  They are super fast, filling, and DD will eat them with minimal fighting.

 

Every two weeks DH does a Costco run -- we stock up on hummus, coffee, bananas, apples (these run out usually before the two weeks are up), guacamole & chips, bread, soymilk, frozen broccoli, frozen stir fry blend veggies, Boca burgers, and of course paper goods (tp and paper towels).  He will also run to the asian food store and get a bunch of tofu.  Every time he goes into Manhattan for work (1-2 times a month) he goes to Whole Foods for Daiya (cheese) and then to this really awesome asian market in Chinatown that has vegan nuggets and cutlets and other meat analogues that we can use throughout the week for lunches.

 

We try to do takeout only 1X per week, but we've been abusing China Wok and Papa Johns since the baby came.  LOL.

 

I don't like to do meals with lots of chopping and prepping.  And I can't seem to get into the idea of slow cooking -- I wish I could b/c it sounds super easy.  I tried a couple of times to make meals in it,  and both things I made came out super bland and soggy.  Very disappointing.


I cook mostly vegan as well- although Ive been eating eggs since this last pregnancy- and fish about once a month- so Im a weird mix these days!!  Curious- is your stuffed shells recipe vegan? I will eat cheese- mostly on pizza- but prefer not to...

 

post #10 of 27

Yup, 100% vegan and super easy.  I'll post it here in case anyone else is interested, too.

 

 

Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

  • 18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 4-6 cups marina sauce
  • 1 lb. firm water-packed tofu
  • 2/3 cup vegan canola mayonaise (or veganaise)
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 3/8 cup onion (or 2 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F
  2. Combine mayo, seasonings, and tofu into a food food processor and work until well mixed.
  3. Put a layer of sauce in a 9×13” glass dish, fill shells with filling, cover with more sauce.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes.

Adaptation

  1. Adapted from The Uncheese Cookbook 1st edition.
 
I did put this recipe into my WW recipe builder and it's 15 pts per serving (~4-5 shells per person)  But I think it's worth every single delicious point.
post #11 of 27

Carrie, I've actually made a very similar recipe, maybe an adaptation of this one. It's delicious--and so, so easy! I'll have to keep it in mind for easy dinners.

 

Also, would you share your chana masala recipe? I'm very interested in that one!

 

Question for you ladies who are doing weight watchers: is it just an online thing or do you have to attend meetings? Also, how much does it cost? It sounds good, and goodness knows, I've got weight to lose. LOL I went down to 135 and the past few days I've been 137. I'm not very tall and have about 20 pounds to lose.

post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by PoetryLover View Post

Carrie, I've actually made a very similar recipe, maybe an adaptation of this one. It's delicious--and so, so easy! I'll have to keep it in mind for easy dinners.

 

Also, would you share your chana masala recipe? I'm very interested in that one!

 

Question for you ladies who are doing weight watchers: is it just an online thing or do you have to attend meetings? Also, how much does it cost? It sounds good, and goodness knows, I've got weight to lose. LOL I went down to 135 and the past few days I've been 137. I'm not very tall and have about 20 pounds to lose.


Chana masala is here.  I've tweaked it a bit over the past few months, but nothing majorly different from what's on the page.  We serve it with quinoa.

 

I'm doing just the online program. I LOVE it so far and it's only been one day.  It's really opening my eyes to what I've been eating.  I did the 3 months online membership and it was $57.  I think 3 months is a good start.  I have 25-30 lbs to lose overall.

 

ETA - the chana masala with quinoa comes out to 10 pts.

post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 

thanks Carrie :)- where do we find chana masala recipe?

duh- found it!!


Edited by nald1 - 9/27/11 at 5:56am
post #14 of 27

nald1, it's the purple word here in Carrie's post.

 

Carrie, thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

 

Peony, I love your idea of making extra food for other meals, especially making extra mashed potatoes for shepherd's pie and extra rice for a stir fry. This will really cut down on cooking time. 

post #15 of 27
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< Question for you ladies who are doing weight watchers: is it just an online thing or do you have to attend meetings? Also, how much does it cost? It sounds good, and goodness knows, I've got weight to lose. LOL I went down to 135 and the past few days I've been 137. I'm not very tall and have about 20 pounds to lose.


I go to the meetings. I've been a weight watcher on and off for about 5 years and I've found that the best way for me to stay on plan and make it work is to be accountable to the public scale! I go get weighed-in at the meeting and then talk to the leader about my progress. It's very therapeutic. Plus, I like listening to all the tips and tricks the other meeting participants bring to the table. I've discovered a lot of new helpful food choices that way. If you get the monthly pass, it's $39.95/mo and includes all the online tools/trackers.


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post #16 of 27
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nald1, it's the purple word here in Carrie's post.

 

Carrie, thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

 

Peony, I love your idea of making extra food for other meals, especially making extra mashed potatoes for shepherd's pie and extra rice for a stir fry. This will really cut down on cooking time. 

I know, I know- I saw it after- feel like a dork!!!
 

 

post #17 of 27
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I know, I know- I saw it after- feel like a dork!!! 

 


I was just trying to be helpful. I think it's easy to miss things when you're worn out from sleep deprivation. :-) Sometimes I have a hard  time typing simple sentences.

 

post #18 of 27

Thanks for the recipes, Carrie!  I'm always on the lookout for new vegan meals to try.

post #19 of 27
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I was just trying to be helpful. I think it's easy to miss things when you're worn out from sleep deprivation. :-) Sometimes I have a hard  time typing simple sentences.

 



Thanks for understanding :) - I had a dream last night that my doula came over to show me how to write a check because i couldnt remember how on no sleep!!!!!

post #20 of 27
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Living on frozen veggie soup I made while pregnant this week- so grateful now that the witching hour has raised its ugly head.....

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