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post #81 of 105

Im trying to get by with as little of a grocery shop as possible. Dh is grabbing almond milk and a few pieces of fruit frm the grocery store tonight. Im clearing out the fridge and somewhat the pantry this week

 

Tonight is Rice Gnocchi(Never tried but jumped in excitement when I saw it) mixed w a brushetta dry mix a friend brought home from italy and some canned tomatoes frozen spinach and chickpeas. The brushetta mix is too spicy for the kids so theyll get reg tomato sauce on theyre noodles. And salad

 

Tues-Slow cooker day- Rice and beans(using kidney beans I think) using up the leftover canned tomatoes,diced carrot, corn,onion,veggie juice and spices. With steamed broccoli

 

Wed-Tortilla casserole. Homemade tortillas,refried beans,leftover tomato sauce,diced carrots,leftover frozen spinach and corn w daiya mozza cheese or a packet of nacho cheese stuff I found in the health food store.. Well have it w the leftover sour cream

 

Thurs-Prob something in the slowcooker or sandwiches. Thurs is a hectic day

 

Fri grocery shopping

post #82 of 105

Wishin: My daughter is the same - I have to put pieces of our dinner all separate for her!

 

So I didn't make the lima bean lasagna. I remembered I had a butternut squash needing to be used so I made the butternut squash lasagne from the book. I made the tofu cheese but it wasn't very flavorful so next time I will probably use ricotta. I like the butternut squash sauce a lot though. Served with salad.

 

DH got home late and didnt eat (after I spent hours making this and was SOO tired after). So we'll have it again tomorrow. 

 

Thursday I think I'm going to make bean balls and make them into meatball subs - DH can use his real frozen meatballs he bought this weekend. 

 

Friday I'm going to make split pea soup. 

 

Cindy

post #83 of 105

The bruschetta gnocchi was amazing! SO flipping good. Yest I made the rice and beans a double batch so we'd have leftovers.

 

Tonight was suppose to be tortilla casserole but I have no energy to roll tortillas so the kids and dh are having perogies and Im having leftover rice and beans. WEre having it with green bean mushroom sautee and salad.

 

Ill make tortilla casserole 2moro and throw in the leftover rice and beans.

post #84 of 105
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post
 

Tonight is Rice Gnocchi(Never tried but jumped in excitement when I saw it) mixed w a brushetta dry mix a friend brought home from italy and some canned tomatoes frozen spinach and chickpeas. The brushetta mix is too spicy for the kids so theyll get reg tomato sauce on theyre noodles. And salad

 


Caiesmommy,

how is the bruscetta mix? Living in Italy right now, I have to admit I never seen anything like it here! (Sicily is sometimes very different than the main land though! wink1.gif) Bruscetta here is just cut pieces of bread drizzled with olive oil and cut up fresh tomatoes and herbs/spices...

 

Aside from that though, the dish sounded nice! winky.gif

 

I'm still making meals from Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore.

On the weekend we had Portobello Steaks with mashed potatoes and veggie medley (=cut up carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leek, 1/2 c veggie broth, salt, pepper --> all in a big pan and roast in the oven @ 400 F for 1 h yummy.gif)

Monday was leftover day, Tue. home made tomato soup (not HH's recipe!) and grilled cheez sandwiches (I used Vegan Vittles' recipe), yesterday curried carrot soup with home made bread (both also my own recipe) and today was originally planned to have smoky Black Bean Enchiladas.. but DS has caught a stomach bug (DD had it last week) and is vomiting all day..,greensad.gif DH has to work unexpectedly, so it'd only be DD and myself... I think I'll save it for tomorrow's dinner.

 

post #85 of 105

I actually think my friend got it in sicily. Ill have to find the mix. Its just dried spices u mix w oil & water. It was so good!

 

Tonight Im in a rush & fams stopping by so I just made a batch of hotdog muffins. Nasty good :) Im giving it to the kids w salad and broc. Try and make it a semi healthy meal ;)

post #86 of 105
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post

I actually think my friend got it in sicily. Ill have to find the mix. Its just dried spices u mix w oil & water. It was so good!

 

Tonight Im in a rush & fams stopping by so I just made a batch of hotdog muffins. Nasty good :) Im giving it to the kids w salad and broc. Try and make it a semi healthy meal ;)



Oh wow, how funny! Yes, please, if you could find the mix and tell me the name, I'd love to know! thumb.gif

 

I ended up having brown rice and 'pizza beans' (lima beans baked w/pizza sauce & black olives). yummy.gif

post #87 of 105

Field Roast veggie sausage has been on sale at our co-op so last night we had caramelized onion, swiss chard and apple sage field roast over brown rice...yummy!  Tonight is lentil soup (sauteed carrot/onion/celery w/ garlic/cumin/paprika/bay leaf and green lentils and spinach) and some yummy manchego w/ crackers.  

 

AND, we are under our budget for going out to eat at restaurants this month!!!  Proud of us!

post #88 of 105

The bruschetta mix is in a clear bag w a brown lael. Just says Bruschetta Casereccia and has a picture of leaves then under says Nu Poce Capri. 

 

No I think she got it in Caprese lol

 

So this weekend and next week is looking hectic. Im so lost of what to make come next week. Im really going to try and make the tortilla casserole 2nite. Ds is going to help me w tortillas..which is prob doubling the workduh.gif

 

 

2moro we have a funeral,sun a bday party,wed eye dr and shrek the musical,thur karate and grandparents day @ dds nursery school(so family staying over),sun international yoga show. Ill need a little namaste.gif come Sun

post #89 of 105
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post

The bruschetta mix is in a clear bag w a brown lael. Just says Bruschetta Casereccia and has a picture of leaves then under says Nu Poce Capri. 

 

No I think she got it in Caprese lol

 

So this weekend and next week is looking hectic. Im so lost of what to make come next week. Im really going to try and make the tortilla casserole 2nite. Ds is going to help me w tortillas..which is prob doubling the workduh.gif

 

 

2moro we have a funeral,sun a bday party,wed eye dr and shrek the musical,thur karate and grandparents day @ dds nursery school(so family staying over),sun international yoga show. Ill need a little namaste.gif come Sun


Thanks for letting me know!smile.gif

Out of curiosity I'll have to have a look when I'm shopping locally next time.

 

Your upcoming week sounds busy! I had to laugh about the smiley you used for DS helping you making tortillas! LOL That's how I feel every time my youngest wants to 'help' me! nut.gif

 

No planned meals yet.. I'm not sure whether I should continue cooking from Lindsay's Happy Herbivore book or pick another one!.. Heaven knows I have tons of books that haven't even been cooked from! shy.gif

 

post #90 of 105

I usually love cooking with my 3 yr old. She does make a bit more of a mess but she's pretty good at helping and it keeps her happy and occupied while dinner is made. Of course she still won't eat what she helps cook. 

 

No idea what dinner will be here. Hopefully at a restaurant. LOL. I was exhausted last night so DH heated up a cheeseless Amy's pizza and made a salad. We love that pizza from Amy's - they are normally almost $9, but I found them at Target for under $6. 

 

Cindy

post #91 of 105
Quote:Originally Posted by Vegan Princess View Post

I usually love cooking with my 3 yr old. She does make a bit more of a mess but she's pretty good at helping and it keeps her happy and occupied while dinner is made. Of course she still won't eat what she helps cook. 

 

 

 

1 kid is usually great to cook with...a 5.5 year old and a 3 year old together...no not @ all fun

 

So I think Ive got my week planned out

 

Last night kids had scrambled eggs and fruit and I made dh & I a batch of red curry soup w pineapple and rice noodles

 

Tonight-Fried rice and tofu stirfry of some sort & salad

 

Tues-tamalie pie in the slowcooker(I think) & salad

 

Wed-(eye dr & shrek) Pasta-gluten free bruschetta pasta for me,dh & my aunt. Reg noodle and sauce for kids w salad(hoping to prep tues nite)

 

Thurs(karate & grandparents day@ school)-Sloppy lentil sandwiches in the slow cooker w salad

 

We seem to eat a lot of saladyummy.gif

 

 



 

post #92 of 105

Last night I made beanballs and used them in place of meatballs on top of pasta along with some veggies. 

 

Tonight I think we're doing taco night. Just beans with toppings.

 

Tomorrow is chickpea cutlets (baked) with a white gravy (tastes like chicken fried steak this way) served w/broccoli.

 

We had thai takeout on saturday night. I had a coconut based soup that was really good and I know DH likes it. So I think I'll try and make some sort of tofu/veg thai coconut soup on Wed. Just need to find a recipe I like.

 

And I've also been pondering making pot pies again. I have the most insanely good recipe I got off of this thread a long time ago. It's going to rain tomorrow through the end of the week so I think soups and comfort foods will be good!

 

Cindy

 

PS: Yeah - I can imagine trying to control 2 kiddos in the kitchen! LOL! 

post #93 of 105
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This week is also a bit mix-matched for us... 

Sunday we had chickpea cutlets (also baked winky.gif) with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies, yesterday we had 'Mac and cheeze' from Alicia C. Simpson's recipe (similar to Lauren's von Vegan Yum Yum http://veganyumyum.com/2009/01/mac-cheeze-take-2/ ) and today fried rice with peas and I had the tofu from Passionate Vegetarian after it's been mentioned here! (Thank you for that; I should use the book much more often!!!) It was delicious! For the kids and DH I made the 'meat balls' from Vegan Vittles since I knew the kids won't touch tofu *sigh* and thankfully I got everyone's approval! wink1.gif

Not sure yet about the rest of the week.. I somehow wanted to go with 'Vegan Vittles' recipes this week but I'm not sure if I'll stick to it! LOL

 

Vegan Princess,

please share with us which pot pie recipe it was! 

The coconut base thai soup sounds yummy too!

post #94 of 105

Fitmommy: I haven't made the soup yet, but here is the recipe I printed out to try:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/vegetarianthairecipes/r/vegtomyum.htm

 

And here is the pot pie recipe I use below. There is no crust recipe included so I use the crust from vegan dad (I do not follow the rest of his recipe for the pot pie though). The crust is AMAZING!! My non-veg husband thinks it's the best pot pie crust he's ever tasted.

Crust:

http://vegandad.blogspot.com/2007/09/chicken-pot-pie.html

 

And here is the pot pie recipe, copied from a thread on mothering:

"Certainly! It's from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook, my favorite cookbook. It's kind of alot of work, but so worth it. If you need a pie crust recipe to go with it, let me know. I use a basic one made with WW pastry flour.


TOFU POT PIE

Make a pie crust, enough for a 2 crust pie. Bake the bottom shell at 400 for 10-15 minute, just until slightly browned on the edges.

Combine in a paper bag:
1/2 C flour
2 T nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder


Add 4 Cups frozen and thawed tofu cut into 1/2-3/4" cubes. Shake to cover cubes.
Saute the cubes in 1/4 C oil until lightly browned. Then add:
1 C chopped onions
1 C chopped celery
1/2 C chopped carrots
1 1/4 C fresh or frozen peas


Saute until onions are limp then add:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp soy sauce


Put this mixture in the partially baked shell and cover with Golden Gravy (recipe at end). Cover with 2nd pie crust, poke top crust and bake at 400 for 30 minutes, or until top is golden.

Golden Gravy
1/2 C nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 C flour
1/3 C oil
1 1/2 C water
2 T soy sauce
3/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper


Toast the yeast and flour until you can start to smell it. Add the oil and stir while it bubbles, and turns golden brown. Add the water, still stirring with a whisk, until it thickens and is like gravy. Stir in soy sauce, salt and pepper.

When I make this I usually add potatoes in small cubes and green beans, I think the peas get way too mushy but they'd probably be OK if you added them right before baking and didn't saute' first. This makes a really tall and hearty pie - my family of 3 usually eats it for 3 meals if we have it with salad. Also, we have a fun tradition with this meal - when I make it I tell dd and she's excited all day because she can't wait until dinner so she can see which design I put on the crust - sometimes a heart, or a sun, or a moon, or a letter of the alphabet."

 

Cindy

 

 

post #95 of 105
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much, Cindy!!!flowersforyou.gif (Btw, it's nice to know I'm not the only one with a non-veg husband here! wink1.gif)

post #96 of 105

This week we've done way to much take-outgreensad.gif. Wed by the time we got home from Shrek we grabbed thai food for us and our family. We got home at the kids bedtime so to start cooking then wouldn't have ended well. 

 

Thurs we had sloppy lentils, homemade baked fries and salad

 

Dd is staying w my aunt for the weekend so we decided to take ds and baby out to a poutine restaurant for some vegan poutine.eat.gif I of course ate dairy...and am still paying for itirked.gif

 

Tonight is falafel,hummus,a few veggies we have and carrots.

 

Not sure about 2moro since its FINALLY the yoga show and we have an apt w our real estate agent or Mon since were running low on fresh stuff and wont be shopping until tues am. Can't wait for next week and less running around.

post #97 of 105
Thread Starter 

No clue yet what to make next week...shy.gif I think I'm gonna go with Dreena Burton's 'Eat, Drink and be Vegan" and pick a few recipes out tomorrow.

 

post #98 of 105

Tonight DH is grilling. We're grilling marinated portobellos, sweet onions, peppers and pineapple. And having baked potatoes with that. 

 

I just did my menu planning for the week while DH cooks:

 

Mon: Rasta pasta: pasta, steamed veggies, red onion, kalmata olives, hemp seeds all tossed in a maple balsamic sauce

Tues: thai coconut soup that I never got around to making this week, along with fresh spring rolls w/mango and avocado inside and a peanut/coconut dipping sauce

Wed: stirfy over rice - I think tempeh, broccoli, snow peas and shitakes with a kecap manis sauce

Thurs: mushroom & tortellini soup with sauteed chard on the side

Fri: pizza & salad - going to try out a honey whole wheat crust recipe I found

 

That's about it! I'll probably make banana bread again this week and maybe a batch of granola. 

 

Cindy

post #99 of 105

Im dying to start grilling again! I miss it so much.

 

Last night I made dinner for my Grandma. We had pb noodle stirfry w mango salad


Tonight-pasta w tomato sauce for the kids. Bruschetta gluten-free pasta for dh and I. With a huge salad. Chickpeas for protein

Tues-Honey "baked" lentils w brown rice in the slow cooker. Prob w green bean/red onion sautee & salad

Wed-Cauliflower/potato/chickpea curry w steamed rice. Salad of some sort(Making extra steamed rice for fri)

Thurs-Sweet and sour tofu w rice in the slow cooker

Fri-Fried rice w terryaki "chicken" strips and whatever veg needs to be eaten

post #100 of 105

Strawberry spaghetti and asparagus!

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