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Please help a tired pregnant mom

post #1 of 6
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I have been really good about eating vegan since the morning sickness ended and I would like to keep it that way. But I am SO exhausted and by the time I'm done running kids around all day I am too tired to cook. I am spending a shameful amount of money on chipotle burritos and other vegan takeout which is bad because we are saving to buy a house. If anyone has vegan meal ideas that are quick and easy to make when you are desperately tired I would really appreciate it. Thanks. redface.gif
post #2 of 6

I'm in the same boat. Pregnant with number 4 and exhausted. I'm 27w and still throwing up and on crazy meds that knock me right out. It's been brutal.

 

My biggest tip is slow cooker EVERYTHING. Seriously.

I make pasta sauce in the slow cooker then I even throw the noodles in about an hour before we want to eat and its a one pot meal I barely have to do anything for

Slow cooker bean chili make a double batch wrap some in burritoes put in a baking dish covered in enchilada sauce and you have another dinner

Picnic dinner-hummus/carrot sticks/crackers ect

Soup again in the slow cooker. Double batch and save some in your freezer

I even double batch and freeze rice. Then thaw it and throw it into hot curry to warm it up.

Baked potatoes in the slow cooker. I make a slow cooker full and we have them for a ton of meals. Twice baked/topped with chili/plain w soy sour cream for a lunch

post #3 of 6

I keep canned beans on hand for quick dinners. I have a pasta pot that has a large steamer basket that sits on top, so my go to quick dinner involves boiling water in the pot, throwing the pasta in for 5 minutes, chopping veggies (zucchini, broccoli, kale, asparagus, and/or carrots), then putting them in the steamer basket on top and cooking it all for another 5. Meanwhile, I open and rinse a can of beans, and throw that and a couple of handfuls of baby spinach into the collander. Drain the pasta over the spinach and beans, dump everything back in the pot and add extras like garlic, herbs, oil, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, diced avocados, hemp seeds, maybe some salt. 

post #4 of 6

What has really helped me lately has been writing a weekly menu. I flip through cook books or previous weeks menus on Friday to get some ideas. 

Then DH goes shopping on the weekend and gets all the groceries so I don't have to worry about meal planning with random ingredients during the week.

I have no energy left to think about what's for dinner by late afternoon, so it really helps having a plan to remind me what to cook. I try to stick to recipes that take 30 min or less of actual prep time.  Spending a little extra time flavouring a tasty main course means you can serve simple sides. (For example, a nice soup or stew can be served just with bread and no one will complain...)

On the weekend, I'll try out a new recipe, then cook it again if we like it.  Some recipes are really simple but tasty because of a good combination of seasoning.  I have a couple of bean stews that are quick to make from canned beans and taste really good.  Also a couple of pasta sauces up my sleeve, and sometimes I do soup or a salad.  Avocados are a great time saver and very filling, nuts can also be added to grain or vegetable dishes to make it more filling, tofu or canned beans are also quick.  When I don't feel like standing over the stove, I roast potatoes, vegetables and tofu or chickpeas in the oven. 

If all else fails, I always make sure I have some smoked tofu or peanut butter on hand.  My family loves sandwiches with a choice of toppings, spreads, and cut up raw vegetables, and canned baked beans!

Finally--get your kids involved in the cooking! :)

post #5 of 6

check out pintrest for freezer meals you can toss in the crockpot - you can piece everything together, and freeze in ziplock bags for whenever you need them, and the day of add what you didn't freeze and viola - dinner!  i make my own french toast sticks that way - cut the bread, soak, spread out on a cookie sheet and freeze then toss in a bag, takes about 15-18mins to cook when you want them!

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

I never came back to thank everyone for the suggestions.  I appreciate it.  I just bought the cookbook Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker and I'm going to start putting stuff in the crockpot early in the morning so that it's ready for dinnertime.  I get up early anyway because I don't sleep that well anymore, so this should make my life much easier.  Thanks again!
 

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