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post #21 of 37
[QUOTE=mamabeca;12351357]
W=sloppy steves w/avo & tomato salad,
Th = hashbrown, zucchini and spinach casserole and apple pie for kids, out to dinner for me and dh (today I fast because of the Jewish holiday, so a nice way to get a date lol!)

mamabeca-what are sloppy steves?
also do you have a recipe for the hashbrown, zucchini and spinach casserole? would love to try that!
post #22 of 37
I make a really yummy super easy potato veggie soup
Burritos super easy to make jus get some cans of black beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tortillas. and bam there you go.

barbecued Tofu with some kind of vegetable and maybe mashed potatoes
post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by Hazel View Post
also do you have a recipe for the hashbrown, zucchini and spinach casserole? would love to try that!
I would LOVE to try these as well ::
post #24 of 37
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The best "system" that I have found is to make a soup, a batch of mixed grains (millet, barley and anything else fun I find at the natural store) and a big salad every weekend. .
A green salad? how do you make it last without wilting/going bad?

i will be back with some of our meals... i have been trying to get new ideas b/c DH is sick of beans!
post #25 of 37
subbing for ideas! :
post #26 of 37
I make a big batch of slow-cooker spaghetti sauce and freeze it in dinner-size portions. It typically makes 6 dinners and and 2 or 3 lunches each time.

We make pizza once a week - dough is super easy to make yourself and worth it. I recommend Bittman's recipe in How To Cook Everything Vegetarian - it rises while you get the other ingredients ready and takes the least time I've seen for dough. We top w/ olives, spinach, and whatever herbs we have. If you buy a big can of tomato puree and divide it up into fourths, use one as the sauce and freeze the other three to use on future pizzas. It's about a cup each. Sooo much cheaper than the canned pizza sauce, and it's really good. You can even mix in some dried herbs to jazz it up a bit.

We also do breakfast for dinner once a week. Scrambled eggs w/ MF farms crumbles, seasoning mix and a little cheese on top, pancakes, fruit.

Also, one of my favorites is a double batch of black bean chili - freeze some for next week, eat half with some baked potatoes for dinner one day, make a chili bake with noodles, and maybe even have chili Smart Dogs. Also, with all that, it makes enough for lunches for at least 3 days also.

I fed my family for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for this week on under $50. We are vegetarian and eat eggs and cheese, I do soy milk and DH does cow milk.

At the end of the week, do a big stir-fry with leftover veggies that are going to get gross - we buy the bag of frozen stirfry mix for a dollar and add our veg to it, serve it with brown rice or linguine.
post #27 of 37
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Also, one of my favorites is a double batch of black bean chili - freeze some for next week, eat half with some baked potatoes for dinner one day, make a chili bake with noodles, and maybe even have chili Smart Dogs. Also, with all that, it makes enough for lunches for at least 3 days also.
I have about $15 cash for groceries until November 13th and not a whole lot of food in the pantry,BUT I think I can make a decent enough black bean chili to eat as chili in a bowl,chili over rice and chili over a baked potato with a little melted cheese this week. I love the Smart Dog and chili idea! I'll have to try that sometime,I've always wanted a chili dog!
post #28 of 37
Great ideas!

OP, does your family like eggs? You can make quiches and freeze them. The dough isn't difficult at all. And you can add any leftover veggies and clean out your fridge

I like simple bean salads and veggie salads rather than lettuce-based salads. These are great for leftovers too cuz you can always toss them into a pastaor grain dish to stretch them.
post #29 of 37
TVP (textured vegetable protein) is a great way to add protein to a meal as well... way cheaper than veggie ground round. I get mine at a bulk food store (Bulk Barn) and put it in chili or spaghetti sauce or sloppy joe's. Great ground beef substitute.
post #30 of 37
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A green salad? how do you make it last without wilting/going bad?
I clean the greens and add tons of chopped veggies (broccoli, onion, pepper, carrots, and such) but I leave the dressing and "wet" ingredients like tomatoes and beets separate so that it doesn't wilt. I also stick a tea towel in the bag with salads or spun/dried greens and it extends their shelf-life a lot.
post #31 of 37
We love to do veggie burritos. I use a mix of zuch, mushrooms, onion & peppers. Sautee in EVOO til soft. Then add chili powder or taco seasoning, cumin & garlic. They are great in burritos or over rice or potatoes.

I also make what we call egg pie. I guess it is like a fritatta. Eggs, cheese, a little milk & whatever veggies you have.

I don't like to cook much either anymore so I am happy to see the other suggestios here.

ETA: I also like to make crock pot chili w/ whatever veggeis I have around. Usually it is some mix of black beans, lentils, tvp, pinto beans, canned tomatoes, corn, sweet potato, onion, zuchini, peppers (and whatever else I ahve that sounds good) & seasoning. I always fill my cp so I have plenty to freeze too.
post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by NewMama2007 View Post
We make pizza once a week - dough is super easy to make yourself and worth it. I recommend Bittman's recipe in How To Cook Everything Vegetarian - it rises while you get the other ingredients ready and takes the least time I've seen for dough.
Could you post that recipe, or pm me w/ it if it can't be posted here. I've gotten that book from the library a few times, & I it. Maybe for xmas I'll get it.
post #33 of 37
Dh and I usually make up a big batch of Spanish rice and refried beans, then buy a bulk bag of ww tortillas (when we don't make our own). We make about 20 burritos adding cheese and salsa. Then we put them on cookie sheets and freeze. Toss them in a freezer bag and reheat for a quick dinner. We add sour cream and veggies, along with a homemade pepper relish when we reheat them, and it's a real life saver on busy days!

We also make lasagna roll-ups, something I "borrowed" from another mama in my DDC. Boil the noodles and make up your riccota cheese mix (we add tofu or TVP for extra protein). Take each noodle, spoon a chunk of cheese mix onto one end and roll it up like a jelly roll. Place on a cookie sheet, freeze until solid. When you want one, take it out, put in casserole dish, add sauce and some grated cheese on top, bake until hot. Easiest way to make lasagna ever!
post #34 of 37
We keep it very simple, do a rotation each week:

Monday: Egg dish (usually frittata) with salad
Tuesday: Rice-based dish (find one online each week)
Wednesday: Chili
Thursday: Pasta night
Friday: Burrito
Saturday: you're on your own
Sunday: Indian (usually channa masala or a spinach dish)

Actually now that I've written it out it looks like a kid's menu LOL. (We're two grownups with an infant). But it works for us.
post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by triana1326 View Post
Dh and I usually make up a big batch of Spanish rice and refried beans, then buy a bulk bag of ww tortillas (when we don't make our own). We make about 20 burritos adding cheese and salsa. Then we put them on cookie sheets and freeze. Toss them in a freezer bag and reheat for a quick dinner. We add sour cream and veggies, along with a homemade pepper relish when we reheat them, and it's a real life saver on busy days!

We also make lasagna roll-ups, something I "borrowed" from another mama in my DDC. Boil the noodles and make up your riccota cheese mix (we add tofu or TVP for extra protein). Take each noodle, spoon a chunk of cheese mix onto one end and roll it up like a jelly roll. Place on a cookie sheet, freeze until solid. When you want one, take it out, put in casserole dish, add sauce and some grated cheese on top, bake until hot. Easiest way to make lasagna ever!
I Love these ideas!! THank you for sharing!
I LOVE these ideas! T
post #36 of 37
I've made a master list of our dinners and then we do our Meal Plan on Friday evening. Then shop Sat. We generally dont do sides. And never do dessert. Here is our master list:

Taco bar
Pizza
Mac & cheese
burritos
soy riblets and mashed potatos
Grilled cheese sandwhiches
Pasta (spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli, alfredo)
Spaghetti pie (made with leftover spaghetti. Recipe found in deceptively delicious)
Fajitas
quiche
stirfry
baked potato bar
veggie hot dogs
veggie burgers
chili
shepherds pie
curry
bean quesadillas (www.allrecipes.com)
mock tuna salad (www.allrecipes.com)
Mexican casserole (I'll try to get the recipe posted up. We LOVE this one).
Nachos
Soup & salad

HTH others.
post #37 of 37
Does that taco thing work with somone that cannot have cheese. I am lactose intolerant too. I am trying to go completly vegan because of it. Although I have found that most vegan/vegetarian meals have lots of cheese in them.
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