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not much to say here.  we bought a crockpot and i made a huge batch of 18 or 17 bean mix.  Then have food to deliver to multiple locations this weekend.  I've made two batches of soup with it that I've brought to a tree planting group and to a family with a newborn and tomorrow I'm probably going to make up the last of it for a vegan potluck in the evening. We've had leftovers for ourselves at home today and my little man loves the bean soups.  We ended up getting a pizza from a nearby food cart to supplement it with but my hubby and I were so impressed with the pizza it was hard to eat soup as well.  So I guess I'll be having some tomorrow..

Last night I made this pretty basic pasta that we all enjoy.  It's a cooked16oz package of pasta (I prefer bowties), sauteed with olive oil, nutritional yeast (or 'parmesan'), some sort of bunch of greens, and a can or two of canelini beans. I did one last night but I think next time two, I like the extra beans in there. S and P and then last nights I also threw in some left over sundried tomato pesto. It's light and dry and my new comfort food.

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Made frijoles de olla yesterday with cilantro, onion, and avocado to top it. Just wish they boys would have eaten it too. So cheap, yummy, and healthy.


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This week started last night with the

 

empty the veg drawer enchiladas

sour cream potatoes with millet lentil chili

sushi salad

lemon pea risotto and arugula salad

polenta and eggs in chunky tomato sauce

Eggplant and mozzarella sand which

7 layer dip dinner

Thai curry with peppers tofu and pineapple

 

YUm!


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Sorry I've been neglecting this thread! I have a toddler who is teething and had two weeks of colds, so sleep has not been good and thus nothing has been good. Including my cooking.  Let's see, what did I make last week. . .

 

chile and cornbread. basic but good in cold weather.

 

seitan sauteed with mushrooms and spinach (from Vcon) and eaten over mashed potatoes. Super yummy.

 

lovely dinner salad of lettuce, fennel, apple, chickpeas, spicy pecans with a mustard vinegrette.

 

and last night I made homemade focaccia bread (Vcon) and vegan creamy broccoli soup which DS ate with gusto which is unusual for him, so yay!

 

this morning I made the applesauce oat bran muffins from Vcon

tonight is our out to eat night.

tomorrow I plan to make the leek and bean cassoulette from Vcon. . .can you sense a theme here ;) I'm really into that cookbook these days.

 

I also hope to get a meal plan going for next week tomorrow. I'll come back and let you know.


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We had a very simple dinner of black bean tostados with a side salad.  Dh is travelling for this upcoming week for work so I'm online trying to come up with some super simple, healthy (we've not been great lately) dinners that all 4 kids will eat and not leave me with a ton of clean up.  So far I have french toast with a berry sauce and chickpea noodle soup.  Ideas anyone??  


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last week when dad was out of town we had crockpot mac and cheese and broccoli- which they both ate up

and mex pizza, which included leftover precooked pepper and zuke, leftover beans spread on precooked crust and shredded cheddar.

I liked this the most, but they ate it and the clean up was a snap.

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Here is our meal plan for the week:

~Veggie Fritatta with potato crust, Salad

~Thai Veggie Curry

~Black Bean and Grilled Veggie Fajitas

~Black Bean Soup

~Layered Veggie Casserole-similar to lasagne without cheese.

 

I am also making a big pot of vegetable/minestrone type soup for lunches, roasted vegetables, and raw brussel sprout salad for sides and lunches.

 

I have a sweet potato salad with apple and avocado recipe from Vegetarian Times that I want to try if I have the time.

 

 

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I always do soup is DH is out of town, it lasts through a couple meals and is easy to reheat. And my DS actually likes soup.  Another fav is bean burritos, just set out the tortillas, beans and fixins and let the kiddos build their own.

 

Okay, so I hope no one minds, but I added March to the title on this thread. Since it wasn't that long yet it seemed silly to start a whole new thread.  BTW, I am certainly not the "owner" of this thread. Anytime it's a new month and someone is inspired they can start a new "what's cooking" thread.  

 

I'm kinda in a funk today. So I have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. Argh. I hate those days.  But so far this week we've had:

 

--whole wheat pasta with a vegan cream sauce (made from homemade cashew cream--divine!) with artichoke hearts and olives.

 

--"field roast" with potatoes and sauteed chard

 

--tortilla soup with pinto beans and greens

 

I have a ton more greens and the ever-present cauliflower from our CSA box.  But I may resort to something easy tonight.

 

 


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This week:

 

-Home made vegan pizza with spinach/walnut sauce and tofu topper for me and DS, me with fried zuccinni and artichoke bottoms added, plain sauce with jalapenos and pineapple for DH

 

-Seitan coconut curry stir-fry with yams and broccoli.

 

-Curried quinoa with carrot slaw wrap.

 

-Home made spaghetti with salad and bread.

 

-Baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and sauteed seitan in brown gravy.

 

-Black bean and sweet potato burritos with lime.


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Oh, and home made veggie sushi tonight <3.


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This was my menu sorta the past week (I just shifted some of the meals around to different days, etc):

http://welcometonicoleskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/menu-for-week.html

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Mmmmm Gator-mom. I may have to steal some of your ideas!

 

Tonight we had creamy broccoli soup (vegan) with grilled "cheese" sandwiches. I tried Daiya for the first time and it's pretty good. I don't normally bother with fake cheese, b/c it just tastes too weird, but I thought I'd give the Daiya a whirl since I kept hearing how good it was. It does melt very nicely, but it is still reminicent of Kraft singles instead of real cheese.

 

Tomorrow I was thinking of making some sort of salad with some leftover white beans I have and the dreaded CSA cauliflower.  I'm thinking I'll lightly steam the cauli and then toss it the beans, parsley, and red onion with some vinegrette. Sometimes these off-the-cuff creations works out really well, and sometimes not so much. 

 

I still have a bunch of collard greens to use this week, that's another CSA pick that is getting old. I'd much rather have kale. 


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This is comfort food week... it is windy and sometimes cool here, so better get it out of the way

Mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy and green beans

sweet potato fries kale chips and quorn nuggets

Lentil shephards pie

eggs in a nest (chard)

homemade bread and freezer soup

burritos

risotto with lemon and peas and salad


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This week. . .

 

Monday--white bean salad, turned out really yummy!

 

Tuesday--okay, seriously, mom-brain wins again. I cannot for the life of me remember what I cooked a mere two nights ago. I guess it wasn't memorable!

 

Wed--bean burrito (DH gone)

 

Thur--this recipe, which was surprisingly good! http://bistrokatie.com/2011/02/nutty-stir-fry-with-collards-and-tofu/

 

Fri--"beef" stew and homemade bread

 

My mom is visiting next week and she is gluten free, so looks like we'll be challenge cooking. Haha. Vegan and gluten free.  Actually it's always surprising how much tasty food you can make with those restrictions.

 

CSA box is getting boring this time of year. I can't wait for the new spring crops!


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Today I've got some pinto beans cooking. We've all got a cold, and I'm leaning toward a hot, garlicky frijoles de la olla soup and fresh tortillas with some sort of veggie side. Maybe the last of the winter squash, that's always yummy with Mexican flavors.

 

Tuesday is always white bean and kale soup.

 

Wednesday I think I'm going to make a veggie stir fry with tofu, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, and snap peas, and a homemade teriyaki-type sauce.

 

Thursday and Friday I'm going to be out of town.

 

Saturday's all about the pasta 'alfredo' with fresh veggies.

 

Actually, other than the pasta, all of that is GF, and if you got GF pasta, that would work too! Just serve polenta instead of bread with the white bean soup.

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Today I finally did what I always say I will and I prepped dinner during ds nap. Yay for me!  LOL  I'm making the MDC special of baked lentils and gonna serve that with quinoa and sautee some collard greens on the side

 

My meal planning has been sorely lacking lately, but we've been busy with company and travel and such.  I hope to get back to some more regular meal planning now!  

 

I haven't tried these yet, but I found a recipe for vegan scones that looks delicious so I thought I'd share the link :)  http://www.wouldrathergather.com/allrecipes/pumpkin-spice-scones-with-maple-glaze/  she has a bunch of vegan (or at least dairy free) recipes that look good actually. . 


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*jumps in*

 

We're gluten-free vegetarians who have begun eating dairy-free during the week. I'm always looking for inspiration!

 

This week we've had:  

 

-spicy veggie stir-fry (playing with Chinese chili garlic sauce - new ingredient for me) over coconut jasmine rice

 

-roasted eggplant-pesto pasta (brown rice pasta)

 

-fried eggs w/hot sauce on toast w/tater tots (no-time-to-cook night!)

 

-tofu yellow curry over brown rice

 

 

Thanks to this thread I am now craving cauliflower. We live where it's still very cold (snow on the ground) and I can't wait until it's CSA time again!

 

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kismetbaby~With your cauliflower you can make cauliflower mashed "potatoes." It's one of the few things from the SBD that I actually remember...basically just steam your cauliflower then blend the beejeezus out of it in a food processor/blender and add butter, milk (non-dairy if that's how you roll), salt & pepper....they actually taste remarkably similar to mashed potatoes, enough to fool my uber-picky, mashed potato loving dd.

 

Even though I can't cook right now (I'm in Iraq) I alway read these threads so i can stock up on ideas for yummy meals once I'm home. I love some of the stuff you guys come up with!


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spinach pasta with red pepper cream sauce and roasted portabellos

portabello burgers with brie, sweet potato wedges - yum

teriyaki tofu stirfry

mutter paneer, rice, veggie samosas

bean burritos

long bean and garbanzo curry

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Tonight was onions, peppers and sausage over pasta with EVOO and nutritional yeast sauce and a beautiful green salad with locally grown lettuce .


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Making roasted sweet potatoes, green apple and sliced almonds over couscous with steamed broccoli tonight..but think it may be one of the last good meals for a few days as we are running low on food supplies and also at the bottom of what's left of the grocery money! 

 

 


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Today I've got some pinto beans cooking. We've all got a cold, and I'm leaning toward a hot, garlicky frijoles de la olla soup and fresh tortillas with some sort of veggie side. Maybe the last of the winter squash, that's always yummy with Mexican flavors.

 

Tuesday is always white bean and kale soup.

 

Wednesday I think I'm going to make a veggie stir fry with tofu, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, and snap peas, and a homemade teriyaki-type sauce.

 

Thursday and Friday I'm going to be out of town.

 

Saturday's all about the pasta 'alfredo' with fresh veggies.

 

Actually, other than the pasta, all of that is GF, and if you got GF pasta, that would work too! Just serve polenta instead of bread with the white bean soup.



Catnip-Have you posted your white bean and kale soup before?  I thought I have seen it?  I have alot of swiss chard would that work too?  Got a huge one from the market

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I'm sure I have: http://catnip13.blogspot.com/2010/11/six-ingredient-white-bean-crock-pot.html it's super, super easy. Any leafy green will work, expect chard to turn the broth pink, though.

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Hey there! :)  The mashed cauliflower idea is a good one, I've had someone else recommend it, but haven't tried it yet. Will do!

 

We have had a nice little shift in our CSA box as spring crops are now on there way here. Let's see, what did I cook the rest of last week. . .

 

ww pasta and broccoli with a cashew cream and basil sauce I made in the Vitamix

 

brown rice and mushroom casserole with side of roasted asparagus.

 

Sauteed swiss chard and onions w/ some leftover lentils mixed in, served over quinoa with side of roasted beets and yams.

 

Yesterday was take-out day and we had yummy Persian food.  

 

Tonight I'll be making a raw kale and beet salad and eating it with the leftover rice casserole.

 

. . .and of course still chasing that elusive meal-planning chore for next weeks meals.  I always seem to find time to bake treats, but not plan dinners. whoopsie ;)


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I'm sure I have: http://catnip13.blogspot.com/2010/11/six-ingredient-white-bean-crock-pot.html it's super, super easy. Any leafy green will work, expect chard to turn the broth pink, though.


Thanks, I'll try it next time.  Ended up doing this recipe.  It was one of the best soups ever.

 

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/10503 


 

 

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This weeks menu so far:

 

sauteed seitan with spinach and mushrooms over mashed potatoes. (V'con)

 

soup and/or salad night

 

asparagus risotto

 

BBQed beans wrapped in collard green leaves (Vcon)

 

???


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