With two weeks of meal planning under my belt, I find I am enjoying the process. Outlining what I want to cook for the week and having all the ingredients available kind of forces me to stick to the plan.
Otherwise, I might be inclined to slack off some nights and make less healthy dinners. In my opinion, half of the struggle with cooking is the daily decision-making.
Last week started off with Monday's Curried Chickpea and Tomato Linguine. I used a recipe from Best Health magazine. It was simple to make and I quite liked the curry flavour combined with the pasta.
On Tuesday, I made one of my favourite recipes: Lentils & Rice. On Wednesday, I used another recipe from Best Health: Knife and Fork Mushroom Burgers. You can find the recipe here.
These patties are made mainly with chickpeas. They are easy to form and don't fall apart like some vegetarian burgers. The magazine suggests making a yogurt sauce for them, but I made a tahini sauce instead. My picture shows my Thursday lunch. I was still using up lentils and rice from Tuesday.
I had a slight problem with my plan on Thursday. I had chosen a slow cooker recipe, which I planned to whip together in the morning, but I forgot to check my menu plan until lunch time. I went ahead with the recipe for Black Bean Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Soup anyway and put the slow cooker on high.
My kids liked this recipe the last time I made it, but that's never a guarantee they'll like it the next time. The good news is my daughter tasted it and loved it again. The boy refused to have it. There's always one.
Our Friday dinner wasn't scheduled. I ended up meeting my friend at Harvey's for a veggie burger before we went to see a movie. On Saturday, I had scheduled Spaghetti with Bok Choy, but I had forgotten we were going to a celebration that day. So, I'm thinking I have to persuade my husband to make it for his "Husband Cooking" day today. The recipe, from Vegetarian Times, can be seen here. You are supposed to serve an egg on top, but I'm sure it would be fine without.
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Here's my plan for this week:
MY MENU PLAN, WEEK Three
Vegetable Soup With Lentils
This is an easy meal the kids love. See one of our past Taco Tuesdays here.
Pasta With Eggplant
Garlic Noodles and Baked Tofu
Cashew Noodle Stir-fry