I am finally joining my (crazy fit) buddy Laura for her menu planning challenge.
I always think about planning my meals for the week, but I rarely do it...at least not in any really successful way. But it's a new year and a perfect time to re-examine my priorities.
I have pretty good eating habits, I think, but I'm far from perfect. I have a simple goal when it comes to improving my family's food consumption for this new year...add more fruits and veggies to the menu every single day.
I make a lot of excuses. "I don't feel like making salad today." "There's nothing in the fridge." "The kids don't eat vegetables."
That last one is crap. Sure, the kids don't like many kinds of vegetables. But they do like salad (with a bunch of iceberg in the mix), broccoli and baby carrots. They also love fruit, especially a variety of different fruits cut up on a platter. And they'll happily eat smoothies too.
Even though they only like a few types of vegetables, I can make sure they get them every day. After all, I have to feed them right while their eating is still within my control.
So, here it is. My first weekly menu for the new year. I am not planning every day, because sometimes you just don't feel like cooking! Besides these main dishes there will be mixed greens salads...and fruit platters of course. The kids won't eat all of this stuff with me, but I'll make sure there's something healthy that they'll eat at each meal.
I bought all of my groceries today, and I am ready to go!
My Menu Plan
MondayVegan Sausage and Rapini Melt
Dessert: Berry Pudding Cake With Whiskey
I saw a sausage on a bun recipe in Chatelaine magazine's February issue. I am going to veganize it. I plan to top fresh buns with Daiya vegan mozzarella, rapini, jarred artichokes, vegan sausage and vegan mayonnaise. If it's good, I will share the (revised) recipe.
They also had a Bushberry Pudding Cake in the same issue. I want to veganize that too!
TuesdayWhite Bean Cassoulet
WednesdayGolden Tofu Soup
People want us to be afraid of tofu. I'm not. Everything in moderation, I say.
ThursdayBlack Bean Vegetarian Chili
This is a favourite from an old PETA Animal Times magazine, made with faux sour cream.
I'll let you know how the meal planning goes.
Do you plan your meals in advance or fly by the seat of your pants?
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