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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Menu Plan, 12/52


Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Anniversary to my sister and her husband! We celebrated well into the night in Clearwater Beach, Florida two years ago on this day.

On to the menu planning. Last week's menu plan was what my son would call an "epic fail." We were away from home Sunday to Wednesday, but that didn't really cause the plan to fail. I had accounted for our absence in the plan.

We did indeed have Indian food on Monday as planned. On Tuesday, we ate veggie burgers at Harvey's. (They have the best veggie burgers.)

We did get home on Wednesday, as planned, but it was about 6:00 p.m. I like to eat early, so I completely forgot about my menu plan and whipped together some rice noodles with a stir-fry made from frozen veggies, tamari and hoisin sauce.

On Thursday, I asked my husband to make the scheduled sweet potato curry (which is actually a roti filling) but it is a potato sweet potato curry and we didn't have any potatoes. So, he decided to make pasta and tomato sauce, which was supposed to be Saturday's dinner.

On Friday, we were going to have veggie burgers, but we still didn't have any groceries (including veggie burgers). I ate leftover vegetarian chili (pictured above) that I had frozen the week before. The family had quesadillas.

On Saturday, we ordered in Chinese food. Not the best choice when you have picked up a stomach virus, but I downed it anyway.

That brings us to today. I don't feel much like eating or cooking. But eat we must. I have tofu baking in a teriyaki sauce in the oven. I'll serve it with roasted potatoes and salad.

Maybe the point of all this is NOT to make a menu plan when you're going to be away half the week.

Anyway, we are back at home this week, so this plan should go well. I am repeating a couple of the items that we didn't get to last week.



Spring Fever Soup
This should help with the stomach virus.

Carrot and Tofu Scramble
Didn't get to this last week.




Veggie Burgers and Homemade Fries


Spicy Eggplant and Tofu


Husband Cooking (His Choice)

Linking up with Laura and Jill and their Menu Planning Challenge:


  1. Heh, I still haven't got back in to menu planning, I gave up when the weather was hot. Hope you feel better asap :)

    1. I can imagine it would be hard to keep up in the heat. We will see come summer! ;) Thanks! I expect I will be better tomorrow. :)

  2. Oh yes, we have those weeks! It's definitely tough when you travel. I love that there are chickpeas in your veggie chili, looks so good!

    1. Thanks Laura. We didn't have the right beans, and I love chickpeas. They're so versatile! :)

  3. Just back from the Houston Rodeo and Livestock show with the kids. It's the thing to do here but it seemed like a giant propaganda machine to use and eat animals to me. Only vegetables and fruit will be harmed on my menu plan this week...

    1. Hey cousin! I can imagine what that show must have been like. You are fighting back with your kind menu. :) Jo

  4. Your vegetarian chili looks delicious. We had some of our version of the same on Friday. I love the stuff!

    Will have to try Harvey's Veggie burger, as I am a fan of a good one! If you guys ever find yourselves hungry in the 'hood of Queen West, west of Univerisity, I recommend you pop into The Rex for theirs. It's a real favourite, plus the place is very interesting.

    Wishing you a great week, my friend.

    1. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Once the weather is warmer, Queen West will definitely be on the list. I want to look at vintage furniture! And now I want to try that veggie burger! You have a wonderful week too friend. :) Jo

  5. The vegetarian chili sounds amazing! Actually your entire menu does.

    1. Thanks Jill! That's kind of you. :)

  6. Looks magnificent. I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

  7. Sometimes menu planning just doesn't happen. You have to give yourself a break, right? Your chili looks really tasty, though!

  8. I haven't had Chinese food in ages but now I am really craving it, I get in those moments a lot though lol The vegan broc burritos sound super good, as always a great weekly meal plan!

  9. That chili looks fabulous. I hope you're feeling much better!

  10. I menu plan each week also, I have to helps keep me organized. Especially because I am vegetarian and my spouse is not. I cook differently.
    Your chili looks very good!