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Menu Plan Monday: February 4th

Meal Plan Monday

Good morning and welcome!

Last week was a bit of a write off – everyone was sick at our house, most significantly, me! Some of our meals are a hold over from last week as a result.

Visit the Org Junkie for more exciting meal plans. There are lots of them. Go and see!

Monday

 
Breakfast Oatmeal with apple sauce, yogurt
Lunch Tofu nuggets (from Deceptively Delicious)
Dinner Three Vegetable Curry served with rice (subsititute squash for carrots) [it never got made last week]

Tuesday

 
Breakfast French toast (freezes nicely, by the way), yogurt
Lunch Homemade macaroni & cheese, green vegetables
Dinner Nanny’s choice – something with chicken, most likely, or turkey scallopini

Wednesday

 
Breakfast Cold breakfast – cereal, yogurt, fruit
Lunch Beans & Rice, carrots
Dinner Big pot of miso soup with noodles, tofu, egg & bok choy

Thursday

 
Breakfast Pancakes, yogurt
Lunch Spinach Squares, noodles, green vegetable
Dinner Out to a restaurant! Yay!

Friday

 
Breakfast Omelette, toast or muffins, yogurt
Lunch Grilled cheese sandwiches, green vegetable
Dinner Chicken of some sort – dinner with the mothersister-in-law
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Menu Plan Monday: January 28th

Meal Plan Monday

Good morning and welcome!

We are mostly vegetarian here, but this week we’re accepting the challenge and going meatless all week! That’s right…all vegetarian, all week long!

Our meal plan is fairly complete this week, including breakfasts and lunches. As usual, we will adjust as needed.

Visit the Org Junkie for more exciting meal plans. There are lots of them. Go and see!

Monday

 
Breakfast Cereal, fruit & yogurt
Lunch Sandwiches – almond butter & jam, grilled cheese – and green vegetables
Dinner Vegetarian Lasagna, salad (cheese tortellini noodles for the preschooler who doesn’t eat sauce)

Tuesday

 
Breakfast French toast
Lunch Homemade macaroni & cheese, green vegetables
Dinner Big pot of miso soup with noodles, tofu, egg & bok choy

Wednesday

 
Breakfast Oatmeal with apple sauce, yogurt
Lunch Beans & Rice, carrots
Dinner Pierogies with cottage cheese; sauteed mushrooms & onions; green vegetable

Thursday

 
Breakfast Omelettes, yogurt
Lunch Chick Pea Nuggets,
Dinner Three Vegetable Curry served with rice (subsititute squash for carrots)

Friday

 
Breakfast Cold breakfast – cereal, yogurt, fruit
Lunch Spinach Squares, noodles, green vegetable
Dinner Vegetarian tacos, bean dip

Menu Plan Monday: January 21

Meal Plan Monday

Good morning and welcome!  Our “mostly vegetarian” meal planning is going well.  The Nanny isn’t completely won over (she’s a big meat fan, as are most Filipinas, I’ve learned) but those are the breaks!

Our meal plan is fairly complete this week, including breakfasts and lunches.  As usual, we will adjust as needed.

Visit the Org Junkie for more exciting meal plans.  There are lots of them.  Go and see!

Monday

Breakfast

Omelettes with vegetables (chopped very small), yogurt

Lunch

Homemade macaroni & cheese, green vegetable (raw or cooked)

Dinner

Japanese Broccoli Noodles with Bok Choy & Tofu

 

Tuesday

Breakfast

Pancakes prepared with sweet potato puree

Lunch

Chick Pea burgers, noodles, green vegetable

Dinner

Cauliflower Lentil Soup, Baked chicken breast, farfel with mushrooms or mashed potatoes, green salad

 

Wednesday

Breakfast

Cereal, toast or muffins, fruit, yogurt

Lunch

Grilled Cheese sandwiches, green vegetable (raw or cooked)

Dinner

Homemade Pizza (whole wheat crust), green salad

 

Thursday

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs or Omelettes with vegetables (chopped very small), yogurt

Lunch

Fishies (baked fish sticks), green vegetable

Dinner

Crockpot black bean & corn chilli served over basmati rice

 

Friday

Breakfast

Baked Oatmeal (prepared in advance) with berries

Lunch

Tofu nuggets, noodles, green vegetable

Dinner

Something with meat or fish – Our Friday night Shabbat dinner with relatives

Happy Cooking!

Menu Plan Monday: January 7th

If you want to see other meal plans, visit The Org Junkie to check out other people’s plans. Really. Go there.

Monday:

Dinner: Homemade Pizza using frozen whole wheat pizza dough with lots of veggies & salad

Tuesday:

Lunch: Homemade macaroni & cheese, green vegetable, fruit

Dinner: Baked fish, couscous with broccoli & chick peas

Wednesday:

Lunch: Spinach Square, noodles, fresh fruit (kids)

Dinner: Wraps with mock meat, grilled veggies & onions; corn & bean salsa

Thursday:

Lunch: Meatless Loaves, rice & green vegetables (kids)

Dinner: Pierogies with mushrooms & onions, green salad

Friday:

Lunch: Leftover pierogies, green vegetable, fresh fruit

Dinner: Unknown.  Usually dinner with the mothersisterinlaw.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?

New Year, new priorities?

The new year is a time for retrospection and introspection for many, and a time to look forward.  There are a few things in the works on this blog, and I’d like to offer a preview.

Our family follows a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle.  We are not pure vegetarians, and we do still eat meat (chicken & fish, mostly) several time each week.  I will be offering weekly menus for those who would like to reduce their meat intake, or are just looking for some help with cooking for their family.  These menus will include recipes.  Most will be quick and relatively easy, and all will be balanced and suitable for families with children. The menu will be posted for Mondays.

We will also be taking requests!  That’s right.  Do you have an event to plan?  A special meal to make?  A cooking conundrum?  Send me your questions, and I will answer them as best as I can.  Questions should be related to feeding your family (children included), and should related to our predominantly vegetarian lifestyle.  You can email your questions (please! Please!) to urbanmummy at gmail dot com.

Another feature you will find will deal with education.  I have 2 young children, and am embarking on a journey of their education.  While the older one does go to preschool (and the younger one will next year, my goodness), we still do some homeschooling and educational activities here at home, and I would like to document our journey.

It’s going to be a good year here.  Please be sure and join us!

Meal Plan Monday: November 19th

Menu Plan Monday

Is it cheating if I’m really only planning 2 meals? We’re going away for thanksgiving this week, so we won’t be cooking at home very much. But it is NaBloPoMo, and I’m getting desperate for content, so here we go.The Org Junkie to check out other people’s plans. Really. Go there.

Monday: Leftovers. Farfal, Brisket, Veggie Wraps.
Tuesday: Lasagna from the freezer.
Wednesday: Out for dinner somewhere.
Thursday: Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings.
Friday: I don’t know. Somewhere out.
Saturday: Out to a restaurant with 25 of my family members. It will be fabulous.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving: The Real Deal

As requested, some ideas to please the Vegetarians (and even some carnivores) on Thanksgiving!

Starters

When your guests arrive, you’d like to have something for them to nosh on. A crudite platter (vegetables & dip) is nice, or a cheese plate with some nice crackers. If you want something warm, stuffed mushrooms are always a hit – but make more then you think you’ll need! I would, however, avoid anything too fussy if you plan to cook your entire meal on your own.

A nice touch is to have a pot of mulled apple cider for the guests to drink. I’ve linked to a simple recipe, or you can just heat up some apple cider from the farmer’s market (if available) in a pot with some cinnamon and nutmeg. The warm drink is a welcoming touch.

The Main Course

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. I know that. Everybody does. Back when I hosted a Vegetarian thanksgiving party of my own, I served a stuffed zucchini. Yes, really. I went to a farmer’s market and found the biggest zucchini I could. I then modified used a recipe from the Moosewood cookbook. You can actually stuff any squash. I used a zucchini because I like them, but any of the nice winter squashes you can find at this time of year would work too. The sweetness of a butternut might be a nice complement. If you are having a turkey, some small zucchini boats would be nice for your vegetarian guests, so they don’t feel like they only get side dishes.

In our family, however, We don’t serve dairy and meat at the same meal, so this recipe wouldn’t work for us. If this is the case, or you are looking for vegan options, I would suggest something that would fit in with the rest of the meal. This lentil roast sounds lovely. I’ve made a similar one before – it was a bit dry, so I served it with a nice gravy, and it was delicious.

The Sides

Other then the turkey, it’s all about the sides. I’m a traditionalist. Mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, that carrot dish that I never eat, sweet potato pie. These things can very easily be prepared meatless. But I’m always one to do things just a little differently as well.

Some suggestions:

Mashed potatoes. These are a staple, you cannot ignore them. Sure, you can do a nice roasted potato in the oven, but it doesn’t have the warmth and friendliness of the mashed potato. I don’t use milk in my potatoes. Instead, I mash them with a bit of broth (and I NEVER use the cooking liquid – makes them too starchy and pasty, in my opinion). For flair, I will often add some garlic. A nice variation is to saute some chopped mushrooms and onions with some garlic in olive oil, and then mix them into your potatoes. Yum.

If mashed potatoes are not your thing, a simple roast potato would be nice.  Take small potatoes, toss them with some olive oil, garlic and your favourite spices, and roast them in the oven.

Stuffing. People are divided on stuffing. Some are firm believers in putting it in the bird, and some, like me, believe it should be cooked on its own. I suppose that makes it more of a dressing then a stuffing. Here is a basic bread stuffing recipe. Personally, I would leave out the nutmeg and cloves and add some garlic, and loads of sauteed mushrooms (I like mushrooms). Oh, and use multigrain bread – it is so much healthier!

Vegetables. This part is often considered boring and the selection uninspired.  Don’t overlook the value of a lightly steamed broccoli, for example.

For me, though, thanksgiving makes me think of tzimmes, a sweet carrot dish.  Strange, I know.  This recipe for carrot and sweet potato tzimmes is an interesting variation.

My mother always made a sweet potato pie, that she covered with marshmallows.  She would make this here at home, and take them with her for the drive to the US where we would go for thanksgiving.  People always loved this pie.  I have to be honest, though – I never ate it.  The thought of marshmallows, and pie?  Ick!  Then again, I don’t eat any kind of pie, so we will just overlook my opinion.  This isn’t my mother’s recipe, but it is very similar.  The topping she made was simply big marshmallows arranged on top and browned in the oven for the last 5 – 10 minutes of baking.

Salad. Don’t overlook the salad. To fancy up a green salad, add craisins (dried cranberries) & sunflower seeds when you toss it. Or you could try this cabbage & tofu salad that sounds good.

Other.  Don’t forget the gravy!  If you are going completely vegetarian, a mushroom based gravy is the way to go.  Add a plate with sliced pickles, some olives and other pickled delights.

Don’t forget dessert!  I’m not a baker, so I don’t have any recipes to suggest, but simple desserts would go best.  If you like pies, then a selection of fruit ones are nice, and perhaps some cookies (chocolate chip are always good).  Don’t forget actual fruit as well!

Regardless of what you serve, the pleasure of thanksgiving is the company.  Set a festive table.  Include place cards, and mix the guests up a little bit.  You can have the traditional “what are you thankful for” presentation from each guest as well.  A fireplace, if you have one, should be lit, and football should be on the television (i hate it, personally).  Our thanksgiving dinner was always served around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, which is perfect if you have children, too.

Enjoy, and happy thanksgiving!