Here is what my kitchen table looks like right now:
For me Sunday is meal planning for the upcoming week. I know a lot of people do Meal Planning Monday’s, but let’s face it, if I wait till Monday it ain’t gettin done, and we’ll be eating beans and rice for the next week (I’m sure the hub’s would just LOVE that). Side note: My hub’s spent 2 years in Brazil from the ages of 19-21 and LIVED on beans and rice. Needless to say, he came home about 60 pounds lighter than when he left. Whenever I suggest rice and beans for dinner he says, “too soon”.
I’ve got my bodybugg charging, and have been burning out my google search looking for some fun recipe’s that will tickle my fancy (and the hub’s taste buds). Dustin has so far eaten everything I’ve made, but he confessed to me the other night that every time he tries something new he thinks “this would taste a lot better with chicken”. last night I even made some fish sticks for him so he could have fish taco’s, and I just ate taco’s with black bean corn salsa (awesome), refried beans, and brown rice.
Another side note: I have always been afraid of carbs (pasta, bread, etc.), and things with a lot of fat like Peanut Butter (which I LOVE). Let’s just say I have weighed myself recently and I don’t want to reveal the number until tomorrow’s weigh in, but I will be afraid no more! In fact, one day I ate oatmeal, leftover pasta, and another pasta dish for dinner, and the next day I woke up with no sausage fingers and I had actually LOST WEIGHT. I am learning so much about how my body works eating vegan, everyday holds a different surprise.
Back to meal planning…
I have found that eating vegan can be money consuming……if I let it be. The first week of January I spent about $200 on my grocery excursion’s, possibly more if I really went through my bank account and added it all up. I went to the grocery FIVE times that week! I didn’t plan very well and it cost me more than just money, but my time as well. I hate having to go to the store more than twice a week, especially if it’s just to pick up a couple of things. Then you add the trips to the health foods store, and it just gets to be too much.
Last week I tried something different and collected all of my recipe’s on Sunday and made a plan for the week. I made out a grocery list and I got only the item’s on the list. I walked out of Wal-mart only having spent $57 on necessities, and only ended up having to make 1 unexpected trip back to the store. My total grocery trip from Wal-mart was around $90, and the health food’s store was about $20. Much better than the previous week, so we all see why its good to plan, right? Right.
I am also finding some really fun recipe’s to try, hoping that I will strike gold and my hub’s will finally say “make that again”. Most of the recipe’s I find I pin to pintrest. If you want to follow me click here.
Here is this weeks meal plan (I will be rating these recipes at the end of the week to let you know how they turn out):
- Monday: Thai Peanut Noodles with Roasted Broccoli (The only recipe is the Thai Peanut Sauce)
- Tuesday: Stuffed Chili Peppers
- Wednesday: Homemade Tomato Soup
- Thursday: Rice & Beans (Dustin will be working so I’m on my own for dinner)
- Friday: Mac & Cheeze
- Saturday: Meatless Fajita’s. I just sautee green peppers and purple onion in Fajita seasoning, and eat them on tortilla’s with beans and homemade guac.
- Sunday: Bestest Pesto
Have I mentioned how much easier it is to cook now that I don’t have to prepare meat? Well it is.
What is your go-to dinner?
Do you have a favorite recipe website? What is it?