September 07, 2005
First Weekly Meal Plan
Sometimes when people hear I am vegan they ask, "What do you eat?" Well, here are some things our family eats. ;) This is the first time I've ever written down a full week of meals like this in advance. I wrote the list out at the end of last week, and I have been tweaking it as necessary. I am going to try write out weekly meal plans for at least four weeks.
I know there are many areas we need to improve on, one being that we need to eat less soy, so hopefully writing it down will help. Also, hopefully our meal plans might be helpful to someone reading this!
Breakfast (in van on way to church)
glass of almond milk before leaving for church
sesame seed butter and fruit spread sandwhiches on Sasquatch bread
Snack (in van after church)
leftover sandwhiches from breakfast
water from bottle
veggie meat sandwhiches on "Seed" bread
raw vegetables with tahini spread - red pepper, cucumber
weekly dessert: soy vanilla ice cream -- toppings: slivered almonds, mango sauce
Mama's Best Noodles -- brown rice noodles mixed with a sauce made from crumbled soft tofu, garlic powder, Earth Balance whipped buttery spread (EB), Liquid Aminos (LA), vegetarian chicken flavored broth powder, and one cup of water blended together in a blender until very smooth and creamy
lettuce salad, tomatoes, cucumbers with dressing
fruit salad (pineapple, sliced banana, mandarin oranges mixed together)
homemade granola, Nancy's plain soy yogurt, and blueberries parfait
Tofu Pups on hotdog buns (multi-grain), potato wedges baked covered with olive oil and baked in oven
fresh blackberries (grandma picked them)
Snack We weren't at home at snacktime, so some of us ate energy bars in the van.
whole wheat tortillas with melted Tofutti American Soy-Cheese Slices
bean salad (red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, & white kidney beans, and diced red peppers mixed together and left in refrigerator to marinate in olive oil, rice vinegar, sucanat, and maple syrup.
bananas with peanutbutter on them (they were from snacktime that we didn't have) and five dark chocolate chips on them (not something we usually do *blush* lol)
raisin bran and Joe's O's cereal with rice milk
smoothie - rice milk, bananas, rest of blackerries, rest of yogurt, rest of soy ice cream from Sunday, carob, peanutbutter, and spirulina (yes, it's a funny mixture, but tasted fine lol)
potato pie - layer tvp (flavored with vegetarian beef flavored broth powder and garlic powder, and a little olive oil added) on bottom, corn in the middle, sweet potatoes and regular potatoes mashed together and spread on top (EB and plain rice milk mixed in with the potatoes)
tortilla chips with salsa
leftover bean salad
raisins and dried cranberries
brown rice with Earth Balance and Liquid Aminos
leftover brown rice with almond milk, maple syup, and cinnamon added (eaten like cereal), or brown rice with EB and LA (may drink a cup of almond milk if not poured over on rice)
leftover things from Sunday -- cut up leftover potatoes and tofu pups, mixed them together, and warmed them on the stove in olive oil; used rest of Seed bread with peanut butter, etc., on top; used two hot dog buns and put Vegenaise and soy cheese slices on them.
enchilladas (easy to make - jarred spaghetti sauce on bottom, six corn tortillas in next layer, then crumbled soft tofu mixed with vegetarian chicken flavoring in the next layer, then six more corn tortillas, then spaghetti sauce on top) with soy sour cream available for those who like to add that on top
smoothie - vanilla rice milk, 3 bananas, frozen cherries blended together
toast or bread untoasted with fruit spread, EB, and peanutbutter to choose from to put on top (or as a sandwhich)
raisins and dried cranberries
carrot sticks and tahini spread to dip them in
baked potatoes with lime and Earth Balance on them (and pepper for me... I love pepper)
oatmeal with diced apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, sliced almonds, and rice milk
brown rice with Earth Balance and Liquid Aminos and cubed tofu
lettuce salad with dressing
cucumber with tahini sauce
sandwhiches made on kamut/spelt bread with soy cheese slices and leftover veggie meat and Vegenaise lettuce
Mom brings dinner this day. :D
Joe's O's, raisin bran, or granola + rice milk
banana and carrot French toast with Earth Balance and maple syrup
Snack with Movie
popcorn with Earth Balance and sea salt
sliced apples with peanut butter and raisins on top
any extra fruit we have leftover from the week
Daddy's Best Noodles
water from bottle
stuffed green peppers -- leftover brown rice mixed with spaghetti sauce with soy cheese on top
sliced raw green peppers
Posted by flowermama at 01:28 PM
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Moving towards more structure at mealtime...
I'm a huge procrastinator, a messie, and a space case (at times), and to be organized is one of my biggest dreams. This week I feel, God-willing, that I have taken two steps in that direction. The first step is that, with the support of my husband and our children, we have begun to eat our meals at certain times during the day (our baby can nurse whenever he needs to, though, of course!
). The second step is the creation of a weekly meal plan. I started writing it at the end of last week, began following it on Sunday, and have been tweaking it this week as necessary.
We are finding both of these things to be very helpful for our family. Planning ahead helps avoid the frustration that can come with waiting until the last minute to decide what to eat (duh ;)). Also, it's helpful to be able to tell the family what we are going to eat, and when. The plan is helping us eat a larger variety of foods (there is less temptation for me to pull a box of cold cereal out of the cupboard too often *blush*), and, eventually, I think it will save us money, and it will make it easier for us to add even more variety to our diet. And I feel that I am better meeting my kids' needs since they are saying "I'm hungry!" far less often this week than they had been, and usually it's close to mealtime when they do.
Posted by flowermama at 12:45 PM
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