I was out of town all last week, and even though the Christian conference I went to had a TON OF GREAT VEGAN FOOD INCLUDING DESSERT (the world is changing, people, the world.is.changing)…I am missing my normal food routine.
With baseball season out of the way and just one evening appointment this week, I’m going to practice a little care for myself by making sure to choose dishes that are nutritionally balanced and full of good stuff that I can’t always get when travelling.
Sunday: I took my green curry paste out of the freezer, so we’re going to have that One-Pot Lentil Dal with Vegan Naan.
Tuesday: eat out … lately, I’ve been really digging the Disco Chick’n from Hip City Veg. And a few weeks ago when we were there, they had a vegan strawberry shake that was to die for. Strawberries are fruit.
Wednesday: If we can find the right kind of jackfruit (I’ll keep you posted if you remind me), we’ll try BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with a side of raw carrots.
Thursday: Vegan Mac and Cheese – a recipe I haven’t tried before! We’ll have a big salad for some green, too, obviously.
When this posts, we will have just gotten back from Ecuador. The fridge will be bare, I won’t have slept on the plane, and we’ll need to go grocery shopping and feed ourselves and unpack and catch up on new episodes of Sherlock.
So, I’m going for another easy week:
Monday: Jumbo Chickpea Pancakes. I’ll make ours perhaps with teensy tiny mushrooms and a little Trader Joe’s beefless crumbles to go along with the avocado and hummus.
Tuesday: we have an appointment at the dinner hour in South Philly, so we’ll probably go sample the vegan offerings at this fun little spot. You’d never know this little hole-in-the-wall would have a HUGE range of vegan goodies, from Caesar salads to dessert!
Saturday: post-baseball game homemade pizzas – we’ll use Daiya mozzarella or Miyoko’s if we’re feeling splurgy, plus Lightlife veggie bacon & pineapple or Lightlife pepperoni & black olives. Old school, with a vegan twist.
Every Saturday evening, I sit down with my calendar for the upcoming week, a stack of my favorite cookbooks, my laptop, and a pen and paper. Twenty minutes later, I have a menu for the week and a grocery list.
I’ve heard from a number of friends and family that one of the biggest hindrances to eating vegan is not knowing what to cook. I’ve also heard from friends who are in a food rut.
So, I might not do it every week, but when I can, I’ll post our weekly menu here. I’ll miss the mark sometimes, but most will be kid- and budget-friendly, fast, and filling vegan meals. I work full-time, and I often work from home. If a recipe needs a little extra time in the stove or oven, I pause in the late afternoon and then get back to work while the food does its thing in the oven or on the stove.
This week’s menu (I’m on a bit of a Minimalist Baker kick at the moment, but I’m not sorry about it and I don’t think you will be, either):