I always feel like I have my life together when I plan out my meals for the week. It takes some extra time to plan, but it’s easier and CHEAPER than just flying by the seat of my pants. You can probably relate - if I don’t have a plan for the night, and all ingredients on hand, me and the hubs end up ordering pizza or going out to eat. This causes our wallets to deflate and our bellies to inflate! No bueno.
As I was putting together this week’s grocery list, I figured ya’ll might be interested in the meals I’m making for the week. I try to keep certain healthy staples on hand in my kitchen that will last a long time and go a long way(lentils, black beans, quinoa, butternut squash or sweet potatoes), and we can always find SOMETHING to make with these staple ingredients. The recipes I linked to are not necessarily vegan or vegetarian, but I always tweak yummy recipes to be more earth-health-and-animal-friendly. I found these recipes a long time ago and come back to them again and again, always making a variation. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Share your favorite weeknight "go-tos" in the comments! Bonus points for vegetarian crockpot meals :)
Here is my list for this week:
(Again, "staple foods" are big in our house. I have most necessary ingredients on hand most of the time for the following recipes - but I like the layout of the grocery list ;)
These are the recipes I’m tackling this week, along with some notes on how I tweak them to fit my personal lifestyle:
This salad is EPIC! I use almond butter instead of peanut butter to reduce the acidity, and ginger essential oil instead of fresh grated ginger. (Get Ginger oil HERE)
Anyone who eats this salad is obsessed. You can add chicken, shrimp or tofu if you want a little extra bulk.
Super simple stuffed zucchini boats. Instead of ground beef I use walnut meat (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/walnut-taco-meat/ easiest recipe ever - we soak our walnuts overnight for a softer texture), and add mushrooms, bell peppers, onions - have fun with the ingredients here. Making a tomato sauce from scratch is best, but if you don’t, be sure to use a high quality sauce. Mainstream tomato sauces have so much sugar and sodium, be careful.
Eggs are something we like to have on-hand in the Smith household but we make sure they’re high quality, high nutrient, happy hens. We get them local when we can. The hubs makes his lunch for work every day, so it’s nice to have options already made for him to just throw in a tupperware. We use Vegenaise instead of mayo, and plop this on a bed of lettuce, crackers, or in a tortilla.
Vegan enchiladas are a GO TO in our house! I don’t waste the time to roll the tortillas though - I like to use corn tortillas, crisp them up in a hot pan with a tiny bit of oil, and layer them in a casserole dish like an enchilada lasagna :) Then they can be stuffed with all sorts of yummy veggies.
I haven’t personally made this recipe yet, and it looks like it’ll take some extra prep time, so I’m planning on making a BIG batch to nom on throughout the week or to freeze. The first meal with them will, of course, be served with whole grain pasta.
Here is another Meatless Meatball recipe I pinned that looks a little easier, but has fewer reviews. I’m all about ease and saving time, so I’ll probably try this one first ;)
I hope this helps give ya'll some fun easy options for dinner and lunch this week! We usually have leftovers from dinner so Ben will take those to work, while I'll eat a big salad for lunch at home.