What We Ate – Meal Planning Week 1: The New Years Day version

Okay so I’m determined to get back in to weekly meal planning.  For this past week, things went pretty much according to meal plan.  I definitely stress less about meals when there’s a plan in place so I hope this continues for a long time yet!

A cornucopia of terrible food photography follows.

Monday

– a special breakfast of pancakes (followed by a green juice), using the Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes recipe from Vegan Brunch.  I kept them warm in a low oven but forgot to cover them so by the time I served them, some were crunchy on the edges.  Whoops:

gf pancakes

– for lunch I made pasta for Arthur and DeeW.  Arthur refuses any kind of pasta sauce and DeeW prefers plain.  After the pasta is cooked, I toss it with a little vegan margarine and a good amount of nutritional/savoury yeast (no, not the stuff you make bread with!).  If my children will be eating blergh pasta then mark my words they’re gonna get some B12 in there:

plain B12 pasta

– for dinner I made sausage rolls from Where’s the Beef? though I change the recipe to use oats instead of breadcrumbs and I plop in some very fine food-processor’d raw cauliflower or broccoli (or both):

sausagerolls with veg

– whenever I use puff pastry, as I did with the sausage rolls here, I get strange ideas.  So I put some nooch-roasted cauliflower in half a square of puff pastry, drowned it in zaatar spice and served it with the last of some eggplant dip.  It was okay taste wise for a ridiculous experiment but maybe it’s because I was hungry:

cauli zaatar parcel

Tuesday

– My breakfast was a cherry coconut cacao smoothie with hemp protein:

cherry cacao smoothie

– the kids had leftover sausage rolls for lunch.  I had some No-Fu Love Loaf from Let Them Eat Vegan! plus one of my favourite quick kale dishes, Fannetastic’s Cheesy Coconut Chickpeas and Kale:

cheesy kale chickpeas

– Scallion Pancakes from Veganissimo!:

scallion pancakes

– I made the Lancashire Hotpot from Veganissimo! for dinner:

hotpot

– special NYE dessert was the Lemon Self Saucing Pudding also from Veganissimo!:

lemon pudding

Wednesday

Happy New Year!

– breakfast was a smoothie for me and I think the rest of the fam had toast, because we were to have a late lunch with my parents.  Here’s the lunch spread:

nyd lunch spread

nydlunchspread2

– my plate:

nyd lunch plate

– we didn’t really eat dinner as lunch was so late and we were hanging around picking at stuff.

Thursday

– a non sweet green juice for me.  I could have made it bearable with a date or two but I’m trying to move away from sweetening my green juices.  Truthfully, when I have the unsweetened green juices they taste blergh and by the bottom of the glass I feel a slight urge to barf:

green juice

– for lunch I had some spelt pasta with tomato and walnut mince:

walnut mince pasta

– for dinner I made the Mini ‘Beef’ Wellingtons from Vegan Lunch Box:

wellingtons with veg

Friday

– we skipped breakfast because we all had a bit of a sleep in and were heading out.  Though I ended up not getting anything and waited to eat at home.

– lunch for me was toasted ‘cheese and bacon’-ish sandwiches for lunch, using Tofutti slices and some tempeh, using the Tempeh Tickle recipe from Let Them Eat Vegan! with a little (vegan of course) mayo inside:

toasted cheeze facon sandwich

– a nice big juice made with leafy greens, watermelon, orange, carrot, apple, tomato, grapes cucumber, nectarine.  In other words, I had lots of fruit and veg that really needed to be eaten fast:

green juice

– dinner was leftover over Mini Wellingtons plus the Potato Scones and Tempeh Sausage Patties from Veganissimo! Husband really likes mashed potatoes turned in to patties and pan fried so he liked these.  I thought the kids would like the patties but unfortunately they didn’t (they have food sensitivities based more on textures and smells). Luckily I only made half the recipe and it’s a good recipe at that:

wellies

tempeh sausage patties

Saturday

– for breakfast I made Arthur and DeeW plain oat porridge with some golden syrup on top (I had the last of my cherries in a choc-cherry-banana-spinach smoothie):

oat porridge

– for lunch I decided to try the Sunflower Mac recipe from Isa Does It, in the hopes the kids would like it.  My hopes were dashed as neither made it past the first spoonful and both requested I stick to ‘regular plain pasta’.  I explained that I like to get them to try new things in case they discover something new that they like.  Arthur diplomatically argued that it would be far faaaaar less work for me if I just stuck to regular plain pasta.  Sometimes it sucks when teaching your children thoughtfulness backfires:

sunflower mac

– for dinner Husband and the kids ate out, I wasn’t hungry and didn’t have anything.

Sunday

This was a special day because it is the birthday of the Brothers Grimm.  In our house, something like that is considered a special occassion and so we had a German themed menu for dinner, as well as hanging out reading the original fairy tales (some were edited as I read!) from a tattered old 1967 Readers Digest book of fairy tales my aunt gave me when I was little.

– we had a light not-very-German breakfast of smoothies (for Arthur and I) and fruit (for Deew):

fruit salad

green smoothie

– we made the German Apple Cake from The Joy Of Vegan Baking, yet another great vegan cookbook I have hardly used.  I think this may actually have been my first time using it.  Anyway, the cake was easy to make but unfortunately it hardly rose.  Did that stop us from eating it?  Ha!:

German apple cake

– for lunch I made some vegan sausages:

sausage in roll

– for dinner we had some Fry’s shnitzel and some Kartoffelpuffer (German potato pancakes) using the recipe over at Seitan Is My Motor.  All to the tunes of German folk music:

German themed meal


People of Germany probably hate me now.

So, that’s week 1 of meal planning out the way.  I have to say things ran so smoothly with a plan in place, though trying new recipes can get tiring.  It’s all in the pursuit of finding things the kids will like, and the upside is that there is often one thing I can make again.

I’ve got week 2 planned, this time taking it easy and making meals for myself that can last a few days.

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9 thoughts on “What We Ate – Meal Planning Week 1: The New Years Day version

  1. wow that looks like a great week of eating – I even love the sound of your cauli in puff pastry. highly recommend the dried fruit and nut balls in Joy of Vegan Baking – haven’t made much else but we have made these heaps – easy and healthy snack – I have similar trouble with sylvia and sauce on pasta – when I have energy I make her try some but some days I just don’t bother – your breakfasts are looking good – lately it has been quite boring here – but am looking forward to home made bread and jam in morning

  2. Looks like an amazing week of eating! Since today is my rest day, I’ve got to spend it meal prepping and planning instead! You’ve given me some great inspiration!

  3. I am always amazed by how many recipes you try! You must spend a lot of time cooking and doing dishes. 😉 I need to get back into meal planning too, but right now I’m still feeling quite lazy about the whole thing. I am going to try to dive into some cookbooks for motivation soon. And I’ll keep checking what you’re doing. Maybe it will help get my butt in gear. 😉

    Jo

    • heh I hate washing dishes, I love my dishwasher! Actually I have some frying pans that say dishwasher safe but recommend you wash by hand. Husband is all “don’t put them in the dishwasher” but I’m lazy and do it anyway.

  4. Great week of meals! Sorry if you get the rest of this comment more than once…

    Hi! I have been meaning to let you know that I have left comments in lots of your blog posts in the last few weeks that haven’t appeared. Maybe I’m showing up as spam?

    I also thought I’d share the quiche recipe, since I didn’t really, on my blog. The custard calls for 400grams of silken tofu – I used about a tablespoon less than a 500gram block. 1/4 cup fresh parsley. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast – I used chickpea flour instead. 1 Tbsp corn flour. 3/4 tsp turmeric. 1/2 tsp salt – I used black salt. Pepper, to taste. And 3 Tbsp nondairy milk. Blend it all up till smooth, and then pour into a crust over your filling. Bake at 200 for 30 to 40 minutes and then cool for 20 to 30.

  5. I feel like fried mashed potato now! Haven’t had that for years.

    You’ve been very organised. I should get back to meal planning – I always find it works out best for me if I just plan which meals, but don’t decide which days we eat them until the day. I have some easy meals that I can use if I’m tired and fancy ones for when I have a bit more time. If I don’t do that it all goes out the window pretty quickly when I come home from work exhausted!

    I REALLY need to get a copy of Veganissimo. Those recipes look fantastic.

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