Another week of meal planning. The past week went okay. There were a few blank spots on my meal plan sheet where I thought “I’ll fill it in closer to the day”. Big mistake because I found myself back in “what will I make???” mode.
For this past week, I wanted to minimise the amount of time spent preparing food because Husband was away. And I have that teeny tiny kitchen which itself is a hazard, so I like to keep my time in there to a minimum when I’m trying to focus on pots and pans and keeping an eye on DeeW in particular.
– breakfast for me was a ‘caramel’ smoothie made with banana, oats, date and lucuma powder. I bought lucuma after seeing it in many recipes but this was my first time using it and yes, I can see why people would think it lends a caramel taste:
– for lunch the kids had leftover Linda McCartney sausages in bread rolls. I made myself the Baingan Bharta from Veganissimo! and I microwaved some coconut rice to go with it. This made a few meals:
– Arthur and DeeW requested porridge. We actually had quite a bit this week. I’m going to start reducing the amount of oats and putting in some quinoa and/or amaranth flakes:
– for dinner I made them some air fryer fries (we call them ‘air fries’), with veg and marinated tofu for Arthur. DeeW won’t eat tofu so I made her these Fry’s chicken style strips which I cooked in the air fryer with the air fries. They got overcooked and were on the crispy side:
– the kids requested pasta, so I served up what I now call “B12 Pasta Delight”. When the pasta is done I toss through a little Nutellex (you can use olive oil instead) and some nutritional yeast (savoury yeast). For myself, I tossed some sundried tomato with minced garlic and toasted some pine nuts:
– I found this packet of Macro barley and sweet potato bites at the bottom of the chest freezer. They don’t make them anymore which is a shame as they’re a simple quick meal:
– I finally tried out the Yonanas soft serve ‘ice cream’ maker I bought last year. We made banana soft serve. Look, there’s really no way to make this process look pretty:
– my breakfast was a smoothie made with banana, hazelnut, soy milk, pumpkin seeds and hemp protein.
– On my last trip to Global Green Vegetarian Food Mart, I picked up this soy based black pepper steak:
And yes, I left another space blank on the meal planner so what did Mamma make? Kantong. The sizzling Mongolian packet to be precise, which only I eat. I can’t remember what Arthur and DeeW had. Probably porridge for dinner at their request. Anyway, I threw in a heap of veg to try and minimise the fact that these packet mixes contain lots of sugar *cough*:
– breakfast for me was a smoothie made with blueberries, almonds, banana, dried and soaked figs and dates, orange juice (fresh squeezed) and water. The recipe is in ‘Eat Raw Eat Well’. It was nice but I could have left the dates out as it was a bit too sweet because I added in the banana:
– I made the Black Bean Lime Salsa from Brendan Brazier’s ‘Thrive’, a recipe I really love. But I couldn’t help it and threw it in a wheat tortilla with some corn kernels. Sorry Brendan:
– during the day I sat down with a nice cup of chai vanilla tea. I had baked some chia seed muffins a few weeks ago, using a Dreena Burton recipe, then froze them all. This was delicious and I’d used buckwheat and barley flour instead of spelt. Later on in the day I went to use my chia seeds and spilled some out on the bench by accident. Then I noticed tiny bugs. I emptied more chia out on to some white paper. More bugs. So all my chia has been binned along with the muffins in the freezer. I can’t bring myself to eat something with bugs in it and I don’t just mean that from a vegan perspective!
– leftovers day. I still had salsa and bits and pieces so I mostly ate that.
– Husband returned home from a week interstate so I made the lemon self saucing pudding from Veganissimo! which is fast becoming the family favourite. I had mine with some soy icecream:
– we visited my dad and on the way we stopped in at Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop for brunch. I got myself the BLT, toasted of course:
– I also bought the peanut butter and jelly bun, something I hadn’t tried before. Growing up, I was horrified Americans ate “peanut butter and jelly” sandwiches. That’s because I didn’t know that what we call jelly is called Jello overseas (and for jelly we say jam). Anyway, my sister and I shared this and it was yum. I’m not much of a peanut butter-on-bread fan and prefer peanut butter in biscuits (cookies!) but this was really nice:
What I learnt this week: HAVE A MEAL PLAN IN ADVANCE WITH *ALL THE SPACES FILLED OUT*. Yep, even a few blanks were enough to send me on a deep sea diving adventure to the land of Fry’s in the chest freezer. Although I have a little stash of Fry’s for emergency meals, nothing this week was an emergency and I should have planned properly. Hey, does anyone else have Emergency Biscuits/Cookies? For when ‘visitors’ come over? But when genuine visitors come over you have zero emergency biscuits?
Okay so it’s already Monday and week 3 of meal planning and here I sit with nothing filled in. I really need to do it today or the whole week will most likely be stuffed! It’s really hot this week so I have to find recipes that don’t use the oven. And I’m in a really lazy summer kind of mindset where cooking is concerned. If only the family ate meal style salads!