I have to say that I love Pinterest and Google. They are life savers when trying to meal plan. Eric (hubby) has recently decided to try to be vegan so I happily switched the rest of the family to a vegetarian diet. Now my 7 year old is suddenly very into meat (honestly she almost never asked before haha). We might occasionally have Meat Mondays, kind of like how I see a lot of family’s have Meatless Mondays.
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First thing we did was scour Google and Pinterest for vegan and vegetarian meals that we liked. We chose five for this week. We only meal plan for dinner, as we eat either cereal, vegan pancakes, or oatmeal for breakfast lately – all of which we already have at home. The vegan pancakes were absolutely delicious and filling. I ate four small pancakes and felt pleasantly full, not overfull. Eric is the morning cook. I’m not sociable or human before lunch 😂. The recipe he found was here:
Eric also used 1/4 tbs baking soda and 2 1/2 tsp stevia instead of white granulated sugar and baking powder. Use maple syrup or your favorite topping as you choose.
The dinners we chose for this week are ones we haven’t tried before so not sure if we’ll love them or hate them or be ambivalent towards them. They sound amazing, even with the extra work since my blender broke and I now have to use a manual food processor (I’m seriously feeling like I’ll build muscle this way!😉).
Here’s the recipe we tried last night (it’s after midnight so that’s last night hehe).
Honestly the kids hated them (but they’re very picky) and I was ambivalent. Eric loved these though so I may make more if I’m feeling nice someday.
For tomorrow we have these planned:
Veggie nuggets sound good. This one is vegetarian as it does have eggs. The kids go crazy for nuggets so I’m really hoping they’ll love them.
For the rest of the week we have these planned:
I’m really looking forward to this one, as I love rice and soups.
I’m also looking forward to this recipe as I love lasagna and this would be a healthy alternative. It will take a lot of prep work though.
Now the kids actually don’t like Manwich 🙀. I loved it growing up. I found out that Hunts can is vegan, it’s just what we add to it that determines whether it is vegan, vegetarian, etc. This recipe uses lentils.
So with these recipes we were actually only missing 13 items. Our shopping this week was really reduced. We spent less than $40 ($38 and change – FL doesn’t tax food). That trip we only got two 96 oz bottles of Unsweetened Original Almond Milk, so Eric will have to get more at some point this week. Still it’s much less than we normally spend on a meat centric diet, or fast food.
A YouTube Channel that Eric introduced me to has really helped with meal planning and has other great videos. It’s called Pick Up Limes and I really recommend you check it out. She has printable shopping lists for specific meals, beginners, and fully stocked pantries. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq2E1mIwUKMWzCA4liA_XGQ
I grew up eating fast food and drinking soda. I didn’t know how to cook. So Google, Pinterest, and YouTube are great teachers. I honestly didn’t know what a food processor was until a couple weeks ago 🤣. The manual one I use is one I bought at Walmart. It has a bunch of other functions and it was only $10 when I got it. Cook Works by Art + Cook 13-Piece Super Slicer
Anyway, I hope some of this helps others. I’m still a newbie at cooking, prepping (doesn’t always get done lol), planning, and trying to save and eat healthy. It’s all part of trying to lose weight and improve my mental and physical health for myself and the rest of the family. Have a wonderful day!