Monday Menu Planning: Clean Slate

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted and I’m not going to bore you all with the reasons for my absence. I’ll just say this: It was a long, stressful Spring & Summer and I am very much looking forward to Autumn! I hope that the change of season brings some personal changes along with it.

Though I no longer have little ones at home, I still revel in the back-to-school feeling and welcome the added structure this time of year brings. I find myself cleaning, organizing, and recommitting to projects and personal goals. First on my list: resuming my weekly mean plan. Taking the time to plan out my menu sets the tone and sets me up for a successful week.

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This week I’ll be focusing on the late-summer veggies in season but also easing my way into more Fall-ish meals. Perhaps Mother Nature will bless us with an early Autumn, who knows?!

What’s cookin’ at your house?

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Have a great day!

 

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Monday Menu Planning: On the Road Again

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the remainder of the month is equally hectic. We’ve been traveling for Chip’s work, back & forth across the state, staying there half the week. It’s fun because we’re in a city right near my kids, but the schedule is also a little stressful on someone who likes routine and organization. (That would be me!)

On the way home last Thursday, we stopped by a popular roadside produce market. Oh, my! The veggies were so fresh and gorgeous, I was in heaven! I ended up with 3 bags of yummy-ness for only $15. You can’t beat that, and you can’t get more local than this!

 

 

I bought a giant “bouquet” of that gorgeous kale, am planning my meals around it this week. In the meantime, it’s been threatening to take over my refrigerator!

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Without further ado, here’s this week’s menu plan, including one breakfast and a couple of lunches.

What’s cookin’ at your house this week?

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Have a great day!

 

 

Monday Menu Planning: Fresh Start February

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Over at The Vegan Weigh Facebook group, we’ve begun a Fresh Start February challenge to help us recover from the holidays and refocus on our health & fitness goals. Some of us gained a few pounds, others maintained or even lost weight but want a little support and camaraderie as they move forward into the new year.

I personally gained about 4.5 pounds due to holiday indulgences and lack of exercise. I had a little accident in late December which banged up my foot and prevented me from walking regularly, but that’s all healed up now and I’m ready to get moving again! I’ll also be meal planning & prepping on a regular basis, have a bunch of new recipes I’m excited to try.  If you’d like to join our group, please leave a comment here or email me directly (link in my profile). We’d love to have new members!

Before I chat about the coming week’s menu, here are a few highlights from last week’s meal plan.

We’ll be on the road for a few days so my menu plan reflects that. I’m choosing several tote-able, reheatable dishes that won’t take up much space in the motorhome. There’s a lovely mix of flavors and cultures in this week’s recipes, can’t wait to start cooking!

What’s cookin’ at your house this week?

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Happy New Year

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Wow, it has while since I posted! I got so busy with the holidays and kind’ve lost my groove there, but I’m back and more motivated than ever to reach my goals!

I gained a couple of pounds over the holiday season but have already started to shed them, am also back on track with my meal planning and prep.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet most of the time, deviating a bit here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate. If the exact recipe I’m using isn’t published online, I will post a similar recipe.

Hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

 

Monday Menu Planning: Halloween!

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Wow, is it Monday again already?! Like I said, this year is flying by! I can’t believe Halloween is just a few days away. It’s one of our favorite holidays, we tend to go all out on the decorating and celebrating. Of course, now that the kids are all grown and gone, the holidays are a little bit different, but we still join in the festivities in our own way. We’ll be dressing up and attending a couple of events this week, should be a spooky good time!

Did anyone join my in my freezer/pantry challenge? How did it go? I had a great week, used up a bunch of items and made some lovely meals. Here are the highlights.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Open-Faced Tofu Scramble Sandwich

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Pumpkin. Sausage & Mushroom Pasta

As you can see, I made a few unplanned recipes but still used mostly items I had on hand. A couple of last week’s dishes weren’t photo-worthy, and I never got around to making a couple others. It’s okay to change our minds and allow for some spontaneity and creativity in our meal plans; the point is not to waste food and/or be caught with nothing to eat when dinner time rolls around!

I’ll be continuing with my freezer/pantry challenge this week. Though the cupboards are definitely more bare, I still have a few items to use up. I’m excited about this week’s plan as it contains several Autumn-ish recipes as well as some that are just the colors of Halloween!

What’s on your menu plan this week?

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet 90% of the time, allowing for a bit of oil here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat.  When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Menu Planning Monday: Soup’s On!

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The temperature is blessedly cool today, at least by Florida standards, and it’s supposed to stay mild throughout the week. So, you know what that meals: more soups & stews! I’m also making a couple of “man-friendly” meals using a little bit of faux meat because though Chip never complains, I know he gets tired of beans day after day. I’ll make adjustments to my portions to keep them MWL-compliant or I’ll allow myself a “cheat meal.”

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? Are you filling up on tummy-warming soups as well?

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. For more menu plans, please visit The Organizing Junkie!

Menu Planning Monday, Maximum Weight Loss Style!

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As I wrote earlier, I’ve decided to give myself a little challenge.  From now until Halloween I’m going to follow Dr. McDougall’s Maximum Weight Loss Diet, so this week’s recipes are all MWL-compliant or easily modified.  As usual, if the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth.

We’ll be on the road again this week so the dishes are also travel-friendly and easy to reheat.  I’m going to avoid dining out as much as possible, knowing that it’s much easier to control what I eat when I make it myself.  Besides, I generally enjoy my own cooking!  I’m also using my slow cooker a couple of times and the recipes are perfect for chilly Autumn weather, even though we’ve yet to experience any!  I’ll just have to crank down the air conditioner and pretend.

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Have a wonderful day!

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Menu Planning Monday: On the Road Again!

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Good morning and Happy Menu Planning Monday! Once again, we’re packing up the motor home and headed back to the Gainesville area. It was such a treat to spend time with my daughters, I can’t wait to see them again!  I loved being able to kick back and share a relaxing lunch  at Kristyn’s house instead of a restaurant; there’s just nothing like a home-cooked meal! (In case you missed it, I posted pics of our feast on last week’s Wordless Wednesday post). So, I’m hoping to do the same this week, and in preparation I’ve chosen some recipes that travel well and which I know my daughters will enjoy.

We had a nice quiet weekend at home, so while Chip was plopped in front of the TV watching football, I did some advance cooking. I’ll be sharing the pics and reviews over the course of the week, hope you’ll stop back by because there are some real winners on this week’s menu!

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet 90% of the time, allowing for a bit of oil here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat. When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate.  Sometimes the exact recipe I’m using is not published online so I will share a similar recipe.

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Menu Planning Monday: Travelin’ Time!

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It’s a busy Monday morning around here as we prepare for a little adventure. My hunny has a job project which will requires him to be about 2 hours away from home, a little too far for a daily commute. So, we are loading up the RV and heading northwest across the state.  The project should take about 3 weeks, but we will come home for long weekends. If you read my other blog, you’ll know that this is not unusual for us and in fact was quite the norm for a couple of years. I’m an old hat at living out of the motor home, but it does require some planning as the RV kitchen is not quite as large as the one at home!

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Since I prefer my own cooking for the most part, I bring along some prepared meals as well as fruits, veggies, etc for healthy snacks. We tend to eat most meals in the RV but will splurge for a restaurant dinner now & then. I made this week’s menu focusing on easy-to-cook and/or reheat dishes.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s menu plan:

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet 90% of the time, allowing for a bit of oil here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat. When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate.  Sometimes the exact recipe I’m using is not published online so I will share a similar recipe.

Well, I’d better get packing!

Michele

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!

Menu Planning Monday: End of Summer

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Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate! If you have the day off, how are you spending it? As I mentioned, we’ll be attending a barbecue at the Elks Club, should be a great time and an opportunity for me to introduce some folks to plant-based eating. So many of our members are elderly, struggling with health issues which could really benefit from a healthier diet, yet they’re afraid to make any “radical” changes. I’m hoping to show them that vegan food isn’t scary or weird, and the best way to do that is through their taste buds!

“I’ve found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example – to lead with your fork, not your mouth.” – Bernie Wilke

Even though it’s a holiday, I still have my weekly menu planned and shopping list prepared. I’ll be honoring the “unofficial end of summer” by using up some late-summer veggies, and welcoming in the autumn goodies as well.

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Here’s what I’ll be cooking; clicking on the links will take you to the author’s original recipes where you can print if you’d like.

Note: I follow a WFPBNO (whole food, plant-based, no oil) diet 90% of the time, allowing for a bit of oil here & there when dining out or when I just want a little treat. When the recipe calls for oil, I substitute vegetable broth or plain water when appropriate.  Sometimes the exact recipe I’m using is not published online so I will share a similar recipe.

So, what’s cookin’ at your house? Are you menu planning?

Michele

P.S. For other great menu planning bloggers, please visit Organizing Junkie!