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Menu Plan Monday: Nov. 12

I’m finally getting to a place where our list of family favorite meals is growing! It turns out a mostly vegan diet suits us. 🙂 I needed to plan this week’s meals in a hurry and I did it in about 2 minutes! That felt amazing. Here’s the plan!

Monday: leftover Straw and Hay Pasta from Chloe’s Kitchen and breadsticks from this book.

Tuesday: Roasted Chickpea Tacos with guacamole and cilantro lime rice (family favorite!)

Wednesday: Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Thursday: Orzo pilaf with roasted red peppers and peas, and steamed broccoli (family favorite!)

Friday: Black Bean, Kale and Rice Soup in the Crockpot (family favorite!)

Saturday: Thanksgiving meal at my sister’s – taking a turkey shaped fruit platter and this Grape and Pecan Salad with Lemon Poppyseed dressing

Sunday: My day off! Leftovers or something super simple

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Amelia’s Lunchtime Soup

Here’s a soup Amelia will really dig her spoon into.

Amelia’s Lunchtime Soup

1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup orzo
1/2 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Saute until veggies begin to soften, about 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Add broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Add orzo and peas and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season to taste.

Simple. Uncomplicated. Quick. Tasty.


Menu Plan Monday: 7/9

So tomorrow marks our third week of CSA delivery and we have been really pleased so far! Everything has been super tasty and I would definitely recommend Green B.E..A.N. Delivery to anyone looking to try out a CSA.

Since we have started this dairy free and mostly meat free diet lunch time has been the hardest time of day. We have been eating A LOT of peanut butter and jelly. Sofi is less than thrilled. I need some good lunch ideas. We do snack plates sometimes too, just random fruits and veggies and nuts and crackers. But we are eating the fruits and veggies so much for snacks and dinners as well, we just need some variety! Do you have any relatively simple lunch ideas that fit into the meat and dairy free category that you’d be willing to share with me?? 🙂 Pretty please?

Here are this week’s recipes!


Orzo Pilaf with red peppers and peas, salad (from the book The Vegan Table)

Taco salads with this Mexican Vinaigrette, watermelon

Greek Veggie Pita Pockets, sweet potato fries

Broccoli with Garlic Butter & Cashews, Brown Rice (from The Vegan Table)

Vegetable Hobo Packets

Black Bean Burgers, Crispy Smashed Potatoes


Homemade Banana Chips

Cashew Cookie Lara Bars

Vegan Brownies

Lazy Granola (with flax, coconut and almonds)

Apple Crumb Muffins (from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!)

Oatmeal Bread (in bread machine)

So, I need one more dinner idea! It needs to be meat and dairy free. What do you have for me? 😉

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Menu Plan: 6/26

This week (today in fact!) starts the beginning of our CSA adventure. I am so excited! We decided to try out Green B.E.A.N. Delivery for awhile and see how we like it.

So this week’s recipes are based around what is coming in the box and from two new cookbooks I got at the library: You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!  and The Vegan Table. I am so excited!

This week’s recipes are:

Black bean tostadas with homemade guacamole, chips and salsa

Golden Corn Pancakes (from The Vegan Table), homemade pico de gallo (from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!)  salad

Penne Pasta with Fresh Veggies (from The Vegan Table)

Whole Wheat Calzones with olives, green peppers and banana peppers (and I might sneak some carrots in there!), salad

Black Bean Burgers, Oven Sweet potato fries, whatever veggies we have left!

And to finish off the last bit of meat in the freezer: grilled lemon garlic chicken, Home-fried potatoes (from The Vegan Table) and green beans

I also plan to make some Apple Crumb Muffins (from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan!) and of course, Lazy Granola with coconut, almonds and flaxseed. And if I have enough oats I will make some Energy Bites!

What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: 6/18

This past weekend was a mix of some alone time for Jeremy and I, good times with family, and trying times with two sick little girls. 😦 The girls woke up with fevers yesterday morning: 103 and 101. Jeremy was up with them a lot last night so we declared today movie and soup day! Here are this week’s recipes.

Big Batch Vegetable Soup, Cornbread

Salads and Roasted Cauliflower

Cilantro Lime Chicken Casserole

Vegetable Stir Fry with Garlic Sauce

Bean Bolognaise

Vegan Banana Coconut Bread Muffins

Lazy Granola with Coconut, Almonds and Flax

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Menu Plan Monday: April 23-29

I’m back! Baby Ephraim finally arrived 11 days late to play an April Fool’s Day joke on us, so I’ve taken the last few weeks off from blogging and cooking. And cleaning. And showering and sleeping. Just kidding! Except for the cleaning part. 🙂

Ephraim is doing really well! Sleeping and eating and pooping. I’m so glad he is finally here and I cannot believe how much I love him. His sisters absolutely adore him as well. So cute! So now he’s here, and I’m all recovered and it is time to get back into planning our weekly menus. This is the first week where I will be cooking every day and I am feeling equal parts trepidation and excitement. Wish me luck! 😉

Monday: Salads and Baked Potatoes = easing into this cooking thing slooowly.

Tuesday: Fresh Tomato and Chicken Pasta, Salad

Wednesday: Spicy Chicken Flautas, Black Beans

Thursday: Beef with Broccoli, Rice

Friday: CPK’s BBQ Chicken Pizza by the Pioneer Woman, Raw Veggies with Ranch

Saturday: The Melting Pot! My husband and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. So it’s date night with the two men in my life.  (Well, one man and one tiny, tiny, little boy.)

Sunday: Leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan: Mar. 12th – 18th

Last week’s menu was fantastic! We enjoyed every one of our dinners. My favorite was definitely the Italian Bean Soup!  It tasted a lot like Carraba’s chicken soup which is one of my favorite soups ever! I didn’t use chicken in my soup but I think if you were to replace the beans with chicken it would be almost identical to Carraba’s. Try it out sometime! (P.S. I added a handful of chopped carrots and used fire roasted tomatoes instead of Italian Stewed tomatoes. I also did not use pesto.)

Provided I don’t have a baby this week, here is what we’ll be eating!

Monday – Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup, Crusty Bread

Tuesday –garlic chicken with rice, broccoli/cauliflower

Wednesday – Mama B’s Crock Pot Roast, potatoes and carrots

Thursday –crockpot chicken enchilada soup

Friday –pizza and veggie dippers

Saturday –shepherd’s pie with cheddar spiked mashed potatoes, green beans

Sunday – Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken, rice and veggies

What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan: Mar. 4th-Mar. 11th

So baby is due in roughly 2 1/2 weeks! My blood pressure was high for me at my last appt. so I’ve been ordered to rest as much as I can. My freezer is now empty of freezer meals (boo!) so I’m going to try to rely on my slow cooker for the next few weeks. Challenge! I’m excited about it though. 🙂

This week’s list!

(Mostly) Slow Cooker Week 1

Garlic Alfredo Pasta with Chopped Broccoli, Crusty Bread

Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas with all the fixings,

Garlic Chicken with Rice, Steamed Broccoli/Cauliflower

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken over Rice, Green Beans

Italian Bean Soup (not a crockpot meal, but maybe I’ll adapt it.) Rolls

Mexican Lasagna (not a crockpot meal, but it’s simple and I can split it in half and put one in the freezer for later!), Corn

Homemade Pizza and Veggie Dippers

And there you have it, our menu for the week! Sounds yummy doesn’t it? 🙂

What meal are you most looking forward to this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: Feb. 20

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a menu… and it’s time I got around to it again! Here’s the plan for this week.

Monday: Deceptively Delicious Lasagna

Tuesday: Whole Chicken in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Salad

Wednesday: Chicken,Cheddar, Rice Soup

Thursday: English Muffin Pizzas, Veggies and Dip

Friday: Cajun Chicken Pasta (minus the spicyness… which I know will technically not make it Cajun… but I’m pregnant and sensitive to the food I eat. Blah!)

Saturday:Texas Confetti Rice, Black Beans, Chips and Sour Cream

Sunday: Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli/Cauliflower

What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: Jan. 30th

This week is half freezer meals, and half new recipes! I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

Monday: Lemon Chicken & Vegetables, Egg Noodles

Tuesday: 3 Bean Pasta Fagioli, Cornbread

Wednesday: Coconut Lime Chicken Tenders, Garlic Green Beans, Baked Brown Rice

Thursday: Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes, Crusty Bread

Friday: Garlic Balsamic Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Saturday: Homemade Waffles and Eggs

Sunday: In honor of the Superbowl:  Mini Deep Dish Pizzas, Veggie Dippers with Lighter Ranch Dip, Taco Dip, Soft Pretzel Bites

Other things that may get made this week are Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Snack Bars, Orange PushUp Smoothies, and Baked Oatmeal To-Go

What’s on your menu this week?

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