Meal Plan Monday

It’s a new week and a new challenge, it seems.  This week we’re going to eat vegan dinners every night.  Or, erm…my husband is going to eat vegan every night.  I’m going to try to support this.  Last night I had a chicken salad, which, for those of you paying attention, is clearly NOT vegan.  🙂  Here’s the plan:

Sunday: Panera – I had the aforementioned Chicken Salad (it was dressed with a spicy thai dressing; strong but quite tasty).  My husband stuck to his vegan guns and had a mediterranean sandwich with hummus and veggies

Monday:  Creamy Avocado Pasta & Salad

Tuesday:  Spicy Potato Curry

Wednesday: Hot & Spicy Tofu

Thursday:  Quinoa Bowls

Friday:  Rice and Lentils

Saturday:  Eeks.  Don’t know yet.  We’ll work something out!

Let’s hope these taste good.  We were talking about eating vegan and it’s actually not as hard as it may seem if you know what to look for.  For example, MANY of the indian meals that our parents love are actually vegan (as long as you omit the ghee).  It’s when you eat out that you starts seeing cheeses (paneer) and cream put into the vegetables.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to cook indian food but I haven’t really made any effort to do so.  🙁  Boo.  If you like tofu, you can also do quite a bit of vegan cooking with chinese food.  As long as you’re not using fish or oyster sauce and using veggies and tofu, you’re in good shape.  There are also a lot of meat alternatives that are vegan but also seem highly processed to us.  So in this first trial, we’re going to steer clear of those.

Meal Plan Monday – January 16, 2012

Man, was it a eat-a-licious weekend.  The use of the word eat-a-licious was completely unnecessary, by the way, since there are so many words that appropriately describe foody-type things, like scrumptious or delicious, for example.  Anyways, it’s time to get back on track.  Last week feels so far away and I’m having a hard time remembering what we ate so I don’t even know if we ate at home four days or not…let’s see.  I know we did take-out on Saturday, In-N-Out on Friday (yikes), Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa on Thursday, Soup and Salad on Monday, Enchiladas on Wednesday, and on Tuesday we met up with a friend of my husband’s and went to Red Robin.  What did we have last Sunday?  I don’t know…hopefully it was something home made so we can say we met the four-day-dinner-at-home goal.

Like I said, time to get back on track.  This week’s not off to the best start, but I think we can still salvage it.  I also want to do some refrigerator and pantry cleaning so there might be some strange/awkward meals.

Sunday: Left over take-out from Saturday night

Monday:  Pad Thai and Bok Choy Salad

Tuesday:  Omelets and salad

Wednesday:  Lasagna

Thursday: Poker Night, so most likely pizza

Friday:  Puff Pastry Samosas
Saturday:  Some sort of pasta dish with orrichiette pasta (I think I spelled that wrong)

We’re starting to transition Miss K. to cow’s milk so I’ve been mixing the two bottles of formula she has each day with milk.  So far, it seems to be working; she’s drinking it and no stomach issues that I can see.  I now need to start giving it to her in a sippy cup instead of a bottle. That may not go over as well.  Wish me luck!

Meal Plan Monday – January 2, 2012

It’s 2012!!!!  A new year already.  I haven’t been posting much these last few weeks; the holidays got the best of me, I guess.  It was a really fun few weeks and I really think my waistline is paying for it.  So time to start lightening up the menu a bit and getting back some better habits than I have right now.  Also time to start posting more regularly too.  Here’s what this week looks like:

Sunday:  Refrigerator clean up; made pizza for an afternoon “snack” so we finished that up, made a salad and polished off some chili.

Monday:  Spinach and Feta Pasta, heirloom tomato salad, and Rolls.  The pasta was pretty tasty and relatively healthy.  Spinach, feta, tomatoes, onions, and garlic.  Simple and filling; that heirloom tomato salad was awesome.

Tuesday:  Quinoa bowls

Wednesday:  Khichadi

Thursday:  Soup and Sandwiches

Friday:  Eat out

Saturday:  Tofu Stir Fry with Rice

I’m starting to feed Miss K. more table food and she loves it!  Tonight I gave her some pasta and she gobbled it up.  Good news is that she seemed to like the veggies in the pasta just as much as the pasta itself.  I just gave her some food off of my plate so I’m not sure how much she actually ate.  There’s something nice about all of us eating the same thing.  I’m going to try to make a little extra each night so I have food for lunch this week.  Lately I’ve been craving taco bell and Dr. Pepper something fierce.  MUST RESIST.  Just saw a Taco Bell commercial with a burrito that had spicy fritos in it.  I should have been grossed out. Instead, my interest is piqued.

Meal Plan Monday – December 27, 2011

It’s the last Meal Plan Monday of 2011.  Where oh where did this year go?  It’s official.  Hubby and I are stuffed full of sugar.  Time to go cold turkey again and work this out of our system.  We splurged, perhaps I more than he, but man was it yummers…I had marshmallows, iced tea, graham cracker toffee stuff, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (good for bringing down cholesterol???), macaroons, baklava, oreos…what else?  Probably more than I can think of right now.  Yikes.  Scared to step on the scale.  I really need to lose about 10 pounds right now.  This week hasn’t started off with healthiest of recipes but I’m going to see how I can remedy that.  Good news is that I think I have even my lunches ready to go this week.  Here’s the plan:

Sunday:  Easy Spinach Lasagna with White Sauce (lasagne?  My MIL and I had a whole conversation on how to spell that word.  Still don’t know which one I should use), tomato & avocado salad, and garlic knots.  I found this recipe on and modified it a bit by sauteeing the mushrooms with some olive oil, onions, and garlic, lightening up the recipe by using cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and then substituting zucchini for carrots.  The taste was pretty good but it WAAAAAY too saucy.  It felt like lasagna soup and was a little embarrassing since the in-laws were over.  Next time I’ll cut the alfredo sauce in half, probably.  But I think I will try it again at some point.  Had it again for lunch on Monday.  Garlic knots were good!

Monday:  Homemade pizza & salad.  Old standby was a quick, easy meal for the in-laws and us.  My mom had sent some homemade baklava with me so we took that out along with some cookies I had baked on Saturday for dessert.

Tuesday: Grill Cheese, Fries, & Broccoli

Wednesday:  Vegan Lentil, Kale, and Red Onion Pasta

Thursday:  Vegetarian Chili

Friday:  Samosas?

Saturday:  New Year’s Eve party with friends

Meal Plan Monday – December 19, 2011

Holy guacamole!  Only six more days til Christmas!  Yikes.  I still have a few more presents to buy, some cookies to bake, and some holiday decorating to do.  Eh, it’ll all work out.  It always does.  Like every year, I think my poor father-in-law is going to be the big loser in the gift department.  I never know what to get for him.  He’s such a good sport about it though.  Always smiles, never complains.

We did well last week in the eat-at-home department.  Made dinner six nights in a row!  We had  Arroz con Pollo, soup and sandwiches, crispy seitan with Mac n’Cheese and an heirloom tomato salad, vegetarian chili, enchiladas, and homemade pizza.  Ya us! Everything tasted good this last week, it was awesome.  It’s fun to eat food that you like!  The heirloom tomato salad was delish – just avocados and tomatoes with a dressing the was bleh.  But the tomatoes and avocados were just so delicious that really all they needed was a little salt and pepper.  Sooooo good.  The seitan turned out tasty too.  Good week for us.

This week we have some social stuff going on so we’re eating away from home some:

Sunday:  Broccoli Rabe Sausage Parmesan Pasta – took this over to SIL’s house.  They made a salad and some dessert and we called it a meal.

Monday:  Vegetarian Quiche

Tuesday:  Garden Burger Melts and Fries

Wednesday: Quinoa bowls

Thursday:  Hubby has poker night

Friday:  Going to a holiday party

Saturday:  Going over to my mom’s for a family get together.

It’s my baby’s first Christmas!!!!  Happy holidays everyone!

Meal Plan Monday – December 12, 2011

We did pretty well last week – I had planned five meals at home but we ended up eating in four times because I had forgotten that our friends’ daughter’s birthday party was in the late afternoon rather than the early afternoon.  So we met our goal.  Out of the simple dinners we had, only the cheeseburger mac n’ cheese was new.  I made a few modifications (oh crap!  We don’t have butter!  How do you make a roux without butter???  Turns out you substitute olive oil) but all in all, it was quick, easy and pretty darn tasty.   We used ground turkey but I’ll bet it would be even tastier with ground beef.  Everything else was simple – we keep tacos relatively healthy by using refried beans as the protein and we use chopped spinach to up the nutritional factor.  We don’t use sour cream and go easy on the cheese so really the only “bad” part is that we use fried taco shells.  But otherwise, not bad on the nutritional scale.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Sunday:  Since we were at the birthday party on Saturday, I pushed the Arroz con Pollo dinner to Sunday.  It was tasty but for some reason took FOREVER to cook through and even at the end, the rice should have been softer.  I know part of it was because I used brown rice (again, trying to up the nutritional value whenever possible) instead of white but I felt bad because my poor husband was so hungry.  Would would have been a 30 minute meal turned into half an hour.  I guess all’s well that ends well because we polished off the entire skillet.  None left.

Monday: Crispy Seitan with Heirloom Tomato Salad and homemade mac n cheese.  I have a small amount of macaroni left that I’d like to finish off.  This side portion will be a great way to accomplish that.

Tuesday:  Soup and Sandwiches (ol’ faithful at my husband’s request)

Wednesday:  Out?

Thursday:  Vegetarian Chili

Friday:  Enchiladas

Saturday:  Out

Miss K has an upset stomach, possibly due to teething (although some say that’s a myth).  She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it; she’s still eating, drinking, sleeping, and playing ok.  Just the diaper situation over the last few days has been…not fun.  Anyhoo, I’m looking around to see if there are any recommended foods that will be easy on her stomach.  I can tell you she just inhaled a huge bowl of apples and oatmeal for breakfast.

Here’s to the start of a great week (despite the rainy weather here)!

Meal Plan Monday – December 5, 2011

It’s another Monday, and luckily no traveling for us this week.  Yippee!  I wanted to try a few new recipes but really only found one and it’s not even vegetarian.  Luckily I have some ground turkey that I want to use up.  For those of you keeping track (and that would be…no one…), we made our goal of eating at home four days a week, despite traveling three days last week – woohoo!  We had exactly what the plan said; homemade pizza, Tofu, Bean Burritos (oh except without the kale – it’s still sitting in my fridge), and egg rolls and salad!  Yay for us!

I did feed Miss K. some store bought food on our trip – we tried Plum Organics and it was easy.  And she liked it.  Sigh.  Some part of me wanted her to hate it so that I would feel better about all the effort I exert to make her food (ok fine – it’s not really that hard.  Just feels that way sometimes).  But she’s a flexible little bugger and she sucked it down.  Also bought her Baby Mum-Mums.  But not a six pack (disregard that).  She liked those too.  These things are pretty cool – they don’t crumble and make a mess.  It’s one of the the few foods that she can hold and eat; usually she just has small pieces of finger foods.  It was cute – she just kept looking at it and eating it and then examining it again. I don’t know why I feel bad about feeding her the store bought foods…I just do.  At some point she’s going to eat “normal” food.  And she does drink formula twice a day, after all.  That’s totally processed.  I think my mom fed me gerber baby food from a jar and look at me…I’m fine.  Well, no I’m not.  I love sugar and fried foods and sweets and all that to the point that I have to set goals to change my ways.  I even write about it because it’s so hard to stop eating this stuff for me.  But my mom’s not to blame for that.  It’s my personal indulgence.

Back on topic – So what’s for dinner this week?  Well let’s see here I have a feeling the meals won’t end up on these days but that’s ok:

Sunday: Japanese take – out (I didn’t care for this dinner very much.  Should have stuck with tried and true Vegetable rolls)

Monday:  Soup and Sandwiches

Tuesday:  Pad Thai

Wednesday:  Cheeseburger Macaroni & Broccoli, Avocado and tomato salad

Thursday:  Tacos

Friday:  Out

Saturday:  Arroz con Pollo


Meal Plan Monday – November 28, 2011

Planning this week’s menu just isn’t nearly as exciting as last week.  Thanksgiving was fun.  Not that this week won’t be, it’s just…not as much fun.  BUT we splurged on some sugar and fell off a few wagons this weekend and it’s time to claw our way back on.

Surprisingly, we’re pretty much done with all our Thanksgiving leftovers.  We had some help from our family and I’m happy to say I didn’t totally overdo it with portions this year.  Hooray!

Busy week for the Crunchy Family.  Miss K, Grandma, and I are headed to Portland on Wednesday and won’t be back til Friday.  Mr. CrunchyCake unfortunately has to attend a funeral in Northern California so it’s not your typical week.

Sunday: Homemade Pizza

Monday: Yellow Curry Tofu & Salad

Tuesday:  Bean Burritos & Kale (Yes, I know that’s a weird combo but I need to use up some Kale I bought!)

Wednesday:  We’re both traveling so we’ll be eating out

Thursday: Still on the road, so eating out

Friday: Must play this one by ear.  We should be home at a decent time but I don’t know how tired we’ll be.  If I can make dinner, I will make something easy like Mac n Cheese with a broccoli, tomato, and avocado salad

Saturday:  Eggrolls (let’s hope I finally get to these!)

So there’s still a chance we could meet our goal of four dinners at home, despite the travel.  We’ll see!  What’s for dinner at your place?

Meal Plan Monday – November 21, 2011

It’s a special week this week, THANKSGIVING!!!!  This year is a little different than most in that we’re planning on having a very small Thanksgiving dinner and we have a wedding to go to that will keep us pretty busy.  This year Thanksgiving will be at our house and it will be Mr. Crunchycake, Miss K, and both sets of our parents.  So just seven of us chowing down this year and baby hardly counts because she still eats so little.  It’s going to be a non-conventional holiday meal for us; my husband and I are the only ones who would be eating turkey and neither of us LOVE it so we’re going to skip the turkey and make a vegetarian main dish (blasphemy! – I know.)  It feels a little weird but it just makes sense.  Three of our four parents are vegetarians and the fourth doesn’t eat much meat.  So might as well spend efforts on food that we’ll all be able to enjoy.  Sadly I still don’t know what that main dish will be.  I better figure it out today!  It’s a busy week so I don’t know how much cooking I’ll be doing outside of Thursday…

Sunday: Refrigerator clean up!  Need to make room for food on Thursday!  We had salad, enchiladas, pasta, grapes, and rice from earlier in the week and cleaned up some tupperware.

Monday:  We’re driving down to San Diego to see some friends and meet their new baby.  He’s only a couple months old.  So I’m not sure what we’re going to do for dinner.  Probably catch something on the way back home.

Tuesday:  Eggrolls and Salad

Wednesday: Wedding Events start at 6:00 pm so I think we’re eating there.

Thursday:  Need to figure out the main dish!!!!  EeEEkk!  Mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, butternut squash, roasted yams, garlic bread, pumpkin donuts, and possibly pecan pie.  It seems like I’m missing some sides so I’ll clean this up a bit.

Friday: Wedding event during the day, not sure about dinner so if we eat at home, I’ll just make a pizza and some salad

Saturday:  Wedding reception

Meal Plan Monday – November 14, 2011

It was a good weekend, full of newborn yumminess.  Our nephew arrived on Friday and has officially stolen the hearts of everyone who’s seen him.  HE’S JUST SO TINY!  I love it.  Since I had babies on the brain (mine was off the charts cute this weekend too), I hadn’t put much thought into what to eat so I guess I oughtta do that now!  Here we go:

Sunday: Had take-out pizza night.  It seems like the crunchycake family is beginning to see a trend with this ritual.

Monday:  Looks like Mr. Crunchycake will be home late.  I’ll make a soup/sammy combo of some sort for myself.

Tuesday:  Egg rolls, Bok Choy Salad, possibly tofu and fried rice.  Hoping to take this over to my SIL’s house.  If in-laws join us, I’ll make the tofu and rice too.  If not, we might just stick to egg rolls and salad.  By the way, is it eggrolls or is it egg rolls?  WordPress is  correcting the spelling of eggrolls so maybe it’s egg rolls…Although it’s also correcting WordPress, so I don’t know what to believe.

Wednesday:  Pasta with Arrabiata sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash – saw these recipes on and they sound awesome.

Thursday:  If we don’t make the tofu on Tuesday, I’ll make Green Curry Tofu and RiceIf we do make it on Tuesday, I think I’ll just make some Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken

Friday: Out

Saturday:  Chipotle Enchiladas, Guacamole, Cilantro Lime Rice, Salsa, Chips, and some sort of dessert.  Some friends are coming over for dinner and the husband likes spicy food.  I thought this would fit the bill.