17 January 2010

Menu Plan Monday: January 18th

Well, another week down on the *eat from your pantry* challenge! Whoo hoo! I've been doing pretty well. Last week I only spent about $20 on some essentials like milk and eggs. My pantry is starting to look a little bare and so is my fridge. This week I spent a tad bit more because...

...my hubby threw another challenge at me. He wants to try at least a version of the Daniel fast, focusing on mainly eating vegetables and fruits for about 10 days or so. Sooo, I am now looking for delicious recipes that are strictly veggies with simple seasonings. What I would like to happen is that I find some great healthy dishes that we all like and that I can incorporate into our menus permanently. I usually try to do one meatless meal a week, but I would like to do more.

So if you have any that you'd like to share, please pass them on!

Today I went to the store and stocked up on tons of fresh veggies. I'm not feeling too bad about what I spent, since it was pretty much all on fresh produce. And I'm very excited about trying some new recipes!

Last week's menus were about 2 for 6, so we are rerunning at least one of those this week. Probably the meatless one...lol

Monday: Pinto Beans, Spinach and Cornbread
Tuesday: Baked Fish, Veggie-Stuffed Baked Potatoes and sauteed zucchini
Wednesday: Greek Caponata
Thursday: Broccoli, Butternut Squash and Roasted Carrots
Friday: Honey-Orange Glazed Ham Steaks, Acorn Squash Wedges and pureed cauliflower
Saturday: Gazpacho

I also have lots of special salads planned for lunches this week and I am also making hummus for the first time to have with some yummy pita chips that I made recently. I should have some new recipes to share with you soon!

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

5 comments:

Kathy Hester (GeekyPoet) said...

Hi,

I have a few slow cooker veggie recipes at my new blog Healthy Slow Cooking (http://healthyslowcooking.wordpress.com)that might work for you.

At my other blog I have slow cooker and regular vegetarian recipes. Most of them are pretty healthy and many don't have eggs or dairy.

A few other sites you might try:

http://www.fatfreevegan.com
http://www.101cookbooks.com/
http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/
http://simplyrecipes.com/
http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/

I hope that helps! I suspect you'll have too many recipes before the day has ended.

steviewren said...

Soups would be a good way to eat yummy vegetables. Salads too. Try using craisins and almonds for delish toppings on the salads. Strawberries are good additions to salads as well.

Lora said...

Kathy~
Thanks for all the links! I will be checking them out.

Steviewren~
Yes! We love craisins in our salads, strawberries, too! I'm not big on nuts in general, but I did buy some almonds last night to try incorporating into some dishes. I know they're so good for you:)

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I wouldn't be able to help you a bit, but I can't wait to hear how it works out and see your recipes. I'm curious to know what your kids think of it too. I think mine might starve! Or maybe a couple of them...

Morgan said...

We're working at using up what's in the pantry too. It's hard not to fight the urge to grocery shop all the time! We had been picking up things 2x's a week. Now we've cut down our trips for milk and bread by stocking up with 6-8 gallons of milk at a time from Sam's.

Yesterday we tried out a bread outlet for the first time and found there to be a large savings there as well. You can majorly stock up on bread and stick the extra loaves in the freezer.

Meatless meals... one of my favorites is an egg and cheese bake/frittata. You can add in onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, ect in with it too.