Menu of the Week – Week 6

September 17, 2014

The chill is in the air this week and that has me wanting more comfort food. I can easily have a salad for dinner in the summer but once fall comes a salad just doesn’t work. So for this weeks menu there are some heartier, more fall like foods. Roasted vegetables of all kinds are my favorite this time of year. Try roasting something new – like green beans suggested below. You don’t need to do much to them. Simple olive oil, salt and pepper. Baked at 400° until done. So good!

This is the last Menu of the Week. There are 6 weeks total now. Each day has something different. 42 different ideas. Add these to your current ideas and you shouldn’t have to wonder about what to make for dinner for very long.

Variety is the spice of life. Enjoy variety, enjoy life!


SUNDAY

Zucchini Lasagna (or regular)
Roasted Broccoli and/or Cauliflower
Salad
French Bread


MONDAY

Vegetable Soup
Corn Scones
Fresh Fruit


TUESDAY

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos
Chips  & Guac


WEDNESDAY

Risotto – I made sun-dried tomato and basil – Yum!
Roasted Vegetables


THURSDAY

Curried Chickpea & Potato Stew w/Spinach
Samosas


FRIDAY

Spaghetti Squash w/Marinara Sauce
Roasted Green Beans
Parmesan Toast


SATURDAY

Mexican Chili Corn Pie
Fresh Fruit

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Menu of the Week – Week 5

September 9, 2014

It’s that time again. Menu of the Week – Week 5. I tried a couple new recipes this week and they will definitely become regulars. Oh so tasty. It still makes me giddy just thinking about it! Yes, I am a bit of a food geek. There is just something about having familiar ingredients in new combinations and having that instant YUM factor when you take that first bite and the second and third.

One of these recipes is a Sweet Corn Fritter with Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce. The fritters are a delightful combination of sweet corn and fresh basil. I don’t think I’ve ever had those two things baked together before. Separately – sure – regular sweet corn with a side of Caprese Salad. I’ve even put pesto on my sweet corn. But baked together and crisp it was so delicious. And the Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce was delicious with it. The sauce was another new combination for me. I’ve had regular romesco sauce before – but never with roasted peppers. Yum, yum, yum!!

The other new recipe is a Thai Noodle Salad. Eaten with a super yummy grilled tofu. I am a bit bummed out though that I winged it with the marinade for the tofu and didn’t write down what I put in it. I know it was simple – some combination of lime juice, tamari and fresh ginger. Maybe something else…. I love when I have those throw it together moments that end up being a tasty surprise but I do hope I can replicate it. The Thai Noodle Salad was simple as well with fresh ginger and mint flavors.

Loving the tastes of late summer. I wish it could last forever! Hot summer days, delicious food and lemonade! And maybe some wine. Any way, on to the menu. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

SUNDAY

Chilaquiles – a tasty baked dish of layered tortillas, beans in a tomato sauce and cheese (if you like)
Chips & Guac


MONDAY

Twice Baked Potatoes with toppings
Lettuce Salad


TUESDAY

Grilled Hoagies
Veggies & Hummus
Fresh Fruit


WEDNESDAY

Bean Burgers – Chickpea, black bean, pinto bean- whatever you like
Baked French Fries
Watermelon


THURSDAY

Wild Rice Soup
Salad
French Bread or Biscuits


FRIDAY

Thai Noodle Salad
Grilled tofu


SATURDAY

Sweet Corn Fritters with Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce
Broccoli
Baked Sweet Potato Fries or Chunks

Menu of the Week

September 1, 2014

Wow! It’s already week four in this Menu of the Week series.

I’m guessing some of you may be wondering where the meat is. You can certainly add your own. But for all of those people who wonder and ask what vegetarians/vegans can eat – especially when you’re gluten free. These menus are my answer.

I have way more flavor and variety in my diet than I ever did before I became vegetarian. I even became a better and more adventurous cook.  All of these meals can be gluten free – some things I have tried and true recipes for, some you can find at most grocery stores.

You may love having some new recipes to try or you may opt to pick things up at the local deli or restaurant. Either way I hope you are feeling less stressed and more inspired about dinner. Enjoy!


SUNDAY

Curried Vegetables with Dal
Indian Potato Pancakes
Mango Sorbet


MONDAY

Taco Salad
Watermelon


TUESDAY

Jamaican Rice and Beans
Fresh Fruit


WEDNESDAY

Fajitas
Chips and Guac


THURSDAY

Baked Pasta – red or white sauce
Broccoli and or Salad
French Bread


FRIDAY

Black Bean Soup
Tostadas with Toppings


SATURDAY

Chickpea Croquettes w/Greek Salad Topping
Greek Rice Pilaf

Menu of the Week

August 18, 2014

Hello! I hope everyone has had a good week and you found last week’s menu helpful. Several of this weeks recipes can be grilled so take advantage of the nice weather while it still lasts!

Once again, let me know if you would like recipes or if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy your week!


SUNDAY

Grilled Veggie Burgers or Chicken
Black & Garbanzo Bean Salad
Green Beans
Watermelon

MONDAY

Baked Falafel w/Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Salad

TUESDAY

Tofu Stir Fry
Peanut Noodles
Fruit

WEDNESDAY

Super Nachos- with lots of veggies!
– black or pinto beans, bell peppers, onions, black olives, tomatoes, cheese, avocado
Fruit

THURSDAY

Spaghetti w/meatless meatballs
Broccoli and/or salad

FRIDAY

Black Bean w/Toasted Corn Tacos
Mexican Rice

SATURDAY

Baked Potatoes w/toppings
Sweet Corn w/Chili Lime Sauce

 

Menu of the Week

August 11, 2014

I am going to try something new with this blog for the next few weeks. As you can see I am not the best at getting new recipes and photos updated. I am of course cooking, creating and trying new things all of the time. But things don’t always go as planned and I’ve decided that for now, I will be posting weekly menu ideas.

It seems that for most people making dinner is a chore. And figuring out what to make is the hardest part. So often we end up rotating the same recipes week after week until we end up getting sick of something that we used to love. Since I am already creating a weekly menu for us each week I thought I’d share and see if it helps anyone.

Some of these are tried and true recipes but I do like to mix things up so some of them may be new as well. I’ll be posting the menu the week after we have had them though just in case something isn’t as tasty as I thought it would be or to add notes or make changes if needed. I may even try to add a photo here and there.

Most of the meals are vegetarian or vegan and pretty healthy. Some can easily have meat added if you prefer. A lot of them are gluten free but you can easily use regular items instead. I tend to make everything from scratch since I think it tastes better and I love to cook, but feel free to buy already prepared items if that is what you have time for. It’s still better than grabbing fast food.

You may see some surprises if you know me. Some of the meals are not horribly unhealthy but definitely not something to eat every day – like pizza and super nachos. Yes I do eat nachos for dinner on occasion. Piled with lots and lots of veggies. 🙂 I believe in “Everything in moderation”. If you eat healthy most of the time, its ok to relax once in a while. I know some people think of “everything in moderation” as being boring. I think it’s actually exciting. It means nothing is off limits! How cool is that!

I won’t be including recipes for now, just the menu. Hopefully you will find it helpful. If there are specific recipes that you are wondering about, let me know. I may add them here or let you know where I got the recipe or I can send it to you. If you make something and it becomes a favorite or you add a new twist, let me know. To me food is all about sharing.

So here we go! Let me know what you think!!

 

SUNDAY

Feta Pear Salad
French Bread
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Zucchini and Green Beans

MONDAY

Grilled Black Bean Burritos
Chips and Guac

TUESDAY

Mediterranean Grain Salad (Quinoa)
Pita or Chips
Raw Veggies (carrots, peppers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, etc.)
Hummus

WEDNESDAY

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Broccoli
Lettuce Salad

THURSDAY

Black Bean Burgers with fixings
Grilled Rosemary Potatoes
Watermelon or Fresh Fruit

FRIDAY

Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Asian Cabbage Salad

SATURDAY

Grilled Veggie Pizza- (I have an awesome recipe for a Gluten Free crust if anyone is interested)
Lettuce Salad
Fresh Fruit

Going Vegan?

February 12, 2013

I’ve been vegetarian for years. 15 to be exact. I’ve toyed with the idea of going vegan but frankly it seemed like too much work. And it may be, but I’m going to give it a try. Things are complicated a bit by the fact that I am also gluten free. But what the heck, I love a challenge, especially when it involves being creative with food.

So what prompted this final push? Well, a few things. I’ve noticed a connection to eating dairy and my sinus problems. I don’t easily get sinus infections but I tend to have a constant slight stuffiness. I recently did a fruit cleanse for 3 days and noticed that the stuffiness went away. Once back to my usual vegetarian diet, the stuffiness returned. Nudge #1.

I recently spotted the book “Forks Over Knives” at Barnes & Nobel and on a whim I decided to pick it up. I’m a sucker for a good cookbook and the recipes looked pretty good and didn’t have a long list of complicated, difficult to get ingredients. I read the book the next day and decided to try a couple recipes. They were delicious!  Nudge #2.

A couple days later while trying to decide what to watch on Netflix, I suggested we watch the movie “Forks Over Knives”. It’s a very convincing movie. I have believed its message for years and have been trying to get my husband on board to healthy eating to no avail. This movie actually convinced him! He decided to give it a try and now I have a partner in eating vegan at home. The final nudge.

Our first Official Vegan Meal consisted of: Falafel (baked and adapted from Homestyle Vegetarian published by Bay Books), a delicious Mediterranean Rice Salad (from gluten-free recipes for the conscious cook by Leslie Cerier) and a Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (from Allrecipes.com) with various raw veggies. YUM!

When I started limiting wheat in my diet I was most bummed out about fresh crusty bread, pizza and pasta. I’ve discovered a delicious (and simple) GF french bread recipe from Bette Hagman’s “More From the Gluten Free Gourmet.” I have yet to find a pizza crust I really like but I have discovered pasta. I also found the deliciousness of fresh pasta that I had heard about but thought would be too hard to make.

I came across a gluten-free pasta recipe and decided to try it. I’m amazed at how simple it is to make. I mix it mostly in my Kitchen Aid mixer and cut it by hand- usually fettuccini since it’s the quickest. Feel free to add any chopped herbs with the flour or try different flavored oils for a nice twist.

Gluten-Free Pasta

serves 4-6 people

2 cups amaranth or quinoa flour or a combination of both
1 1/4 cup tapioca flour
2 eggs
2 Tbsp olive oil or flavored oil
2-4 Tbsp water -I usually need to use a little more

Stir together flours in large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add remaining ingredients. Continue mixing until it starts to form a ball. Place on floured surface an knead until smooth and elastic (5-10min). Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes. Roll out thinly and cut into preferred shape. Cook in boiling water approximately 4 minutes.
*adapted from http://www.recipes4us.co.uk

Homemade Pesto

2 cups packed fresh basil -washed and dried
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup fresh Parmesan
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Process in food processor until well blended. Keeps 1 week in the fridge or 1 year in the freezer.