Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's on the menu?

If you read my previous post, you know that I'm making some changes in my life. I'm trying to become better organized and live more simply. One of the things that I believe will help me in that regard is to start planning our meals, ALL of them.

I've been planning dinners for a while now. I would often write down 5 or 6 dinners that I could make and choose from that list each night. But, I never had a plan for snacks or lunches. With school taking place in the mornings, I thought it would be much easier if I had the snacks and lunches planned out. That way, I could start on them while still helping the girls with their independent work (at the kitchen table). I also thought that having it all planned out would make grocery shopping easier (and cheaper) and life just simpler on those days that I'm "not feeling it". Now, even if I'm not in the mood, I can look at the plan and just turn on my "auto-pilot" and I'll be just fine. And, if I'm really desperate, I can point to it and say "make that". :-) Though, in my home, that is not very likely!

Anyway, here is this week's plan. We've already been into it some and the Hippie seems to LOVE knowing what is coming. She can get excited about something she knows she likes. She knows that there is something to eat for snack and even if I'm busy I can tell her to make whatever it says. It's been wonderful. If I can just devote 30 minutes ONE time per week to making the plan, the week should go beautifully.

I should note, we do not eat any meat or eggs at all, but do have occasional ORGANIC dairy. When  you see a cheese mentioned, it's organic. The girls both love to have their yogurts every night after supper ~ the Princess eats organic dairy yogurt and the Hippie eats organic yogurt made from Almond mylk (she doesn't like dairy). Any cereal, oatmeal or the like is made with plain, whole, REAL oats and organic plain, UNSWEETENED Almond mylk. The "cream of wheat" is the whole grain kind (did you know that regular cream of wheat is NOT the whole grain?). All pasta is whole-wheat, rice is brown, bread is 100% whole wheat, tortillas and pita bread are also whole wheat. Most of the produce is organic and locally grown and delivered to our doorstep! And, drinks are always fresh filtered water (green tea for Momma at lunch, YUM).

Wanna peek at what crazy vegetarian families eat all day? Please forgive Monday ~ we were out all day grocery shopping. :)

  • B ~ Cream of Wheat w/Apples, Raisins & Agave Nectar
  • S ~ Odwalla Bars
  • L ~ Whole Foods Salad Bar
  • S ~ Lara Bars
  • D ~ Butternut Squash & Pea Pasta, Yogurt
  • B ~ Oatmeal with Fruit, Honey & Wheat Germ
  • S ~ Kiwi slices and String Cheese
  • L ~ Green Bean Salad, Triscuits & Ants on a Log
  • S ~ Coconut & Raw Cacao Bananas
  • D ~ Sweet Potato Lentils & Rice with Cucumber/Tomato/Watermelon Radish Salad, Warm Pita & Yogurt
  • B ~ Cereal with Fruit
  • S ~ Pear Slices & Trail Mix
  • L ~ Grilled PB, Honey & Banana Sandwiches, Veggies & Cottage Cheese Dip (Giant Salad for Momma instead)
  • S ~ Snack at Handwork Group
  • D ~ Soup with Collards, Split Peas and Parsnips, Bread & Yogurt
  • B ~ Cream of Wheat with Fruit
  • S ~ Apples & Peanut Butter
  • L ~ Homemade Hummus Plate with Veggies & Pita Bread, Kiwi Slices
  • S ~ Homemade Chocolate Crunch & Pear Slices
  • D ~Stuffed Peppers, Salad & Yogurt
  • B ~ Cereal with Fruit
  • S ~ Veggies & Cottage Cheese Dip
  • L ~ Mexican Veggie Wraps & Grapes
  • S ~ Apples with Vanilla Yogurt & Honey
  • D ~Stale Bread Soup & Baked Pears
  • B ~ Scrambled Tofu, Grits, Toast & Orange Juice
  • S ~ Triscuits, String Cheese & Pear Slices
  • L ~ Parsnip Soup, Salad & Bread
  • S ~ Fruit Kabobs (Apples, Bananas & Grapes)
  • D ~ Homemade Pizza Night, Salad & Yogurt
Feel free to borrow my plan! Have a great week.

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