I'm reading "The Pleasure Trap" and the topic came up about being prepared for success. Ever since I switched over to vegan eating, I've been lost with meal planning. With SAD eating, I had an online program (allrecipes) to look up recipes and create shopping lists. I was even able to triple the servings in order to eat one dish and freeze the other two for some other night. Those were the days......
I've been procrastinating about making a firm weekly menu plan with a shopping list. My whole family is ok with eating the same 6 or 7 meals every week as long as it's something they like anyway. Spaghetti is always well accepted. Stir fry is not so I don't make it anymore.
I am having a real hard time making oil free dinners for the family and I think I don't have to watch the oils for little kids and skinny husband but then I have to make something else for myself. Therein lies the problem. With such a large family, I really don't want to make two dinners every night. So what I think I'm going to do is make some MWL starch things I like in large batches and put them in little single serving containers. Then I can heat them up and eat at the table with the family. The side dishes like salad and veg will be MWL legal so I don't have to make doubles of those.
So far I have:
Dinners for family (I have sides for my list but didn't include them here):
Spaghetti (oil, no meat)
tacos (refried beans, meat substitute,vegan cheese)
pot pie (oil in the crust, legal filling)
chili (mwl legal)
Batch dinners for me:
Diced potatoes with onion, garlic, peppers
rice with onion, garlic, corn, peppers
split pea soup
black bean soup
plain baked potatoes can be done as needed.
All these items have to have the recipes organized and ingredients listed to make a shopping list. This is just dinners. Next I'll work on breakfast/lunch.
Anyway, anyone who doesn't already have a good menu system in place, please join me in this monumental but very worthwhile task. It can be our christmas gift to our families. I'm goaling for the end of January to have this finished to allow for holiday stuff.
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