Menu Plan Monday

by Elizabeth on March 28, 2011 · 5 comments

in Menu Plan Monday, vegetarianism

Last week I did not do a good job of sticking to my menu plan.  I had lunch out more than I planned and ate dinner out with friends when I had a perfectly good meal at home.  Lately, I’ve also noticed myself falling back into my old single girl routine of eating too many snacks, ordering pizza way too much, and baking too many sweet treats.  
Not that any of that is bad every once in a while, but too much of anything is a bad thing.  So this week, I’m making a committed effort to stick to my menu and eat at home.  I’m also trying to fix healthier meals.  I had hoped that going vegetarian for Lent would lead to a small weight loss and healthier attitude towards food, but so far that hasn’t been the case.  I don’t think I’m getting enough protein because I’ve noticed that I’m always hungry, so I’m incorporating some lentils, shrimp, and leafy greens into this week’s plan to help combat that. 


Lunch: Leftover pizza
Dinner: Roasted shrimp, potatoes and zucchini (bumped from last week)
Lunch: Leftover pizza
Dinner: Lentils and rice (check the comments in this post for how I prepare this)
Lunch: Leftovers lentils and rice
Dinner: Leftovers aka clean out the fridge
Lunch: Soup, toasted cheese sandwich
Dinner: Pasta Florentine (made without the meat)
Lunch: Leftover pasta
Dinner: Veggie burger, frozen vegetables
Lunch: PBandJ sandwich, chips and hummus
Friday: TBD
Breakfasts are orange-oatmeal muffins or Greek yogurt parfaits.  I’m thinking of making cookie cake bars for something sweet to have around the house and to take to work. 
Any vegetarians out there?  What are your favorite (and frugal) protein choices?  What’s on your menu this week?
This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

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1 Anonymous March 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I find that I do well with nuts to snack on (I prefer the raw, unsalted type), add spinach to everything, and eat whole grains (wheat bread, oatmeal, etc.). I'm also in love with broccoli. 🙂


2 therese March 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

We aren't veggiesaurs, but we eat veggie an awful lot. We love Soyrizo, Chick peas, Tofu, Paneer and PB (especially in certain curry veggie dishes!).

We're having veggie burgers this week too. Aren't we the cool kids? 😉


3 therese March 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I just realized that I made an entire menu for the week (and I don't need to buy anything! Yehaw!)…. and my mom is coming to visit. And we won't be around for the majority of her stay because we'll be visiting my brother/relatives. So we won't actually EAT all that much at home.

Doh. ><



4 Elizabeth March 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I should probably add some nuts into my life. I like to snack on peanuts and cashews when I have them around.

Reese, I've been avoiding tofu because I've never cooked it before. I guess there is no time like the present. 🙂 And I'm so jealous of you not having to buy anything this week!


5 therese March 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I only buy the Extra Firm tofu (the other stuff reminds me of baby paste… or really bad mashed potatoes). I take it out of the container, line the bottom of a collendar with paper towels, and put the tofu on it to drain. For like… 3 hours (if possible…. overnight is even BETTER. Can be put over a bowl int he fridge too).

Then slice it. Can bread it/coat it/fry it/bake it (and put sauce over it mmmm). I have a GREAT BBQ Tofu sandwich recipe that my MOH's mom gave me. It takes a while to make but it's so delish! I'll send it over when I remember 🙂

(Even TFH likes tofu… who woulda thunk?). Average price is $2.50 for a tub of tofu. Great price is $1.75, though I'd consider buying any tofu under $2 since it works for two meals for us!


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Menu Plan Monday

by Elizabeth on March 1, 2010 · 0 comments

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I was out of town this weekend, so my parents were on their own for dinner Friday and Saturday night. Menu Plan Monday is brought to you by I’m An Organizing Junkie. Check it out for over 400 meal plans and recipes.

Sunday: Pasta with Shrimp, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Monday: Steak, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus

Tuesday: Trenette with Eggplant and Basil Pesto, Salad, Garlic Bread, and Birthday Cake – it’s my mom’s birthday!

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Homemade Chicken Fingers, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Frozen Veggies

Friday: Out to dinner to celebrate Mom’s birthday!

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