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i need to plan; so i'm not eating shit when i get home from work simply because it's convenient. I have to wonder, is anyone else on a schedule where they're gone from home from 6:30 to 6:30 every day? I have about three and a half hours of free time before it's bed time four days a week, and let's add to that, my husband is an omnivore, so it is imparative that i cook things he will also eat. this makes for unhealthy, lazy eating through the week.
so my plans for this week are:

breakfast: cheerio type cereal with bananas and almond milk OR berry granola+yogurt OR (in extreme emergencies) Clif bar

snacks: rice cakes w/pb, dark chocolate w/hazelnuts, smoked almonds, frozen pineapple, cereal, chips and salsa or hummus

spinach/arrugala/romaine salad with broccoli slaw, asian bbq tofu, edamame, mandarin oranges, avocado and Toasted Sesame Dressing

roasted portabella mushrooms, with schzuan spinach, red wine cooked baby carrots and brown rice

small pot of spicy chili topped w/guac and corn + w/greens salad+dried berries

quinoa pasta w/spicy marinara, mushrooms, spinach and onions, small spinach salad w/walnuts and berries

jambalaya made w/spicy tofu crubles
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Polenta and more polenta!

This week I have roasted a huge pan of veggies (asparagus, yellow squash, potatoes, onion, and green beans) to go along with my mega pan of baked polenta!

I also made a pot of black bean soup (so good!).

So, we'll be munching on polenta, veggies, veggie wraps, and bean soup for the most part this week.


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southern style dinner tonight:
I was going to make meat free bbq ribs, but to be 100% honest i attempted making the seitan on Sunday and was incredibly grossed out by not only the way it looked, but the way it smelled and i HAD to throw it away. no more seitan in my life. in fact, probably no more wheat meat as it always realllllllllllly grosses me out. like, i don't think i've ever come that close to getting physically sick while preparing something.
so instead, i'll be doing chickpea cutlets with mustard sauce, mashed potatoes with onion gravy, green beans and corn on the cob (corn for teh husband only, i'll have salad in it's place)
tomorrow: Spicy Schzuan Tofu, bok choy with crispy shallots, and roasted summer squash
thursday: Pasta salad with roasted portabella mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, zucchini, carrots and some soy feta, probably a little italian dressing as well.
friday: something involving mushrooms, zucchini, golden beets and brown rice. maybe tofu as well. stir fry?
saturday: mexican food. black beans, rice, avocado, lettuce, corn tortillas and salsa will all be involved.
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I need to get out of this rut.  I've been browsing recipes on Martha's whole living website (lots of vegan recipes! or easily veganizable) though and I plan on making these dishes soon:

Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds

Spicy Crisp Tofu on Mint-Avocado Salad

Chilled Avocado Soup 

And I'd like to try that recipe for Frozen Soy Yogurt in the latest issue of VegNews...helloooo peanut butter.

I'm pretty much looking for quick, healthy meals.  It's too hot to cook any thing too labour intensive.  

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I have potatoes. I have chili. I'm thinking...chili fries for next week! oh yeah.

what's in the chili:
1oz grated unsweetened chocolate
a little cinnamon
a lot of chili powder
tempeh bacon, chopped

and the usual chili fixings. I don't mean to gloat, but it's seriously the damn tastiest chili I've ever had.

i know you're all out there!

I've been playing with cold soba salads since it's summer. and i'm forever trying to incorporate fruits with my savory stuff. it's a nice random burst of flavor i've found.
My latest thing, which i'm testing on the omni hubby tonight, is Cold Soba with toasted sesame and hot chili oils, red pepper flakes, tamari sauce, raw broccoli rabe, and plums. MMMMMMMMM delicious plums.

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I have the next five days off, woo!  And it's Canada Day on tuesday so I'm planning on cooking a lot of food!  Lots of salads oddly enough since I rarely make salads.

Tommorow I'm making the Bulghur, Arugula & Cannellini Salad from Veganomicon, mostly so I can use up the arugula that desperately needs to be harvested.

So monday, I'll be hitting the beach so I'll be bringing along a Pan Bagna sandwich (the recipe from the Teany book I bought ages ago and haven't used yet, interesting and fun read though).  

Tuesday, Canada hits the big 1-4-1 so I'm making a brunch for the family, waffles, fruit salad, homefries, keeping it pretty simple.  Then for supper, weather permitting, we usually do a barbecue deal so I'm making the Potato Salad and the Portobello Salad with Spicy Mustard Salad (I'll probably be the only one eating it!) from Veganomicon.  Yay salads!  For dessert, I'm debating whether or not to make a no-bake strawberry pie with a coconut cream whipped topping or a more Canadian maple cake.

And I want to make the Hemp-anola from Eat, Drink & be Vegan to have something different for breakfast everyday (getting tired of my toast w/ almond butter routine).

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Tonight i'll definitely be making quick black bean soup; the one that requires a jar of salsa and requires very little prep/cooking time. any recipe for summer time that doesn't involve the oven or long cooking time is a WIN in my book. What are all of you all without grills/slow cookers cooking to avoid over-heating your house? Cold pastas and Salads are high up on my list. I'm seriously considering investing in a grill, but the husband isn't too keen on anything that's cooked on a grill so maybe it would be a waste of money since i can get the same results cooking veggies on a foreman grill...
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Ugh.  I've been in such a rut lately.  A rut of boring, half-assed food.  So to get motivated again, I flicked through Eat, Drink & be Vegan and Veganomicon  and jotted down recipes that sounded appealing.  I'm not sure which ones I'll be making this week, I need to go to the grocery store and decide.

From ED&BV:
Veggie Tempeh Muffaletta
Popeye Pasta
Sesame Lime Soba Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms & Snow Peas

From VCON:
Prospect Park Potato Salad (maybe for next weekend if the weather's nice?)
Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Sandwich (obviously I need to decide which muffaleta to make!)
Pasta Della California

What I'm really craving is light yet wholesome summer food (and quick to prepare).  Anyone have any ideas?
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My lil' family is transitioning currently from "mostly" vegetarian to a vegan diet, yay!

On the menu for this week are:

Tempeh chili in a slow cooker (to be eaten for lunches etc. throughout the week)

Marinated, oven roasted veggies and brown rice

"Colorado Burritos" recipe from epicurious.com

Guacamole tacos

Balsamic strawberries seem to be all the rage, so I may try my hand at making some to toss in salad mixes too!

Have a great week! :)
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