Menu Plan Monday ~ 20th to 26th Jan & Butter panic

This weekend my mum came to visit and brought some oranges from Valencia. It’s so uncommon to find oranges that have not been covered with wax, I decided I HAD to do something with the zest. That’s how me made a Shirin Polow (Iranian Rice Pilaf) with cashews, carrots, saffron and brown basmati rice. I panicked they would not like it and used real butter, and for this reason I have not uploaded a pic here. I keep telling myself butter was healthier than margarine, and answering myself that it’s a lame excuse for not using olive oil. Finally, me make peace. Me and myself agree to relax and enjoy the journey, and maybe use a healthy substitute next time.

New dishes for this week are jacket potatoes, vegan pasta bolognese and the forever delayed seitan and eggplant stew and pan pizza recipes. We’ll see if this is your week!

Sunday

  • Lunch: Catalan-style spinach (with sultanas and pine nuts)
  • Dinner: Barley salad and grilled portobello mushrooms

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Menu planning saves me time, money and makes my life simpler. It just needs some practice and discipline, but sharing it with the community around I’m and organizing junkie does help a lot. Personally, I tend to combine old favorites and new recipes, all simple, healthy and with modest seasonal ingredients. Every week I do at least a salad, a soup, one dish of legumes, one dish of wholemeal organic cereal (such as brown rice, quinoa, wholemeal pasta, bulgur, etc), something my omnivore would cook and a meal from the freezer I can skip in case we eat out.

Healthwise, in addition to that, I take every morning a B12 and vitamin D pill (when I remember), add grounded flax seeds to dishes (when I remember), have simple oatmeal breakfasts (or toasted bread with olive oil), snack nuts and dried or fresh fruits (also I can’t help chips and nachos from time to time), try to drink two liters of water every day (usually only one), try to sleep at least 8 hours (usually it’s 7), do a very soft gym class once or twice a week (starting now!) and have and occasional glass of wine or beer (or two, hehe).

 

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Barley with veggies

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This is the story of a barley who wanted to be a soup. If fact, it wanted to be the Mushroom-Barley Soup from @cyberpenguin. As much as I’m excited to find a fellow cooking flightless bird, I messed it all up. So the water ended up evaporating. No soup, just boiled barley with veggies.

Tasted great though. I guess that’s the beauty of cooking, mistakes become discoveries, and I’ve discovered a different dish to enjoy.

Barley with mushrooms, carrots, courgette, split peas and chickpeas
Ingredients
– A teaspoon of olive oil
– Leek
– Mushrooms (don’t need to be organic)
– Carrots
– Courgettes
– Organic wholemeal barley
– Dried split peas
– Chickpeas (I boil them in bulk then freeze them. So they are ready when I need some)

Instructions
Cut, sauté and boil. As always I’m a mess with proportions.