Menu Plan Monday 16th to 22nd June

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.


Sunday

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Friday

Saturday

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 or run half an hour and have and occasional glass of wine or beer.

Menu Plan Monday: 1st to 7th June

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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.

Saturday

  • Lunch: Vegan penne arrabiata
  • Dinner: Chapatis filled with chickpeas and beetroot leaves cooked in coconut milk

Sunday

Monday

  • Lunch: Steamed cauliflower
  • Dinner: Flageolet beans

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Lunch: Sprouts salad
  • Dinner: Spring greens catalan style

Friday

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 or run half an hour and have and occasional glass of wine or beer.

Menu Plan Monday 23th Feb to 1st March

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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.

Saturday

  • Lunch: Organic soup (from IKEA) and brown bread bun
  • Dinner: Homemade pizza

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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.

*Menu Plan Monday 27th Jan to 2nd Feb* Check my healthy meals…

This screen capture shows Lablasco'svegmenu virtual cork board with a 27th Jan to 2nd Feb menu meal plan

This week we are having one of my good old favorite Superfast simple baked leek in oats cream, the recently fallen in love with Cream of Cauliflower, trying a vegan version of the classic cuban rice and getting adventurous with a mushroom raw soup recipe. And since we already have the ingredients, we are repeating some fresh and frozen recipes we didn’t do last week like borscht and lentil soup. I’m still in the quest of ingredients for “Iraqi-Inspired Seitan and Eggplant Stew”, I found Baharat spice at Waitrose, hopefully will find seitan soon 😀  

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

  • Lunch: Borscht and grilled brussels sprouts
  • Dinner: Rice noodles with onion, red pepper, dried shiitake, cabbage and carrot (Onmivore will add prawns)

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).

Menu Plan Monday ~13th to 19th Jan & Notting Hill shopping

Menu Plan Monday 13th to 19th Jan

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. I eat a whole foods, plant based diet and tend to combine old favorites and new recipes, all simple, healthy and with modest seasonal ingredients.

This week we went to check the Notting Hill Gate Farmers Market with a friend. Since we arrived late, there was not much left, but we still managed to get some great veggies and fruits, plus this cute organic shop attached opens longer: Chegworth Farm Shop. Then we went for a walk around the Portobello Market and found the fruit and veg section from Elgin Crescent to Talbot Road, not organic but excellent produce. Ask for the price first, it’s not particularly cheap, we had to stretch our budget this time 😦  

Saturday haul at Notting Hill Farmers' Market and Portobello

The new exciting dish I’m trying this week is Braised Black Cabbage and Noodles in Black Bean Sauce from Shu Han, and we still have lots of pumpkin and cauliflower from last week. I totally loved the cauliflower soup from Solveig Berg Vollan, so I’m doing it one again!

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Saturday

Superfast simple baked leek in oats cream

Thirty seconds. 2 ingredients. Serve half an hour later.

Ever since I became vegetarian, I’ve been doing my béchamel sauce with wholemeal flour and a variety of vegan milks such as soy, rice and oats. Till I discovered organic oats and soy cream tetrapacks, may the gods of recycling forbid me. This one is hadcore healthy, because… let’s look at the ingredients. OMG, the oats version contains palm and colza oils, and the soy version has sugar! 😦 Mmm… still better than dairy cream and ¡vegan! ¿right? saving cute little cows from slaughterhouse. Yeah.

Let’s say…. oats cream is one of those tasty little sins that make your life easier when you’re in a hurry. If you have the time, for the sauce you can always do the superhealthy version: stir milk and flour in a pan. I might do a post on that one. Whatever. About the recipe.

You’ll only need:

  • Leek
  • Oats cream
  • Thyme, oregano, olive oil and salt

Instructions:

Preheat the oven. Cut leek. Place in oven plate. Cover with oats cream.

Top with herbs, a splash of olive oil and salt. Bake in oven for, well, that depends on you oven, mine is about half an hour. Serve. Receive compliments for your master cooking skills. Easy peasy.

Recipe review: Creamy Roasted Sprouts n’ Pasta (What smells so good?)

It’s been a while since I discovered this original recipe from Jazzijava and it has never failed me. I’ve tried it again and again in macaroni or spirulina black spaghetti, always boiling the frozen brussels sprouts.

This time though, I did roast fresh brussels sprouts as indicated, used wholemeal instead of white macaroni and grilled with grated bread. Also I used a pair of susbtitutes and grilled in the oven. Not such a bad result after all 🙂

You’ll need:
– Fresh or frozen brussels sprouts
– Any kind of pasta (better wholemeal organic)
– A piece of tofu (preferably firm)
– Lemon or vinegar (either grape or rice will be fine)
– Fresh ow powdered garlic
– Breadcrumbs (optional)
– Paprika
– Salt
– Olive oil (optional)

Instructions:

Boil the whole brussels sprouts till tender if they are frozen, or roast them in halves in the oven if they are fresh. If you go with the roasting, Jazzijava instructs to “spray a glass baking dish lightly with olive oil, add the sprouts to the pan and roast at 375 F for 10 minutes. Stir, and roast for 10 more minutes.” This is what I did this time and worked perfect, be careful though to spray only a pair of drops of oil.

Boil the pasta in saulty water.

Blend the rest of the ingredients for the sauce. I didn’t have lemon so I used a piece of raw yellow pepper and rice vinegar as a substitute, and instead of the onion powder, I chopped some spring onions, then blended together with the tofu, garlic, salt, paprika, parsley and water. If you use too much water, as it happened to me this time, you can heat the sauce to thicken it up.

Now mixing with the pasta will be enough. But if you still want to give it a chunchy final touch, drop some breadcrumbs and oregano on top and grill. Tadá!