Food for May

The Boy and I… well mostly I tried something a little new this month.  We… well I wrote down what we had for dinner on the calendar.

It looked a little something like this

I tried this to help me with meal planning.  The Boy and I cook almost every night – Thursdays are usually a take out night, anyone else hate cooking on Thursday? But we spend a WHOLE lot less and have a LOT less waste if we go to the grocery store with a plan.

1 full month in I can honestly say – it’s kind of helping. My hope is it will continue to help more the longer we keep it up.

Down to business:

This month I finally made Peas and Thank You’s Chewy Energy Bar from the Peas and Thank You Cookbook.  One word. Yum.  I also made them school snack safe by making them with Sunflower Butter instead of nut butter so the Boy can pack them for school without brushing up on his EpiPen skills. Win-win. Sunflower butter for anyone out there also feeling the nut-free schools bummer, sunflower butter tastes pretty close to peanut butter but since it’s seed and not a nut – it’s good to go.

I also made the Asparagus Soup (don’t overcook the asparagus), Fajita Quesadillas and Quinoa and Cranberry Salad all from Vegan Cooking for Carnivores.  The Boy added chicken to the salad but other than that he was happy with all the results.  If you’re looking for a new cookbook – check that one out.  It’s also available in an e-book!

A little side note I always freeze some of the leftover soup in mason jars which gives me an easy lunch when leftovers are either meat or sparse.

Looking at the calendar it’s funny the majority of our meals are just out of my little head.  For the most part we keep it pretty simple. Stir-fry. Pasta with veggies. And we’ve cooking a whole chicken at the beginning of the week.  It gives the Boy chicken for the whole week and only has us actually cooking meat once a week.

I did make a few things that I can actually share and better yet – both were delicious!

Artichoke Feta Garlic Bread it was our contribution to our sibling dinner.  Pretty Yummy!

And last night I made this Quinoa Broccoli Casserole – The Boy said “It was pretty good considering all the things that I don’t like in it”  I thought it tasted like Broccoli and Cheesey goodness from my youth.  But better.  Filling. And yummy.  I made a half recipe since that’s all the quinoa I had, but it made the perfect amount for two dinners and two lunches.

I told the Boy it must have been good enough if he’s taking it for lunch!

Have you heard that June is Salad Month? I don’t know that I’ll be committing to a 30 day salad challenge full out, but I am looking forward to seeing what Angela at Oh She Glows comes up with to inspire me all month!

Follow along with #saladaday

Breakfast for Dinner with the help of Mama Pea

Banana on Pancake

Image via Wikipedia - sadly I forgot to take a picture of our pancakes. But for the record we topped them with peaches!

 In keeping to our commitment of cooking dinner, The Boy and my biggest hurdle seems to be indecision.

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know. What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know.”

Blast.

This is why I need to meal plan and shop accordingly – next week’s goal!

Last week, Mama Pea came to the rescue. Breakfast for dinner.  The Boy and I enjoyed her delicious Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for dinner last night.

I’ll admit, we were both nervous – as I think anyone is when you veer away from your favourite pancake recipe – what if these aren’t as good?  And I was positive I had over mixed.  The Boy, his concerns were with the size of the pancakes.  To be fair our regular pancakes are quite thin and light, and these were thick and denser. But man on man they were worth the risk!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. Maybe not the healthiest dinner – but delicious none the less.

And they were from The Book – bringing me one reciPEA closer to cooking my way through the entire thing.

Mmmm Veggies

The Boy and I had a really busy weekend.  It involved moving some great friends to their first home.  Celebrating Dad’s 65th birthday with delicious dinner. And another wedding shower – seriously we are too spoiled.

It also involved a lot of meat. Sista is currently reading Eating Animals and is seriously considering going full out veggie.  I’m scheduled to read it next and it’s something I’ve been giving more and more thought to. (The Boy is probably going to read this and send me a text message that says – “Ummm what?!”)  Anyway, we were both meated out by Monday.

So we’ve been going veggie so far this week.

I’m following some food blogs right now.  They are delightful.

When I see something good I bookmark it – I should really be using a social bookmark – but I don’t.  Although I did just read about optimizing my Google Reader (I follow Connie who guest posted about it, she’s a SITSta and hilarious) – so maybe I’ll start doing that.

Monday I made Macaroni Salad from 101 Cookbooks. I  didn’t have enough green onions so I subbed in some other onions.  The Boy wanted cold pasta salad so I cooled the pasta right down.  It was good.  It kind of tasted like a fresh arugula salad with pasta, in a good way. It was definitely summary and the next day – possibly even more delicious.

Yesterday I made two delicious recipes.  Well, I thought they were both delicious.  The Boy said the burgers were a little too “beany” still.  He doesn’t like the texture. But I think the next time I make them we’ll try to BBQ them and maybe they’ll dry out a little bit more in the middle.  But if you’re not a weirdo about beans like the Boy is – I think you’ll find these veggie burgers PERFECT.  Hey – it’s in the title  We had them in broken wraps instead of as burgers.  But they were REALLY good in this humble opinion.  The Boy thought agreed they were tasty – it’s a texture thing for him. These beauties were from Oh She Glows who not only has delicious veggie burgers but awesome looking Blizzard recipes too – just sayin’.

I also made my very first batch of Mmm Sauce.  All I can say is Mmmmmm is a VERY accurate description.  What made me extra happy? It tastes just like the mystery sauce at Rawlicious.  Pealightful Peas and Thank You!

What foodies are you loving these days?