Monday, June 2, 2008

Menu-Plan Monday

Well in light of my newfound food knowledge, I'm incorporating some new recipes into my menu this week. Some of them are old standbys, but incorporating healthier versions of ingredients (using whole wheat flour, making my own salad dressings, pizza sauce, using organic ingredients, etc.).

- Veggie chick 'n burgers & salad (with fresh, organic greens from the farmers market!), homemade Italian dressing

Sunday - Potato Soup & biscuits

Monday - Veggie stir-fry on rice

Tuesday - "Neat" loaf, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli

Wednesday - Veggie chili & porridge bread

Thursday - East Indian Chickpeas on brown basmati rice

Friday - Homemade pizza

I'll let you know how they turn out! If there's anything in particular you'd like a recipe for, let me know and I'd be happy to post it.

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  1. Hi Alissa,

    Thanks for your comment. I did a post as a response:

    Your menu looks great too. It's fun to try new recipes. :)

    I see you are thinking about going vegan too. I was vegan (mostly, willing to eat dairy at other people's houses) for I think about 5 years. It's very compelling from the animal cruelty angle. Just be careful you are getting a balanced enough diet with no holes in it.

    I switched back to lacto-ovo, plus the occasional fish, after consulting with a dietician. I was having an awful time physically recovering from my first miscarriage and looking to cover all the bases for being as healthy as possible. She suggested this as a slightly healthier adjustment, and I have to agree that I do feel a bit better on it. (And yes, we were always very mindful about our food choices.) Her biggest concern for me, with all these pregnancies and potentially nursing, was getting enough calcium without dairy.

    Anyway, sorry so long. Just be sure to read stuff from both sides of the vegan/not-vegan debate. I know lots of vegetarians, but no one who has stayed vegan for the long run, especially through childbearing, etc. I'm sure you'll find the right balance for your family.


  2. Jennifer,

    Thanks so much for posting that "recipe" (lol). I had a quick look, I'll go back and read it more in-depth when I have a chance (ie when my children are sleeping). :)

    Thanks also for the info on vegan vs. ovo-lacto veg. I have been giving it a lot of thought, and I am definitely on the fence. Our diets are restrictive enough being vegetarian, that I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to another level of restriction. I think I will just aim to incorporate a few vegan meals into our menu each week, and let the rest just fall into place. If we go out somewhere and eat a muffin, I don't want to fret about whether or not there was an egg in it. I am also still nursing (and hopefully will be for quite awhile!), so this is also a consideration. And I'm not prepared to make any drastic changes to my childrens' diets unless and until I have researched thoroughly, and am confident in my ability to meet all of their nutritional needs through alternate sources. I realize this will be tedious, and take a great deal of time, so I plan to do it little by little.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the dairy and eggs we do consume are organic/free-range, so I feel okay about it in that sense (both dietary and being respectful to the animals).

    Thanks so much for offering this perspective. I am definitely looking for all the information I can get, and it's so nice getting it from a real person, rather than from random internet sources. :)

    Take care, and I'll let you know when I try that soup!


  3. I'm interested in what's in the "neat"-loaf....!

  4. An update on the "Neat" loaf...

    It was just so-so. Not great. But fine with ketchup on it (organic, of course! lol).

    If you'd still like the recipe, let me know. Meanwhile, my search continues for the perfect meatless loaf. :)

  5. Hi Alissa,

    Just got to reading your follow up comment here. Do share what you read on diet as you go along. I've read a lot in the past, but I'd love to hear more. I'm happy with where we are right now, but there is always more to learn and think about.

    We have also gone the organic/free range route as much as is possible. I think it makes a lot of sense. I was excited to read recently about Aldi introducing more organics, including milk. Part of why we went vegan in the past was because it was both hard and very expensive to eat lacto-ovo in a way we felt good about ethically. It has become SO much easier, and I love that.

    Have a great day!