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A few of my favorite meals

While cooking my way through Happy Herbivore’s and other vegan cookbooks, D and I have found some clear winners that we’ve repeated quite often.

1) Chili Sans Carne, Happy Herbivore Cookbook: It’s SO simple to make. It does take a little time, but the chili is delicious. The flavor is even better the second (and third) day too. Definitely a dish to make that will please everyone, even the omnivores. I like to garnish with Daiya Cheddar and Tofutti Sour Cream.

Image borrowed from Amazon.com


2) BBQ Beans and Rice, The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: This is a simpler bean dish, only takes 15 minutes. I like to use Organicville BBQ Sauce, because as far as I can tell, it’s oil free. I serve over quinoa or brown rice.

Dr. McD's Cookbook is a must have for new vegans


3) Lasagna Rolls: Also from the HH Cookbook. I’ve blogged about these before. The rolls are a staple in our rotating weekly menus.

Lasagna Rolls, HH Cookbook


4) Hippie Loaf: And another favorite from the HH Cookbook. Also blogged about before. Super easy and super filling. A great winter dish. Perhaps I’ll make this tonight. Or another bowl of chili.

Photo from HappyHerbivore.com

5) Tofu and Kale Stir Fry: My own recipe. It’s super easy and I make it in our new wok that we got for the wedding!

-Extra Firm Tofu – cubed



-Brown Sugar – I don’t really measure, maybe a couple tablespoons

-Vegetable broth – enough to line the pan and coat the tofu

Mix it all together in the wok. Stir around until tofu get a little golden. Serve over brown rice or quinoa. mmmm.

What’s your favorite Vegan meal?

What’s for dinner this week?

I’m kind of a obsessive compulsive budgeter now. I have a monthly budget that I break down by every two weeks. This budget includes our food budget for the month.

So, each saturday morning, I plan our menu for the week. I used to try to plan 2 weeks of dinners, but I found that our schedule changes so much it’s hard to plan that far in advance. I grocery shop once a week, usually on saturdays, and it’s been pretty easy to manage the budget this way.

I keep breakfast simple with cereal and rice milk. Lunches are usually leftovers, or I budget to get something from the food court (usually Willy’s since they have vegan friendly options) every now and then.

I usually cook dinner, unless we have plans to go out, or I just don’t feel like cooking, but we are trying to cut back on eating out a lot. I think we are doing pretty good.

So, this is what’s for dinner this week:

Sun – Chana Palak Masala (Happy Herbivore Cookbook)

Mon – Lasagna Rolls

Tues – leftovers (I have Yoga and Dallas works late)

Wed – Eat Out

Thurs – BBQ Beans & Rice (because the pantry is getting low on items, and this is yummy)

Friday – D has plans. I’m babysitting my adorable nephew. I’ll figure out something to eat at my sister’s house.

Saturday – Grocery shop and figure out another week of meals!


How do you plan your weekly meals? What systems work best?