I had to spend time thinking and doing research to come up with this plan of action today, so I’m counting it as time spent writing for today’s post. SUE ME. I MAKE THE RULES HERE.
Master plan: 1. Start thinking of EXACT meals a week at a time so as to spend less $$$ and maximize quality 2. Assist these objectives by following recipes that require similar ingredients 3. Obtain nutrients in a creative and delicious fashion 4. Become a hit at parties 5. Instantly transform into someone who can do her own taxes.
6. Successfully implement master plan
MEAL-RELATED ITINERARY (Lunches requiring more than 20 minutes to be prepared in advance)
-Eat Chinese food before going shopping so as not to be tempted into buying more than we need (I’m a we now, apparently. Thanks for nothing as always, Descartes)
-Go to market; retrieve the “goods”.
-Do laundry! Why not?! You’re on a roll! (lol nope)
-Prepare the following recipes for the week: gnocchi potato salad (also nope. did not do that. still not gonna do that.)
My original plan was to post my shopping list and how much it all cost. But I didn’t check what time the store closed and only had 10 minutes to shop so I didn’t get everything I needed. LOL. The good news is that because I spent so much time making this list, I was pretty efficient once I got there AND I was able to carry all my bags into my apartment in one trip. How’s that for a master plan?
Breakfast: hummus on a rice cake
Lunch: Gnocchi potato salad with green beans and rice (Prep 10, cook 30)
Need: substitute arborio rice, gnocchi, green beans, green onion, dill, olive oil, vegan mayo, dijon mustard, garlic, maple syrup
Dinner: Oven-baked tomato risotto (Prep 5, cook 50)
Need: olive oil, green onion, garlic, Arborio rice, pasta sauce, vegetable broth, substitute kale, pine nuts, nutritional yeast
Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon + sliced banana
Lunch: yesterday’s leftover risotto
Dinner: Eating out at an Indian restaurant before going to dance
Breakfast: pb + j
Lunch: kale and pistachio nut salad
Dinner: Pistachio-Crusted Maple Dijon Tofu (Prep 15 min, Cook 15 min)
Need: Tofu, maple syrup, curry powder, Dijon mustard, shelled pistachios
Breakfast: Breakfast at Saturn-tofu scramble!
Lunch: kale salad with asparagus, sundried tomatoes, olive oil, and pine nuts
-Need: kale, substitute green beans, onion, pine nuts, olives, sundried tomatoes
Dinner: attempt The Vegan Stoner’s pineapple pizza (if in the mood to do this, buy ingredients the same day, otherwise dig up food in the house)
Breakfast: OhSheGlows’ Jumbo chickpea pancake
-Need: onion, red pepper, chickpea flour/garbanzo flour/besan, garlic powder, baking powder, avocado, salsa, hummus, cashew cream
Lunch: something light, whatever’s in the house
Dinner: Refried Black Bean Tostadas (Prep 15, Cook 15)
-Need: Olive oil, onion, garlic, chili powder, black beans, tostada, avocado, salsa
Breakfast: use up leftovers
Lunch: Mac and Squash (10 minutes)
Need: Squash, macaroni, adobo
Dinner: use up leftovers
Breakfast: use up leftovers
Lunch: Falafal Pie (15 min)
Need: falafel mix, hummus, soy yogurt
Dinner: figure it out later, time to go shopping again
-Some of those clippy things that keep bags closed
-Live-in chef? (Pronounced: “Boyfriend”)
The possibilities are endless.