March 12, 2013
I’ve had some questions lately about what we eat, how we decide what to eat, how I plan meals, etc. so I decided it would be easier to devote a series of blog posts to these questions.
- Creating Your Menu
- How to make a grocery list and stick to it.
- Recipes (one cuisine style per post)
Creating Your Menu
A year and a half ago, when we decided to attempt to go meatless and basically vegan after watching Forks Over Knives, I didn’t know where to start to get recipes. A friend directed me to Whole Food Mommies and Kiss My Broccoli. From those two places, I dove straight into the Foodie (specifically the Vegan) blogging world. There are a plethora of recipes. Most are desserts but we have found enough meals to make a good menu 🙂
The recipes I will post later in the week are what work for our family. We love them. However, I encourage you to search for your own family. Try some new recipes. Figure out what works for you!
The first six weeks, I tried about 21 recipes and starred them for
- how much they were liked
- how much time they took to make
- how much they cost to make
We now have about 12 recipes we LOVE and about 5 more that we rotate in and out, depending one how adventurous we are feeling.
I categorized these recipes on our menu sheet into cuisine: American, Italian, Asian, Mexican, and Soups.
Each item on the menu is a full meal. Each meal consists of
- a salad
- a main item (with most of the protein)
- a green (kale or broccoli are our favorites)
- and another vegetable.
It makes it easier when writing out a grocery list to have the whole meal written out , so nothing is missed.
I will post tomorrow about how to make and STICK to a grocery list. My goal is to go shopping only once a week so organization is the key!!!