A lot of the things we eat are the things we have always eaten. And a lot of the things online for vegetarian options are similar to what we have been eating. Mexican food is a very popular vegetarian flavouring as is Middle Eastern flavours. My husband and I sometimes make lists of the food we like to eat (and we know the children will like) because I get into slumps. Well, three weeks of curries, falafels, quesadillas and tacos (our list), and it seemed like I was out of ideas and just tired of eating the same things. I should also mention that I meal plan. I figure out at the beginning of the week what we are going to eat for most of the week. With two children and a pretty busy life, I can’t waste time going to the grocery store every night just for something I forgot so I try to get most of it on my grocery shopping day. I have the luxury of grocery shopping during the week because I am still at home with my son. I actually refuse (unless it’s life or death) to go shopping on the weekends because I fear for my life when I’m out. If I have to go to Costco on a Saturday, it’s common that my husband thinks I have been kidnapped because I’ve been gone so long and I usually only return with the one item we needed because my nerves for dodging carts going this way and that, can only take so much. I’m getting a bit off topic. What I’m trying to say is that I needed to make and eat something different than what we had been eating. So here is our list of what we are eating this week:
- Monday – Grilled vegetables, Rice, Tzatziki and Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad
- Tuesday – Lasagna (with a pureed vegetable sauce because I’m tired of my things getting picked out)
- Wednesday – Veggie Burgers with Pan Roasted Mini Potatoes and Spinach Salad
- Thursday – Soba Noodles with Sugar Snap Peas and a Peanut and Mint Sauce (no. 38 from Republic in NYC).
- Friday – Vegetarian Chilli
- Saturday – Chicken Wings (from this organic, local meat farmer), Asian Coleslaw and Naan bread
- Sunday – Father’s day brunch with Bacon (also from Beretta farms), Banana Waffles, Hashbrowns, Eggs Benedict, Fruit Salad and Virgin Mojitos
But don’t for one second think I just sat down and said I would make this without putting a lot of thought into it. I want to take this opportunity to share with you a few of my commonly used resources. These are blogs, or cookbooks or magazines or websites that I consult often. Even if you just get one idea from them and never return again, hopefully these sources will get you thinking differently about what you’re preparing or they’ll get you putting in an ingredient you hadn’t thought of before. However, as with anything found online – use your discretion! I often change things in recipes or in the directions based on how I do them. For cooking this usually ends up okay, with baking it is sometimes hit or miss. Also, check out your favourite restaurants and see what they’re putting in your favourite dishes to encourage you too! Almost anything can be found online and if you use some creativity you can try to recreate restaurant dishes at home. Happy cooking!