Meal Plan Monday – 7/15


Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

Ah, it feels good to be back in the ol’ meal planning saddle this week!  While on vacation I read the book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good by Mark Bittman. The premise of the book is to greatly increase vegetable, fruit, and whole grain consumption and decrease dairy and meat, while not giving up anything completely.  The book piqued my interest because I am always interested in increasing veggies and beans in our menus.  I will be adding a few VB6 style recipes in the menu in the coming weeks.

Monday – Make your own French Bread pizzas, cooked pea pods

Tuesday – Baked Ziti with Vegetables and Cheese – from the VB6 book.  If the recipe is a winner I will post the recipe later this week as I don’t find it on the web.

Wednesday – Grill out chicken breast with barbeque sauce, sauteed veggies

Thursday – Summer Minestrone soup from the wonderful book Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of The Vegetarian Epicure.  This is a fantastic, frugal soup if you have a garden or a farmer’s market.  The recipe is posted here.

Friday – Leftover Chile Colorado burritos.  If you are making the recipe for the first time I recommend cutting the beef bullion by half, or more.  This is one of the few recipes I love in the crock pot.

What’s on your menu this week?  For inspiration, head on over to orgjunkie!


6 thoughts on “Meal Plan Monday – 7/15

  1. kerihouchin

    Decreasing our meat consumption has been really good for my family. We spend less and eat more fruits and veggies. It helps me to think of meat as an ingredient that is added to something. We eat meat 4-6 days per week, but in much smaller portions than the “standard” American diet.

  2. healthfulsave Post author

    I’m with you, Keri. Meat costs have really gone up and it’s more economical to put a bit of bacon in a frittata with veg than serve up a recipe where meat is the main event. You might enjoy the VB6 book because most of it is recipes. I got it from the library (of course!). We’ll see how that baked ziti works out tomorrow. It has fennel and some ricotta added into the sauce.

  3. Country Lady

    Tomorrow night is going to be turkey tacos. Thursday will be pizza because I have to work late and that way everyone can fend for themselves. I am still not sure what to have on Friday. LOL

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      That all sounds good to me. Turkey taco meat would make great leftover taco salad. Its gotten so hot suddenly and I forgot how much cooking heats things up!

      1. Country Lady

        Turkey taco meat does make a great taco salad! I agree, the least that I have to be in the kitchen, the better off we are in this heat. We have gone from slightly warm, rainy days to extreme heat. I am not complaining one bit, at least it isn’t snow!

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