It’s a beautiful snowy Colorado morning. It’s 6:00 am and still dark as night outside, and I’m sitting at my computer with the gas fireplace crackling behind me as it warms up after being turned on with a switch. (Would the smell of burning logs be nice right now? Do I wish I had a real (REAL) fireplace? …No! Are you crazy? I’d never write blog posts if I had to do that kind of work to stay warm!) I woke up with my alarm at 5:50 only to check my phone and see that school is on a 2-hour delay. I almost curled up and went back to sleep, but then, thanks to the extra clarity of mind brought on by school delayedness, I had a marvelous idea for a post and had to get to the computer to start on it.
This particular post will be ever-changing, so check back often. I am going to post a single picture (every day that I can) of what I made for dinner the night prior. There is a lot of genius in this idea: It will give the new veggie eaters a sense of the variety that’s out there for family dinners. It will allow me to notate how I adapted various recipes. And maybe my favorite reason; it will give me a sense of accountability at a time when I have been straying from the part of the lifestyle that says to stay away from sugars and simple carbs. (I have seriously gained almost ten pounds in a little over a month due to my bread-heavy and sugar-heavy snacking- Ugh.)
Over the weekend I made up my usual menu, which is thirty days-worth. We had my husband’s brother’s family living with us for six weeks and for the last month of that time, after my prior menu ran out, I had been winging it day-to-day. That was helpful when collaborating with a meat-eating family on how we could all eat happy, and we did (they were so cool to try so many of my recipes!) but it also nudged me further into the pasta and bread side of veggie eating since those are more palatable for people who are being ransacked into a diet they didn’t ask for. So last weekend I finally pulled together a menu tailored for my family and our whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. It’s a great menu; hardly any repeats over the 30 days and many new recipes to try! Wheat pasta only makes an appearance four times in the month and breads and tortillas are limited as well. I’m very excited to get back on track and bring you along with me! I so hope you enjoy this journey. (remember to bookmark this page or follow on Facebook for the daily photos!)
New recipe posted: Sweet Potato Curry!
Expect a short break as my family and I will be away from home for a couple of days. I will post dinners when I return!
I have now posted Last Night’s Dinners for an entire month. I hope that you have found some inspiration to use when working with veggie-based ingredients. It’s not boring; we aren’t limited. Veggies and whole grains represent a cornucopia of possibilities! Enjoy your veggie journey!
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