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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Menu for December 7-13th

Click here for Dec 7-13 shopping list. This list includes everything needed for dinners, and a couple items to be able to make a couple different kinds of oatmeal. Of course you can add whatever you would like to the list, for breakfast and such.

Monday: Leftover Root Vegetable Soup

~We had plenty left over from last week. So we will be finishing it off this week.

Tuesday: Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
        Pizza Crust*
        1/2 cup pesto
        1 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
        1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
        1/2 cup pine nuts
        4 oz chevre goat cheese
        3/4 - 1 cup mozzarella cheese

        1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped (optional)

 Preheat over to 400 degrees. Pat out dough out on a greased pizza pan and spread pesto over dough leaving 1/4 inch crust. Sprinkle toppings evenly over pizza, putting cheeses on last. Bake for 20 mins. 

*I make my pizza crust with a bread maker using this recipe. I also divide the dough in half to make two thin crust pizzas. I vacuum seal one and freeze if for future use.

~This is one of our favorite pizzas from a local pizza place, Austin's Pizza. I started making it at home to save money. It is a fraction of the price when made at home. My husband really loves kalamata olives, but I really dislike them. So I put olives on his portion of the pizza.

Wednesday:Chipotle- kissed Red Bean and Sweet Potato Chili w/ Corn Bread

           - recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker pg. 68
           - corn bread recipe from Romancing the Bean pg. 101

Thursday:Curried Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Chickpeas and Kasha

           -recipe from  The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet pg. 194

~I actually was not able to find the kasha anywhere, so I made cumin seasoned millet instead. It was my first try with millet. It was nice and soft and had a polenta feel about it. The recipe over all was lack-luster. To be fair, I had tried a very similar recipe from Joann Saltzman's, Romancing the Bean, several weeks ago. It was to die for! This dish shared so many of the same ingredients, I could not help but compare it the entire time I was eating. This dish was so far behind in flavor and texture. I think I will stick with Joann's recipe if I want to make curried chickpeas. 

Friday: Chow Mein  - recipe from Vegan Cooking for One pg. 141

~I add tofu to this recipe to ensure a protein source. We love this recipe. It is just a very standard chow mien recipe. It is nice to have something low key every now and then. 

Saturday: Red bean Cakes with Creamy Coconut Sauce
           -recipe from Vegan Planet pg. 288

~This was quite the treat!  It was flavorful and the coconut sauce added a great contrast!  The coconut sauce reminded me a great deal of Alfredo sauce. I might adapt this recipe for next week and make Alfredo. Mira  loved this dish! She is a finicky eater most meals. She usually eats a few bites, or eat about half of what I give her. Within minutes she had finished her helping and began asking for more. We will definitely try this one again! Tip: don't over process the beans and rice. My red bean cakes were too much like refried beans. 

Sunday: Mac and Cheese Florentine 
           - recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker pg. 138

Breakfast: Overnight oats with pumpkin, raisins and walnuts
          - click here to get the recipe

~This was a great morning treat. It was also VERY easy to make. I used rolled oat instead of steal cut, and just cooked the oats the morning we ate them. I was able to make this recipe while decorating a cake. It turned out so well. We will have this many more times throughout the winter. 


  1. My husband and I really liked the pizza. He said it is one of the best looking things he has ever seen and it was very tasty as well. Nicole

  2. Not sure what the difference is between yours and mine, but the red bean cakes with coconut sauce were NOT to our liking. Will not attempt again! Nicole