Menu Planning Challenges
After my joyous return to home and bathing in its lovely comfort, I wrote up a few things that needed to be done. I tend to put off menu planning because it's a challenge for me. Now that I'm doing the 30 Day Vegan workshop offered by Heather at Beauty that Moves, I'm motivated to meet what I consider stumbling blocks.
First and foremost I am the only one doing the vegan challenge. My husband loves new dishes but also love to eat meat a few times a week. For quite some time I've cooked separate dishes for that reason. The other reason is because of my lactose intolerance. Our son is home only one more week and he has many meals that are his favorites that I want to cook for him and alas, many are not vegan either. So you see my dilemma!
Yesterday I sat down and wrote out some meals that I know could be flexible for everyone. Here's what I came up with:
-burgers and fries
-chili with cornbread or bread
-lentil soup (yum!!)
-Black beans and rice
-lots of salads for lunch or side dishes
I could easily add a meat to many of those dishes and make the family smile. Do you know what else made me smile this week? I found the best farmer's indoor market with FRESH produce. I've been meaning to pop in since December and yesterday morning I did. Not only was it fresh but it was remarkably cheaper than the big grocery stores. I am thrilled to save some money and I have green beans that look like they were just picked :)
How do you menu plan?