Thanksgiving 2015

I figure I should post this before the holiday!  I had hoped to have my vegan bff join us, but it's not to be.  But I still veganized lots of things just in case she was able to come!

No Knead Bread (for eating)
High-Heat Roasted Turkey (No heritage turkey this year due to the farm having troubles.  Hopefully next year.)
Apple-Raisin Bread Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole (2/3 batch with vegan mushroom soup instead of canned stuff)
Cream Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes (made with vegan cream cheese and soy milk)
Sweet Potato Casserole (made with earth balance and extra sweet potato instead of eggs)
Pumpkin Bread (made in the form of muffins)
storebought vanilla ice cream
Molten Lava Cakes x1.5

Breakfast: Bundt Cake, eggs, grapefruit, bacon
Lunch: roast beef for sandwiches
Dinner: taco salad

Breakfast: sausage strata
Lunch: roast beef sandwiches
Dinner: out after voice recital

Breakfast: leftovers, eggs, grapefruit
Dinner: Leftovers!

Menu 9/13/2015

  1. tandoori lamb meatloafsmokey roasted cauliflower
  2. potato and sausage casserole
  3. leftover night
  4. pollo al marsalasicilian eggplant and pine nut caponata
  5. leftover night
  6. italian ziti bake
  7. slow cooker corned beef, garlicky sautéed cabbage, rye bread

It's amazing how much quicker meal planning seems now that I've made a second night a leftover night due to college constraints.  Meal 1 is a holdover from last week.  The rest of the meals are planned around the various vegetables I picked up at the farmers market this weekend.  

The ziti bake isn't something that I'd normally make these days, but the guys love pasta and it'll be easy enough for me to put some of the non-pasta ingredients in a smaller dish and bake them up just for me.  

Menu 9/6/2015

  1. quiches from freezer
  2. chicken (one pack frozen breasts, one pack thighs), frozen fajita veg, frozen sour cream, frozen enchilada sauce, canned beans, frozen cheese, tortillas (I have no name for this, but it will be delicious.)  
  3. leftover night
  4. one-pan pork tenderloin with green beans and potatoes
  5. leftover night
  6. tandoori lamb meatloafsmokey roasted cauliflower This was a bad day, we ate out instead.
  7. cinnamon slow cooker chicken, bag salad

And this begins the new schedule of two leftover nights a week.  Now that I'm in college, I'm going to have less time to cook and the family consensus was to add a second leftover night on my other class night.  I'll do slow cooker meals on that night when necessary but, otherwise, we'll just eat leftovers.  We've had more leftovers than we know what to do with most of the time, so this should be a good plan.  

In addition to dinners, I'll be baking some sweet potatoes and freezing them for later use.  I'm thinking spicy tuna cakes from nom nom paleo.  I'll also be making spicy cheddar shortbread and barbecue sauce to take to a labor day party.  The first recipe since I saw it recently and thought it looked delicious, and the second so that there's bbq sauce I can actually eat.  

Menu 8/30/2015

  1. stir-fried pork with string beans, rice
  2. breakfast for dinner
  3. make coq au vin, creamy lamb and eggplant casserole
  4. coq au vin
  5. indonesian meat and potato frittersindonesian coconut rice with zucchini (sans the chicken that the recipe calls for)
  6. leftover night
  7. roasted chicken thighs with creamed shallots and baconbacon, tomato, zucchini salad
  8. slow cooker hawaiian pizza, english muffins

And for lunches I'll be making smoked salmon salad with cucumber.  

This is another 8 meal plan because I was gone for most of the previous week, but I got home on Friday and am cooking tonight which is Saturday.  

This week is the first week of the next stage of my life.  Starting on Wednesday, I'm going to be a full time student for the first time in 18 years.  I'm both scared and excited.  Aaah!  I think that Tuesdays and Thursdays will become leftover nights and I'll also be making something for lunches as often as needed since I'll be eating lunch and dinner at school most Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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