Sunday, July 29, 2012

British-Inspired Menu

I made a special British meal for viewing the Olympics.

The main dish was the Upside-Down Lentil Shepherd's Pie from Appetite for Reduction. The potato mixture is half cauliflower and the lentil mixture has shiitake mushrooms. I thought it was delicious although next time I'd probably still bake it all together with the potatoes on top the usual way.

I also made the scones from the Happy Herbivore cookbook - instead of blueberries I subbed cherries.

I also made this Traditional Coleslaw Recipe from Britain. Basically it is a bunch of veggies with mayonnaise. I used Trader Joe's low-fat non-dairy mayo. I also included some non-alcoholic beer and some peaches and raspberries.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Master Grocery List

In preparation for moving and DH starting a new business, I've been reducing our grocery expenses. I prefer a large pantry with all sorts of wild and crazy ingredients and I really enjoy trying new foods. Now I need to curtail that and instead focus on the basics. I'd like to keep our expenses to about $400 a month while still eating a healthy, whole foods, plant-based diet.

Here's the Master Grocery List I devised and it shows how I break down the vegetables. For instance, I always try to buy some cruciferous veggies and we eat dark leafy greens every day. Obviously there are some fruits and veggies that are seasonal but everything on this list will give us plenty of menu choices.



Greens - Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Lettuce and Other Salad Greens

Crucifers - Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Cole Slaw Mix

Mushrooms - Button, Portobellos, Shiitake

Onions, Scallions, Garlic

Potatoes - Russet, Red, Yukon Gold, Sweet Potatoes

Other  Vegetables - Celery, Carrots, Cucumbers, Jalapenos, Green Chiles, Tomatoes, Peppers, Radishes, Avocado


Apples or Pears, Limes and Lemons, Berries, Watermelon, Raisins, Cranberries, Bananas, Unsweetened Applesauce


Pintos, Garbanzos, Lentils, Red Lentils, White Beans, Black Beans, Split Peas, Firm Tofu, Silken Tofu, Tempeh


Brown Rice, Old-Fashioned Oats, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Whole Wheat Pasta, Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Pita Bread, Corn Tortillas, Whole Grain Hamburger Buns, Whole Wheat Flour, Cream of Wheat or Rice Cereal


Corn, Peas, Berries, Spinach, Green Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Hash Brown Potatoes (no oil or  salt), Green chiles


Flaxseed, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Cashews, Pepitas, Peanut Butter, Tahini, Almond Butter


Canned Tomatoes (no salt), Tomato Sauce (no salt), Tomato Paste, Canned Pumpkin,


Salsa, Barbecue sauce, Ketchup (no salt), Low-Fat Vegan Mayonnaise, Ballpark Mustard, Dijon Mustard


Nutritional Yeast, Vegetable Cooking Spray, Decaf Green Tea, Peppermint Tea, Stevia, Coffe for DH, Agave Nectar, Date Sugar, Active Dry Yeast, Cornstarch, Baking Powder, Cocoa, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce, Liquid Smoke, Apple Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Roasted Red Peppers, White Miso, Herbs and Spices

BUBBLES THE RABBIT (Yes, she has her own list!)

Cilantro, Basil, Endive, Apple Juice, Distilled Water, Cranberries

Related Posts with Thumbnails