It occured to me that I never did get around to posting that last menu, where I featured the Gothic Homemaker. I think her blog originally was not vegetarian, but now she works hard to convert recipes to be vegan and concocts many of her own delicious meals.
I know, menus are boring. But sometimes they can be helpful. And you’re getting a bonus with this one, because this chef has some pretty tasty recipes, some good tips, and knows how to use her spices. So go check out her site:
Here’s my menu (Gothic Homemaker recipes are linked):
- Egg Sandwiches, homemade juice
- Pancakes, Fruit topping
- Crockpot oatmeal, smoothies
- Peach cobbler
- Buttermilk Bran Muffins (Mollie Katzen), homemade juice
- Grilled homemade bread, hot chocolate (didn’t get to this)
- Yogurt(homemade) with grape nuts, berries and bananas
Lunches (very loosely followed):
- Stuffed sandwiches
- PB sandwiches
- Cheese sandwiches
- And choice of veggies: carrots, celery, cucumbers, salad, broccoli
- Chickpea Cutlets a la Vigneronne http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/04/chickpea-cutlets-la-vigneronne.html, roasted rosemary potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts
- Garlicky Penne with Eggplant and Cherry Tomatoes http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/03/garlicky-penne-with-eggplant-and-cherry.html
- Chinese Spare Ribz, http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/03/vegan-chinese-spare-ribz.html, broccoli, rice
- Avocado-Black Bean Tostados http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/02/avocado-black-bean-tostadas.html
- Grillers (burgers), Doritos and Red pepper dip, Salad
- Vegan Barbecue Pulled “Pork Sandwicheshttp://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/01/vegan-barbecue-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html, baked beans, broccoli
- Quiche, spinach salad
Probably my favorite of the new recipes was the Pulled “Pork”. It used Hearts of Palm which I have never eaten before. I was kind of blown away that it could mimic pulled pork so well. I also really liked the tostadas…very filling. All of the recipes went over better than I would have suspected (because I have too many picky eaters in the crowd). I was originally attracted to Confessions of a Gothic Homemaker because I thought maybe she would have some insight on how the teens might like to eat. I’m glad I checked out her site. It was worth the trip.
I should also mention the recipe we had last week: http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/04/pasta-shells-with-broccoli-rabe-and.html. Younger son and I liked this pretty well. The other two family members aren’t into spicy stuff.