First of all, I'm sorry that I'm sucking so much at blogging. While I realize that blogging has been a key to success for me up until now, I've had a lot on my plate lately and it's been hard to put my personal stuff aside and concentrate on this.
Years ago (15 to be exact) I had been a vegetarian for 5 years. I was at my all-time healthiest and most fit with very little effort whatsoever. I'm sure that maintaining at age 41 vs. maintaining at age 25 will not be quite as carefree, but I'm ready to try anything.
For many reasons, I've been toying with becoming a vegetarian again.
~ The Environment ~
~ Health ~
~ Animal Welfare ~
~ Weight Loss ~
~ Economic Reasons ~
Not necessarily in that order.
So this week's meal plan is a little different and I have photographic evidence of it. Because my 10 year old daughter is an athlete and not a vegetarian, I did some prep for her including meat. We'll see how things go - we as a family will have several vegetarian days a week, but I'm not going to insist she follow my lead.
Oh, by the way, before we get into the week's meal plan, I didn't lose this week but I didn't gain either. Considering Thursday's (or should I call it Cookieday's?) fiasco, I'm content with that.
Our nicely prepped eats for the week:
I bought a package of tart shells at the grocery store today to make life easier - I'm going to work on making my own for next time. With the shells, I made wee little spinach quiches for me and beef pot pies from leftover beef stew for the little one.
I made a big batch of baked rigatoni (vegetarian) which we enjoyed today with garlic bread. (recipe below)
For quick sandwiches I made devilled egg salad (recipe for this as well). I haven't made it yet, but I'm going to finish off this evening by making a broccoli cauliflower salad. I have some chicken breast made for my daughter and she can eat the other stuff as side dishes. I have to limit the eggs for my daughter, as she is mildly allergic.
2 cups of cooked whole wheat pasta
1/2 a container of low fat cottage cheese
1 package of chopped spinach (thawed)
Finely chopped mushroom, onion and garlic to taste
1 can of pasta sauce
Shredded cheese of choice
1 egg (optional)
Parmesan or Romano cheese
In a large baking dish, coat the sides lightly with olive oil for an easier clean up.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375*F
On the stove top, saute all the veggies until lightly browned and fragrant.
In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and egg, if using.
After all is prepared, mix everything but the Parmesan in the baking dish. Bake at 375* for 45 minutes. Top with the grated Parmesan or Romano and return to the oven, heat turned off, for 10 more minutes. Serve while hot and delicious.
Devilled Egg Salad
6 eggs, hard boiled
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp light mayo
seasoning salt to taste
Chop the hard boiled eggs and add the other ingredients. Stir lightly with a fork to mix. Spread on bakery fresh buns or bread and top with lettuce and tomato.