I cleaned out my dry goods cabinet this week. I am a collector of grains and beans it seems. I’ve got things in my cabinet that I’ve never cooked, and don’t know how to cook. I found a bag of farro, which I’ve seen in recipes but never used. I’ve got millet flour, which sounds like a sweet, nutty flour, but who knows? I wouldn’t know. Now that the cabinet inventory has been taken, I’m trying to use what I have in my dinner menus.
The biggest question I have every day is, “What is for dinner?” If I could have that question answered for me every day I would be so happy. It is so hard for me to cook for our family. For starters, we don’t eat meat any more, I am constantly reminding myself of how easy it was in the old days (when I did eat meat). I would just cook a chicken breast and some veggies for dinner and it was fast and easy. And mindless. Not eating meat makes planning 7 dinners a week a bit of a challenge. Secondly, ‘A’ can’t eat dairy, eggs or nuts, and I have never tried shellfish with her. Third, Jeff and I like sophisticated food, but our kids aren’t quite there.
With all of this in mind, I sat down today to do a little menu planning. I tend to make a list of meals and pick and choose which meal I’ll make every day. That way if I’m busy one day I can select the easiest meal to make, leaving the more complex menu for another night.
Last night I made chana masala, based on a recipe in Isa’s new book. It was not spicy at all. ‘H’ loved it, ‘A’ ate the chickpeas out of the sauce, and Jeff and I thought it was good. I might make that again.
Vegetarian Dinner Ideas
- Veggie stir fry with brown rice (Vegetables: bok choy, carrots, green beans, mushrooms)
- Lentil Soup
- Homemade veggie burgers over salad (serve with a rice mix and carrots)
- Pasta with pesto (basil and olive oil for ‘A’, homemade pesto for the rest of us)
- Homemade pizza (‘A’ has pizza crust with hummus)
- Chickpea pot pie
- Soup with white beans, carrots and barley