Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekly Menu for 7/29/2012 - 8/4/2012

July 29, 2012 - August 4, 2012
Day Menu Item Shopping
Sunday Cecily's French Lentil Casserole
White Wine
Bay Leaves
Herbs de Provence
Red, Green or French Lentils
Swiss Chard (Spinach or other Greens)
3 cloves Garlic
Monday Mexican Casserole
  Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)*
1 can Chopped Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 can Black Beans
1 Red Pepper
1 Orange Pepper
1 Onion
Vegan Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Small Jar Salsa
Potato Spinach Casserole
Lemon Juice
1 15-ounce can coconut milk
1 lb Frozen Potatoes (your choice of style)
1 8-ounce Frozen Spinach
Wednesday Polenta Casserole
2-3 Bell Peppers
Soy Sauce**
Kale (Spinach or Other Greens)
Pasta Sauce
Nutritional Yeast
Thursday Mushroom Pasta Casserole
1 Medium Yellow Onion
10 oz White Button Mushrooms
Soy Sauce**
Vegetable Broth
Lemon Juice
1 can Chickpeas
Potato Chips or Bread Crumbs
  Fusilli Pasta***
Friday Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
4 large or 6 medium Sweet Potatoes
Orange Juice
Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar
Nutmeg Powder
Cinnamon Powder
Brown Sugar
Saturday Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Brown Rice
Vegetable Stock
Soy Sauce**
Nutritional Yeast
Lemon Juice
2 Cloves Garlic
Broccoli Florets

You will also need:

Vegetable Oil, Vanilla Extract, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Dill, Onion Powder, Oregano, Basil, Salad, Salad Dressing, Olive Oil, Mayonnaise, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, Gluten-Free Bread, Butter or Margarine, Milk of your choice

*You can find Gluten-Free TVP - Textured Vegetable Protein in health food grocery stores but sometimes in the major chain grocery stores.
** Liquid Aminos or be sure to find gluten-free soy sauce vegan and gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.
*** Gluten-Free Pastas can be found in most grocery stores either mixed in with the other pasta selection or in a specific Gluten-Free area.

This week is all about Casserole dishes that can be served as sides or main dishes.

These recipes provide great week-night meals for your family but they are also perfect for entertaining or special occasions.  If you or anyone has a special dietary need, these recipes are also easily adapted to Vegan, Gluten-Free, or Vegetarian.  An example of changing out ingredients in a meal to make it Vegan is to use soy or another nut milk, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan mayonnaise, or vegan Parmesan cheese.

Another note: When purchasing canned goods, try to get organic and low sodium whenever possible.

At the end of the week, or sometime during, please sound off about this week's menu.  Did you enjoy the websites?  How were the recipes?  Were they easy to follow and the ingredients easy to find?  Did you have quite a bit of the ingredients already on hand?

Did you find cooking different meals having similar items easier?  Were you able to prepare multiple meals at once?

What would you like to see on future menus?

P.S.,  Please share your family's favorite quick and easy meal.

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