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Menu Plan Monday April 21

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Happy Menu Plan Monday!

Last week I cooked, I just didn’t write about it. A bout of warmer weather here brought out BBQ grills, guys in shorts, flip flops, and, for me, a salad frenzy. Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Sesame Noodle Salad, Tomato Salad, and Broccoli Salad.

My Favorite Broccoli Salad

(Measurements are up to you.)

Raw Broccoli chopped fine
Bacon Bits (the soy kind)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded
Mayonnaise to moisten

Mix and let sit so the bacon bits soften. That’s it. This could easily be veganized with soy cheese and a vegan mayo.

A day of ridiculously cold weather added some Split Pea Soup to my menu last week. (Enough with the cold days, please!)

This week:

Tofurkey Kielbasa and Pierogies
Spaghetti and Meatballs (vegetarian, of course)
Chickpeas and Homemade Paneer Curry with Roti

No pictures as I won’t be cooking this until tonight. More painting to do today!

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, get ready for some May Day fun at Bry-Back Manor!

Menu Plan Monday April 7

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Menu Plan Monday!

I’ve written before on my Catzlover Cooks site about how I grew up in the 1960s and meals meant meat and potatoes. This week will be a little meat and potatoes flashback – veggie style.

We’ll be eating Shepherd’s Pie and Seitan Brisket (loaded with onions, celery, and red potatoes).

There are a lot of recipes online for seitan brisket. Wine, chipotle powder, all sorts of fancy out there. I used to cook for a Hillel and brisket (we’re talking 20 pound slabs of brisket here) was done with ketchup. Yep, ketchup. And it smelled amazing. So that is how I did my seitan brisket. And it also smells amazing. (And always tastes better the next day – just like the other kind.)

To finish things out for the week, Pasta and Pesto and Italian Herbs Tofu. Those white chunks are top are whole milk mozzarella that will melt into the pasta when it is reheated and will be ooey gooey yum.

I had some fun this week at the Huffington Post. They had a quickie quiz to determine how hardcore a vegetarian you are. My results:

I’d say that sums me up pretty well. <grin>

What’s on your menu?


Menu Plan Monday March 31

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Another Menu Plan Monday!

On the menu this week:

Enchiladas Con Mole
Soba Noodles/Tofu/Peanut sauce
Falafel/Hummus/Pita bread
Scalloped Potatoes/Field Roast Apple and Sage Sausage

I actually did my cooking yesterday because we are off to paint again today.

But where are the food pictures? Well, after I finished cooking, I took a good hard look at everything and all I could see was brown. Mole – brown. Falafel – brown. Soba Noodles and Peanut Sauce – brown. Scalloped Potatoes – not brown, but I not that long ago posted a picture of scalloped potatoes and, let’s face it, scalloped potatoes does not merit a second picture.

How about some green pictures? I think of these as my dinners TO BE.

To be chili:

To be marinara with eggplant:

To be pesto with pasta:

What’s on your menu? (Or your menus TO BE?)


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the Easter Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

Menu Plan Monday March 24/25

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Menu Plan Monday!

And yes, I know it’s Tuesday. But yesterday I was over at the old house painting all day and not cooking. This painting thing is very slow. Primer and multiple coats of paint to cover up the old colors on the walls and trim. (Who paints with all those bright colors anyway? Oops, me I guess. And trim work with dentils? Oops, me again.)

On the menu this week is “Meat” Loaf (which I managed to make last night.)

And Pasta with Marinara Sauce (using up the last of the frozen tomatoes from last Summer’s garden).

And General Tso’s Tofu and Rice.

As a bonus, I made a lot of croutons over the weekend. We like our homemade better than store bought. They are not so darn hard and we like the flavor of rye bread or multi grain bread or whole wheat bread better than plain old white.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the Easter Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

Is It Spring Yet? Menu Plan Monday March 17

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! (I am ready for more green and less snow! This is Central Virginia – enough already!)

And Happy Menu Plan Monday!

Did I fix anything special for Saint Patrick’s? No, I’m afraid not. It seems I just did seitan corned beef recently (and so I am out of seitan) and my husband is not a cooked cabbage fan and there you go.

This is what we will be eating this week.

Chana Dal

The Apple Chutney I made last week will go well with this.

Macaroni and Cheese

And a big pot of Can Can Chili

Not overly exciting, but we will be back to house fixing if the snow ever melts and if it ever gets warm again (which it is SUPPOSED to do later in the week.)

I’ve been picking out paint colors to freshen up the walls. It has been an interesting experience. Not because I haven’t picked out paint colors before, but because I have to pick out NEUTRAL paint colors. I am so not a neutrals kind of gal. I semi cheated and went with what were labeled as Most Popular Colors at the Home Depot. And lots of plain white trim work. When the painting is finished, the house won’t look like we lived there any more and I think that will be a good thing.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. I know it will get here eventually. Check out some Spring Goodies at Bry-Back Manor.

Menu Plan Monday March 10 – My Go To Menu

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Menu Plan Monday!

The Go To Menu Plan.

Every cook has some go to recipes. These are recipes that have made so often that they are almost mindless. Good for when the cook is indisposed, just plain tired, ridiculously busy, or three sheets to the wind. (Does anyone use that expression any more?)

I’m not trying to compete with the Drunken Kitchen this week. I just know that I need to do a lot of painting in the old house to prep it for sale and that the weather is finally cooperating with all that painting.

So my go to menu:

Enchiladas (plain old refried beans and cheese with canned sauce)

Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli

Pasta and Alfredo with Quorn Tenders and Peas (yes! canned!)

Bonus Stuff if I am in the mood; pimento cheese (Okay, I was already in the mood Saturday and made some. Half plain and half with Chipotle Peppers – yum.)

And, since I really need to use up some apples wanting to go south, Apple Chutney.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

P.P.S. If my pictures seem a little dark this week it may be because I took them Sunday night – no natural light.

Menu Plan Monday March 3

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Here in Virginia we are getting more snow and extreme (I know it doesn’t compare to Minnesota) cold. Seriously? I am so ready for warm and sun and flowers and digging dirt and planting seeds and running the fans because I am too hot.

On this Menu Plan Monday I prepared not one but two soups for the week ahead. When it is this cold we want soup. So Lentil Soup and Minestrone are ready for us.

In case we get souped out, there’s Tofurkey Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and rigatoni.

For the sweet tooth – carrot cake (half of which will probably end up in the freezer for a future dessert).

Short and sweet today. What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the St. Patrick’s Day Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

Menu Plan Monday February 24

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Happy Menu Plan Monday!

This week’s menu started with a trip to the Oriental Market. I went for some sesame oil and for some fried wheat gluten in a jar (that is just yummy in spite of what it sounds like). If I have the time, and I did last Friday afternoon, I like to just window shop. How I missed this before I don’t know, but there was a great big aisle full of all sorts of  (not expensive) dal.

Now, I usually shop at the Food Lion or Kroger, neither of which is known for an extensive Indian food section (at least where we live). So I grabbed a bag of masoor dal and a bag of chana dal to add to my purchases. Next step – find out what to do with them. After some googling and a lot of “ooh! that’s sounds good” I had a great big bunch of recipes to try. Then I got real and paired it down to just a few for this week.

So on the menu is:

Masoor Dal with Spinach (palak)


Cucumber Raita (no picture – it basically looked like yogurt with green bits – my husband loved it)

Aloo Paneer

And, not Indian “Chicken” Noodle Soup

I followed the recipe here to make the paneer myself. I didn’t have cheesecloth and tried using two yogurt containers to weigh down the paneer to form cubes. Didn’t work for me and I ended up using a kitchen towel and some fiesta ware and bags of beans. So my paneer was a little crumbly (note to self – get cheesecloth). Still tasty.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. Is it too early for St. Patrick’s Day goodies?

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy – Menu Plan Monday February 17

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Okay, no Shoo Fly Pie, but I did make Apple Pan Dowdy.

I’m really excited about getting a grow light set up – finally. I used to try to start seeds indoors, but they always got leggy even in a sunny window. Thanks to Amazon, I purchased a grow light for this year and I’m hoping it works as advertised. My less than planned garden did well last year and I hope to do even better this year with some planning.

On with the rest of Menu Plan Monday.

The yummies for this week are Black Bean Soup (made with scrap stock), Reuban Casserole, and Kung Pao “Chicken” made with Quorn Tenders.

I like to make the Quorn into Tempura Bits for Kung Pao. This is also great in Sweet and Sour “Chicken” or just by itself.

My Reuban Recipe calls for TVP chunks. I didn’t have any on hand, so I made Corned Beef Seitan. (I found a lot of recipes online and combined a few to get what I thought corned beef should taste like.) Yes, it’s more work, but it was well worth the trouble. So much better in flavor and texture. I highly recommend trying it.

That’s it for this week.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you’re tired of snow, warm up with some Spring Flowers Clipart at Bry-Back Manor!

Menu Plan Monday – February 10 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

This is what people do when they live in a place where they know the wall will be torn down.

Conan or Dr. Who with a fez? You decide.

Now on to Menu Plan Monday.

No theme this week – just (hopefully) good eats.

I tried this week to use what I have. So I made a a Spinach Lasagna dish with tofu instead of Ricotta.

My husband received a Broccoli Soup Mix from someone at his school. I made it a little heartier with Potatoes and Leeks.

Some extra Leeks as a snack for me. Yum!

Last, I made Arroz Rojo which basically turned out to be some tasty Spanish Rice with Red Beans and Achiote Paste. I got the Achiote Paste when I was in my wild crazy Mole ingredient buying mode and found a recipe online that sounded interesting. I was surprised to find that it was not as spicy as I had expected it to be. Something tasty and different though.

That’s it for this week.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the Valentine’s Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

P.P.S. Hey! I actually posted this on a Monday!