Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu plan Monday

Hi friends!  I apologize that I didn't get a single post up since last Monday.  I've been super busy this week and more sleep deprived than normal, so I really didn't have much exciting to share.  We are coming up on Week #2 of my detox.  This week will be all raw foods.  I had to consult various raw cookbooks because my hubby will have none of eating just salads for dinner for a whole week.  It's enough for him that he agreed to eat raw dinners for a week.  :)  Lots of planning for this week since I may have to use my dehydrator for some entrees or soak some walnuts the night before, etc, etc, etc.  Tonight is my last vegan meal before starting my all raw week, so our menu plan reflects that.

Monday - Mexican lentil stir fry over brown rice
Tuesday - Raw tacos in spinach tortillas with mexican "rice"
Wednesday - Raw sushi (no fish, just veggies) with Japanese "rice"
Thursday - Eating out with friends
Friday - Coconut curry soup, Mediterranean dolmas with sun dried tomato hummus (bean free)
Saturday - Zucchini pasta with marinara sauce
Sunday - Polenta with mushroom ragout

Breakfasts will be smoothies, granola with almond milk, banana walnut pancakes, and cereal.  On Sunday, I plan on making a special breakfast of raw cinnamon rolls for my hubby, since he will have been such a good sport for almost a week.

Lunches will consist of leftovers, PB&J, raw cookie dough (oatmeal, few dashes of cinnamon and vanilla, big spoonful of almond butter, and a drizzle of maple syrup), apple raisin salad, corn salad,and fruit.

I will try to be back at least once this week with an update about my "un-cooking".  :)  Looking for more inspiration?  Head to Orgjunkie or Fit Meals Monday.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Menu plan Monday

I am back!  I was off for the was just to crazy to keep up with a blog.  My first post for 2011 is pretty appropriate for the new year.  I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I will be detoxing these first few weeks.  "Detox" in the food world is a pretty recent buzzword.  There are all sorts of books on detoxing your body with diet, how to do it, the steps to follow, the foods to eat, etc.  I sort of feel like detoxing is the trend these days.  I don't know if it's bad or good, but the ultimate result (from what I've seen) is that the way people are detoxing is to eat a healthy diet.  That is a win-win situation, my friends.

I was in South Carolina for the New Year and my friend works at a raw food restaurant called The Sprout.
You can find out more about their venue through their website located here:  This place is so awesome.  The owners are genuine, friendly and really care about people's well-being.  They have loads of juice and smoothie options, grab and go items in their coolers, among other things.  My friend made me an almond milk latte.  Oh my goodness...amazing!  If you end up in the Charleston area, I recommend you check it out.

Anyway, my point is that they were selling this 14 or 21 day detox program.  After asking my friend about the program, I felt it would be beneficial for me to try it out on my own, in my own way.  I didn't purchase their program, but broke my program down into three phases (which are similar to the program The Sprout promotes, from the way I understand it).  Week #1 will be a week full of vegan eats.  Week #2 will be all raw food and the last phase will be a few days of just juices.  Why am I doing this?  My body has felt so out of whack since the start of the holidays.  I am feeling lethargic and just plain blech.  I am hoping the detox will help cleanse my body of the occasional poor choices I made with my diet, give me more energy, and put my body back in sync.

All that said, here is my menu plan for the week:

Monday - Slow cooker curried garbanzo beans
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Lentil sloppy joes (mine will be over a pile of veggies)
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Pizza on whole wheat crust with homemade sauce (mine will be cheese-less and loaded with veggies)
Saturday - Sweet corn and red pepper bisque.  This is inspired by my friend who we stayed with this weekend.  I am going to wing it. :)
Sunday - Leftovers

Breakfasts will be smoothies for myself and J; cereal, eggs and/or waffles for hubby.
Lunches will be leftovers, whole wheat tortillas with almond butter and banana, salads, PB&J on whole wheat bread.

Need more ideas or what to see what others are planning for the week?  Head to Orgjunkie and Fit Meals Monday.