The second goal is to give my readers an assortment of quick and easy vegetarian weeknight menus, pedestrian meals, upon which Padma Lakshmi would frown. (how's my outstanding grammar, eh??)
I heart pedestrian meals. That's what I'm actually going to make after a day of work. I don't have time to dilly dally in front of an oven. We are all trying to wedge more stuff into our day: Chores, Playdates, Exercising, Reading, Redecorating/remodeling, Botox Appointments, Procreating, etc. While Facebook moves to the forefront of your priorities, something has to take a backseat, but not a good satisfying meal.
Don't Stress About Dinner!
- Keep pantry staples on hand.
- Use store-bought help when appropriate and if your budget permits.
- Menu plan: Take 15 mins every Saturday morning to plan at least 3 dinners for the week.
- Use the leftover ingredients to be creative and spontaneous for the rest of the week.
- Get inspiration from blogs, magazines, and favorite places to eat.
- Involve your kids in deciding the menu.
- Use help from the tools and appliances that you own (crockpot, blender, toaster oven, etc).
- Have Food Bars to make things easier and fun! You lay out the groundworks and everyone chooses their add-ons. (Mini Pizza bar, Tostada bar, Noodle bowl bar, Fajita bar, Tortilla Soup bar, Chili bar...)
As you know, I am a very loyal supporter of free stuff. I am giving away a copy of not one but TWO cookbooks. Two! Dos! Deux!.. (ok, I'll stop before I make a juvenile #2 joke)
I will be giving away a copy of the beautifully photographed new Ripe cookbook created by two very talented people: Cheryl Sternman Rule of 5 Second Rule and photographer Paulette Phlipot
a copy of The Healthy Indian Diet written by Niraj "Raj" Patel, M.D. featuring recipes by the ladies I absolutely LOVE: Hetal and Anuja of Show Me the Curry!
- "Our favorite weeknight meal is____" or
- "I like the ____ menu you mention here" or
- "Your menu ideas suck"