veggie menu for a week

So there are people out there concerned with what vegetarians eat. Maybe just plain ol’ foodie curiosity (I get that), or maybe it seems unfathomable to live sans meat. But boy do I get asked a lot, now that I am out of the closet.

How do you get your protein?

You don’t eat fish?

What do you make for dinner?

Do you eat salad all day? (I love that one – my scale says definitely NOT subsisting on salads alone).

So I thought I would do a post on what I eat. Easy enough to do because I plan it out anyway. And it’s easy to plan out because I eat the same types of things for breakfast and lunches, and only cook a couple times a week, eating leftovers the rest of the time (there are only 2 of us). So here ya go. What a newbie, low-maintenance, penny-pinching, busy vegetarian eats, not including the miscellaneous Slurpees and Skittles… ahem.

MONDAY

Breakfast: Soy yogurt, fresh pineapple, coffee

Lunch: Boca burger on a whole wheat English muffin with a sliced tomato and a slice of cheese; cottage cheese

Dinner: Whole wheat pasta w/ a simple marinara sauce (recipe – plus I add red pepper flakes)

TUESDAY

Breakfast: Whole wheat English muffin w/ peanut butter and honey, coffee

Lunch: Salad with greens, blueberries, green apple, pecans, and a maple dressing (recipe)

Snack: Carrot sticks and pita wedge with hummus (recipe)

Dinner: Grilled veggies, a Mediterranean couscous salad (recipe)

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Kashi cereal w/ almond milk

Lunch: Takeout sandwich and tomato soup from deli

Dinner: Vegetarian enchiladas (recipe)

THURSDAY

Breakfast: Soy yogurt,granola, coffee

Lunch: Spinach salad with dried cranberries, walnuts, green apple and raspberry vinaigrette

Snack: carrot sticks and pita wedges with hummus

Dinner: Veggie and cheese panini sandwiches on focatia bread, leftover couscous salad

FRIDAY

Breakfast: Granola with almond milk, coffee

Lunch: Leftover pasta with marinara

Dinner: Leftover vegetarian enchiladas

SATURDAY

Breakfast: Boca or Morning Star sausage links, sauteed veggies and hash brown potatoes, coffee, juice

Lunch: Skip

Snack: Soy yogurt w/ fruit

Dinner: eat out at a Mexican place, vegetarian fajitas, chips & salsa and a Margarita

SUNDAY

Breakfast: Whole wheat waffles (recipe) and fruit, coffee, juice

Lunch: Skip

Dinner: Usually family dinner with the inlaws or my family. I “eat around” what they make. I generally bring a salad to my inlaw’s so I can at least eat the rabbit food!

*You may notice I use soy yogurt and almond milk in place of real dairy. Really I’m just starting to prefer those but don’t actually eliminate dairy. I still eat lots of cheesy things (though I do need to cut back)!

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