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Last week, I said we were going to eat more plant based meals. Having watched the Game Changers and a couple of other documentaries along similar lines on Netflix, we have become convinced that eating less meat and dairy can only be a good thing for our long term health, not to mention the health of the planet.
However, I have the issue of IBS, which is aggravated by soya, certain vegetables and too many pulses. Not ideal for a solely vegan diet, which is why we aren’t going fully fledged vegan!
I tried the tofu I bought and it was really nice in a stir fry. However, it gave me the worst belly ache, so it’s a no-no, sadly. Obviously I knew it was made from soya beans so I wasn’t altogether surprised. However, it has been reported to be low FODMAP, so I thought it might be OK.
We have cut back loads on milk. I have to buy the lactose free one anyway, but some of the plant milks are lactose free anyway so have generally been using those. We like the Oatly oat milk best, especially in tea and coffee, but coconut and almond are quite nice too.
So our meal plan is another week of frugal healthy food that is mainly but not exclusively plant based.
This week’s frugal healthy food plan
I love macaroni cheese. It is one of my absolutely favourite meals. Mr S isn’t keen actually as he finds it too rich.
I wonder if he will prefer this plant based version I am going to cook? It’s from the Game Changers website and uses nutritional yeast to give the cheesy flavour plus cashew nuts for protein.
We are going to a friends for the evening and there will be nibbles, so will just have a small bowl of this each with the remainder for lunch on Sunday.
We are hoping to get on with clearing and painting the cupboards in the hallway on Sunday (see this month’s goals post). I therefore want an easy dinner with as little prep as possible.
We are going to try these superfood burgers from Aldi with some roast potatoes and vegetables. A sort of roast dinner!
There are still eggs that need using, so we will have the last of those with some chips made in my marvellous air fryer* and a winter carrot salad. We seem to have a ton of carrots in the fridge for some reason.
Before we decided to eat more plant based food, I had already selected my recipe boxes from Simply Cook*. I have a subscription with them just once a month to give us some variety and convenience.
Fortunately I was able to go onto my account and change the meat and fish dishes for my next box to vegetarian options. The meat dishes have all been pretty tasty, so I am hoping they veggie ones will be worth a try as well.
Anyway, in my current box I have a recipe for beef Massaman, a spicy coconut and beef casserole with potatoes. I am going to try substituting the beef with some Quorn and mushrooms. Who knows, the spices in this kit might actually make Quorn taste good!
If you are interested in trying Simply Cook, you can get a recipe box for just £3 here*.
Pork chops as we have some in the freezer, plus mashed potatoes, peas and gravy. I have a busy day on Wednesday, so this will be pretty quick to prepare.
Thursday and Friday
Vegetable stir fry with Quorn and rice noodles. I will make enough of this to last two nights, as I love a no cook Friday!
I made a yummy pot of soup last week, just using veg from the fridge plus some leftover cooked veg that I had stored in the freezer. This week I will make more, as it makes such a cheap and nutritious lunch.
So that’s our week of frugal healthy food. What are you eating this week?