The primary goal of my Menu Page is to terminate the line of questioning I get from my family regarding food: “so….what do you eat everyday?”

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…)

Check out my Weeknight Menus  here!

Now….. for the Giveaway!!!  Yay!!  

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

AND

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!

 
Giveaway Rules: