Weeknight Menus

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…)

Here are some menus and I will post links as they come available.  I haven’t even started on Italian food….watch out!!

WARNING: Objects listed below may be tastier than they appear.

Mediterranean Vegan-but-i-didn’t-know-it Dinner

Arugula, Fennel, & Orange Salad with Anise Vinaigrette
Vegan Spanakopita (Spinach-Feta Pie)
Quinoa Tabbouleh

Streetside Mediterranean Dinner
Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine
Storebought 5-minute Pinenut Couscous
Tzaziki (Plain Greek Yogurt with Mint, Dill, Garlic, Salt,etc )

Autumn Mediterranean Dinner
Chickpea & Spinach Soup by Nicola Graimes Cookbook
Puff Pastry Savory Mediterranean Tarts
Peach-Apricot Custard with Honey & Walnuts Fakeout

T.G.I.F Mediterranean dinner
Quinoa Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Roasted Eggplant Dip with Garlic Toasts

Winter Mediterranean Dinner
Harira (Moroccan Lentil Soup)
Date Cake by Nicola Graimes Cookbook

Spanish Barrio Dinner
Mark Bittman’s Tomato-Egg Paella
Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Vietnamese Dormatory Dinner
Store-bought spring rolls with peanut sauce
Vegetarian Vietnamese Pho

You-got-nuthin-on-me,-PFChang’s dinner
Tofu Fillets with Jade Pesto
Jasmine Rice
Szechuan Eggplant with Scallions by Nicola Graimes Cookbook

First Attempt Chinese Dinner
Vegetable Lo Mein
Szechuan Green Beans

Asian Culture Police Dinner
Romaine Salad with Peanut Dressing
Hot and Sweet Tofu with Red Pepper, Onion, and Basil (use tofu and omit fish sauce)
Mango Sticky Rice

Asian for Tots Dinner
Sesame Crusted Tofu & Broccoli with Peanut Sauce
Egg Drop Soup
Fig Flowers

Indian-for-the-Athlete Dinner
Chhole (Spiced Indian Chickpeas)

Jeera Rice (add Cumin seeds in the rice cooker)
Cucumber Mint Raita

Sort-of-Indian-But-Not-Really Dinner
Eggplant Curry in a Hurry
Jasmine Rice

I-Used-to-Hate-Cauliflower Dinner
Cauliflower & Peas Curry from Mangoes and Curry Leaves
Basmati Rice
Papaddum with Cachumber

Indian Home Cookin’ Dinner
Kala Chana (Black Chickpea Curry)
Whole Wheat Roti
Kadhi (Yogurt Soup)

Indian-Staple-II Dinner
Rajma Daal
Peas Pullao (Rice with Sweet Green Peas)
Watermelon with Rosewater and Mint

Indian Iron Man Dinner
Kale-Saag Paneer
Rice Cooker Brown Rice
Neepa’s Pomegranate Raita

Patio Sunset Dinner
Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin from Nicola Graimes Cookbook
Herb & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Get-in-ma-Bell-eh Dinner
Greek Salad
Homemade Pizza Bar
Browned Butter Pizzookie

Drinking-on-a-Weeknight Tex-Mex Dinner
Margarita or Mojito
Chips & Salsa
(Sweet) Potato and Spinach Chipotle Enchiladas

Tex Mex Grill Dinner
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with
Strawberry Gazpacho Salsa
Portobello & Veggie Fajitas

The Great Outdoors Dinner
Texas Jalapeno Sweet Corn Chowder
Zion Beans & Rice

Rapidamente Dinner
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup Bar
Pineapple Slices with Ground Cinnamon and Allspice

Afuera Tex-Mex
Grown-up Guac (Tableside) and Chips
3-Pepper Quasi-dilla (half tofu, half cheese)

Incognito Vegetables Dinner
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
Sneaky Mac n’ Cheese

Vegetarian Southwest Country Dinner
Sweet Mexican Cornbread using much less sugar& butter than stated
Vegetarian Bean Chili

Loveme Feedme Dinner
Chick’n Noodle Soup
TLC (Tender Loving Care)
OTC (Over-the-Counter) Medicine