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I'm heading back to school full-time at the end of the month, have two kids under three and my SO isn't a vegetarian but pretty much eats what I make (he'll add meat occasionally to dishes or get a meaty dish when out with his friends). I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for vegan meal planning. I'm looking for cheap, wholesome/flavorful and less work if possible. I don't mind making things in advance.
Best of luck going back to work, and with 2 little ones I'm sure it won't be easy. I've only got the one, she's nearly 20 months and it was hard enough going back to work and sending her to nursery. So, are you looking for baby food planning (will the lttle ones be going to nursery/childminder?) or for the whole family?
One of Jamie Oliver's quick recipes serves 2:
Blend a red pepper with tinned tomatoes, chilli powder (make in seperate batches if not using for children) and mixed herbs, heat this up with some tinned beans or other legumes and have with couscous (couscous only takes a few minutes to make). Add salt/pepper if you like.
I'd make at least twice the portion of any food,if I can, actually 3 times the amount and freeze the remainder it makes your life a little easier.
All the best
Whenever I'm near a wholefood shop I stock up on products like seitan/mock duck and various flavours of tofu, my son likes these. I will use any one of them with a stir fry which is really quick and easy to make. I buy the Amoy noodles that come ready-made, and simply fry ginger, peppers, thinly cut carrots and broccoli, a generous splash of soy sauce, lemon juice, add the noodles and tofu/seitan and sometimes cashews too.
Another thing I do, particularly when it's cold, is use the various pre-packed types of tofu to cut into cubes and add to a casserole type dish. I fry onions, garlic, add carrots, celery, potatoes and any other veg hanging around, add veg stock, sometimes also some miso paste, and the cubed tofu, possibly a tin of chick peas or kidney beans as well. If you let this simmer for a while it's difficult to get it wrong, it always hits the spot for me.
Look up happyherbivore.com
She has a meal plan that is Gluten-free, soy-free and low fat as well. She sells them for individuals or family plan. I recently registered for an individual one and she sends you menu, recipes and grocery list. Very easy and convenient and the monthly subscription is only about $19! :)