Recently we watched a series on HBO called “The Weight of the Nation” which is all about the obesity epidemic in America. We had Hayley watch these shows with us to help her learn more about being healthy.
During and after each episode, we would have discussions about the subject to make sure she was really understanding what she was seeing and hearing.
The result of one such discussion was the idea for Hayley to plan our dinners for one week.
Hayley, being the confused animal lover that she is, decided she wanted to go vegetarian and maybe vegan for each meal.
So I consulted Twitter and Facebook for some dish ideas along with my good friend Google and several of the vegan/raw cookbooks I have in the closet.
It took Hayley and I many hours to decide on 4 recipes that would be acceptable. The hardest part was finding meat-free meals that weren’t filled with cheese and pasta but were also hardy enough to be considered main dishes instead of just sides.
Without further ado, I present to you our week of dinners as planned by Miss Fancy Pants.
Night 1: Portobello Mushrooms with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing and a spinach salad.
Score: Adults – 2 thumbs up. Kids – 2 thumbs down. Hayley said “mushrooms aren’t her thing.”
Night 2: Carrot, Tomato, and Lentil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
Score: 2 thumbs up from everyone. Layla even finished her bowl which is not like her at all.
Night 3: Spanish Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos with grilled bell peppers, onions and avocado. (Our vegan night)
Score: 2 thumbs up from everyone.
Night 4: Pressed Eggplant and Pepper Sandwich with spinach salad.
Score: Adults – 2 thumbs up. Kids – thumbs down, they said it was too spicy.
Overall results, the meals that Hayley picked on her own both kids really liked. The meals that I helped her pick, they wouldn’t eat. Guess maybe that should mean something important to me? Or not.
And I may or may not have washed down a few of these meals with a Cherry Bomb Cocktail. You want this drink. Trust me.