Welcome 2013, the year of veggies

2012 has brought many great things! My first ever nephew, completion of my Masters Degree, and even a brand new car. How exciting!

One new development is my brother’s decision to go vegan. I completely supported and encouraged this lifestyle. I know how hard it is to eat healthy and veggies when you were raised on tv dinners and frozen pizzas. So I admire and support his decision.

Christmas at my moms, I made sure we had vegan pancakes with yummy banana. Then that same weekend, Dan and I cooked some delicious vegan meals. Now, we aren’t very good cooks but rarely do we rely on recipes, so our meals are a bit of hit or miss. We made Stuffed Green Peppers with lentils, mushrooms, and tomato sauce with a side of rice and eggplant chips. I was so happy that they both liked the food we made and Shawn really appreciated the new meals and ideas.

Now, Dan and I have been moving towards cutting meat out of our diet little by little. So I posed a new idea for our weekend trip to Trader Joe’s. I said, “Let’s buy a ton of veggies without a meal plan and see what cool stuff we can make all week”.


For some reason, Dan supports my crazy ideas. We usually plan our meals and only buy what we need. But I realize you can’t plan for every meal and every day… sometimes you need to change things up.

In this initial post, I want to share all of our ingredients. As we make our meals, I’ll take pictures and share them sometime next week. Here is our ingredients list for the week:

Sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, veggie broth, coffee, marinara sauce, red-vine tomatoes, 1 bag of spinach, 1 bag of mixed green, white button mushrooms, bananas, 2 green peppers, 1 yellow pepper, 1 orange pepper, sugar snap peas, eggplant, cucumber, zuchini, 1 bag of apples, cage-free eggs (100% vegetarian fed) and teeny tiny potatoes (I’ve never bought these before, Dan found them and fell in love with them).

I hope to have lots of fun recipes and ideas to share in the following weeks. We are already thinking about a vegetable soup, stuffed eggplant, and maybe more stuffed peppers.


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