Weekly Meals: Nov 15-21

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Vegan Menu and Recipe November

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…  Yes it happen early this year, it snowed!  When Mother Earth has something in mind, boy does she do a terrific job.  Not only did we get cooler temperatures but we received around 6 inches of snow.  Sounds bad but I am sure there are plenty other people wishing there was only 6 inches.  Additionally the temperatures have plummeted and it has been around 0 to 30F/-18 to -1C.  This type of snowy weather is not on my favorite list since it is too cold to run outside and seeing as we do not have a gym in our area, we are forced to not run at all.  This is the harsh facts of life when living in a small town in the middle of Michigan.  Thankfully we did get a good workout the other day shoveling our driveway and two of our neighbors.  Sometimes we have to learn to let go of our traditional workout plans and deal with what is right in front of us.  Exercise is all about learning to get active, not about the weight you lift, the miles you run daily or the hours you spent in a gym.  It all goes down to getting active and simmering the blood through your body for health.

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Garlicky Breadsticks- Copycat Little Casaers’ Pizza

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Garlicky Breadsticks- Copycat Little Casaers' Pizza

Oh My!  Do any of you adore those Little Casaer’s Pizza Breadsticks?  The baked dough is so soft and sweet that it is hard to resist eating the entire batch in one sitting.  Even before the $5 marketing for pizzas went into action, I had fallen in love with these breadsticks.  I remember ordering these as a vegetarian and wanting to eat the entire package myself and not sharing with my family.  Actually I think everyone else was in love with these soft pillowy breadsticks since my family purchase a family serving or two small servings to feed 4 people, on top of the pizzas.

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Vegan Apple Fritter Bread Recipe

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Apple Fritter Bread Recipe

Okay, let me start off by stating this is not a low calorie, low fat recipe.  This is a recipe that I would probably suggest only making once a year because each slice contains about 400 calories (see nutritional facts I did below).  As you hear me state time and time again, Genki Husband has a major sweet tooth in the mornings.  So, occasionally I will make a special sweet breakfast on the weekend that normally I would not make because of the nutritional facts.  If you are brave, you can take a look below…

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Clean Eating Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Recipe

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Clean Eating Chocolate Zucchini Muffins RecipeHave you ever come across a recipe that you really wanted to love since it was healthy and all natural ingredients?  This was the breakfast that hit both of those targets.  We made these to place in the freezer and have as either as either a snack or breakfast item.  Zucchini is still available in our stores, so I figured why not make it this weekend.  Unfortunately they did not come out as we had planned.  We love all the ingredients so we thought these would be a perfect fit.  Genki Husband I knew probably would not like the flavor since it contained only maple syrup which can sometimes get lost as a sweetener with other ingredients in baked items.  For me, I liked the muffins but the texture was a bit off for me.  These are more moist muffins than crumbly, which I prefer.

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Mexican Refried Bean Soup Recipe

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Mexican Refried Bean Soup Vegan Growing up in a small town it was hard to be internationally driven, especially when trying to find things locally.  The small town I grew up in was basically an old-fashioned thinking, so it was not until I was in high school did a foreign restaurant open and it was Chinese.  I believe this restaurant lasted maybe about 1 year?  Right now there are two Chinese “style” restaurant (most of it is American- think steak egg-rolls). Yep, that’s all still today!  There was a Mexican restaurant but it moved out of town after about a year. After high school I went on a binge of testing out different cultures and eating ethnic foods.  When I was young I remember going to the Caribbean Islands and Mexico for vacation but never really tested out too much – but it is where I grew for my love of spicy foods.

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Vegan BLT Sandwich

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Vegan BLT Sandwich RecipeGenki Husband as many of you know used to love bacon.  I on the other hand am one of those people that never really cared for any meat product, so I’ve probably only had it a handful of times in my life.  This last week we purchased a box of pre-made vegan approved Lightlife bacon strips.  Actually the strips looked more like those dog treats “Beggin’ bacon strips” by Purina.  ( Do I know how to sell things or what? LOL)  There is no apparent smell, thank goodness.  Normally one package sells for around $3.69 in our area but since the product is perishable it does go on sale for less.  These pre-made items along with other vegan approved options are available in the produce section, normally near the tofu and salad.

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Gardein Turk’y Cutlet Dinner {Vegan}

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Gardein Turk'y Cutlet Dinner

This last week was super busy once again so we did rely on some super fast frozen items such as Gardein this week.  Normally I would have some dinners available frozen in our freezer but considering we only have one shelf in the freezer and one in the fridge reserved for our items, it does get a bit full before I can make extras.  So, this is the best method for us right now.  By all means though, if you have space available, please make something homemade and just toss it in the oven – it’s healthier and more cost efficient.

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Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Vegan

Who wouldn’t want green cookies?  Following along with all my favorite websites, I found this gem of a cookie recipe that not only contains one of our favorite fats, avocado, but also turns green.  Green!  Can’t you just see these green avocado cookies on a Christmas platter alongside a batch of red velvet cookies?  The color is green but it is not a ‘I might die from the mold kind of green’- rather a festive green.

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Big Vegan Bowl Recipe

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Big Vegan Bowl DinnerLooks like a Buddha Bowl doesn’t it?  It pretty much is but has a few differences – first of all there is no “hippie dust” (aka nutritional yeast).  The original idea for this recipe came from a favorite Canadian vegan website of just about everyone Oh She Glows.  The idea is pretty sound, basically toss in a bunch of vegetables and place on top of a bed of any type of grain.  The original suggested quinoa but in our local area this grain can be very expensive (almost double the normal rate).  So we went back to our steamed Japanese rice for a more reasonably priced dinner.  Of course we made a few changes according to what we can find in our stores and what we had available.

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Weekly Meals: Nov 8-14

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Autumn Inspired Dishes Homemade Vegan Menu

Some weeks just happen to put a little more stress on a person than others, for me it was this last week.  Among other things (I won’t bore you with everything), my personal laptop decided it was tired and would only output the dreaded black screen with a fully functioning cursor to tease me.   So what every almost driven into insanity person would do after yelling a few times, I decided it was time to erase and re-install my operating system.  Thankfully I’m addicted to routine backups so everything was saved but it was just the annoyance of having to reinstall and start from scratch.  Then I remembered my backup software CD’s for my Microsoft Office are located in our storage unit in Virginia still, which we have no access to at this moment.  But when I look back at it, I think it’s just God’s way of stating my life needed a reboot to start from scratch once again to make things better in the long run.  So that meant some comfort food and easy to put together recipes were necessary for my sanity, what was left of it.  So on to the meal photo and recipes below:

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