Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why Do I Even TRY?

I showed my husband the proposed menu and grocery list for this coming week, and he walked me over to the fridge opened the door, and pointed out containers of leftovers of 3 of Jeff's SNAP meals. He then opened the freezer to show me a few more. In other words, he's sick of SNAP meals.


Yet he asked me to make a pot of "that delicious tomato soup" today, what he calls Jeff's Longevity Soup.

sigh again

I have no idea what I'm cooking this week. All I know is tonight for dinner I'm eating leftovers of Jeff's Pasta Primavera from Thursday and some soup that's been simmering on the stove all day. As for tomorrow, well, your guess is as good as mine. It could be anything from Mexican Lasagna to Two Bean Mexican Delight to some more leftovers. Stay tuned.


While making up my grocery list for this coming week I was struck by how much more I would be spending to follow those recipes by Mary McDougall compared to the SNAP recipes by Jeff Novick that I've been making these past few months.

Mary uses a lot of little things that I don't usually have on hand, like rice wine vinegar and canned sprouts.

She calls for produce that's deemed exotic in these parts, like bok choy and Napa cabbage. I hit 4 different grocery stores and 2 produce markets yesterday and not one even heard of those last 2 items.

Other times she calls for using items that I've avoided for decades because of their sodium content, like canned red beans and rice (480 mg per 1/2 cup serving) and soy sauce (last time I used the lower sodium stuff my blood pressure shot up to over 200/100 - NOT good!).

Now I remember why I really haven't done many recipes in this book.

So, although I may toss in a recipe or 2 from this book as the month goes on, the main focus of this blog for VeganMoFo will now be Jeff Novick's SNAP recipes. I made out a new grocery list using a handful of those, and it's all available in my main grocery store AND much friendlier to the wallet.
It'll still be a fun month, and introduce some of you to a very knowledgeable and funny guy.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Theme for VeganMoFo 2010

Get the drum roll ready, for I'm about to announce the theme this blog will follow for the PPK's VeganMoFo 2010!

Are you EXCITED?

Are you READY?

Here it is . . .

The theme for 2010 will be . . .

The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less

Here is the official page for the book on the McDougall web site.

Here is the Amazon page, where you can "look inside" the book.

And here is the page where you can sometimes find the book as low as a buck plus shipping.

I've owned this book since it was first published, buying it the day it was released. I like it, but really haven't used it as much as I would like, thanks to a family that loves repetition and prefers to eat the same meals week after week without deviation.

Well, next month I'm going to shake them up a little! I'm still going to follow our basic menu plan:
Sunday - burgers
Monday - anything goes (Chili, stew, baked tofu, etc. My choice)
Tuesday - rice and veggies
Wednesday - potatoes
Thursday - pasta
Friday - pizza
Saturday - pasta

but mix it up a little. On Sundays, instead of a veggie burger or leftovers for me and turkey burgers for them, I'll be making various other sandwiches.

Tuesday's veggies and rice will no longer be accompanied with just soy sauce and the occasional fried tofu or TVP.

Wednesday's hash brown meal for the guys was a spin on Clara Cannuciari's Poorman's Meal.

It's either plain hash browns with nooch or a leftover
McDougall meals day for me of. Now I'll do other, healthier, things to the hash browns.

Thursday and Saturday have been pasta days for decades. My picky son always insisted on plain old Ragu sauce on his, so after the pasta cooked I would put his in another pot and add the sauce and to ours I would add McDougall friendly additives. These meals are sometimes accompanied by crusty Italian bread, sometimes made with white or semolina flour from the bakery, sometimes home made with white whole wheat flour and oodles of garlic. Now this tradition will continue!

And every Friday will continue to be pizza day. If you look back to last year's VeganMoFo posts you'll see I always had pizza on Fridays, and it was always the same old whole wheat crust, tomato sauce, and some kind of cheezy topping (real mozzarella on my son's). Luckily Mary McDougall has 4 pizza recipes in this cookbook and my husband says he'll eat anything I put in front of him when it comes to pizza. Let's see if he still feels this way when the pizza contains pineapple! LOL

So, I already have my list of recipes I'll be using and still have to type them all up in MasterCook, because except for one or 2 I haven't tried any of these recipes yet. That's the purpose of this challenge, to try new recipes, right? Besides posting them here in this blog I'll also try get them on my Recipes Used in VeggieSue's Veggie Adventures Blog page, plus on the two McDougall groups on , McDougall 12 Day and McDougall Weight Loss Plans, where we discuss how well (or not) our quest for thinness is going. Why not join us in either of those 2 lists for more McDougall talk when VeganMoFo is over? Or now. We're always looking for fresh blood. :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Post Punk Kitchen Forums

The PPK has finally moved to their new home! It's been more than a year since the move was first announced, and finally last week they made the official move. It's a so much nicer format than the old forums, so stop by, re-register, if you belonged to the old forums, and jump right in.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeff Novick's DVDs

I can't believe it's been 10 months since I last posted here! Sorry about that, but I'll be posting more frequently in the near future - promise!

Today I want to remind all the McDougallers out there about Jeff Novick and his DVD collections. He has lectures ranging from nutritional density of foods to his latest, Fast Food, which is all recipes using his SNAP format - Simple, Nutritious, and Affordable Plan. All these meals come together in just a few minutes and are ready to serve in 10 to 15.

I've been making the large batches of these meals for a number of months now and my husband and I love them. It helps that we both love tomato-based dishes, though, because canned (Or boxed, as in Pomi brand) are the base of every recipe. I kind of stopped making them so often but since the new DVD arrived Friday I've made 3 of the meals already and plan on the Mexican Fiesta for tonight's dinner.

As Jeff promises, these meals are quite tasty, make a lot of food, and are very economical!

Now stay tuned for posts regarding VeganMoFo 2010.