Cauliflower Buffalo Wings & Engine 2 Menu Planning

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Screen shot of Michelle Cehn’s Cauliflower Buffalo Wing recipe on YouTube.

Our Super Bowl Cauliflower Buffalo Wings were a huge success! So tasty too! We did not expect to like them. You wouldn’t believe the nose wrinkles we suffered as they were being made, but they were so delicious! We used Michelle Cehn’s Cauliflower Buffalo Wing Recipe for the “wings” along with Fat Free Vegan’s Hidden Cashew Ranch Dressing. Yum!

It has been 12 long years of trying to eat a strictly a whole foods, plant based diet. (We follow the guidelines recommended by Dr. McDougall.) I willingly gave up many foods, but there were certain foods I was hanging on to as if my life depended on it. Things like coffee creamer, chicken (once in a while), sweet breads, and cheese! Who doesn’t love cheese?

In an effort to make sure we are eating as “clean” as possible we have decided to accept Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Challenge. The reason being was his guidelines for eating are very similar to Dr. McDougall’s. Plus, his book, The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds, simplified so much for us that we finally feel we have had our training wheels removed!

Here is our Engine 2 Challenge Menu for the week. I have made one substitution and may make some more. We have tried a few of the meals on this menu and they taste wonderful and are quite filling!

Weekly Menu Planner by MyHeartsNCrafts.com

Wk of 02.02.15 Breakfast Lunch Dinner
MON Oatmeal w/Fruit Mixing Bowl Salad Black Bean Extravaganza
TUES Rip’s Big Bowl w/Fruit Black Bean Extravaganza Italian Garbanzo Stew over Brown Rice
WED Ezekiel Bread Toast w/apple slices & nut butter Mixing Bowl Salad Roasted vegetable mix & quinoa w/white beans
THUR Zeb’s Waffles Mashed chickpeas/onion/garlic/chopped celery/tomato slices/cucumber on whole grain bread Brown Rice/Cubed Tofu (pan fried in broth)/Shredded kale/Broccoli w/5 spice seasoning
FRI Rip’s Big Bowl Cereal w/fruit Mixing Bowl Salad Mac Not Cheese w/added greens
SAT Ezekiel Bread Toast w/apple slices & nut butter Leftovers: Mac Not Cheese w/side salad Sweet Potato Bowl
SUN Blueberry Spelt Pancakes w/fruit Mixing Bowl Salad Black eyed peas/collard greens and brown rice/BBQ sauce

Snacks: Popcorn, w/Braggs liquid aminos and nutritional yeast flakes, fruits, vegetables, homemade fat free corn tortilla chips w/salsa, baked potatoes w/fat free toppings.

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

I was somewhat rushed in my menu planning this week but here it is. I tried to keep it very simple. We are vegetarian most of the time but we are not opposed to meat. We often eat salads and veggies with dinner but I didn’t put it on the menu. I had to carry over several meals from last week since our menu was jostled around a bit. We never even got around to eating dessert last week!

Menu Plan Monday 2012.10.15

If you see a meal you’d like to try then please leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Please visit some of my friends over at menu Plan Monday for creative menu planning ideas. Have a great week!

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Monday already?

“Just once, I would like to wake up, turn on the news, and hear…’Monday has been canceled, go back to sleep.’” ~Unknown

Good Monday Morning, Friends! Konichiwa! I’m so glad to be back to blogging again! I’m sad to say I lost everything from my old blog. No worries though. Losing it all just means I can start all things new again! Even the name and new URL! So please pardon the dust as I work hard bumble along and try to whip this blog into shape once again! :)

I’m especially glad to be back to menu planning. Menu planning is essential in this house. Everything is in chaos and filled with unhappiness unless my family is assured I have a plan for feeding us. I’m your typical Sidetracked Home Executive and they know me all too well!

Our family eats mostly whole foods/vegetarian diet. We are not trying to make any type of statement, it’s strictly for the health benefit. We feel much better when we eat healthy. We have to eat chicken at least once a week to appease the meat-a-saurs in the family, though. Hey, I’m simply ecstatic my family is willing to try and be mostly vegetarian because they have seen the results! My kids (dd19, ds soon-to-be-9) love veggies so we eat plenty of raw fruits and veggies around here.

I have been “McDougalling” off and on for about 10 years. Dr. McDougall prescribes a no fat/very low fat, vegan diet. Ten years ago I lost 30 pounds, in about a month, with strict McDougalling. Three months after I started the McDougall way of life I found myself to be pregnant after a 9 year struggle of secondary infertility! It’s been 9 years since and my little bonus blessing is an ever-present testimony that McDougalling helps to eliminate health problems. Praise God!

I’ve now gotten to where I add some bread, eggs, cheese, and a little fat here and there since my family would rebel if I didn’t. I try to eat as McDougall as possible but it sure is tough when there are wonderful aromas like fresh baked bread or apple dumplings permeating the house!

Have a great week! And remember…“Fish are friends, not food!” ;) Adios!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday
B: Boiled Eggs, Toast, Grapes & OJ
L: Turkey Sandwich w/Baked Chili Cheese Fries
D: Mexican Pizza, Apple Dumplings (The Pioneer Woman…these are so awesome!)
Snacks: Yogurt, Tortilla Chips, Veggie Tray

Tuesday
B: Banana Bread Muffins
L: Spicy African Yam Soup w/Bread Roll
D: Spicy Black Eyed Peas & Rice w/Zucchini Boats
Snacks: Garbanzo “Nuts”, PB&J, Veggie Tray

Wednesday
B: Baked Potato
L: Pasta Salad
D: Italian Garbanzo Stew w/Salad, Red Raspberry Sherbert
Snacks: Banana Bread Muffins, Popcorn, Veggie Tray

Thursday
B: Oatmeal
L: Zucchini Boats (It’s like a French Bread style “Pizza” to us!)
D: Frito Pie w/Vegetarian Three Bean Chili
Snacks: Sweet Potato Chips (spicy), Cheese & Crackers, Veggie Tray

Friday
B: Waffles
L: Baked Potato & Salad
D: Spaghetti w/Garlic Bread sticks  & Black Bean Brownies
Snacks: Yogurt, Fritos, Veggie Tray

Saturday
B: Potato Burrito
L: Turkey Wraps
D: Leftover Chili w/Golden Cornmeal Bread
Snacks: Leftovers, Veggie Tray

Sunday
B: Addictive Pumpkin Muffins
L: Chicken Noodle Soup, Salad & Roll
D: French Toast
Snacks: Leftovers, Veggie Tray