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#1 Old 11-22-2010, 09:58 PM
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My school has a healthy lunch program that is all organic, local etc. I had been getting them and then cut back due to finances and some difficulties with them being able to meet my allergy needs. And I was foundering with what to cook, bored sick with all the food in my house. Then it occurred to just copy their menu but with a few substitutions; a lot of this if tofu or legumes of some kind with a sauce, and there are so many jarred sauces now that it's super-easy to get a large variety. So what I did was plan out lunches and breakfasts based on other things and steal their meal plan for the dinners Here is my planned month of healthy eating based on their menu (with their lunch as my dinner and substitutions on days they have bready things). What do you think?
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#2 Old 11-22-2010, 11:05 PM
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Sounds wonderful! Although I must say I would be hungry after the lunches.....
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#3 Old 11-23-2010, 02:44 PM
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Sounds good....I love dishes and meals based on tofu and/or beans. Just wonder if this is enough food for the day....and canned soup can be high in sodium.

Just a few caveats: Make a pot of soup over the weekend and eat that through out the week. Or make a several different kinds over the course of the month and freeze in individual portions. This will be cheaper and even healthier.

Use regular oatmeal instead of instant. Again cheaper and definitely healthier. I like to make mine with soy milk instead of water. Then to the hot cooked oatmeal I add frozen blueberries and chopped walnuts with a splash of soy milk. I never add sugar to my oatmeal. You would be surprised how quickly you can adapt to cereal, oatmeal, tea, etc. without sugar.

Good for you for eating healthy. One of the things I love best about a veg*n diet is how it keeps me mindful of what I eat and encourages me to try new things. Obviously a veg*n or vegetari*n diet often precludes incorporating fast food on a regular basis.

Good Luck!
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#4 Old 11-24-2010, 10:45 AM
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Question - are you actually cooking all those dinners based on the school lunch menu, or are you saying you'll bring the school lunch home to eat for dinner?
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#5 Old 11-25-2010, 06:40 PM
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Bit of both. Some days, I will be cooking because I have made a substitution for a school lunch I don't want But if the lunch of the day is something I'll eat, I will get it from them because we get it heavily subsidized so it's inexpensive for me.
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#6 Old 11-26-2010, 05:38 AM
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Sounds good and I just hope I could religiously follow your steps in this.
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#7 Old 11-29-2010, 11:00 AM
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Sounds fine - I would just caution against trying too many new recipes at once. I only try new recipes once a week at most because trying something new takes a lot more effort than a "tried and true" recipe, and the results might be disappointing.
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