Menu Planning

Shopping List

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  All of those things.  We took the holidays to just REST.  It was so good.  I missed you.

So, I’ve been working hard to get life back on track. ¬†Cooking, cleaning, planning, drinking coffee. ¬†All the things you do when it’s cold and rainy (and almost snowy — which, by the way, unlike last year I am actually excited for). ¬†So here is what I am making for dinner this week. Seven simple, healthy, and delicious vegetarian dinners that I can’t wait to try.

All our shopping is done. ¬†I spent about $100 for all our groceries for the week. ¬†I can’t wait to dig into these amazing recipes. Have a great week!

LEEK, FENNEL, APPLE + WALNUT SOUP  The First Mess

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This soup is vegan and gluten free while also remaining creamy and satisfying.  The yellow hue is from turmeric, an all-purpose body pick-me-up.  I love the sweetness of fennel and cant wait to devour this soup.

CURRIED CHICKPEA + AVOCADO SALAD SANDWICHES  Love & Lemons

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I love chickpea salad.  But this one is curried and uses avocado instead of mayo. And BASIL!  Heck yes.  Gluten free folks, use your favorite GF bread or serve over a bed of your favorite greens with some veggies.

MUSHROOM MASALA  Cook Republic

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Give me all the Indian food. ¬†Whole mushrooms and a little fenugreek. ¬†If you can’t find fenugreek, just use a tablespoon of curry powder. ¬†It’s a common ingredient. ¬†Gluten free and vegan.

RAINBOW POWER SALAD  Pinch of Yum

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This recipe look beautiful, but I can’t wait to try this pistachio based dressing. ¬†OMG. ¬†And roasted chickpeas. ¬†Gluten free and vegan. ¬†Want something hardier? ¬†Toss in your favorite grain like farro.

POTATO SOUP  Alexandra Cooks

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Simple and creamy with some almost caramelized sweet onions.  Vegans, use unsweetened cashew or almond milk.  Gluten free folks.  Rather than making the roux, warm the milk and add a slurry of corn starch and water (2 Tbsp starch to 1 Tbsp water).  When the milk is pretty warm but not boiling, stir in the slurry.  Allow to come back up to temperature.  Then add to potato mixture.

VEGETARIAN MOUSAKKA  Larder Love

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A spin on a classic greek dish.  Packed with beans and veggies.  Vegans, try topping with some grated daiya cheese or experiment with some vegan yogurt and parm.  Already gluten free.  (P.S. an aubergine is an eggplant)

ONE POT CREAMY SPINACH LENTILS  Pinch of Yum

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Anything hearty and healthy is a win in my book.  Gluten free.  Vegans, use cashew cream in place of the half & half or just skip it.

 

There you go.  A full week of meal ideas from some pretty stellar blogs.  Happy eating!

xoxo

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Menu Planning

Mini Shopping List

Ok, I’ll admit it. ¬†I bit off more than I can chew with the Saturday Shopping List posts I’ve been doing the past few weeks. ¬†I put a lot of intentionality and attention to detail into each list, which is good, but time and energy are key factors needed to keep such a boat a float. ¬†So, I have decided to do a weekly “mini” shopping list (well, not a list really. ¬†Just a bunch¬†of recipes you should make for the week) with a more detailed list once a month. ¬†I have received some wonderful feedback from some of you about these lists. ¬†First, I am immeasurably grateful for you taking the time to share your thoughts. ¬†So helpful and encouraging. Second, I’m glad to know that this has become a really helpful resource for people (which is also¬†very motivating to me).

I will still be updating my Saturday Shopping List board on Pinterest each week.  If you almost always use Pinterest when cooking like I do, this is an easy way to get all your weeks recipes in one place.

I have found some amazing recipes that I think will¬†get you motivated to get into the kitchen a little more. ¬†Without further ado, I give you my “mini” list.

SOUTHWESTERN KALE, SWEET POTATO + QUINOA POWER SALAD  Cookie + Kate

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This salad is really delicious.  I used baby spinach.  Vegans, skip the feta.

HERBY BARLEY AND MUSHROOM SALAD  Bon Appétit

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I recently made this recipe but added roasted butternut squash (OMG!) and tossed it with some arugula and fresh basil.  Vegans, skip the parm.  Use coconut oil for the butter.

FALAFEL WINTER BLISS BOWLS  Pinch of Yum

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Haven’t made this yet. ¬†Making it on Thursday. ¬†Can’t wait. ¬†It has roasted carrots, baked lentil falafel, roasted cauliflower, pistachios and a bunch of healthy goods.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH + BLACK BEAN PITA TOSTADAS  Camille Styles

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Use the other half of your butternut squash to make these sexy babies.  Gluten free folks, just be normal and use corn tortillas.  Vegans, skip the yogurt.

POTATO SALAD WITH ARUGULA AND LENTILS  Yummy Beet

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This is salad is delicious. ¬†But… it’s even better is you roast the potatoes and add some goat cheese. ¬†Just throwing that out there.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH, LEEK, + APPLE SOUP  My New Roots

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Apples and leeks and sqaush? ¬†Oh my! ¬†You really can’t go wrong with that combination. ¬†I can hear my body thanking me now. ¬†Gluten free folk, skip the crouts.

VEGAN WILD MUSHROOM SHEPHERD’S PIE ¬†The Clean Dish

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I picked this recipe for Jazz.  He is my midwest comfort food loving vegetarian husband.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

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Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List // FALL (now with vegan + GF options)

Friends.  I have decided to add a new feature to this Saturday Shopping List series.  Many of the recipes I pick out are gluten free, vegan, or both but not all of them.  So, to cater to those of you who take it a step further, I am adding vegan and gluten free alterations to all recipes as a note under each recipe for every post.  This will also be reflected in the shopping list.  I hope this can make this experience a little more inclusive.

I have been angry about fall, but this week the romance of autumn has swept me up. ¬†Although I’m not excited about the cold, the warm days with crisp mornings and amazing light pouring through a kaleidoscope of changing leaves is just plain hard not to love. ¬†So here you have a weeks worth of dinners, all singing autumn’s praises. ¬†I hope this makes your weeks a little more warm and comforting.

Keep me updated on how your week is going or what recipes you enjoy by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Many of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my ‚ÄúSaturday Shopping List‚ÄĚ board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

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Another delicious looking recipe by Minimalist Baker. ¬†We love pad thai and can’t wait to try this comforting variation. ¬†(Use tamari for soy sauce if you are gluten free. ¬†Already vegan) RECIPE

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I love how I know all recipes from My New Roots are crazy healthy.  Full of color and fresh vegetables, this salad gives all the comfort you need for a cool fall day as well as the vitamins to deal with less sunshine. (use gluten free bread for croutons if GF.  Use coconut oil for ghee if vegan) RECIPE

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Check out this clean and fresh blog, Brooklyn Supper. ¬†I don’t usually love wild rice but this recipe looks so divine. ¬†(already GF. Sub¬†coconut oil for butter and vegan creamer or cashew cream for half & half if vegan) RECIPE

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There is something magical about the combination of sweet potatoes, black beans and avocados.  And the green rice Cookie + Kate came up with looks yummy! (already vegan & gluten free!- unless you throw some feta on top) RECIPE

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A beautifully fragrant and comforting lentil dish by Naturally Ella. ¬†If you don’t have a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, you can always buy the ground versions of the spices and just toast lightly in a pan. ¬†Serve with your favorite grain — I put on the shopping list rice or quinoa. (already vegan & GF!) RECIPE

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This recipe by Green Kitchen Stories looks crazy beautiful. ¬†Like, maybe you’ll want to invite friends over on Thursday night. If you can’t find romesco broccoli you can also use cauliflower or regular broccoli as a substitute. (already vegan & gluten free!) RECIPE

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You will find a lot of these pureed soups on here because they are serious the easiest and fastest meals to make.  And to top it off this one by Feasting at Home is rich & aromatic.  (substitute coconut sugar or maple syrup for brown sugar if vegan & already GF!) RECIPE

 

Happy Saturday folks!!!

xoxo

 

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Life, Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List + Update

Yes.  Saturday Shopping Lists have been mostly the only posts going up on Keeping Willow lately.  Trust me, it was not my intention to turn this blog into a shopping service when I started this series, but as a supplement to already occuring material.  Such is life sometimes. I promise there will be more variety in the future, but for now here is a little update on life at present.

Here in Toronto, education starts early. ¬†Willow started going to preschool about 3 weeks ago, 2 days a week, from 9-3. ¬†She is doing remarkably well. ¬†I promised myself I wouldn’t get all upset when she started. ¬†I broke my promise.

I have been in a constant state of adjustment. ¬†Although I’ve been at a new job for the past 3 months, I am still trying to find new ways to fit my old routines into a my new schedule. When can I fit in a workout, make a new batch of kombucha, write a blog post? It’s been a challenge ¬†Maybe a future blog post?

Jazz just started a new year of grad school as well as a new job. ¬†His increasing interest in the coffee industry has lead him to a job at the best coffee shop in Toronto. ¬†I can’t wait to reap the benefits of this change.

Update over.  Here is your shopping list.

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my ‚ÄúSaturday Shopping List‚ÄĚ board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

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Who doesn’t love ramen? ¬†Add coconut milk and green curry? ¬†Hallelujah! ¬†RECIPE

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Naturally Ella is increasingly becoming my favorite food blog.  Creamy polenta, roasted veg, chick peas, feta and a rustic curry flavor.  Ok! RECIPE

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I love this recipe by My Darling Lemon Thyme.  The ginger and squash combination is genius.  I added tempeh to the mix for a little extra protein (an option I put on the shopping list).  RECIPE

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A Keeping Willow original.  This creamy curry recipe is comforting and packed with flavor.  RECIPE

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A perfect warming soup for a cold fall day by 101 Cookbooks.  Added bonus, packed with everything healthy to give you the extra vitamins you need now that the hours of sunshine is diminishing.  RECIPE

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We make this recipe by Pinch of Yum all the time. ¬†It’s one of Jazz’s favorites. ¬†Skip Chipotle! ¬†This bowl will give you your burrito bowl fix. ¬†RECIPE

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I’m excited to try this creamy vegan bisque by one of my favorite blogs, The First Mess. ¬†Ok, fall isn’t all that bad. ¬†RECIPE

I hope your week is full of good surprises as well as pleasant predictability.  Happy Saturday!

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Saturday Shopping List

You guys it’s fall. ¬†I might be 95% in protest of it, but there is 5% of me that is very excited. ¬†I mean warm fall days, apple cider, pumpkin doughnuts, chai, cinnamon and nutmeg aromas pretty much everywhere… it’s kind of great. ¬†It would be much better if it meant that winter was not close at hand. ¬†And while normally, I am all “Winter is coming!” and “embrace the cold” this year I am not. ¬†This year I wish I lived in Arizona. ¬†But right now, pumpkin and squash and everything nice.

This week is Thanksgiving up here in Canada so there are lots of pumpkin and squash inspired recipes.  Maybe not traditional Thanksgiving fare, even for a vegetarian, but absolutely fall inspired.

This week’s recipes are:
Easy
Quick
Delicious
and with exception of the gnocchi, Healthy (I told you I like to throw one in there as a treat).

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my ‚ÄúSaturday Shopping List‚ÄĚ board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

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I am so in love with Naturally Ella right now. ¬†These tostadas look divine. ¬†I can’t wait to devour them. ¬†RECIPE

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This dish would also make a stellar Sunday brunch.  A stunning display for entertaining friends by Lyndsey Eden. RECIPE

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This salad from To Her Core is divine.  I like to throw some diced tempeh in with the chick peas to add some more protein to the mix.  RECIPE

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Pinch of Yum always puts out amazing recipes, and I can’t wait to try this stir fry recipe. ¬†Since asparagus is out of season, try substituting broccoli or eggplant. RECIPE

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I love corn chowder but this thai inspired version by Half Baked Harvest looks irresistible. Ignore the shrimp and try substituting thin slices or cauliflower. RECIPE

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Pumpkin Chili? ¬†Ok. ¬†This fall inspired lentil chili by Nourish Atelier has the flavor or a curry but can stand on it’s own without rice. ¬†So rich and creamy. ¬†The instructions are a little hard to follow, so forgive me for that. RECIPE

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Last but not least by any means whatsoever, this gnocchi with a rich arugula walnut pest.  Thank you Pinch of Yum and heck yes! RECIPE

 

Happy Saturday friends, and for you Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

xoxo

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