One Week of Vegetarian Dinners

Jun 27, 2016 | 4 comments

This past Saturday was a pretty crummy day for me. I woke up in the middle of the night to discover than my very unwelcome monthly visitor had arrived (a week early!) which made me want to do nothing more than crawl back in my bed and hide away from the world. It was just another glaring reminder that for yet one more month we aren’t expecting the little one we want so badly. I basically cried myself back to sleep at 4am and didn’t get up to face the world until noon. No shame…that’s what I do now on the days I can get away with it. Some days I feel like I can put on a brave face and other days I just plead with the world to leave me alone so I can be sad over the baby we can’t seem to have. 

While I finally did force myself to get out of bed I didn’t get much accomplished. I didn’t do any of my weekend chores and I had zero interest in leaving the house. When it came time for dinner I found myself staring blankly in to my refrigerator and cabinets with no idea of what to make. I didn’t feel like going out and ordering delivery to our apartment is such a pain that I knew I was cooking, although I had no idea what to make. I eventually settled on broccoli cakes and a veggie couscous. That all sounds fine and well until I admit that they were Dr. Praeger’s frozen broccoli cakes and I’m not even sure what company made the bag of frozen veggie couscous. I just tossed them in a saute pan, waited 8 minutes, then called it dinner.

That made me want to cry all over again.

I remember once being in love with cooking. Once upon a time I would have made my own fresh broccoli cakes and veggie couscous salad. I can blame anything I want. I can say it is because I was hormonal, or because I’m tired, or because I work hard and deserve a day off but I know that it’s really all because I’m depressed over our infertility struggle and I’m allowing myself to wallow in my sadness. I’m trying really hard to get over it and not dwell so I ended up spending all of Sunday focusing on developing a menu plan for the week ahead to try to keep my mind distracted and reawaken a love of cooking. 

This is what my vegetarian menu plan for this week looks like…

Oh, and because we don’t have children I don’t worry about planning breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is always a banana and a protein shake. Lunch is always a veggie salad or out with work people. 

Monday – Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers and Carrots with Herbs de Provence

Tuesday – Oven-Baked Buffalo Cauliflower and Sweet & Tangy Coleslaw

Wednesday – Spinach Quinoa Patties and Asparagus, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Thursday – Tofu Tacos w/ Mango Salsa and Crisp Corn Salad

Friday – Skinny Avocado Pizza 

One week of vegetarian dinners

I’m hoping this helps reignite my love of cooking. Everything sounds so good and I’m actually feeling excited about the week ahead. If you want more veggie recipes you can follow me on Pinterest. I pin tons of delicious vegetarian recipes. 

I hope you try at least one or two of them out. I’ve made the oven-baked buffalo cauliflower before and it’s delicious! I don’t usually like cauliflower but that recipe I love. If you have any favorite vegetarian recipes I’d love it if you shared them with me on Pinterest or linked to them in the comments below.

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