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Weekly Meal Plan + 3-Ingredient Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry Recipe

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So… remember when I said that I was going to start posting my weekly meal plans more frequently?  Yyyeah, so that has not really happened, huh?  I did pretty well during the months of March and April and then… nothing.

Now I am going to attempt to redeem myself and get back on track.  Even though I do not always share them, I almost always have a weekly meal plan.  Some weeks are more exciting than others, but they almost always have a pretty good deal of variety and a new recipe or two to try <– that is the most exciting part for me!

For this week’s meal plan, I tried to focus on meals that I could prepare ahead of time or that would be rather simple to make on a work night.  I am prepping up for a big vacation to Colorado on Saturday and know that I will be busy with work, packing, and last-minute blogging.  This is definitely one of the most important parts about meal planning.  Having a meal plan that requires a lot of effort during a super busy week is definitely not ideal.  Hmm, maybe I should do a post about how to meal plan?  I suppose it is somewhat of an art!

But that is a whole other post.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Weekly Meal Plan: Monday, June 9th to Sunday, June 15th

Lunches

Monday: Sweet and Sour Lentils over Brown Rice (recipe to come)
Tuesday: Mulligatawny Soup (future Friday Foodie Favorites post)
Wednesday: Mulligatawny Soup
Thursday: Hoppin’ John (future Friday Foodie Favorites post)
Friday: Veggie/hummus Wrap + Salad
Saturday: Lunch on the drive to Colorado- possibly Subway?
Sunday: Brunch in Denver

Dinners

Monday: Quinoa + Veggies + Baked Potato
Tuesday: Dinner with friends at Kitchen Table
Wednesday: Hoppin’ John
Thursday: Avocado/Tomato Bagel Sandwich
Friday: Avocado/Tomato Bagel Sandwich
Saturday: Dinner in Denver
Sunday: Dinner in Denver

And now, because I cannot just leave you with a meal plan, how about I share my current favorite beyond-easy dinner?

quinoa stirfry 23-Ingredient Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Serves: 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup red quinoa, dry
1 cup water or vegetable broth (P.S. This doesn’t count as an ingredient!)
16 oz package of frozen Italian blend vegetables*
1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

*The blend I purchased included broccoli, onions, carrots, snow peas, kidney beans, white beans, and chickpeas.  I love that it contained both vegetables and beans for and extra punch of protein.

Directions

1. Cook quinoa and vegetable broth according to package directions.  Set aside.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, cook the vegetables in a medium sauce pan according to package directions.

3. Once the vegetables are cooked, lower the heat to medium-low and drain any remaining water.

4. Stir in the cooked quinoa and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until all ingredients are warm.

quinoa stirfryI told you it was simple and easy!  It is also extremely delicious.  A win-win for sure!

What are you favorite quick and easy dinner recipes?

Who has recommendations for veg-friendly restaurants in Denver?

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  • Marie @ Little Kitchie June 9, 2014, 6:39 am
    Love this simple summer dish! Marie @ Little Kitchie recently posted...toasted pecan & blueberry orzo saladMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 11:57 am
      Thank you, Marie! It is definitely super simple and SO easy to make, which is perfect for busy Summertime evenings!
  • Jessie June 9, 2014, 6:55 am
    Making this quinoa dish TONIGHT. Will let you know how it turns out :) Jessie recently posted...MIMM: Pinterest PinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 11:59 am
      Ahh, that's awesome Jessie!! Yes, let me know what you think!
  • CARLA June 9, 2014, 7:40 am
    CHILD SAYS EW. mama sayeth YUM!!! CARLA recently posted...The secret of my success.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 12:03 pm
      Haha! Well hopefully someday the child will say YUM too!! ;)
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie June 9, 2014, 8:22 am
    Ummm this looks AMAZING!! Cooking date at my place? :D Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...Tarzan, Snapchat, Rick Springfield, and Arts FestMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 12:03 pm
      I am ALWAYS up for a cooking date!! ;)
  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. June 9, 2014, 8:45 am
    My "fried rice" quinoa is usually my go-to for simple, but nutritious, meals! :) Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. recently posted...Still Got It. But Not Really.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 12:04 pm
      Yes! I LOVE making "fried rice" with quinoa. It has been forever since I have made it though. Thank you for the reminder! :)
  • Allison June 9, 2014, 8:57 am
    Loving stir fries lately! I've been making them like crazy. This looks super fresh and filling but not heavy. Perfect for the warmer weather! Allison recently posted...Buddha's Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 9, 2014, 12:05 pm
      That is a wonderful way to describe this dish, Allison. Delicious, filling, nutritious, but not TOO MUCH for the hot months.
  • Laura @ Raise Your Garden June 9, 2014, 12:19 pm
    Love stir-frys as well. It's great to load up on the veggies, throw in some chicken and never forget that cashews for that needed "crunch" yay!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 2:56 pm
      I LOVE adding cashews or peanuts to my stir-fries too! I need to remember to do that more often!
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes June 9, 2014, 12:49 pm
    I am all about stir fries in the summer. I've never had liquid aminos - what does that taste like?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 2:58 pm
      I really like it. It is VERY similar to soy sauce but less salty. I think I actually prefer it over soy sauce.
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes June 9, 2014, 2:18 pm
    Love the meal plan!! Stir fry is my favorite this time of year... Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes recently posted...Tandoori Chicken Burgers + a GIVEAWAY!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 3:02 pm
      I really love it too. It is SO easy to throw together so it is perfect for the nights when I would really just rather be outside!
  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon June 9, 2014, 3:58 pm
    I would love to meet up for coffee or a vegan Voodoo doughnut while you're here :) Let me know if you have some free time- feel free to just shoot me an email (uproot from oregon @ gmail) to swap numbers. Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted...Banana Walnut MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 3:05 pm
      Sent you an e-mail!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 10, 2014, 9:21 am
    i need some inspiration on meal planning friend. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...Double Chocolate Banana BreadMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 3:06 pm
      Well hopefully you will find some good inspiration here! :)

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