Sunday, January 27, 2013

So long, January.....

Well, January is coming to an end. I am happy to say, we are sticking to our goals splendidly.  We have spent no more than $60 a week on groceries, and spent $95 at Costco this month.  That kept us under the $100 a month at Costco goal.

For dinner Monday night, I made samosas with a cranberry chutney, chana masala over basmati rice, and roasted cauliflower, and broccoli from the garden.  It was tasty, and delicious.

Chana Masala, samosas, and lovely veggies

Here is our chana masala recipe if you are interested.  Simple and tasty.
Chana Masala
1/3c onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1T curry powder
1t garam masala
1/2t salt
1/2t crushed red pepper flakes
1t red wine vinegar
2c cooked chickpeas
1 1/2c crushed tomatoes
oil (for sauteeing)

optional add ins: cubed potatoes, fresh greens

Saute the onion, and garlic in the oil until tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer on low until heated through. Serve over rice.

For dinner Tuesday night, I made shepherd's pie.  It was so tasty, and comforting.  Mmmm.  I filled it with spicy vegan sausage, carrots, garden fresh greens, and herbs, brown lentils, splitpeas, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and a splash of tamari. And you can't beat leftover shepherd's pie.  It is even better the next day.

Shepherd's Pie

Good Shepherd’s” Pie
olive oil
1small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 handfuls fresh spinach
2 large carrots, sliced
1tomato, diced
1c corn
5 basil leaves, chopped
1c cooked red lentils
1c cooked split peas
1c vegan sausage, chopped or burger crumbles
1T tamari
1/2t ground black pepper
1/2t salt

3large potatoes, washed &chopped
1 small container plain soy yogurt
2T soy margarine
1-2c vegetable broth (as needed)
salt (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in a little oil. Saute over medium heat for a couple of minutes, add the carrots, tomato, corn, spinach, and basil leaves. Gently stir while sautéing. Once the onion is translucent and the spinach starts to wilt, add the red lentils, split peas, sausage, and spices. Gently stir into the mix. Making sure everything is combined. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased casserole dish or 8X8 baking pan. In a pot, boil the potatoes in water until tender. Drain. Add the yogurt and margarine. If the potatoes seem dry, add vegetable broth until they reach a desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread the potatoes over the top of the vegetable mix. Gently smoothing out evenly with a spatula. Bake in the oven 20-25 minutes.

Wednesday is usually family trip to the library.  We ate leftovers so we could spend some time at the library before the boys had to go to bed.  We always check out a ton of books.  One book I checked out, that I am looking forward to trying is the Candle Cafe cookbook. 

Thursday evening, we had our black bean burger recipe on homemade buns, with a side of oven roasted fries.  It was so good.  I made extra burgers to freeze. 

Black bean burger

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

1 1/2c cooked black beans

1/2c white mushrooms

1/2c spinach

3 cloves garlic

1 medium carrot

1/4c cilantro

2T water*

2T ketchup

2T soy sauce

1T olive oil

1/2c bread crumbs

1/2c vital wheat gluten

1/4 c nutritional yeast

1t cumin

1/2t chili powder

1/2t pepper

1/2t salt

Process all of the ingredients in a food processor. Lightly wet your hands, and flatten and form into patties. In a skillet, fry in a little oil on low-medium heat until crispy on both sides. You can also bake the patties in the oven. Enjoy Yield: 6-8 patties *Add another tablespoon or 2 if the mix seems to dry.

Friday night, we had veggie tacos with a side of refried pinto beans.  The tacos had garden greens, carrots, mushrooms, and pattypan squash along with spices, nutritional yeast sauce, and fresh avocado slices.  They were quite tasty.  The boys had refried beans, and cheezy quesadillas.

Saturday, Josh had to work, so the boys and I had leftovers, and worked in the garden a bit.  Speaking of garden, the winter weather feels more like spring.  I harvested some more peas, a lovely head of cauliflower, and a lovely head of broccoli.  Our broccoli plant is still producing.

One plant is producing three heads of broccoli.

One cauliflower plant is producing two heads.  It is great.

Sunday we planted eggplant seeds.  Two different kinds, black beauty, and Asian eggplant. I can't believe spring is a little over a month and a half away.

I went grocery shopping yesterday, the total for the week:   $49.43.  Yay!  That averages to $1.76 each day per person.

Hope you have a lovely evening.

peas and love,
Krys and the boys


  1. Thanks for the recipes! Your meals always sound tasty, so it's great to see if I can duplicate them.

    1. Thanks, Jacqui. Hope you like them.

  2. Your food looks so good! How many servings is the Chana Masala recipe?

  3. Everything looks awesome! I'm LOVING your blog! Mind if I link up and visit often? Swing by my place and let me know :)

    1. I would love to link up. Thanks for the kind words. x