I’m getting a little taste of terrible twos over here these past few days and I DON’T LIKE IT. Yesterday there was a tantrum as we were leaving daycare because Remy wanted to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and my promises to read it as soon as we got home were not sufficient. So she screamed “caterpillar” down the hallway, out the daycare door, and for the entire walk home. Then when we got home, she totally forgot about wanting to read and wanted to play trains, but then she got mad at me because I couldn’t intuit which track she wanted me to put her trains on after she handed them to me. Part of it is funny because she gets mad over such ridiculous things, but it’s also maddening!

Please send all your tantrum tips my way.

And wine.

I go back onto an inpatient rotation this week, which means doing LOTS of meal prep over the weekend so that we don’t end up eating takeout every night. This week’s meal healthy vegetarian meal plan has some of my favorites! There’s a hearty one-pot red lentil stew, one of my favorite veggie-filled baked ziti recipes, spring-is-in-the-air green goddess bowls, Thai fried rice, and a roasted sweet potato and bean salad.

Happy eating!

Sunday

One-Pot Red Lentil Stew from Making Thyme for Health

Prep Ahead Tip: Sweet potato can be roasted up to 2 days in advance. Cashew coconut lime cream can also be prepared a few days in advance.

Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

 

 

Monday

Baked Ziti with Roasted Red Peppers, Baby Kale, and Ricotta from Eats Well With Others

Prep Ahead Tip: The baked ziti can actually be baked off ahead of time (over the weekend!) and then rewarmed in the oven for 10 minutes when ready to serve.

Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: To make this vegan, replace the butter with more olive oil and replace the heavy cream, ricotta, and mozzarella with your favorite vegan substitutes. Use gluten free pasta to make it gluten free.

Baked Ziti with Roasted Red Peppers, Baby Kale, and Ricotta from Eats Well With Others

 

 

Tuesday

Spring Green Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Dressing from The Roasted Root

Prep Ahead Tip: The rice can be cooked up to 3 days ahead of time. The vegetables can be roasted 2 days in advance, and the dressing can be prepared 2 days in advance

Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is already vegan and gluten free.

Spring Green Buddha Bowls with Green Goddess Dressing from The Roasted Root

 

Wednesday

Thai Quinoa Fried Rice from Hummusapien

Prep Ahead Tip: Yogurt sauce can be prepared up to 3 days in advance.

Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

Thai Quinoa Fried Rice from Hummusapien



Thursday

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranate, Black Beans and Avocado from She Likes Food

Prep Ahead Tip: Salad doesn’t take long to make at all!

Vegan/Gluten-free Substitutions: Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranate, Black Beans and Avocado from She Likes Food

 

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3 Responses to Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan – 3.24.18

  1. Kaitlyn says:

    I have found Janet Lansbury so helpful for advice on dealing with tantrums and other difficult toddler behaviors. She has a website and also a podcast called “Unruffled” that is awesome. Here is one of her articles I found helpful: http://www.janetlansbury.com/2012/11/tantrums-and-meltdowns-my-secret-for-staying-calm-when-my-kids-arent/

  2. Kate says:

    I find sneakers are the best for those situations, because the only answer is to move quickly as you carry the screaming child out to the car.

  3. I don’t have solutions to offer, but a tip I found helpful from my fav daycare teacher was to have littles put something where it goes, when they aren’t likely to hand it over to you. Mine never wanted to stop playing when I picked him up. I don’t know if it always helps, but I vocalize that “calm people solve problems” and I take a deep breath with my 3 yr old. It makes me calmer and helps him as he learned words for what he was upset about. I guess I don’t have as much passion about anything to get hysterical that somebody did something I wanted to do myself (said as a toddler).

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