The “Meatless Meals” portion of this post is sponsored by Foodie.com.
We’re back from our vacation but the last thing I feel is totally rested and ready to go for the week. Disney parks are no joke, y’all. That’s some serious cardio, especially when you add in running around trying to make sure your kid gets a chance to do literally every single thing with a long line. Leave it to my child to enjoy all of the random things more. Most popular kids rides? Eh, no big deal. Forcing Stitch to try his snacks? Best freaking part of the day.
That’s basically the Disney equivalent of buying your kid a fancy new toy and then watching him play for four hours in the box it came in. Don’t kids know they are supposed to like the things we want them to like? So rude.
Anyway, I’m truly beat. I haven’t been this tired in a long time. I don’t even have the energy to type of a recap of the trip, much less get my house and life in order. I need to do so much laundry that I’m scared I won’t have anything to wear tomorrow, and I don’t even want to think about the fact that I have zero clue where anything I own is right now. The one thing I was actually able to accomplish was throwing together a meal plan for the rest of the week. I wanted to get that over with tonight so that I can grab everything we need after work tomorrow.
Here’s the problem, though: after traveling and eating what he calls “real” food all weekend, my husband is going to want meat. I hate cooking it, which is why I rarely ever do. I offered up a compromised, which seemed to solve the problem fairly easily. I just have to make all of his favorite “meaty” meatless meals. Things like buffalo “chicken” salads, vegetarian lasagna, black bean tacos, and veggie burgers top the list.
I feel like I’m in such a weird predicament when it comes to meal planning, because I don’t want to make separate meals for us just because I don’t always eat the same things he does. Finding stuff that works for both of us is key. Sometimes that means being extremely creative and other times that means using the old Google machine. I’ve compiled a list of a few of our go-to meatless meals plus a few extras I found recently for some meatless inspiration. Hopefully you can find a new favorite, too.
One of our absolute favorite meatless meals from that list is buffalo “chicken” added to salads, wraps, or on its own. I typically always have a pack of MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik Patties on hand. Bake ’em, chop ’em up, and you’re ready to go. Well, I slather them in even more buffalo sauce but you get the point. In a pinch, I can pull together a meatless-yet-meaty meal that we’ll both eat. I consider that a huge win, especially since it’s such an easy fix.
I better go to bed now, y’all. The toddler slept terribly last night (way too much excitement lately!) and I’m terrified that it will happen again. I’ll be back tomorrow to actually recap the trip. It was a blast, so I don’t want to leave it undocumented since this is basically a glorified diary. 😉 See you later!
Question: What is your favorite “meaty” meatless meal? Do you make it for yourself or to appease a certain carnivore in your life? I need to know these things because I’m nosy like that.