Hi I'm planning to change back to being vegan over the next few months but I need to come up with some kind of food plan - basically, the problem is that my husband and four children all eat meat, dairy, etc. and I'll be the only one who isn't.
I think that over time their diet may change slightly with a little meat, etc. but I'm not pressuring anyone into changing their diet because what they eat is their choice as much as my diet is my choice
That gives me a big problem - I'm going to end up cooking 3 different meals every night! (And no doubt, 3 different lunches, etc. too) Last time I tried having a vegan diet since I met my hubby I gave up partly because it's my meal I cook last and some nights I was just too knackered to bother and it was easier to fit in with everyone else.
Basically, the idea I've come up with is to do a bit of batch cooking - ie. cook meaty shepherd's pies, lasagne, pies, etc. and freeze them in portions and to cook up a load of vegan versions and freeze them in portions. If I can set aside a day a week for batch cooking, in theory that should provide most of the food for the week for everyone. Does that sound feasible? Where this day a week will miraculously come from I have no idea! I don't have any time as it is but I'll try to find it from somewhere.
What I'm looking for is ideas for freezable meals - here's what I have so far:
Lentil Shepherd's pie
Lentil bolognese sauce
Spicy bean stew (& vegan dumplings?)
Some kind of bean-based lasagne (need a vegan alternative for the cheese sauce though)
Vegetable hotpot (excellent recipe - I'll post it soon)
All other ideas appreciated