Menu Plan Monday: Buckwheat, Beet, and Citrus Salad, Soba Noodles with Bok Choy, Lentil Tamarind Barbecue Burgers, and More

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope your weeks are off to a good start. I’m finally back in the swing of things with menu plan Monday brainstorming, which feels nice after all of the holiday upheaval.

This week, I’m focusing on grains other than quinoa (last week was sort of a quinoa parade, albeit a delicious one), and I’m whipping up a batch of the lentil tamarind burgers I made last year as part of a collaboration with the US Dried Pea and Lentil Council. 2016 has been named the International Year of Pulses by the UN, and you can expect quite a few more pulse recipes here on the blog to celebrate in the coming months.


Another highlight for the coming week is my buckwheat, beet, and citrus salad with crumbled sunflower feta. This is a perfect dish for winter, and buckwheat tends to be underutilized in my kitchen, which means that I welcome a chance to use it. I love how the grain’s earthy, nutty flavor contrasts with the sweet beets and tangy orange sections in this salad, and the sunflower feta is handy to keep around for use in other recipes through the week.

Menu Plan Monday

Here’s the plan.


●Pot cooked buckwheat
●Pot cooked brown lentils
●Pot cooked brown rice
Lemon hemp dressing


Yam and peanut stew with kale (a recipe that’s on the Food52 site and in Food52 Vegan)
Buckwheat, beet, and citrus salad with crumbled sunflower “feta”
●Soba noodles with bok choy, edamame, and miso sesame sauce (this recipe exactly, but using soba noodles in place of adzuki bean noodles)
Lentil Tamarind Burgers


Menu Plan

Sunday/Monday: Yam and peanut stew with kale | Toast | Big green salad with lemon hemp dressing

Tuesday: Buckwheat, beet, and citrus salad with crumbled sunflower feta | Green bean and walnut salad with red wine vinaigrette

Wednesday: Buckwheat, beet, and citrus salad leftovers | Steamed broccoli with lemon hemp dressing for dipping

Thursday: Lentil tamarind burgers | Brown rice pilaf | Salad with red wine vinaigrette

Friday: Dinner out with friends

Saturday: Leftover lentil tamarind burgers, brown rice pilaf, and sunflower feta, turned into a giant dinner salad with veggie odds and ends, greens, and lemon hemp dressing


Turning our various grain + bean leftovers into dinner salads on Saturday night is something Steven and I often like to do, throwing in whatever vegetable scraps are lying around at that point in the week (I usually do my grocery haul on Saturday or Sunday morning). It’s a nice way to make a cohesive meal out of various bits and pieces, and it’s also easy for me to prepare. I’m excited about what’s on the menu this week, and especially craving the buckwheat now that I’ve cooked up a big pot!

I’m also excited to return to the blog tomorrow and share one of my favorite household staple recipes: my go-to formula for lemon pepper baked tempeh cubes, and a delicious, nourishing bowl that you can use them in. On Thursday, I’ll be reviewing an innovative new cooking oil, and sharing a tasty vegan pasta recipe to go with it. Hope you’ll tune in, and for now, I wish you a good start to the week!


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  1. Thank you for sharing your meal plans – always very inspiring! I recently got your cookbook, and have made a few recipes so far (date-nut bread, eggplant tajine, corn chowder) and have been impressed by them all. Which one would you recommend I try next?

    • Hi Marie! I’m so happy you like the book so far — that’s really lovely to hear. The yam and peanut stew with kale is near and dear to my heart, so I’d recommend that, and also the sweet potato and quinoa salad. The brownies are great, too 🙂 Let me know how it goes!