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Casserole Interrupted: When You Have a Plan for Dinner but You Just Can’t

Lately I’ve been experimenting with a 30-day free trial of the meal planning program, Plan to Eat. After looking at various meal planner apps, I chose PTE based on positive reviews and the fact that the folks at Veggie Meal Maker recommend it. PTE allows you to import recipes and drag and drop them into a calendar. It also generates a shopping list based on that week’s menus. I noticed that sometimes importing recipes directly from websites can cause the program to hiccup–I suppose it’s something to do with all that invisible HTML code associated with the webpage–but the problem is fairly easily remedied with a”bulk input” option that allows you to cut and paste ingredients and directions into designated text boxes. All in all, it’s a great program and I plan to continue using it after the free trial is up. Sometimes, as we all know, the best laid plans don’t pan out. Take last night, for instance. My son and I got home from school/work around 6:15. I was tired–even more tired than …

Ovenbird’s First Flight: No-Cook Chia Pudding

For some time now I’ve been toying with the idea of a plant-based food blog. I already write (fitfully) a blog about, well, stuff, but mainly about writing and nature, called Thoughts Like Birds. In one post about cozy mysteries, my love of home-cooked comfort food was revealed: I featured a recipe for dahl that has received rigorous and repeated taste-testing in the Thoughts Like Birds kitchen. This past weekend, while browsing the wonderful Healthy Slow Cooking blog, I discovered that September is Vegan Mofo–a NaNoWriMo-esque month of intensive vegan food blogging. While it was too late to register for the 2014 Vegan Mofo, I decided to take it as a sign that it was an auspicious time to launch Ovenbird. So what’s it all about, this new blog? Pretty, pleasing, plant-based eating that’s not too hard on the wallet or the watch. I work full-time and have a young child and an elderly dog to look after, and in my “free” time I blog and write fiction and creative nonfiction. I want to make time to make …