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​Hellloooo, Chief Kitchen Officer! Here is your next meal plan.

So much amazing produce at this time of year, often at much cheaper prices. And so few meals to eat it all!

Your Vegan Family Meal Plan for weeks 31 and 32 keeps you in the kitchen for a little while to make our own seitan. I have updated and simplified the recipe, as repeated testing demonstrated that wrapping the seitan chunks and “sausages” is absolutely not necessary. If you have never tried it before, don’t be intimidated! It’s actually pretty easy.

If you are short on time, or just not very interested in cooking your own food right now, remember to check the “stopwatch” section on the first page of the plan. There are suggestions for many shortcuts. For example, if you prefer to buy Field Roast or Tofurky sausages instead of making your own, I won’t blame you. Both options are delicious (although the home-made version has less sodium and hardly any fat). Also of note in this plan, if you’d rather not take the time to carve your own zucchini boats, you can simply serve the bolo sauce on gnocchi (or on regular pasta again). I bet no one will complain.

I know it’s hot outside for most of you. Accordingly, there is only one meal that makes use of the oven, and I suggest using the slow cooker to simmer the bolo sauce.

The plan has only 9 pages! Not sure how I did that, but I love it when it happens. The second prep session has only one step… and that Moroccan couscous salad is one of my family’s favorites. I have to double up on couscous and roasted cauliflower because the extra gets gobbled up in my kids’ lunch boxes.

REMINDER: You can always download your meal plan using the link below the image, or from the Better Dinner Institute. (This is convenient for people who have issues getting my emails to land in their inbox.) Yearly members can access all past meal plans there as well (in the archive). Login is required. This is also where you can access the “Your first three weeks” modules about how to use the meal plans.

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