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Sunday, March 18th

Sunday, March 18th

Today, I tried romanesco for the first time ever (feature photo). It’s so pretty, looks like little Christmas trees, has the taste of broccoli with the texture of cauliflower. Would buy again.

I’ve talked about Meal Mentor here before. Now, I’d like to share a few photos of dishes made from one of those meal plans. I actually remembered to take photos this time!

For anyone who is also following the meal plans, this is not the current week’s plan, I’m pulling from last week’s plan. That way, I have all week long to figure out what groceries I need and where to get my groceries.

I am a member of Imperfect Produce, mostly because I am a huge fan of their mission. They take all the produce that grocery stores don’t sell because they are ugly, overstocked, too small, weird color, weird shape, etc. and sell it for super cheap. I get to pick and chose what items I want before the box comes, I’m charged by weight. It’s always under $20, even when I get almost everything. And I get the warm fuzzy feeling of reducing food waste!

Priceless!

I’ll usually add whatever produce they’re offering that week that matches what’s on the meal plan. My picks have to be in by Tuesday night, and the new meal plans don’t come out til Wednesday. So, my perfect solution is to just go with last week’s plan.

I will also shop at Whole Foods, but try my damnedest to keep myself only in the bulk section. I like Whole Foods when I need to stock up on beans, grains, various spices. I don’t like Whole Foods when I need literally anything else. I wish we had more bulk stores in Chicago, or maybe we do and I don’t know about them. In that case, I wish someone would school me, because I want to buy things in bulk!!

Anyway, that was some rambling. On to photos!

Bollywood sweet potatoes – there’s mashed sweet potatoes under that mixture of spinach, peppers, carrots, zucchinis and lentils.

Cruciferous Curry – lil green to celebrate St Patty’s day. I’m a bit weary of this green stuff because it’s got cilantro in it, but I told myself I’d give the damn herb another shot.

Greek-style Tomato Stew – I actually forgot to toss the chickpeas in at the end, so that’s why they seem to be floating on top. Not pictured: a vegan “feta” dressing to go in once it’s warmed up.

Skinny Alfredo – this was a hit & a miss. I had an old TINY spaghetti squash to use up and this was supposed to take care of that. Unfortunately, the sauce turned out to be so incredibly plentiful that I had to improvise by adding linguine. It also called for green peas, which I also did not have enough for this massive amount of sauce.

There’s a couple more, but I either forgot to photo or the photo isn’t very pretty and not worth sharing. Before I even got started making anything, I made my own homemade hummus and almond milk, both to be used in these recipes. That was the first time I went to those lengths and it wasn’t so bad, might keep that up if I can help it.

I also made my own enchilada sauce the other day that was sooo delicious. I don’t think I’ll ever buy enchilada sauce again. Sometimes, doing that little extra instead of popping open a can is what makes the meal that much more worthwhile.

Yay!

Sunday, March 11th

I still have a few meals leftover from last week, so I made a smaller batch for this week. I had a few ingredients laying around forever, just waiting to be used up. That’s what these four meals did:

Coconut Cauliflower Curry: This is a curry dish with potatoes and cauliflower. I am loving Indian lately, it’s not hard to impress yourself with a homemade Indian dish. It’s all about the spices. And I am always down for spicy potatoes.

Winter Panzanella: This has roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash, corn, peas, cranberries, and chunks of bread. All covered in a balsamic, mustardy sauce. I’ve never made panzanella before. It feels so random, but will probably be delicious!

Enchilada Burritos: I only made the filling for these, for now. Zucchini, black beans, rice, and tomatoes. Some night this week, I will stuff the filling in a couple tortillas, cover em in enchilada sauce, and pop em in the oven. Still technically cooking at night/after work, but the majority of it is already done, so it’ll be real quick.

Purple Monster Salad: I had some oranges and beets to use up. Throw in some quinoa and you got yourself a salad.

I forgot to take any photos during the process, so have a look at my dirty oven.

I wanted to share with Marc that I was able to fit FOUR sheet pans in there, at once. FOUR!

Sunday, March 4th

Sunday, March 4th

I did a buncha meal prepping yesterday. I’m still using Meal Mentors menu plan, but I decided to back up a week.

I didn’t take any photos because my phone doesn’t have the best camera. Especially with the lighting in my kitchen, I’m usually cooking at night. Even trying to take photos is frustrating.

That said, Marc had this “old” iPhone 7 laying around. I finally got annoyed enough by the unresponsiveness of my iPhone 5 to give up the small size for the huge. What I did NOT consider in making the switch is the great camera!

Take a look at my prepping in all it’s organized glory:

This screen is also so huge that I can use the WordPress app. Maybe I will actually post more? Time will tell.

Besides the meal prepping, I made my first attempt at homemade beauty products this weekend. I made face wash, hand soap, dry shampoo spray, and some sorta headache helper. I get headaches constantly, hoping this blend of essential oils will help. I have a lot more things on my list to try out, but I was running out of containers.