Woah. It’s been a crazy couple of days! I’ve been editing a few blogs that’ll be going live next week, and a new YouTube video from my Colorado trip! I thought I’d have time to blog while I was on my trip, but my brother and I spent so much time out exploring Denver and had the time of our lives! I think of it like this, blogging is always going to be there, but I won’t be able to get these moments with my brother back. He’s in the Air Force, and I get to see him maybe two or three times a year, so sitting on the computer blogging wasn’t on my top priorities for the weekend. Now that I’m home, I’ll be back in full force blogging mode! Thank you guys for understanding! But, I did manage to get some awesome Colorado content that’ll be up soon! We used a lot of your suggestions, and they did not disappoint!
Now that I’m done working on a few blogs that needed to be submitted, I am going to share some meal staples that I ate this past week. I know it doesn’t look like a lot, but that’s because I was gone four of the days, but you’ll see what I ate in the travel blog!
You can go ahead and say it! “That looks gross.” You’re right, it does look gross, but it’s so delicious! I’ve been eating these protein oats almost every day this month. It takes me about three minutes to make, and it’s filling! I microwave 1/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of water. It’s going to look liquidy when you’re done, but the protein powder thickens it up instantly. I add two tablespoons of Chocolate Hemp Manitoba Harvest protein and 1/2 scoop of vanilla Garden of Life Protein. I’ll usually top it with granola, or coconut shreds and some kind of nut butter! This is a great plant-based budget-friendly breakfast that you can prepare for trips because you don’t need anything refrigerated. You can make them cold or microwave them!
Almost all week long, I had the most delicious black bean and sweet potato chili! I made my go-to chili recipe without the ground turkey and used black beans. It was so delicious. Each night, I added Chive Kite-Hill and diced avocado. Chili is one of those dishes that I can eat every night and never get sick of it. This recipe makes plant-based January so easy.
On most days for lunch, I always make a quick protein shake for lunch. I’ll usually take a break from work around 1 pm, walk the dogs, and then get back to work with my shake. My shake has a heaping scoop of protein powder, almond milk, ice, frozen banana, and nut butter.
I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables at night because they keep me full, and they’re good for you! 😊 I do love the Daiya burritos and Gardein black bean burgers, but making vegetables and more whole foods will be better for me in the long run.
I roasted carrots with avocado oil at 400-degrees for 25 minutes and the Brussels for only 16 minutes. The tin foil makes it easier for me to pull it out faster. Once they were done, I sprinkled garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt on top.
My side salad had mixed greens with peppered almonds, avocado, and balsamic dressing.
Another one of my favorite go-to plant-based dishes are these zucchini pizzas! I feel like I can’t get enough of these tasty things. I cut the zucchini thin, add my favorite pizza sauce, add peppers, and Daiya mozzarella style cheese shreds. I bake them at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes.
I woke up at 3 am for my flight on Tuesday! I was sooooooooooooo tired when I landed in Charlotte but needed to stop off at the store before heading home. I hadn’t been to Trader Joe’s in over a year, so I decided to stop by there to pick up all the groceries for the house. I found way too many good things, and I am going to start making regular trips there! You guys will have to let me know what to look out for.
For dinner, I sauteed the Trader Joe’s rainbow carrots, high protein super firm organic tofu, and cauliflower gnocchi together with the vegan kale, cashew, & basil pesto. This meal took less than twenty minutes to whip together, and it tasted like something you’d get at a restaurant! Thank goodness I bought like four bags of the cauliflower gnocchi and rainbow carrots! I can’t believe it’s been so long since going into Trader Joes! I am going to add this to my meal-prep list.
I ate the carrot, gnocchi and tofu dish on top of a salad for lunch the next day and it was surprisingly delicious. I dressed it with the Green Goddess Trader Joe’s dressing.
I started my day with my protein oats and then had a bowl of strawberries with peanut butter protein granola to go with my afternoon cappuccino.
After the gym tonight, I had the best dinner ever! I was craving stir-fry, so I sauteed up bell peppers, onions, sweet potatoes and tofu with a little avocado oil and gluten-free General TSO sauce! I bet this dish would be so good with some homemade fried rice 😃
I’m SO looking forward to spending the weekend with my pups, lounging around the house with some good movies, and grabbing coffee with my best friend 😊 Tomorrow, I’m making cauliflower wings (trying to replicate the ones I had in Colorado!)
Have a great night, everyone!
Questions for you!
- What is one dish you’ve been eating on repeat this week?
- Do you have a favorite Trader Joes product?