It has been a few weeks since I have had the time (and energy) to sit down and plan my meals ahead of time. I have been picking meals Saturday night and haven’t had the time to develop recipes or do any ‘research’ (A.K.A. read cookbooks). It dawned on me at a girls get-a-way last weekend (and after some enlightening conversations with very intelligent friends) that I have been over-prioritizing my SHOULDS and not listening to my WANTS and NEEDS. So, this week instead of ‘shoulding all over the place’ as my BFF stated, I’m listening to my wants. I really WANT to spend time sharing what I’m doing. This is my personal journal. If I inspire just 1person a week to cook a healthier meal for their family or prioritize their wants over their shoulds, then I am fulfilling my purpose. Sounds easy right?
On that note, I’m cooking up some fresh summer meals inspired my the bounty in my garden! That is right folks. This weeks salad will be as fresh, local and organic as you can get!
- Rainbow salad with nutritional yeast dressing (cal 325, fat 13g, carb 38g, fibre 13g, sugar 7g, protein 19g) . This is my #1 salad dressing. It honestly tastes amazing on An-Y-Thing, can be used as a marinade, and as a dip for veggies. Why do I love it so much? Well it contains Nutritional yeast, so not only is it rich and ‘cheesy’ tasting, it contains all 9 essential amino acids, and is a great vegan source of vitamin B12! WINNING. This recipe is adapted from the Hollyhock Cookbook. It is as simple as:
- Blend 2 cloves garlic, 1/3 c water, 1/3 c Bragg liquid aminos, 1/3 c apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 c nutritional yeast flakes.
- With the blender on pour in 1.5 C extra virgin olive oil in a slow stready stream, and stop once emulsified. If you want to use less oil you can go down to 1 c, but the dressing will be runnier and won’t stick to the leaves as well.
- Tofu, avocado, mango salad rolls with almond butter dipping sauce. (cal 386, carbs 30, fat 21, protein 19, fibre 6, sugar 6)
- Sweet potato nacho bowls with black bean salsa and cashew queso from The Full Helping blog. The author Gena Hemshaw is also the author of my current cookbook obsession Power Plates. More recipes from this cookbook here.
- Mediterranean falafel bowlfrom Minimalist Baker (cal 410, carbs 41g, fat 24g, protein 13g, fibre 12g, sugar 13g)
- Curried beet soup with tandoori chickpeas (cal 396, fat 24g, carbs 34g, fibre 9g, sugar 15g, protein 12g).
Thanks again for following along on my meal-inspiration journey! Im grateful for all of you, and if you are in the North Vancouver area looking to order these meals, send me a message!
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