lemon quinoa

Meal Planning Week of 3-12-17

Going to do something a little bit different this week. I think something fattier for breakfast will keep me going stronger this week based on the feedback I got on my hormonal munchie woes. There are still eggs involved, naturally. Eggs. Until. I. Die. But, instead of toast or tofu, I’m going to go sweet potato hash. From the store, I’m going to pick up some sweet potatoes, red onions, red bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic and I’m going to try out some of these tofurky things. Technically that means it’s another tofu breakfast! But, I’m going to try the chorizo style and that will have a decent amount of fat to render. I, of course, need a new carton of eggs. Eggs do not last long around here. From my pantry, I’ll use some chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper!

Lunch: Tofu avocado salad sandwiches. So, these were a huge hit last time I made them and I think it’s time to summon their magical powers to my lunch plate again. All I need from the store is a package of tofu (one in the fridge still), a couple avocados, and bread. From the pantry, I have deli mustard, lemons, wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano. I’ll probably also buy a jar of pickles because I’m feeling too lazy to make my own this week.

I’m going to pair it with a different soup, though. It is the most hypnotically beautiful color and there’s something so right about this soup even if it sounds a little odd. I call it “sweet and spicy red cabbage soup.” I kind of BS’d this recipe together when I had a sudden thought of “purple soup would be cool.” This soup uses green apples for the sweet and jalapeno and cayenne for the heat. From the store, I need red cabbage, jalapeno, green apples, yellow onion, stock, and coconut milk. From my pantry, I’ll use olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, sumac (I love this spice is all sorts of cuisine but it could be omitted) apple cider vinegar, and a little pinch of sweetener.

Dinner: We took the opportunity of having that $200 Costco gift card to also stock up on a bit of meat in the freezer. We picked up some chicken and we’ll be in stock for at least a few months now. Costco’s price is pretty decent and it’s a higher quality so we trim less. Sometimes Meijer’s chicken has these huge gross veins you need to cut. Barf. So, we’re going to utilize a little of bit of the freezer supply and make my chicken and quinoa soup. It’s just like chicken and noodle, but with quinoa. From the store, I need to pick up a yellow onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms, stock, and we actually like sweet potatoes over carrot in our chicken soup! From my pantry, fridge and, freezer I’ll use green peas, green beans, olive oil, quinoa, lemons, salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and thyme.

Also, tonight we’re just having a salmon burger (also from Costco) and I’ll pick up some brussel sprouts to eat with those.

Snacks: Apples (probably the last time they’ll be on sale for the season, so the last hurrah of winter produce), bananas, chia seed pudding (just need almond milk from the store) protein shakes (just need almond milk but I do need to reorder my powder this week).

Another mysterious appearance from my boyfriend’s feet. He HATES it when I make the cart pretty for you guys. Mwahaha!

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Goodness Bowl

  • Red quinoa cooked in veg stock and Harissa mixed with chopped cherry tomatoes and chopped flat leaf parsley and lemon juice
  • French green (Puy) lentils 
  • Brown mushrooms fried in a small amount of rapeseed oil, garlic, water, dried chili flakes and Shoyu. 
  • Avocado 
  • Romaine 
  • Cucumber 
  • Celery 
  • Sesame seeds

A-Z Vegan food ideas and recipes for when you can’t think what to eat.

Prepost: I’ve collected my personal veg recipe list. I haven’t tried every recipe so I can’t guarantee all of them. If you want to add to this list or take it and add to it, that’s awesome. I’ve used *s to mark the recipes I’m particularly in love with.

Apple (apple fries) (apple slices w/ pb) (dipped in caramel)
Avocado (avocado fries)

Bagels (bagels)
Baklava (baklava)
Banana bread (banana bread) (choco banana)
Bars (w/ coconut, oats, fruit) (w/ vanilla, almond + oat flour) (w/ rasberry jam, orange, vanilla, almond extract) (granola bar)
Bread (Butternut Squash Focaccia) (focaccia barese) (white bread) (garlic bread) (mashed potato pillow rolls) (corn bread) (corn bread w/ egg replacer) (corn bread w/ basil) (french bread) (bread rolls w/ veg filling) (farinata w/ chickpea flour) (greek easter bread w/ mahlepi +mastic) (brioche) (buchty) (breadsticks) (w/ garlic, rosemary, s+p, nooch) (glazed cinnamon oat) (apple cinnamon raisin)
Briam (Tourlou Tourlou)
Brownies (5 minute brownie in a mug*) (hot fudge pudding cake) (w/ pumpkin) (w/ zucchini) (+salted maple syrup peanut butter nut topping) (+choco chips)
Boogatsa (cream pie pastry)
Burritos (raw burrito) (sweet potato + bean*) (black bean + Spanish rice) (breakfast burrito) (tofu breakfast burrito) (baked w/ avocado) (black beans, mushrooms, cilantro, corn, carrot, tomato sauce w/ hint of rosemary)
Bulgur (w/ tomato + onion)
Black eyed peas (serve w/ olive oil, lemon) (serve w/ 3 pepper, dill, olive oil, lemon) (moroccan feast) (w/ kale, garlic)
Black beans (w/ pineapple) (w/ red pepper) (cuban)
Bourekia (pastries w/ potato + leek)
Bean loafs (w/ black bean) (w/ lentil) (+mashed potato topping)
Bean balls (bean balls)

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Lemon Quinoa Salad (also a great To-Go lunch!)

80 g dry quinoa, cooked in water without salt (you can use any grain you want to, i also love it with millet or rice!)
2 sticks scallion, sliced
3 cherry tomatoes, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 small piece pepper, diced
lemon juice
olive oil

How to:
let the cooked quinoa cool down. meanwhile you can prepare the other ingredients. mix the quinoa and everything else together (use as much lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil as you like) and store in the fridge for 1 hour. if you don’t want to wait, you can surely eat it right after mixing everything together but it will taste better if you wait. the meal is a perfect to-go lunch, i often make the double amount and take it to school with some falafel balls! :)