Meal Plan {2/29/16} in Review

Last week, I only tried 2 new recipes, a Kale & Quinoa Burrito Bowl and Ultimate Tempeh Chili. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of either. Sad, but the failed recipes always make the victories that much sweeter.

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The above kale & quinoa bowl was edible, but I found that the dressing tasted odd. While I did make quite a few changes, such as adding sautéed onions & peppers, adding tomatoes, and leaving out the pico, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it much more if I had made this meal according to the original recipe. I would not recommend this or make it again.

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This tempeh chili had potential, but simply wasn’t flavorful enough for me. I like spicy chilis though, so if you don’t, this recipe might be for you. I added more vegetables to the recipe (bell pepper, carrot, and celery), which I think improved it, but I also accidentally added the tempeh cubed rather than crumbled. While I would probably enjoy this chili if I doubled the amount of spice, it wasn’t unique enough for me to add to my already quite large collection of delicious chili recipes.

Of course, I enjoyed some of my old favorite recipes, including this Bombay Potatoes and Peas. 20160303_190348

The previous week, I also did manage to discover some awesome new recipes. Despite my terrible photos, I assure you these really are delicious. (Maybe one day I’ll have an apartment with real lighting and a real kitchen…)

First up was this Veggies and Lentils in Peanut Sauce. So yummy! Vegan Richa is my favorite new vegan food blog find.

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Next up was this easy Avocado Black Bean Burger that I placed over a salad with Avocado dressing. I officially love having a veggie burger over a salad. Much more interesting (and healthy!) than eating it on a bun.

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And lastly, I made a few trays of these delicious Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies as refreshments for my a cappella concert last weekend. They were so good I’m ashamed to say how many I ate.

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I’m headed home for a few days tomorrow, where I plan to cook my favorite recipes for my parents, so I probably won’t be trying anything else new this week. I am, however, looking forward to having more people to cook for, as that always makes the whole process more enjoyable.

If you try any of these recipes out, let me know how you like them!

Meal Plan {2/29/16}

Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

As I mentioned in my previous post, every week I make a meal plan consisting of 3-4 new dinner recipes to try and 1-2 old favorites, depending on how often I anticipate eating out or having leftovers for dinner during the week. At the end of each week, I decide which new recipes were good enough for me to want to make again, and they get saved. Check out my Pinterest board of Recipes I Love to see my successful recipes from the past few months.

So onto this week’s meal plan!

Monday: Kale & Quinoa Burrito Bowl (Plus onions, peppers, & cherry tomatoes instead of the pico)

Tuesday: Ultimate Tempeh Chili (Plus bell pepper, carrot, celery, and spinach)

Wednesday: Bombay Potatoes & Peas (doubled)

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Thursday: Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower; Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Refried Beans, Salsa, and Lime

Recipe for this below!

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: TBD Leftover Pasta & Veggies with some sort of Cashew Cream sauce

As you can see, I often like to add extra veggies to dishes, especially pasta dishes and chili. I am constantly trying to increase the amount of fruit and veggies I eat every day. I probably average about 6-8 servings per day, but 10 or more would be ideal. In particular, the more veggies that I eat daily, the better I feel. Let’s see how I do with that this week.

I’ll be back at the end of the week to report on the new dishes I cook up!