I’m still struggling with things to write. I wanted to do a post about the dinners Jerry and I have been having lately, but I was hoping to wait until I had more pictures. I’m starting to forget what some of these recipes were, so I’ll go ahead and post them.
The main goal (for the two week challenge) was to eat more vegetables, but it kind of morphed into eating mostly whole foods. We both really enjoyed doing this! It was interesting to see how much better we felt – physically and mentally – when we ate foods that our bodies liked. And that was only two weeks!
I made most of the recipes from the How Not To Die and How Not Diet cookbooks. I don’t think there were any we didn’t like. Both of these cookbooks were great. Please note that I’m not-even-a-little-good at food photography, so my photos aren’t exactly appealing, hahaha. In fact there were a few that I’m not even going to post because it will make people never want to try things like black lentils and black beans!
Anyway, here are some of the ways we get more vegetables in…
|Sweet Potato Waffles (I found I use a lot less syrup if I put it in a little ramekin and dip the waffles as I eat instead of pouring them on top. I only used half of what is pictured)
|I didn’t want to include this, but I definitely ate all those Asian pears before they went bad! Haha.
|Sweet Potato Taco Bowl (brown rice, sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, seasonings)
|Millet “Risotto” with mushrooms, spinach and white beans (we didn’t like this dish only because we didn’t like the taste of the millet itself, this would be good with a different grain)
|I forget what this was called–I think it was some kind of stew–but it had barley, mushrooms, peppers, onions, carrots, and chickpeas.
|Lentils & Quinoa Chili
|I actually forget what this was, but it reminded me of broccoli/cheese/rice casserole. It was good!
|Sweet Potato Shawarma Bowl (quinoa with seasoned sweet potatoes and cauliflower, with lettuce, onions, cucumbers and homemade tahini dressing.
|Cook with zucchini, red beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Is there quinoa underneath too??
|This was our “junk food” kind of dinner — sriracha marinated tofu and baked, along with chili cheese seasoned baby potatoes.
Well, that was the beginning of Jerry’s and my year of being an adult and eating our vegetables. I was really hoping that this challenge would help Jerry like vegetables more and he discovered that he likes sweet potatoes, mushrooms and cauliflower (when prepared in certain ways). He even admitted that the cucumber in the shawarma bowls worked well. He never liked cucumbers because he said they overpower everything else and all you can taste is cucumber. I happen to love them. I think I’ll make some hummus today and have cucumbers and hummus for a snack — that sounds great.
Now, I’m going to write a meal plan for the week. I used to hate meal planning, but this veggie challenge got me excited about meal planning again. I’m going to try kale again this week – it’s been YEARS since I’ve tried it – and hopefully I like it better this time. When I cook with greens, I usually go for spinach or greens. Yesterday, Jerry and I decided to do another two weeks of eating (mostly) whole foods. We both felt bad from eating poorly after eating very well for two weeks.
Anyway, if you have a favorite recipe that uses lots of veggies, please share!