Hi and I hope it’s been a nice weekend. Mine has been very relaxed and restful, which has been great!
The weather in Charlotte is cuckoo right now and we’ve gone from early fall-like weather with low humidity and very cool evenings to warm weather with rain and crazy humidity. The change has done a number on my sinuses. I’d love to hear any natural remedies you might have for combating this! (I am so terrified of the neti pot.)
Here’s a quick look at what I ate last week, followed by this week’s (loose) meal plan. I reserve all rights to change it but I have a tentative plan!
Okay, first up…I know I brought this up in my Friday post but I seriously can’t get enough of this combo: homemade sourdough bread defrosted from the freezer that is warm but not toasted (I love it soft) with cashew butter, honey, sea salt and sliced banana. I sprinkled chia seeds on top of this one but that’s optional. I am craving this ALL.THE.TIME right now! You must try.
For the longest time I thought that sourdough with nut butter would be gross. It’s not at all! The sourdough bread and the nut butter with honey are an addictive combo together that totally works.
Two eggs scrambled in Kerrygold butter, a pumpkin muffin and grapes.
Plain greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin puree and a swirl of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter. On top: banana, granola and sunflower seed butter. This is also a great combo for anyone looking for a fall-inspired breakfast.
Smoothie bowl with granola.
I’ve been stuck on the Purely Elizabeth brand of granola lately but I need to get back into making my own!
Massaged kale with quinoa, pistachios, avocado, salmon and Tessemae’s green goddess dressing.
Kale + quinoa with avocado, pistachios, a veggie burger and Tessemae’s green goddess dressing.
I am also having a moment with veggie burgers. I bought three different brands at the store on Monday. They’re a great easy option to have on hand for lunch.
Two dinners fed us four meals this week! First up was my shedherd’s pie with cauliflower topping. Tanner and I both adore this recipe. It’s super hearty and filling while also feeling pretty healthy and light. We ate this Monday and Tuesday night. On Tuesday’s I teach late and don’t get home until nearly 8 so I always try to have a slow cooker meal or leftovers on hand if possible.
Even though the shepherd’s pie is packed with veggies, I still like to serve a veggie on the side. We had leftover braised red cabbage the first night and leftover green beans the second night.
The second meal that fed us twice was this quick eggplant, chickpea and okra curry that I threw together. I sauteed diced eggplant, sliced orka and an onion together until they started to soften. Then I threw in a can of chick peas and added fresh garlic and ginger along with curry powder and garam masala. I cooked that together for 2-3 minutes until it was super aromatic and then added 14 ounces of canned tomatoes and a can of coconut milk. Season to taste with salt. I simmered the mixture together for about 20 minutes and then served it over rice with chopped cashews, cilantro and plain greek yogurt. It was delicious!
THIS WEEK’S MEAL PLAN
Sunday: Whole Foods rotisserie chicken with collard greens with onion and bacon and mashed sweet potatoes
Monday: Thai-style cod with steamed brown rice and sauteed spinach
Tuesday: Slow cooker bolognese sauce (recipe coming) over spaghetti squash
Wednesday: fig and chili glazed pork tenderloin with roasted brussels sprouts and roasted butternut squash
Friday: TBD or out
Saturday: TBD or out
Is there any meal or food combo that you’re totally stuck on right now?
What’s your current favorite salad dressing?