Meal Prep Monday
Hey ya'll! I know it's been a while since I've posted. I honestly haven't been making anything 'special' in the kitchen lately. Thats why I realized today, that maybe even more important than a new recipe- is sharing the DAILY meals I usually have. Like clockwork I tell ya. Sometimes I don't feel like this. But lately this has been working for me best. And I haven't gotten sick of it. So until I add some other dishes in the rotation- this has been what I've been typically having everyday. For breakfast I have been loving unsweetened coconut yogurt with fresh berries and my homemade granola that I made a big batch of last week. See, nothing has been going to waste! :) For lunch I always make a 'fiesta quinoa love bowl'- and or brown rice. Which ever one we have. Thats basically just black beans, cilantro, cashew cheese, kale, rice or quinoa, tomatoes, red cabbage and red onion. And for dinner, I've been have quinoa with homemade pesto & salad mix. You guys. It is so much easier to prep everything on one day when you have time, so that the rest of the week you can just reach into the fridge and have it ready to go.
I'll be honest with you- Besides the usual avocado or peanut butter toast- I used to eat something random for lunch & dinner. And threw a lot of stuff away. So I've been making it a point to not let this happen anymore. I buy veggies at the beginning of the week & write it on our chalkboard so that we know we need to use those and make something involving that.
I also have a list of everything I need to prep. I prep cashew cheeze, homemade pesto, black bean & quinoa burgers, brown rice, quinoa, chop my kale, chop the red cabbage and make protein truffles. If you do this at the beginning of the week- you set yourself up for so much success! I'm about to have an epic Meal Prep Monday in a sec. I've always loved planning things and having things in order. I think it really helps your mind. It will also help your pocket! All the things I buy are so inexpensive- and organic. And get used.
K thats all for me~ I'm off to prepppppp. HAPPY MONDAY
Why hello there!
I am so excited to share with you maybe my favorite cookie recipe yet. I really don't make much cookies. But when I do, I like them to be sort of fluffy and always soft & chewy. I'm not a hard, crunchy cookie type person. So if thats what your looking for, this will not be for you. Just a heads up. ;)
So back to my magical cookies. There once was a place in L.A. that I actually worked at, and lived very close to... Called Mani's Bakery. It probably was the first place I ever learned about anything to do with healthy food. Cause believe me, I had no idea. Your girl used to eat at In n Out and other fast food spots more than once a day. And I could take down a 2 liter of Mountain dew with no help needed. Pretty bad. Which is why it's strange, but good that I am where I am now. A person who can't even handle a normal amount of sugar? Craziness right ? I really can't. My heart starts beating so fast. Now back to Mani's. This place was so popular. Let me tell you. I waited on so many famous people. SO MANY. It was the perfect place! It had a whole section on the menu that was vegan. And that could be made vegetarian. And another half that was not vegan. ALL of it was healthy. They even had separate kitchens in the back for the veg. part and non veg. part. So awesome. But what probably was the coolest was that vegans & non vegans a like could come to a place & enjoy their own food together and all of it was healthy!
The other awesome part was their bakery section. After all it was called Mani's Bakery.
They had these beautiful cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and more. So good. They were all not sweetened with sugar too. Instead they used fruit juice. So awesome. Very sad this place isn't there anymore. It's still in my dreams <3 And I'll continue to talk about how awesome it was and hopefully someday it'll reappear :)
Ok. So thanks to Mani's. I got inspired yesterday to make a cookie without sugar, butter & eggs. I think thats why I don't bake that much. It seems impossible sometimes to avoid those things. Well what will I replace it with, etc? I have the answers here for you my people! Ok.
1 cup Sugar = 1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup butter or oil = 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg = 1 flax or chia egg (1 tbsp. flax or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water)
Kapeesh? THAT'S IT. Now the world is yours! Go ahead and make some stuff!
These cookies I made tasted like a soft fluffy cookie/muffin. So good. Please try it!
THE DAILY KALE'S CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
DIRECTIONS : chocolate sauce
So I have this rule.
Anything I make in my kitchen that is a dessert.... Has to be healthy. And I don't mean just saying like, Ohh I didn't use refined sugar so it's okay. Ahem, no. I have some food rules. That is for sure. As in... I don't ever have anything but whole wheat flour products. Never will I eat white rice, or white pasta, etc. I'm a stickler. And there is more to it also than just being 'whole wheat'. MEH, that is a whole other post. Haha. Bottom line read your ingredients before you buy. And I have completely gone off on a tangent haven't I ! Geez. OK. Back to what I was saying about my desserts are super healthy. Almost to the point where I will jeopardize the consistency of what that specific dessert is supposed to be like. But hey- it still tastes great and has way less bad stuff! Like these bad boy muffins.
I wanted muffins badly yesterday morning. But no, I'm not gonna put a huge amount of sugar and maple syrup or whatever. I think thats crazy and unnecessary. So I don't do it! And by the way- the boyfriend loved them. SO thats alright, alright, alright then!
THE DAILY KALE'S LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS