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Thursday of Veggie Week

Ok, so I totally dropped the ball on getting this posted last week.
Is anyone getting tired of hearing how busy I am all the time yet? 😉

Thursday was the final day of my short veggies week and the pièce de résistance was The Big Vegan Bowl.
I had a Green Monster for breakfast and leftover falafel for lunch, both were good but when I got home and started prepping dinner I was excited.
This meal takes a little bit of prep work, but luckily Youngest Daughter was having one of those moments where she wants to help make dinner so I let her prep some of the veggies…
We used spinach, shaved carrots, lightly sauteed purple cabbage, sweet potatoes, chick peas, quinoa, avocado and hummus. I forgot the hemp hearts, which I have but just forgot to add. AndThe GingerBeard Man added some siracha and sour cream to his because that’s how he eats literally everything.
This meal was by far my favorite. So much so that while we were eating, The GingerBeard Man and I kept asking each other why we don’t eat this every week… or every night. Because it tasted fantastic and it was super filling and you can feel great about all of the ingredients.
Now, here we are, making our grocery list for next week and The GingerBeard Man asked me for the recipe because he wants to buy enough stuff to make The Big Vegan Bowl for dinner every day next week. I told him I’d be down with having it for lunch every day next week too. It’s just that good. And even if you aren’t interested in being meat free, add some salmon or chicken to it and walk away knowing that you ate something that was super healthy.

ps. I feel like I have to tell you that while the Oh She Glows falafel recipe was fine, I think I will probably go back to using my go to recipe for falafels as they are so good and hold together really well. I usually bake mine in the oven instead of making them in the crock pot, but the combination of ingredients here is yummy!

*photo credit: Oh She Glows

A week of Oh She Glows

I have been fully uninspired lately when it comes to food.
So much so, that I have broken some of my very basic food rules… things like making canned cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Which I don’t even consider to actually be a food. But I rationalize it by saying that at least I am making the kids breakfast, right? I’m a good mom, right?
I am chalking this up to the crazy busy schedule we have had lately, as well as the hustle and bustle of preparing to move both older girls out of state and all of the visiting we have been doing on account of that. I’ve been not allowing my anxiety to give me a hard time when I spend an entire day crafting with my older daughter and not cleaning my house because in like six weeks, she won’t be here any more. I’ll clean when she is gone.
I keep telling myself that come fall, we can hit the reset button and get back to normal. Or rather, get to whatever our new normal will be with only four of us at home. Even thinking about that raises my blood pressure. What will this new family dynamic be?
As with all times of stress it seems, I have gained some weight that I’d like to kick and I don’t feel like I have any energy. So I was thinking about how to make some changes. I know a big thing I need to do kick is coffee. I usually quit drinking coffee during the summer anyway because I live in Texas and it’s super hot here which doesn’t exactly make me want to sip on a hot beverage. I also need to get my regular eating back on track. I made a Stouffer’s lasagna and frozen pre-sliced garlic bread for dinner last night. Sure I sauteed some broccoli to go with it, but still.
Anyway, I started doing some googling and ended up on The Queen of The Green Monster‘s page, Oh She Glows. Deeply rooted in my soul is the knowledge that I should be eating vegan and avoiding all sugar and flour. I know it the same way I know that beer is no good for me, but I still pop open a Guinness on the regular and sip it’s foamy bad for me goodness. Because it’s freaking great.
When The GingerBeard Man and I met, I was a “pescatarian” who avoided just about all dairy products. But you know, the thing is, it’s hard to maintain that lifestyle when you share a home with people who don’t. And you have four daughters. And you work full time. Like I just got tired of always making a different dinner for me and making dinner for everyone else. I’m sorry, I’m gonna just say it though, cooking dinner every night is balls. It just is. I don’t roll up on my house at 6pm and think wooooo! Dinner making time! It’s more of a Jesus, can I put on my pajamas, ditch this bra, and watch netflix now? The day is long and when you get home on those nights where you splurged and grabbed a pizza, you feel like you won the relaxing lottery.
But we can’t have pizza every night…. wait… can we? No. Dang it. No.
Well in an effort to eat better next week and in an attempt to kick my 32 ounces of coffee every day, I pulled a bunch of recipes from Oh She Glows and I am hoping that the green smoothie mornings and veggie laden days will help me feel better. I’m adding chicken to just about everything to appease The GingerBeard Man and keep my daughters from starving to death since one of them thinks she is allergic to anything green, but other than that I am anticipating a lovely week of clean eating. I know there will be that whopper of a headache from the coffee withdrawals, but I’ll manage.