Eat all Salads!

 

Yay Salads! I think salads get a bad rap as diet food when 1) they can be delicious and 2) they can be calorie/fat/carb laden and ultimately not that healthy!  But I eat a lot of salads. They’re really versatile and can be really filling and healthy if you stick to whole foods and oil based dressings. In fact, I ate a salad every day so far this week!

Now, I originally was thinking this would be a “no lettuce salad” post, but then I realized that I put lettuce under that mess in the top picture.  It also kind of became a “1 grocery bag 4 lunches” post since I used the same few ingredients over and over. But when you’re just 1 person and you don’t want your food to spoil, you gotta use it up the best you can!

Also I really am trying to cut down eating meat and not cut down my protein intake so I’ve been experimenting with new vegan/vegetarian meals. So these are all dairy free and it would be super easy to just leave the meat out and they’d be vegan!

So here’s what I ate! (remember how great I am at taking food pics??)

Top picture: lettuce topped with black beans, corn, quinoa, tomatoes, and red onion. I also made an avocado cilantro dressing (that blob in the middle) that turned over pretty dense, almost a guacamole, but it was really yummy and mixed up really well in the salad. (Which reminds me! I used this same stuff as a spread on my black bean burger for dinner tonight! Yum.)

Bottom left: garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) with just tomato, avocado, cucumber and cilantro.

Middle left: quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, and topped with green chile pork. (I wanted it to look so pretty like those quinoa bowls you see on pinterest, alas… the toppings got a bit jumbled. Still tasty though!)
Bottom right: the common denominator here: avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. This time with shrimp.

It does share a lot of the same ingredients but I promise, these little switches make it feel like I’m not eating the same thing day after day. Cuz I am not that kind of person who can eat the same things all week. I sometimes wish I was! It would be easier, wouldn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Bag 3 Dinners

Before I did the Long Beach Half, I talked about my go-to “1 bag 3 dinners” plan so nothing goes to waste for a single gal like me.

Meal prep was Sunday and it wasn’t till after it was all over that I thought to talk about what I prepped but it was again a 1 bag of groceries deal that I was pretty happy with.

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(I am really really really not a food blogger!)

 

Here’s what I made

Quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, red pepper and cilantro

Grilled Veggies (that I’ll put in a wrap or quinoa bowl with hummus) and I grilled red pepper, red onion, zucchini and mushroom

Frittata with sauteed red pepper, mushrooms, red onion, zucchini, spinach and bacon.

I also grilled up some chicken while I was going the veggies to pair with some veggies, and I made a little extra quinoa to make into a sweet porridge type deal in the morning.

Now I just have to eat what I prepped and not let it spoil in the fridge while I go get takeaway!!

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