Yesterday I had no clue what to make and had a bit of a time constraint due to a “running-date” with a friend of mine 🙂
So I walked around the shop looking for veggies that looked yummy. I came across a giant Swede only costing £.75!!! Not having any idea what it was or how to cook it, I decided I was gonna make it into dinner!
So I found a recipe on BBC Good Food for Honey Roasted Swedewith chili and coriander. I thought it could use some bulking up so I added chickpeas to the mix. But if you’re a meat- fan this would probably go great with pork! I chopped it up, threw it in a roasting pan and let it cook while I was on my run (andy was babysitting it while I was out). It was ready by the time I was back. Really tasty, really good for you, plenty filling but I accidentally didn’t de-seed the chili and it was VERY SPICY! Andy didn’t mind a bit though 🙂 for added protein (and to cool the spice a bit) we served it with chive&onion cottage cheese. I also put some sprouts with it cuz they were on offer, lol. Tasty! Had leftovers for dinner tonight 🙂
1/2 swede peeled and chopped
Drizzle olive oil
Chili de-seeded and shopped
Small bunch of coriander
Pop everything in a pan, roast for 45-50 minutes at 200C 🙂
If you add the chickpeas (£.33) cottage cheese(£.60) and chili/coriander (previous meal leftovers-FREE!)into the price then this whole meal cost £1.68 for two portions and the lasted us two meals!
Bulgar Wheat salad with seedy bread!
Yummy Bulgar Wheat salad
So this week is a very good example of why I plan out meals but also stay flexible.
So on Monday we had creamy barley salad and OH MY GOODNESS! SO GOOD!!! Going in the cook book 😉
I even had enough left over for my lunch the next day. The sauce was so tangy and crisp. I did have to make sure my man had enough to fill him up so I added some seedy bread on the side 🙂
Tuesday Andy made dinner so that moved my schedule for the week around a little bit. Which is why it is important to STAY FLEXIBLE! You can keep healthy by planning meals out but if you’re so stressed out about it then that is not a very healthy lifestyle and definitely not sustainable. So tuesday’s meal of Cuban Beans and rice got moved to Wednesday which was fine. The Cuban beans were awesome. We have a hard time finding black beans in the UK so I have realized that kidney beans make a great substitute.
Cuban black(kidney) beans and rice
Thursday we had some curried eggplant which was pretty good. I made it a bit too spicy (not too sure of how intense cayenne powder is…) but that means Andy loved it! I guess it went down well because there was not enough left over for my lunch the next day 🙂 So I grabbed some leftover veggies and salad (from Monday’s dinner) and added some salmon, cottage cheese, and walnuts. AWESOME SALAD! No need for dressing, there’s plenty of goodness and flavor in there just on it’s own. Keep your mind open to various dressings, Ranch is not where it stops 😉 This salad also is packed full of protein 😛
Stir fry “en process”
Friday was meant to be stuffed zucchini but we had quite a few veggies leftover from previous meals and I just couldn’t be bothered following a recipe. So I made a stir fry! I started with sautéing onions and garlic in toasted sesame oil and toasted a few tablespoons of sesame seeds. Then I started chopping carrots, peppers, zucchinis, and threw in some frozen peas. I boiled a pot of rice and voila’ ! Yummy stir fry that the guys loved 🙂 Wonderful collection of color and flavor. Awesome easy standby meal to use up leftover veggies.
Ready to dish up!
- Ready to dish up!
Ta Da! Awesome easy stir fry 🙂
Zesty Bulgar Salad!
So what tasty things did we end up eating this week? We had some Zesty Bulgar Salad, Moroccan Mushroom Steak, and a veggie curry 🙂
Zesty Bulgar Salad
Monday was the Zesty Bulgar Salad. A huge hit with the husband! This one is definitely going in the cookbook. Andy forgot to buy radishes but it was still amazing! Very refreshing, simple and quick. A great summer salad 🙂
The man with his steak 🙂
Tuesday was our 2 year anniversary of our Alaska Wedding so I made him a Moroccan Mushroom Steak. It has dried apricots! I added green beans on the side and for mine (not the biggest meat lover) I had an eggplant steak which was perfect. A warm, hearty healthy dinner that was much approved 🙂
Moroccan Mushroom Apricot sauce with steak and green beans (And a bit of my eggplant steak)
Wednesday I made a Veggie Curry. I didn’t even realize that currys were usually meat based but hey-ho, you live and you learn eh? Well regardless of what is “normal” this curry turned out to be pretty awesome. Ben and Andy both liked it and we had enough leftover for our next meal. It is also so cheap being mainly potatos, onions, and spices; it is a great meal for lots of people or a big family without breaking the bank at all 🙂
Veggie Curry 2.0 😉
The next two meals were eaten on the go while we were touring around Dover England. Subway for me, chippy for the boys 😉 When we got back we got to sit down to a big plate of curry once again, this time I added some peas into it (i forgot them the first time, hehe) which made it even healthier and added lots of color. Also, a side salad with Greek Yogurt as dressing. Yummy, healthy, cheap, and so easy!
Yummy tasty cheap food! Also I made the yummiest sandwich ever and just had to share it 😉 Quorn, Quark, mustard, and spinach. Perfection between two pieces of bread and the perfect lunch on the train 🙂
Best Sandwich EVER!