I love reading when other people do these ‘what I ate in a day/week’ posts a lot, so I thought why not do one myself! It also gave me an opportunity to practice my food photography and try to do something a bit different each day, which turned out to be really hard but also a great challenge!
I decided to only document my dinners as a) I generally always have the leftovers for lunch the next day anyway and b) I would feel uncomfortable styling my food and taking photos with my DSLR in my new workplace..! I also thought focusing on weekday dinners might give some good recipe ideas for those struggling with thinking of easy things to cook after work.
Let’s start with Monday!
This dish has been one of my favourite things to cook and eat ever since I became a vegetarian and started trying to incorporate more vegan food into my life, too. I originally based the recipe on this one by Oh She Glows, but I’ve tweaked it a bit by adding fried peppers on top and removing onions as I really can’t stand the stuff! But otherwise, I’d say I stay pretty faithful to the recipe.
This has been a great success in our house – me and Jim both really love it and I’ve also cooked it a few times for guests and it’s always gone down really well!
This is a recipe that I’ve based on this one by Minimalist Baker but if I don’t always have all the ingredients, I can still kind of make it work – I’d say the soy sauce and the garlic are the most important components! I also often change the almond butter to peanut butter as it’s what we always have to hand, though in the interest of transparency I have to tell you that this time I forgot to add any kind of nut butter… I only realised when we were already eating and it felt like something was missing! But it was still all good – I just added a bit more soy sauce and chilli flakes and really enjoyed it anyway.
As for the veggies, I just add whatever I have to hand! This time I used peppers, mangetouts and sweetcorn, but you could also add peas, broccoli or carrots.
This is a very recent find for me but I love it! I discovered the recipe through the Anna Edit’s blog and have made it just twice so far but I really love it. It’s super easy and quick to make, and also quite filling because of the quinoa. Again, I’ve skipped the onion and added a few fresh tomatoes instead, which really seemed to work very well!
I think this is really going to become a staple in our house – it’s so quick to make and actually really tasty. I can imagine this being really lovely if you have a cold (specifically a sore throat) – especially if you add a lot of pepper and chilli flakes like me..!
Fridays are often treat days for me – last Friday I watched a movie on Netflix and made a nacho platter, and this Friday me and Jim treated ourselves to a dinner in our lovely local pub Good Companions. I’d already had sweets and a donut at work, so I felt like I’d already had my fair share of unhealthy food, which is why I went for the superfood salad with added halloumi – I just really felt like I needed something a bit fresher!
The salad was actually really good – the halloumi was plentiful and chargrilled and the grains and vegetables added a nice texture and crunch. The only thing I didn’t like was the light mustard dressing which wasn’t mentioned on the menu – I’m not a big fan of mustard! But other than that, it was a really good choice and just what I needed.
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