When it comes to eating I am somewhat a creature of habit in which I eat about the same thing everyday.
For breakfast it is usually eggs, oatmeal, or a smoothie bowl. Lunch and dinner will be a salad or a rice bowl.
In order for it to not get too redundant, I try ?to switch it up by adding different fruit and veggies.
Oatmeal has always been a favorite breakfast of mine; even as a child (my boys enjoy it as well!). I switch back and forth between steel-cut and old-fashioned oats. My base oatmeal consists of almond milk, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Sometimes I will add honey for a little more sweetness but I can usually get that from a fruit; usually bananas. And sometimes I top it with chia seeds.
My main goal when cooking a frittata: add as many veggies the skillet can handle! I start my frittata?by melting coconut oil and lightly saut?ing some garlic. Then I add the veggies that may need a little longer to cook (such as bell peppers, ?broccoli, squash, zucchini, etc). Next I will add the tomatoes and greens (spinach and/or kale). Before I add the eggs, I whip them on high-speed with my blender (about 30 seconds). This makes the eggs fluffy?(DO NOT ADD MILK!). Once the eggs are added, I let them cook for several minutes, until the bottom part is firm. Next I will place the skillet in the oven on the top rack (have the oven set to BROIL). I will leave it in for about 1-2 minutes. Then it’s done. Sometimes I top it off with feta cheese.
I do like smoothies bowls but I haven’t made one recently. I don’t eat a lot of dairy so it doesn’t really agree with my body when I do. I tried a brand of vegan yogurt but I wasn’t a fan. I got the vanilla flavor and it was too sweet for me. I’ve looked into making my own yogurt (still experimenting). I could try making a smoothie bowl with using my almond or coconut milk but I don’t like adding ice to my smoothies (I never get the consistency right).
When I do make a smoothie bowl, the base is plain Greek yogurt, frozen bananas, and a berry fruit. The toppings vary: granola, bananas, berries, cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, sunflowers seed, and whatever else I may have.
I’m one of those people who actually likes to eat salads. I?crave?salads. Just like most meals, my salads have a base.
These may seem like a lot of items for a “base salad” but just like my frittatas: veggies veggies veggies! This base contained two types of kale, spinach, and broccoli. I grated the stalk of the broccoli as you would grate a block of cheese. It was my first time doing that (usually I add the stalks to my green juices).
I make my own salad dressings (very easy!). My go to dressing mix is olive oil lemon juice, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.?I also tried a dressing with apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic and was shocked by how good it tasted on my salad.
These salads were ?topped with salmon burger, tomatoes, and red onions. I used to add the onions with the base mix but the smell and taste can overpower everything (trial and error!).
Another salad topped with tuna, sweet peppers, red onions, and garbanzo beans (a new favorite).
On the day I have spin class I do have a “heavier” meal because I burn so much. I will usually have a rice bowl or a salad mixed with rice.
I added black beans to this meal for more protein and fullness.
This is one of those meals when I take whatever is in the fridge and throw it all together.
I was getting bored with how I was eating my shrimp so with this meal I made an orange glaze. The glaze consisted of the juice from one orange, orange zest, soy sauce, light brown sugar, olive oil, and salt and pepper).
I paired it with Jasmine Rice and some parsley (for garnish).
With most of the meals I make I try to use ?what I already have. I ?don’t have time to constantly run to the store for an item or two. I think with most meals creativity happens when you think outside of the box. This doesn’t mean using exotic items to make a great meal. Just think outside of the box. Take a look at what you may have on hand, head to Google and I’m sure you’ll be given new ideas!