I’ve never been one to ‘meal plan’ so to speak, and am far more a ‘decide at 4pm’ kinda gal. Now, this is perfectly fine IF you have good ingredients in your house. The biggest trap when it comes to eating un-healthily is going for the ‘easier’ option, usually because it’s faster.
So, as long as I have a can of tuna or lentils in the cupboard… then I’m all good for a 4pm (or even 5.30pm) decision. (Side note – I do live only a 10min walk to the supermarket, so I can literally decide on a roast at 4pm if I really wanted to… I never have though. ha ha)
But, seeing as we can’t live on Tuna & Lentils, I need to be more self disciplined and actually think of the evening meal the night before, or at least first thing in the morning. I totally realise I can defrost in the microwave, and against my better judgement, I do sometimes, but I prefer to let it defrost on the side of the sink overnight.
I’m not telling any big secret here when I say that mince is your biggest versatile friend when it comes to the evening meal. So much can be made from it, but be sure to not scrimp on the quality .. your tummy won’t thank you for that 2 star mince people !! I’ve recently been making the Healthy Mummy stovetop lasagna (Recipe HERE). It is so great in so many ways….. one less pot & wooden spoon to wash, hidden veggies, great ingredients… and it’s a WINNER with the family. The recipe calls for lasagna sheets, but I’ve also made it with spiral & shell pasta, GF pasta, wholemeal pasta, egg pasta, pulse pasta…. so basically it’s great whichever way you want to make the meal. It is also a FANTASTIC leftovers dish for those hungry 16yr old boys that eat you out of house and home. 😂
Rissoles or meatballs are also fantastic as you can, once again, hide all sorts of goodness in them (grated zucchini, carrot, celery, chia seeds etc). Also they can be served for dinner with great fresh veggies or salad, and then save some leftovers to have with a yummy finger food lunch. Here’s my lunch from yest where I had some leg ham, but this is the kinda lunch I’d pop a couple of meatballs onto.
Yes, it’s a little heavy on the cheese, but that’s because my Great Nephew was here and he likes to steal my cheese. :0) (PS, those cheese filled bell peppers were THE BOMB.COM .. they were actually a b’day present from my daughter, so I’m having them super sparingly!!)
This plate is a fairly good illustration of what I have for lunch a few days per week, just with the protein sources swapped around…… quite often it’s tuna or chicken on the plate as a great low fat protein option. Don’t forget the added goodness you get with each addition. eg. Tuna is a great source of iron and potassium. Chicken is a very good source of selenium (enhanced immune response), vitamins B2 & B6 (helps with inflamation, as well as lots more).
Basically, whenever you eat wholefoods, there are AAAAHHHmazing health benefits in everything…. because, guess what.. GOD DESIGNED THEM THAT WAY !! (Although, He may have some questions about some of the variations nowadays. lol)
You know I LOVE finding new wholefood cafes to try… and today was another victory in that department. Soul Harvest Wholefoods Eatery at Margate (HERE is their Facebook page) is in a street just a block up from the beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Really great atmosphere, loads to choose from.. and friendly staff. I’ve been following their FB page for awhile and had been super keen to try it out, but didn’t get there until today.
My Brekky choice – ‘Eggs your way’ (my way is poached :0) on activated charcoal sourdough, with a side of bacon and some homemade relish. (I so wish I could master poached eggs at home… I have one of those magic egg thingos for the microwave, but it’s just not the same..plus there’s the whole ‘I don’t want to be using the microwave thing.)
You’ll also see on their FB page that they’re not just about eat in food & drinks, but takeaway, catering, picnics (Look for future blog post on this as it is so our next date day option !!) as well as classes on things like making your own Kombucha, essential oils, Beeswax wraps etc. They also have loads of stuff going on around healthy living and wellness.. yes, some of it sounds a little new-agey, but just do your homework before going along to something.
As I’m typing, I’m enjoying my darn stinking delicious HM Choc Cherry smoothie. This is normally my breakky routine, but as I had brekky out, I’m having it now. I LOVE how I can add in all sorts of goodness and not even taste that it’s there. I just ate an entire zucchini and it was like it wasn’t there at all. BAM
OK…. that’s today’s lunchtime thoughts. I actually got my mince out on the side of the sink at 11am today, so let’s see what #nutritiousdelicous meal I can whip up with it.
Love to you all…. let’s continue to #respectthetemple in all that we do (& eat).