Hey everyone and happy Wednesday!
So I know my usual posting day used to be Sunday but to be honest over the past few weeks my blog has been a bit all over the place... I've had a load of ideas but I haven't been able to decide on any of them so thought I would hold off writing a blog post til I felt 100% into and passionate about the topic I was writing about and that brings us here!
Quite a while back (I think it was on a Wednesday as well) I got up, made my brekkie and as I was getting myself ready for the day I suddenly felt super inspired to share a food post on my Instagram. So I got my lunch for the day ready, made my smoothie, set up a little 'photoshoot', did a bit of editing and posted the photo below as my positive of the day. The whole process really inspired me to want to share more food-related things because I love cooking and am very passionate about overall health and wellbeing.
FUN FACT: My first ever dive into social media was a Facebook page I created years ago called 'Megs Food Creations' where I would share my meals, smoothies, baked goods and loads of recipes (i'm not active on it now it but it's still up there if you want to have a browse).
With all this in mind I thought it would be fun to share a handful of staple meals that I make on a regular basis which are delicious, super quick and easy to make as well as being pretty cheap.
meal 1: roasted veggies
This meal is pretty self-explanatory but what I usually do is chop up a whole bunch of my favourite veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, aubergine (eggplant), courgette (zucchini), mushrooms, broccoli, brussel sprouts, onion and garlic and put those onto a large baking tray. I drizzle some good quality olive oil over everything and then comes the exciting bit - spices! My go-to spice mix at the moment is ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, pepper and then if i'm feeling a bit spicy i'll add some chilli flakes. Toss all the veggies together so they are evenly coated in the oil and spices and then pop that in the oven at 180°C-200°C for between 20-40 minutes depending on how small you chopped your veggies and how cooked you like them. I then store these in some tupperware containers and either add them to a salad mix or have them as an addition to a meal.
Meal 2: Cabbage, CHICKPEAS + Rice Salad
I know I know, this one sounds weird but I threw this salad together last weekend when I was food-prepping and it turned out delicious! (this is the salad in the first picture) In a big bowl I added some thinly sliced purple cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, brown rice and chickpeas. I then made a dressing out of tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper and ground cumin and added that to the bowl and mixed everything together. The flavours are simple it's really fresh and a great addition to any meal! I've been having this salad with roasted butternut squash and sweet potato for my lunch all this week and it's been fab.
Meal 3: LENTILS
This meal is great if you're new to cooking and are looking for something simple, warm and nutritious. The type of lentils I use differs depending on what I have at the time so it could be canned green lentils, dry red lentils, dry yellow lentils, it all depends on you, your preference or what you have at the time. To start I dice an onion and some garlic and let that saute in a pan with some olive oil for a few minutes. To that I then add some diced carrots and mix it all together for a minute or so before adding the lentils. Pour in your lentils and then add in some spices which for me is usually cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper. I mix that around a little, pour in some veggie stock and let it simmer til the lentils are cooked and you are left with a thicker consistently. This can be enjoyed alone or my preference is adding it to some rice or quinoa with a bit of broccoli on the side.
Meal 4: Black Bean Stew
Definitely one of my favourites when i'm feeling like something really warm, comforting and wholesome. Chop up some carrots, aubergine (eggplant), courgette (zucchini), onion and garlic and start by sautéing the garlic and onions for a few minutes. Then add in the veggies and again saute for a further couple of minute. If your black beans come in a can make sure to rinse and drain them and then add to the pot. Spice time! I like adding paprika, cayenne, chilli flakes, cumin, turmeric, dried basil, salt and pepper to my mix. Mix all that up and then add in some canned tomatoes as well as some veggie stock. Simmer until some of the liquid has evaporated, the veggies are cooked and your left with a ragout-type consistency. Again this can be enjoyed alone or with some type of carb like past, rice or quinoa.
One thing you may notice is that I haven't included any specific measurements in any of the recipes and that's simply because I don't use measurements when I cook. I tend to just eyeball things, chuck a bunch of stuff in the pot, taste as I go a long and hope for the best! I hope this somewhat inspires you to want to cook and make some wholesome, healthy and delicious plant-based meals for yourself and if you have any of your own recipes to share please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post and if you've made it this far leave a comment below with the hashtag #foodpositivity. Have an amazing weekend ahead everyone!
- Meg x