Oh my, what a week! I went on an amazing shopping trip on Saturday, getting lots of nice clothes, and a brand new notebook! I’ve been dreaming of getting one for more than a year, but I couldn’t afford it. Thanks to my year-end bonus I finally had enough extra money to buy a lovely Acer Aspire. It took some time to get used to Windows 7, though, and transferring, installing, and configuring all my software, making backups and images of the old and the new system, copy my personal data, etc. That takes quite some time!
And on Tuesday I caught a horrible cold! I’ve spent the past three days coughing my lungs out. Ugh!
But now I’m finally feeling a bit better. At least good enough to blog. Woohoo!
After a rough start I’ve been doing really well with the Eat In Month Challenge, not eating out for twelve days straight so far! Last weekend I wanted to document my meals and put them on the blog. To make things a little more interesting, I planned to recreate some classic takeout meals.
But before we get to that, let’s talk about breakfast first.
Breakfast is very important to me! Whenever I have to skip breakfast, I get very hungry and grumpy, so I always make sure to be prepared and have something to eat within two hours after waking up.
I guess now it’s time for a confession: I don’t like oatmeal! It’s actually not because of the taste, I’m sure it can be quite yummy with the right ingredients, but I just can’t stand anything sweet in the morning! A sweet breakfast just can’t satisfy me. So my first meal of the day is always some kind of sandwich, toppings may vary, e.g. cream cheese and tomato paste or ajvar (paprika paste), Emmental or brie cheese, Tofurky (or something similar), fried egg or omelet, or a vegetable-based spread.
On weekdays I also have a sandwich for breakfast. I always prepare it the night before, put it into a plastic box and eat it at my desk at work.
Next up is Saturday’s lunch:
A tofu burger on a whole grain rye sandwich thin, topped with ketchup, mustard, ajvar, and tomato slices, with a side of peas and corn. Fast and yummy!
On to Saturday’s “frozen” dinner:
I wasn’t in the mood to cook something fancy, the Boyfriend had made himself a spicy beef stew, so I turned to my freezer stash and found a serving of cooked brown rice and some of last weeks kidney been curry. Nuked it in the microwave, put it on a plate, topped it with yoghurt and mango chutney (love it!), ready to eat!
Sunday’s breakfast was the usual open-faced sandwich, so no photo. Lunch was homemade ramen noodle soup:
In my (huge!) bowl I had buckwheat soba noodles, fresh veggies, one boiled egg, and homemade veggie broth. Topped with some crunchy seaweed. Less fat and sodium than those infamous instant ramen packs, and it also tasted much better!
Sunday night I did some batch cooking. I made a big pot of vegetarian chili with kidney beans, red bell peppers, corn, red lentils, textured vegetable protein, canned tomatoes, and hot Sriracha sauce. Served with some homemade oven “fries”. Delicious and very filling.
So, seriously, who needs take out or fast food or prepared meals? It’s so easy to make our own, and they usually taste better and are much healthier!