Coming in hot today with my third week of some healthy meal ideas for your week. If you missed it, check out THIS post where I explain what exactly this new blog series is!
You may be noticing I am starting to transition to more plant based meals. I’m starting to stray away from less dairy and animal products, and am eating more plants! I’m doing this for a few reasons, mainly because it makes me feel better. But also – since I’m only cooking for one right now, it is SO much quicker if you are only cooking plants and no meat lol. Any of my meatless meals can easily be adapted to your own diet by adding in an animal protein of your choice!
The Weekday Meal Plan: September Week #3
Apple + Walnut Overnight Oats
Recipe is found here: Easy Overnight Oats with Chia
I use unsweetened almond milk, no water. I don’t add maple syrup. I topped with walnuts and apples from our apple orchard trip a couple of weeks ago. I also add the walnuts and apples in the oats overnight, which I don’t do for berries. I like to microwave my oats in the morning!
GG Bagel + Mashed Avocado
Find the GG bagel recipe I use and my ideas to top them here: GG Cracker Bagel & Breakfast Topping Ideas
I chose just to mash an 1/2 avocado on three of these mini bagels!
Apple + Butternut Squash Salad
- sliced apple (I used the snow sweet apples we picked from the orchard)
- air fried butternut squash (the squash is amazing in the air fryer)
- dried cranberries (I get the kind that have 50% less added sugar, wish my store sold unsweetened)
- baby spinach
- cannellini beans (swap for a animal protein if desired)
- dressing: lemon juice, extra virgin oil oil, stone ground mustard, salt, pepper
Basic Mediterranean Salad
- air fried chicken breast
- cucumber slices
- tomato sliced (picked from our garden)
- green bell pepper (picked from our garden)
- mixed greens
- dressing: extra virgin olive oil + balsamic vinegar
- optional additions: sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke, feta, fresh herbs
GG Crackers topped with:
- almond butter + berries
- hummus + cucumbers
Mixed Veggies Pesto Pasta
I didn’t measure anything here… I just eye balled all the ingredients!
- portobello mushrooms (sliced)
- zucchini, sliced
- artichokes (from the can, drained and roughly chopped)
- fresh tomatoes (roughly chopped)
- minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- cauliflower gnocchi (from Trader Joe’s)
- edamame pasta
- Homemade pesto (no parmesan cheese and add 1/2 avocado), find the recipe HERE
- Cook the cauliflower gnocchi and edamame pasta according to package directions.
- Saute the mushrooms, zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat until veggies are cooked to your liking (I like my veggies a little crisp still, so I only cook for 6-8 minutes).
- Make pesto in food processor by following the directions in the recipe linked above
- Serve veggies and pesto on top of cauliflower gnocchi and edamame pasta!
Veggie Taco Bowl
I had every intention of making this with ground turkey, but did not feel like cooking the meat. So this is what I came up with. Feel free to add in ground turkey to this! And per usual, I never measure anything…
- portobello mushrooms
- Tex Mex spices: paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- diced red bell pepper
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- fresh tomatoes, diced
- black beans
- chopped cilantro
- squeeze of lime juice
- cauliflower rice
- wilted spinach (wilts as it sits underneath the hot cauliflower rice)
- optional: Frank’s Hot Sauce
- Slice zucchini and portobello mushrooms. Toss in extra virgin olive oil and Tex Mex spices. Air fry until cooked (my Ninja Air Fryer comes with cooking temps and time, I cooked these veggies for about 20 minutes at 390 degrees).
- Slice and chop all other veggies
- Make the bowl: spinach on the bottom, followed by hot cauliflower rice, all the veggies & beans!
Another week down! Here’s hoping this helps you plan out a week of healthy meals!
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