Last month I divulged my new eating habits with you all and some of you may be curious how I am staying on top of things concerning being a flexitarian in a non-flexitarian household.
For the most part I can say its pretty darn easy. I still have meatless days for my family but on the days I do cook meat it is usually something I can throw into the crock-pot for them. Our grocery budget is a lot more flexible and allows for more fruits and veggies for me because I am not eating meat and I usually just buy a pack of chicken breast and a bag of chicken legs and it lasts Boom Boom and my husband.
I have tried to get them to eat more veggies and fruit and I am making a little headway with the little one even though its going to take some prayer and miracles to get my husband on board. He and the little one typically enjoy eggs or some cereal for breakfast while I still feast on a variety of different fruits.
Here is one fruit bowl I fixed up one morning. I have tried mixing it up a bit but its hard to stray from the bananas since they satisfy my sweet tooth. This week I am going to try adding some sweet cherries to the mix.
For lunch they have left overs while I mix up a salad or eat some quinoa, which I now love! For dinner I eat whole grains and a bunch of veggies and I usually have a snack of honey-cinnamon popcorn (one of my latest creations) to help me get my protein. So far I am loving it and I can honestly say I am not missing meat not one bit. On the 4th of July I had a bbq pork-chop and I didn't need seconds.
I am totally content with my new eating lifestyle and I wish I had started doing this earlier. I have a few quinoa recipes that I want to share with you. I will do that in another post soon but for now here is the recipe for one of my favorites, mashed sweet potato quinoa. Stay tuned and please share your thoughts!
Mashed Sweet Potato Quinoa (1 serving)
1/4 cup of quinoa
1/2 of water
1 small baked sweet potato
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
salt (if desired)
1/2 tablespoon of butter
Cook quinoa as directed on box. I modified the servings for 1/4 of quinoa since it was for one serving. After quinoa is finished cooking, un-peel the sweet potato and add it to the quinoa with the other ingredients. Mixed up all the ingredients and you have yourself one tasty and satisfying meal.