Had such a rainy, cool, windy weekend…. what happened to Spring?  Don’t mind staying indoors when the weather is like this so after getting done what I refer to as “life stuff,” decided to be in-door productive.

Cleaned out that closet that I pretended not to see, reached out to some friends I hadn’t in a bit, had dinner with a friend I so enjoy spending time with and then got down to this week’s prep.  I continue my quest for anti-inflammatory recipes and those that are also good for my gut health.  I am learning more and more how important that is and what a difference it can make to a healthy life.   To that end, I tried making a juice for this week with beets and other yummy, good for me ingredients. I am also still not quite willing to walk away from treats…so appreciate those “more” healthy recipes as well.

Found some fun, tasty and yes…. Super Simple recipes from some of those I follow on Instagram.  I am so grateful for those who are willing to share their knowledge ad their experience freely as they do.  I, in turn want to support them and share those great ideas and recipes with you.

What is your go to resource for quality, healthy recipes?  Always happy to find another good resource.

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast:        Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Lunch:             Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Juice:              Beet and Ginger
  • Dinner:            Lentil Burritos
  • Snack:             Baked Oatmeal
  • Water:             YES

Glowing Green Smoothie:   This smoothie is beautifully green and taste delicious.  This recipe is from Kimberly Snyder from Solluna.  This smoothie includes spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, apple, pear, banana, lemon, cilantro and parsley.  I added chia seeds, psyllium husks and half a frozen banana.  It is good to look at and good to drink.  Happy to start my day with this smoothie.  The full recipe may be found here –  https://mysolluna.com

Fresh Fruit Salad:   Had some fruit in the frig I wanted to use up so made what becomes a weekly salad this time of year.  Used up blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and watermelon.  Added an apple and pear and it is good to go.

Beet and Ginger Juice:   Found a list of good ingredients on -line for gut health and tossed them together to see if I could get a flavor that worked.  I added these ingredients in small parts since I didn’t use a juicer but used my Ninja blender instead.  One fresh beet, a solid piece of fresh ginger, two celery stalks, half a cucumber, a solid squeeze of lemon, fresh mint and tablespoon and a half of apple cider vinegar.  After it was blended, I added about a quarter cup of coconut water and ran the blender on high.  Strained the juice in a sieve and push through the liquid.  Put it in an airtight bottle and will have a glass each morning.  I sometimes make these too strong, but this one, along with being good for me, tastes good.

Lentil Burrito:   Found this recipe on Instagram from @vegan.challenge.club.  I like making these easy to handle, full meal in a pocket, easy to transport yummy delights.  This one has so much goodness packed into each burrito including lentils, onion, cumin, and paprika.  The veggie salsa includes corn, pepper, chili pepper, fresh parsley and lemon.  Finally, the sauce is made with vegan cream cheese (an ingredient I had not used before), hot sauce, a touch of maple syrup and some vinegar.  I used large whole wheat tortillas and assembled with sauce on the bottom, then the veggie salsa, the lentil mix and the chopped romaine lettuce.    Once folded, these were seared in the fry pan for a moment and packed.  These are so delicious…filling but not heavy.

Baked Oatmeal:  After my prep was done, I was thinking about something sweet that wasn’t going to crash the prep for the week.  Found this baked oatmeal recipe from @healthygirlkitchen and it was one bowl, just a few ingredients and you would swear these were brownies.  This recipe includes coconut milk (I used almond milk), peanut butter (I used cashew butter), oats, cocoa powder, flax and chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips).  I also added some chopped almonds to the batter.   So good – and little tasty treat in moderation is good too.

Water: This week’s water has fresh ginger, cucumber, lemon, lime and cucumber.  It is so refreshing and how I start my day.

Enjoy your week, take care of you and remember – your health and well-being needs to be on the top of your priority list for the week!

KINDNESS is FREE!

Lentils with Roasted Veggies Ingredients
Lentils with Roasted Veggies Ingredients
Lentils and Onions
Lentils and Onions
Lentils and Veggies
Lentils and Veggies