Wanted an old fashion Soup and Sandwich for the week and found a few fabulous base recipes that shaped this week’s Simply Yum meal prep. I also wanted to use some of what was in my frig before they were “done,” so got creative with the smoothie and water.
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This week’s menu:
- Breakfast: Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie
- Lunch: Spicy Lentil Tahini Wrap
- Dinner: Ginger-Turmeric Soup with Couscous
- Dessert: Three Ingredient Brownies
- Water: Always
Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie: Had a few too many blueberries in my frig (overbought). Froze a set those blueberries along with some pineapple chunks. Combined in my trusty Ninja blender, 4 cups of almond milk, big handful of spinach and kale, chia seeds, a big chuck of ginger and mid-size piece of turmeric and blended that first. Added frozen blueberries and pineapple, a bit of pepper, a small Greek yogurt and one tablespoon almond butter. Then added a squeeze of fresh honey and some ice. Added some fresh (not frozen) blackberries and a few more blueberries then blended it up. Poured it out into my containers…froze three and put two in the frig. Note: If you use almond butter, be sure to put in a little and taste. I really like it but found it can overpower the smoothie if I use too much.
Spicy Lentil Tahini Wrap: Found a great recipe at www.feastingathome.com/spicy-lentil-tahini-wrap/ and made just a few adjustments. There was not a lot of “cooking” to this recipe, just a bit of prep. Do not use lentils much so enjoyed working with those and added black beans to the mix. I combined all the ingredients for the inside of the wrap in a large bowl, however omitted the sunflower seeds and instead used them as a garnish. The tahini sauce is very good. I added a bite more garlic, a lot more lemon juice and a few drops more of the sriracha sauce. I used half of the called for amount of cilantro and scallions as well. When assembling the wraps, I used the sauce as a first layer on the tortillas and used some around the edge to help seal it. You can see from my picture, they got a bit better looking as I made them. It was fun and taste is very good.
Ginger-Turmeric Soup with Couscous: I have made a similar soup before but really liked this particular recipe; found it on www.ambitiouskitchen.com/the-best-chicken-soup-recipe/
This was super simple and very yummy. Of course I added a bit more ginger and garlic than called for and par-cooked the chicken before I put it in the stock pot. I used skinless, lean thighs for this soup. I upped the veggies a bit but did not use the frozen peas as indicated in the recipe. The fresh herbs made it all come together and bring great flavors. The house still smells great and the soup tastes fabulous.
Three Ingredient Brownies: I am always looking for yummy healthy (ier) desserts. Found this recipe on www.delightfulmomfood.com/3-ingredient-brownies-recipe-whole30-paleo/ and couldn’t believe it so had to try it. Three ingredients….Bananas, cocoa powder and almond butter. I have to say….they turned out way better than I expected. As the recipe says, these are not very sweet, so next time I make them, I may add a tad bit of sweet to the recipe. Other than that…super.
Last but never least…Water: Needed to use up some fruit so went with lemon and lime…my staples. Added slices of a pear and some ginger, mint and a few slices of orange. So important to stay hydrated all year long. Making his water encourage me to drink it and it is pretty to look at in the frig and yummier to drink than plan water. I do add one bottle of sparkling water to the pitcher each time as well.
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