Monday, March 19, 2012

new foods {vegetarian for the week}

So you know I workout sometimes, but I bet you didn't know that I eat like crud most of the time. That's the sad truth. I finish working out, and I am so hungry. So I tell myself that I just burned however many calories and decide that means I can pretty much eat whatever doesn't eat me.

Sometimes it's good food or Subway or something healthy, and sometimes it's a quesadilla and chips and salsa or a juicy burger and fried sweet potato fries. And most of the time I don't even think twice about what I eat because of how many calories I burn on a weekly basis. I mean I don't gain weight, but I also haven't really been losing weight. And with a wedding coming up in 4 months and 2 days (approximately) I've gotta get moving and shaking in the diet world.

My decision for this week, since I'm on spring break, was to incorporate more superfoods into my diet, to cut out all meats but fish, and to not eat processed foods. Of course, all of that in addition to eating more in moderation and also with more awareness of calories.

It took a ton of planning, but here is my dinner menu for the week.
Sunday: Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with sweet potato wedges
I changed a few things from the recipe in that I left out corn. If you aren't aware, your body literally does nothing with corn. I leave it out of ingredients because of it's lack of nutritional value. I also left out the sunflower seeds, because I forgot to buy them.

And these things were delicious I tell you. Tim liked them, and we ate them for lunch today too. They took a bit of time to make, but they were worth it. 
Tonight we had Strawberry, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Chia Seeds. 
I used this recipe for the dressing and as a guide, but I added the goat cheese and chia seeds. It was a little dressing heavy, but it was delicious; the chia made it so filling too.
Tuesday is Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls
Wednesday is Cranberry Chickpea BBQ Wraps
Thursday: The Loaded Bowl
Friday or Saturday: Grilled Salmon with Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

And that's my meal plan this week. My plan for now is to check the scale at the end of the week and see if I notice a difference without the meat. I'm looking at a few other ideas as well and I'll update you as I go. I really want to lose at least 15-20 pounds before the wedding along with getting more toned, but I need to kick my butt into gear!

And I must say that the blog world really has inspired me to try this. I got a lot of these recipes from Sam's pinboard, but there are several girls that are vegetarian and keep things exciting.

Any favorite superfood recipes or vegetarian/pescetarian recipes?


Megan C. Stroup said...

Wow, I'm definitely pinning some of those recipes to my veggie Pinterest board. They look AMAZING! Feel free to check out my board if you need some more meat-free meal ideas. :)

Lauren said...

Yum that salad looks soooo good! Good luck with the healthy eating!

Jessica said...

Let me know how the chickpea wraps turn out! I love chickpeas!

Torrie said...

it's recipes like these that make healthy eating enticing... and not at all "sacrificing".

yes, it does take a huge amount of effort and planning though... but it gets easier to get into the flow (i've found) once you're all stocked up and have been doing it for a while.

thank you again for the tweet linking the article that i shared with you today, even though her statement is silly- it can be such a domino effect in which i can see how exercise can potentially lead to weight gain!

Cait said...

wow girl :) so proud of you- i should try and do that and see how long i last ;) great job to show us all how important it is to stay healthy! xo

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

yummm all of these recipes look so tasty! i love avocados! xoxo jillian:: Shopbop $100 Giftcard Giveaway!

Allison said...

That food looks amazing! Im a wrap junkie so I want to try the ones you posted! I eat a spinach veggie wrap everyday at lunch :-)

Sam Bock said...

Haha, I have SO many of these things pinned! I think this seems like you are definitely on the right track! I think a really great rule of thumb (or rules) when trying to slim down are to focus on veggies all day, limit your dairy/sugar/crazy carbs (I tend to eat carb heavy and hafta chill out sometimes) and try to have those in the earlier hours of the day, and to make your dinners as lean protein/veggie-based as possible.

(...coming from the girl who ate a huge mug of Ben n Jerry's new frozen greek yogurt last night. The same girl who wants to rock a bikini this weekend in Vegas. Sheesh!!!)

Katie said...

Wow I love all your meals Meg! All of them are such good things to be eating while doing the pescatarian diet! :) good job. Keep me updated!!

Kelly said...

It all looks seriously delicious and good for you!! I love Clean Eating magainze for recipes-- the loaded bowl is one of our FAVES. You sound like Greg, talking about how useless corn is ;-) He even gets irritated when a recipe calls for it, haha! Great job so far!!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Ok, from someone who's made the 'loaded bowl' let me just say...ITS AMAZING!! It is literally delicious, and G-man heartily approved it wanting more and more. I kept the dressing and avocados off, so it would last longer in the fridge, and each time we ate it, we loved it.

You better let me know about those sweet potato burger things...I'm really curious and will wait for your opinion. ;)

Go get em...if you can get yourself running as much as you do, I know you can eat better.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Emily said...

yummm all of that food looks soo good!!

Seashells and Southern Belles said...

Thank you for posting all these! I have been a veg since I was 6 and I have never eaten this good, ha. I consume far too many grilled cheese in a week and have recently been really trying to get better. I am about to pin some of these so I can remember them. Keep posting if you find more good recipes :-)

melanie said...

suddenly i feel inspired to be healthy for dinner tonight. hehe thanks girl!

Claire Kiefer said...

I have some veggie recipes on my blog under the "recipes" tag. I've been a vegetarian for 16 years & I love to cook. :) Tonight I'm making butternut squash soup, which is easy and so good. I also like to make veggie tacos (with any kind of veggie, soy meat, etc.) and enchiladas (I usually use kale, black beans, thinly sliced potatoes, red pepper, and onion). Veggie chili is easy, healthy, and SO GOOD. I also eat a lot of salads with filling things like chick peas, avocado, etc. Yum!

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh and definitely check out 101 Cookbooks! I think it's just

Alissa Gadpaille said...

I'm totally making those burgers tomorrow. I made way too much quinoa for dinner tonight. If you're looking for good vegetarian recipes, I just bought a cookbook called Vegan Yum Yum and I looove it.

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