The Engine 2, 7-day Rescue Diet

They asked if 7 days could rescue your health, I know it can. Why don’t you take control of your health now? This free 7 day challenge starts tomorrow, Jan 4th. To learn more about it and to sign up go to their site Engine 2 Diet. They have a Facebook group as well. 

So join me and take control of your health, your future. 

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Another week another challenge 

Inspired by The Food Duo’s recent posts about 30.00 dollar a week Trader Joe’s challenge, I decided to do my own challenge which I want to invite you to try. I decided that since my pantry is stocked, fridge and freezer are full- I’m not going to buy any groceries for a week. I’m guilty of seeing a recipe and thinking oh I must buy “red peppers” because the recipe calls for them, meanwhile my green pepper gets overlooked. Poor green pepper, I’m sure it cries wondering why it’s not getting any love. So, I’m putting an end to that. Green peppers deserve some love. And who cares anyways a pepper is a pepper. Unless they are calling for a hot pepper.

Mon’s meal was a potato, rice and lentil mixture, made in the IP- very easy.

Tues’s meal was pasta with red sauce with garlic bread and the Best EVER Caesar salad by Kelly and Erin, you can find that in their new book Made With Love. They own a bakery called  Kelly’s Bake Shoppe,  Located at 401 Brant Street Burlington, ON L7R2E9. I might take a road trip, just to visit.

Wed’s meal was fries, veggie burgers and chick*n strips. I ate that during #veganfoodchat, which is every Sun and Wed at 8 EST on twitter, (come and join the fun! They are also on Facebook) finally one chat that didn’t make me hungry 😉

Thurs’s meal: a risotto, with asparagus and peas, which was really yummy.

Fri’s meal: leftovers.

Baked goodies: ninja cookies from Protein Ninja. Sorry no recipe but check out Terry Romero for some recipe ideas. (Here’s a link I wrote about these Cookies)

Here are a few links to recipes that I highly recommend (the veggie burgers and chick*n strips are gardein brand). All links being posted are ones I normally make and freeze well. In fact you should make a double batch and you can have Make ahead meals. Be sure to check out Vegan in the freezer for the how-to of storing your food properly and for more meal ideas.

Dreena Burton has a wonderful hide the lentil pasta sauce that is rich and gives your noodles love, it’s nice and thick which I love. I can’t share that recipe with you, but you can find it in her book Eat, Drink and be Vegan. If you don’t have it, you should. The recipe I can share with you- would be her Nutty veggie burgers. These hold up really well. I’ve made both patties and balls with the mixture. Her chocolate chip cookies are the bomb.

Laura Theodore has a recipe for Dad’s Marinara sauce, which is perfect for all your pasta needs. It hugs your noodles perfectly, and it’s slurpy so make sure you have a napkin because you will get some sauce on your chin when you slurp your spaghetti noodles, unless you eat your pasta Lady and the Tramp style 😉

What I ended up buying this week was- a loaf of bread, ketchup, tea, veggie burgers and toothpaste. I spent $17.56. Even though I did spend money when I wasn’t going to, I still consider this a win. I didn’t need to buy the ketchup- but it was on sale 🙂 As you can see my family and I ate very good this week and healthy for the most part. Sometimes you need a burger, chicken fingers and fries.

Soup’s On!

Yummy in the pot:

Yummy in the pot

Veggie broth (from last soup I made), garlic, onions, cabbage, Yu choy, stewed tomatoes, red kidney beans, black beans and rice noodles because I wanted something different from the usual potatoes – it was an excellent choice.  Spices – Curry, smoked paprika, s & p, crushed chilies, and oregano.

Yummy in a bowl and even yummier in my tummy:

Yummy in a bowl

Soup Made For The Week!

A bowl of delicious….a little goes a long way:

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Garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, red kidney beans, stewed tomatoes, spinach, Yu Choy, hot paprika, sage, thyme, oregano, s & p, curry and cayenne pepper.

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This will last all week.  I think I will freeze some.

Juice & Soup

This is what I made from some of the produce I bought:

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Kale, spinach, carrot, green apple and ginger juice.  I drank some of the juice and used the rest as broth for the soup I made.

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I used about a cup and a bit of the pulp in my soup…why not?…I asked myself.  I added some of the juice to the pot then added onions, garlic and a bit of the pulp to saute.  I then added potatoes, carrots, smoked paprika, s&p, red chili flakes, thyme, oregano and sage.  I added water to cover veggies then added a cup of pulp from veggies I juiced, pearl barley, 6 bean blend and 2 teaspoons of potato/carrot/ginger soup mix….brought to a gentle boil then simmered.

Soup

Mmmm, mmmm good!  There is enough soup to last me a few days…that is if I can control myself and not eat it all in one go…hehehe.

Soup Broth

2 bowls later…yes, I had 2 bowls…LOL.  I’m saving some of the broth for another time to make some spicy rice noodles.  The broth is tasty enough that you could have it on its own.