Thursday, 2 June 2016

A Month of Meals #3

I've decided to rename this little series to A Month of Meals, because that's essentially what it is, as opposed to what I eat in a single day! I really can't believe this is already the third one though. I mean, where did May go? Since my exams finished on the 11th, I've been able to put a bit more time into my breakfasts and lunches, which has been really nice. As usual, this is only a small selection of all the breakfasts, lunches and dinners I've had.

Breakfast

Matcha pancakes with fruit and maple syrup / Coconut porridge with mango & banana / Overnight oats & chia pudding / Buckwheat pancakes with fruit & maple syrup.

I had to take an involuntary break from my smoothie bowls because my food processor broke at the start of the month. I have a new one now, but I was without one for most of May, and so I returned to my trusty old porridge, only making it more summery with different toppings. A favourite has been the mango, banana and coconut porridge from Nicole's blog, and I've also made a sort of cross between bircher muesli and chia pudding a few times, which is great when the weather is a bit warmer! 

Pancakes have also been a favourite, when I've wanted a change from porridge. My favourites were definitely the matcha pancakes, but I've made regular ones most of the time. They're such a nice treat when I've got a lazy morning. Apparently I've chosen to take photos on the days that I've had fresh strawberries, but I honestly I haven't had them that much!

Lunch

Rye bread with cashew cheese and carrot / Burrito with roasted broccoli & chickpeas (from Thug Kitchen) / Pasta with asparagus, broccoli and homemade pesto / Potato scones with avocado and rocket.

At the start of the month I made a batch of cashew cream cheese, which turned out really well and was a fun change from avocado as a bread topping. Burritos are a re-discovered favourite, and something I think I'll be eating a lot more of throughout the summer. It's so easy to throw together whatever vegetables you have with some spices, and then roll them up in a burrito! And of course, I will always come back to pesto pasta for a quick meal. Finally, I randomly discovered that tattie scones and avocados actually go really well together, especially drizzled with a bit of olive oil and chilli flakes. Yum.

Dinner

Quinoa, roasted sweet potato, broccoli, red peppers & asparagus, with tahini / Green lentil & spinach curry (from The New Vegan) / Stir-fry with soba noodles, mushrooms, bell peppers, kale and cashew nuts / Roasted vegetables with red pepper hummus. 

I've tried out a few new recipes this month, and the lentil and spinach curry is definitely a new favourite. I've also been loving throwing any assortment of vegetables and potatoes into the oven, and eating that with either hummus or avocado, and sometimes with quinoa or rice to bulk it up if I haven't got enough veggies. So simple, yet so delicious. Stir-fry is another favourite that I've had quite a lot throughout May, in different variations. I base it on Deliciously Ella's almond butter stir-fry, but switch it up with the vegetables and sometimes don't add in the almond butter. 

Snacks
Strawberries and blueberries were favourites this month, along with my usual fruit and nut butter snack. But don't worry, I've also had quite a bit of chocolate, and crumpets with jam every now and then. It's all about the balance, after all. 

Did you have any favourite meals that you ate a lot of throughout May?

Love, Mimmi