Out of all the video request I get, the most common one is “What I eat in a day.” I find those videos difficult to make for a variety of reasons. What I eat in a day is always changing and is contingent on a variety of factors: am I working at an office or at home? Is it a weekday or a weekend? Is it summer or winter?
BUT, I do make and eat certain types of meals on a (mostly) weekly basis. Hence the “What I Eat in a Week” video! So, hop on over to Youtube to watch the video! If you make any of these recipes, drop me a comment on Youtube!
Watch! What I Eat in a Week!
Meal 1: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon Za’atar Seasoning (recipe below)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 (15-ounce/440g) can of chickpeas (or 1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas)
- Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
- 1/2 cup sauerkraut (120 g)
- 4 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds*
- 1 teaspoon ground sumac
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (or 204°C). Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender but not falling apart.
- Meanwhile, stir together all of the ingredients for the Za’atar Seasoning.
- Drain the chickpeas in a colander, rinse with water, and shake the colander to get rid of excess. Then gently pat dry the chickpeas with paper towels.
- Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, and ensure that the entire pan is coated with the oil. Add the rinsed and dried chickpeas in small handfuls and spread them out in a single layer. Let the beans cook undisturbed for 3 minutes. Then use a flat spatula to flip the beans and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the beans are browned and blistered.
- Stir the Za’atar Seasoning and stir to coat the chickpeas evenly. Squeeze the lemon juice over the chickpeas and then remove from the heat.
- Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half and top each potato with the Za’atar Blistered Chickpeas, sauerkraut, and tahini.
Meal 2: Cashew Cream Pasta
- 12 ounces pasta of choice (340g) use gluten-free pasta as needed
- 16 ounces shelled organic edamame or chickpeas (454g)
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes (300g)
- 4 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 5 tablespoons walnuts
- 1/2 cup fresh basil (10g), thinly slivered
- 1 cup raw cashews (140g) soaked for 8 hours
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons plant-based milk (150 mL)
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper + more to taste
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions. When the pasta is al dente, ladle out a bit of the cooking water (1/2-1 cup or 120-240 mL is plenty). Drain the pasta in a colander and return it to the saucepan or to a large bowl.
- While the pasta is cooking, make the Cashew Cream. Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth and creamy and all cashew bits are pulverized. Scrape down the sides as you go, and add more plant-based milk as needed to achieve your desired texture.
- While the pasta is still hot, add in the Cashew Cream and toss to coat. It will likely be very thick, so add in some of the reserved pasta water, a few tablespoons at a time until your sauce is still creamy but thin enough to coat the noodles.
- Add in the edamame, tomatoes, hemp seeds, walnuts, and basil, tossing to coat. Serve warm.
Meal 3: Spicy Indian Curry
There’s nothing more comforting than a creamy and well-spiced Indian curry during the colder months. I mix it up a lot, but these four are among my regular options:
Meal 4: Veggie Grain Bowl
GRAINS (1 – 1 1/2 cups)
- Brown rice
- Wild rice
VEGGIES (as much as you want)
- Roasted vegetables (cauliflower, winter squash, rutabaga, broccoli, carrots, etc.)
- Steamed vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, etc.)
- Raw vegetables (bell peppers, shredded carrots or cabbage, cherry tomatoes, etc.)
CHEWY (2-4 tablespoons)
- Dried apricots
- Golden raisins
- Medjool Dates
- Goji berries
- Dried cherries or cranberries
CRUNCHY (2-4 tablespoons)
- Hemp seeds
- Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
FRESH HERBS (1 handful)
- Flat-leaf parsley
- Oil-Free Tahini Dressing
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Layer your grains into a large bowl. Top with veggies of choice, add your crunchy and chewy elements, top with fresh herbs and toss to combine. Top with one of the dressing options below, or your favorite sauce or dressing.
- Oil-Free Tahini Dressing: Whisk together 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper to taste, and water to thin out the dressing.
- Balsamic Vinaigrette: Whisk together 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup, and salt & pepper to taste
Meal 5: Creamy, Fruit-Sweetened Oatmeal
This is an easy yet excellent stovetop oatmeal recipe, but for a hands-off Instant Pot oatmeal recipe that is wildly delicious, try my Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal!
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (45-50g)
- 1 cup plant-based milk (240 mL) (I like oat milk, cashew milk, or soy milk)
- A large pinch each of ground cinnamon & ginger
- A tiny pinch of sea salt
- 1 ripe banana, thinly sliced
- jam or homemade chia jam nuts and seeds, dark chocolate
- raw or roasted nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- dark chocolate, chopped
- Add the plant milk to a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add the oats, spices, salt, and banana.
- Cook, storing occasionally for 5-7 minutes or until oats are cooked through and porridge is very thick and creamy. The bananas will have melted into the porridge.
- Serve with warmed up frozen berries or berry chia jam, nuts and seeds, and/or dark chocolate.
That’s it from me. If you make any of these, be sure to leave a comment below or just tag me on Instagram. What are some of the vegan meals you eat each week?