What I Ate: Pasta Night

The past couple of weeks have been exhausting. I had no idea how much work went into launching a book! Thank you all SO MUCH for your support of the new cookbook— hearing that you’re enjoying all of the new recipes, seeing the pictures of what you’ve made so far, and reading your glowing reviews of the book have totally made my week. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I’m getting back to business as usual over here, which looks something like this:

baby boy leaning on a laptop computerMy little guy likes to stand on chairs the way I do when I’m taking food photos. It’s cute, and terrifying all at the same time. (You can spot the Cashew Butter Cookies in the background!)

Since it’s time for another “What I Ate” post, I thought I’d share what I ate this past Monday. I had to shoot a recipe to share with a magazine for an upcoming article, and then we had a couple friends over to watch The Bachelorette… which is the weirdest season yet, if you ask me. Hopefully this day shares how you can still balance a busy schedule with some delicious, healthy food!

green smoothie, salad in a bowl, penne oasta in a bowl, and cashew butter cookieMorning: Chocolate Banana Protein Shake with two large handfuls of spinach added in. I usually work best on an empty stomach in the morning (I’m more focused that way– which is important when your work day starts at 6am!) so I don’t have my breakfast the moment I wake up. I usually sip on water or hot tea, or occasionally decaf coffee, until closer to 10am when my appetite finally kicks in.

Early Afternoon: Large romaine salad topped with 3/4 of a large avocado, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and Everyday Basil Vinaigrette (from the cookbook). My son actually shared a bit of the avocado from my salad, which was a pleasant surprise! He still won’t touch lettuce… the texture makes him gag.

Late Afternoon: A serving of Pumpkin & Sage Pasta, using brown rice penne pasta. I had a few extra veggies to use up in my fridge, so after the photo shoot of this dish I added in some sautéed onion, green pepper, and kale, which was a really good idea.

Dinner: I wasn’t starving for dinner after that pasta dish, so I threw together a bunch of veggies, including a half head of cabbage, onion, pepper, and kale, sautéed them in some tomato sauce, and topped it all with some sprinkled goat feta right before serving. It was like a lighter version of spaghetti with all the flavor.

Dessert: Our treat while watching The Bachelorette was a plate of Cashew Butter Cookies. The vegan version made with chia seeds are my favorite– it was really hard to stop at two. (They are so delicious frozen. Seriously, try it.)

To thank you all for patiently putting up with the book promotion over the past several weeks, I have a special gift that I’ll be sharing in my upcoming newsletter. Be sure you’re subscribed to my email list by the end of the week to get it. (It’s free!)

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Tom ~ Raise Your Garden

Oh my, you eat so healthy. I need to do better. My doctor says so too. He’s says it’s not a weight issue with me because I’m so tall, I just need to eat more (okay any) vegetables. So that’s what we’re eating this week. Lots of vegetables in season. Wife is getting kind of worried. We’re the same age but she has no grey hair and I have a ton and she thinks it’s because I don’t eat the vegetables she eats. Hmmmm.

Liz

Your little one is so stinkin’ cute!! I love that you highlighted that you can eat real, delicioius food and maintain a busy schedule…too often it seems people have this misconception that they are too busy or use being too busy as a reason for not eating healthier. It’s just like anything else important in our life, we have to make it a priority! 🙂 I made some Lentil Quinoa veggie burgers and have been having those in salads or wraps..yum! Headed to the store today to get groceries and I’m definitely using Everyday Detox as my guide so I can make at least one recipe in the next day or two! 🙂

Justin from Extreme Health Radio

Wow those cashew butter cookies look top notch. I could eat the whole batch in one go!

Christine

Congrats on the book! I look forward to picking it up! 🙂

Natallia

Cashew butter cookies look great! Will try them this weekend!! Love the idea of sauteing veggies in tomato sauce. Can you share your favorite sauce? I’ve tried a few organic options at Trader Joes – wondering if there is another good brand you love. Thanks!

Sabira

Hi Megan!

These meal ideas sound great!

One thing I noticed about your cookbook, compared to other healthy food cookbooks (which I love BTW), is that as you mentioned, your recipes are straightforward and accessible! This does set yours aside, b/c I know I can afford more of the ingredients, and even find them in the first place!

I have an idea for a blog post for you…Ramadhaan is coming up and millions of Muslims will be fasting this summer. Our fasting day begins at around 4 AM and ends around 9 PM. You can imagine the great need for a very beneficial breakfast that will last throughout the day, not make your stomach hurt, and hydrate you. I think a LOT of your recipes, especially smoothies packed with dates and avocados (dates are VERY popular in the Muslim world during Ramadhaan), are an excellent choice during Ramadhaan. But I’d love to hear if you have any specific ideas or suggestions for fasting folks. Thanks!

Stephanie

Your munchkin is absolutely adorable!! I want to thank you for all your great recipes and the new cookbook. It has seriously changed my life!! 🙂 Packed with tons of great information and delicious, comfort food meals made healthy…I’m obsessed. Lol I’m very lazy when it comes to cooking and each meal has been a breeze to make. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so far and can’t wait to go through the entire book. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Marisa

Hi Megan,

I ordered your cookbook through Amazon but didn’t get The free gifts. Can you tell me how to go about still obtaining them? Your last reply to me indicated that I could. Thanks!

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

I LOVE frozen cake and cookies. I tend to always have a batch of my frozen butternut squash brownies in the freezer which are perfect frozen with a cup of tea!

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