During this time of year, I find myself craving hearty, cozy meals. Soft, warm foods that are gentle on digestion and provide comfort during this time of transition. Gone are the days of big, fresh summer salads based around backyard garden vegetables. Raw veggies and fruit have been replaced with piping hot bowls of oatmeal, soup and stews, along with steamed veggies.
When it comes to meal plan and grocery budgeting, one way that I stretch my dollar is by creating meals based around seasonal produce. Root vegetables like carrots, beets and parsnips are now readily available, along with squash, pears, apples and kale.
Here’s whats on the menu for this week:
Sunday: Homemade Veggie Borscht & Potato-Zucchini Patties
Monday: Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Tuesday: Flax Crust Veggie Pizza
Wednesday: Baked Hemp Seed Crusted Salmon, Wild Rice, Broccoli
Thursday: Zucchini Lasagna – using thinly sliced zucchini in place of noodles
Friday: Wing It
Saturday: Out for dinner
Sunday: Butternut Squash Gnocchi (!!!)
Hard boiled eggs
Homemade Trail Mix: dry roasted wasabi edamame, pumpkin seeds, green raisins
Amazeballz - I am loving Fitnessista’s formula for ballz. For dry ingredients, I use 4 tablespoons of oats, then play around with different mix’ins like pumpkin, cashew butter, PB2, cocoa, raisins, etc. Last week I made cashew oatmeal raisin, peanut butter & honey and double dark chocolate chip. These little cookie dough balls are one of my favorite pre-workout fuel snacks.
What types of food or meals provide you with comfort during the fall & winter?
Do you prep snacks ahead of time?