When in doubt, veg it out.

It’s no secret I love my veggies. I have been really getting after it lately with taking more food photos again so I thought I would share, and maybe inspire you to get your veg on too.

Pictured: a bed of baby spinach (I went raw, but could have been deliciously wilted), roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed onions, two over-easy eggs, avocado and everything but the bagel seasoning! I had prepped the sweet potato ahead of time so this lunch only took about 6-7 minutes to whip up when hunger struck. That’s manageable in my opinion!

Pictured below: a revised version of these baked pretzel chicken fingers. I used almond flour instead of regular flour, omitted the chili powder and added mustard powder. I want to make this again so I can share the exact recipe with you all because it was a HIT. I served it on top of a mix of spinach and romaine, avocado, mandarin oranges (kids are obsessed with those!), grapes, feta cheese, sliced almonds and a drizzle of strawberry vinaigrette. This was indeed restaurant quality. I served it with a whole grain baguette and BUTTAh.

PERFECTO MUNDO.

This last photo isn’t as pretty as the others (taken on my old phone) but it was equally as delicious and worth sharing. This is from a “vegged up” taco night I had with some of my girlfriends. I piled spinach on my plate and topped it with tomatoes, black olives, corn, black beans, guacamole, sautéed bell peppers and onions, taco chicken, cilantro, crushed corn tortilla chips, salsa, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Ok, right? Yea I know.

Tell me about your latest and greatest veggie-lovin’ meals! Inspire me!

Redundant Summer Meals

I know I’m not alone on this one…when the summer rolls around, I tend to struggle with maintaining my creativity in the kitchen. The grill and I become B.F.F. and I wind up tossing a protein food source with a bunch of veggies and calling it a meal. Hence the reason I haven’t had too many food photos to share with you all.

You’ll see the pattern…

Salmon and veggies

salmon and veggies

Pork loin and veggies

pork and veggies

Ground beef and veggies

beef and veggies

A little redundant, right?

Less time in the kitchen means more time to be spent outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine!

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However, I would like to step up my game just a little bit because I am getting pretty bored with my eats. So that is going to be my goal for the next couple of weeks: to amp up my food creativity level. The grill can still be my B.F.F., but it can serve for a more creative cooking vessel versus just grilling a piece of meat and calling it a day.

I am hoping to make up a batch of hippie loaf with a few modifications this week. Here’s to hoping!

What are your favorite meals to make in the summer? Do you feel your meals get a little redundant like mine?